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Freedom Summer

Deborah Wiles (2001), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Historical, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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Joe and John Henry were the best of friends. Together they shelled butter beans, shot marbles, and swam in Fiddler's Creek. They loved playing and eating ice pops together. But there was one important difference between Joe and John Henry. Being white, Joe was permitted to go into any store, eat at any restaurant, and swim in the town's swimming pool. However, John Henry was black. Growing up in the south during the 1960's meant that he wasn't allowed to go and do most of the things his best friend could. The town's swimming pool was strictly off limits to him. Joe and John Henry had high hopes when they heard that due to the Civil Rights Act of 1964; they would finally be able to swim together at the town's pool. Their hopes were soon dashed when they saw the senseless filling of the pool with tar. This was done to prevent EVERYONE from using it. They soon realized that it takes more than changing the law to make things fair; it takes a changing of hearts. In Deborah Wile's, 'Freedom Summer', we see racism through the eyes of two young boys and witness their determination 'to make things right'.
Similar authors: Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert; Pat McKissack; Jacqueline Woodson
Similar books: Papa's Mark by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert; Goin' Someplace Special by Pat McKissack; The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson; Coolies by Yin; Pop's Bridge by Eve Bunting
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/1/2011
ISBN-10: 0689830165
ISBN-13: 9780689830167
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Frog with the Big Mouth

Teresa Bateman (2008), 32 pages
Illustrated by Will Terry
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Folklore, Humor, Picture Books
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'The Frog with the Big Mouth' by Teresa Bateman is a story that will tickle anyone's funny bone. In this book's delightful verse and vivid illustrations, the young reader will find the antics of the Big Mouth Frog amusing. Here, we are introduced to many unusual creatures of the rain forest. We follow the Big Mouth Frog as he sets out to amaze and impress his fellow inhabitants with the news that he has eaten the BIGGEST fly in the world. He is positive that this amazing accomplishment makes him superior to them. In turn, each creature shows very little interest in the frog's bragging and continues on its way. But their failure to be impressed does not deter Frog from venturing further into the forest. Deep in the rainforest, The Big Mouth Frog, may or may not, find something that makes him a little more humble.
Similar authors: Stephen Krensky; Pat Cummings; Verna Aardema; Eric Kimmel
Similar books: Rainforest Romp by Tony Mitton; Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale by Stephen Krensky; Endangered Animals of South America by Marie Allgor; Ananse and the Lizard: A West African Tale by Pat Cummings; How Animals Saved the People: Animal Tales from the South by J.J. Reneaux
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/6/2011
ISBN-10: 0807526215
ISBN-13: 9780807526217
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From Head to Toe

Eric Carle (1997), 32 pages
Illustrated by Eric Carle
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Animal, Picture Books
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On this tour of the body from head to toe, each body part is matched with an animal that can do something specific with that body part. 'I am a monkey and I wave my arms. Can you do it?' A child imitates the action and says, 'I can do it!' This makes a great read for a preschooler who has trouble sitting still to listen to a book, because each page provides another action that the child can do as he or she follows along. Along with vividly colored pictures, the actions of clapping, wriggling, bending, and stomping make this an exciting read.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0590222023
ISBN-13: 9780590222020
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From Kalamazoo to Timbuktu!

Harriet Ziefert (2005), 40 pages
Illustrated by Tanya Roitman
Audience: K - 1st Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction, Picture Books
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It's a road trip! Millie and Mike are bored in Kalamazoo and they embark on a pretend trip to Timbuktu. From a tandem bike to parachutes to riding a whale's tale, they trek. 'Whale ran aground in sunny Hawaii. Mike and Millie waved good-bye-i.' When reaching their destination, they miss Mom and Dad so they decide to jet home because as great as travelling is, coming home is even better. It's a road trip!
Reviewed by: meh
Date read: 7/29/2010
ISBN-10: 1593540914
ISBN-13: 9781593540913
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Gabriella's Song

Candace Fleming (2001), 40 pages
Illustrated by Giselle Potter
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Picture Books
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The book begins with an intriguing illustration of sheet music on a clothes line, and an interesting author's note about how opera was born. The beauty of the words, and illustrations, transports the reader to Venice. Here in Venice, we meet a sweet little girl named Gabriella. Gabriella creates a song, which is comprised of the sounds of her town: the street traders, the flap-flap of pigeon wings, and a plethora of other interesting sounds. The town's people begin hearing this song, and also sing it around town. Read this book and you might just begin singing a song of your own!
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 5/18/2009
ISBN-10: 0689841752
ISBN-13: 9780689841750
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