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Isabel's Car Wash

Sheila Bair (2008), 32 pages
Illustrated by Judy Stead
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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Isabel wants a Nelly Longhair doll, but she has only fifty cents. To make the ten dollars to buy the doll, she must come up with a plan. With the help of her friends, Isabel starts a car wash business and is on her way to earning the money! Will her business succeed? This picture book uses the story of Isabel's car wash business to explain simple principles about investing. An essay at the end of the book explains how the story relates to investment in the stock market.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/30/2010
ISBN-10: 0807536520
ISBN-13: 9780807536520
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It's Hard to Be Five

Jamie Lee Curtis (2004), 40 pages
Illustrated by Laura Cornell
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Picture Books
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In a story all five year olds can appreciate, this youngster relates the difficulties and disappointments of being a five. No longer a preschooler and 'little no more,' he bemoans the hardship of going to school when he just wants to play all day. Sitting still is a challenge, along with waiting one's turn and using good manners. Naturally, by the end he realizes and appreciates the advantages and fun that accompany the independence of being five.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0060080957
ISBN-13: 9780060080952
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Jack and the Beanstalk

E. Nesbit (2006), 48 pages
Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fantasy, Folklore, Picture Books
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'Jack and the Beanstalk' by E. Nesbit is a rich retelling of the traditional Grimm's fairy tale, 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. This author cleverly weaves this story to include the reader in the adventures of a foolish boy who sells his family's only procession, a cow, for a handful of beautiful beans. The plot is predictable but the enriched story and illustrations spin a magic all their own.
Similar authors: Amanda Askew; Candance Fleming; H.C. Andersen; Steven Kellogg
Similar books: Grimm's Fairy Tales by Deanna McFadden; A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz; Little Red Riding Hood by Gennadii Spirin; Jacques and de beanstalk by Mike Artell; The Pied Piper's Magic by Steven Kellogg; Jack and the Beanstalk: The graphic novel by B.A. Hocna
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/27/2011
ISBN-10: 0763621242
ISBN-13: 9780763621247
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Jack and the Dreamsack

Laurence Anholt (2003), 32 pages
Illustrated by Ross Collins
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Picture Books
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The trouble with dreams is that they always happen when you are asleep, so Jack stays awake one night and finds his way to dreamland. There, he stuffs his sack with amazing souvenirs to share with his friends and family. When he gets home the sack is empty-or is it?
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 1582347867
ISBN-13: 9781582347868
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Jack's Garden

Henry Cole (1995), 24 pages
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Fiction, Picture Books
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A picture book about gardening for young children, this book spins a tale similar to the famous 'House that Jack Built,' but using a garden. 'This is the garden that Jack planted. This is the soil that made up the garden that Jack planted.' Throughout the book are pictures of the garden, the tools used in the garden, and the environmental particulars like the insects around the garden. Whenever a specific insect, seed, plant or tool is pictured, it is labeled with its name. While very young children may not understand the development of the story, the rhythm of the text and the pictures make this a wonderful introduction to gardening for young people.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 10/28/2010
ISBN-10: 0688135013
ISBN-13: 9780688135010
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