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John, Paul, George & Ben

Lane Smith (2006), 40 pages
Illustrated by Lane Smith
Audience: Preschool - 5th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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In John, Paul, George & Ben, we get a glimpse of Lane Smith's amusing interpretation of the childhoods of our founding fathers. John Hancock wrote his name so large on the school chalkboard that his teacher muses that it can be read from space. A fifth lad is also included in the book. Tom was 'always doing his OWN thing.' The book includes a page that separates fact from fiction which probably gave it the non-fiction Dewey number.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 0786848936
ISBN-13: 9780786848935
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Kate and the Beanstalk

Mary Pope Osborne (2000), 40 pages
Illustrated by Giselle Potter
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Adventure, Folklore, Picture Books
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Those familiar with Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House series will love her retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Kate is a bit impulsive when it comes to decision-making. Blindly trading her family's cow and last hope for food away for the promise of some mysterious magic beans, Kate returns home excited. She is shocked when her mother throws the beans out the window. Kate finds a beanstalk towering to the sky that night, and she begins to climb. At the top, an old woman asks her to right the wrongs done to an innocent family. To do so, Kate must use all her cleverness against a fierce giant who could eat her in an instant.
Similar books: Sleeping Bobby by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/22/2010
ISBN-10: 0689825501
ISBN-13: 9780689825507
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Kitten for a Day

Ezra Jack Keats (2002), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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Kitten and puppy lovers will love this nearly wordless picture book about a puppy pretending to be a kitten. The puppy can't do things quite like the kittens: his meow comes out more like a 'ruff,' and imitating the kittens' acrobatics on chairs leads to a fall, but they all have fun anyway. When his mom shows up to say it's time to go home, he waves goodbye to his new friends saying, 'Next time let's all be puppies!'
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0670892270
ISBN-13: 9780670892273
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Kitten Tale

Eric Rohmann (2008), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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In A Kitten Tale, we meet four charming kittens. Three of them love to play outdoors, but they have never seen snow, and they are afraid of it. All year, they dread it. A fourth kitten, who is more adventurous, says, 'I can't wait.' With cheerful kitten illustrations that capture the essence of a kitten personality, this is a great read for families who want to talk about new experiences and how we can choose to be scared of them or to embrace them as an adventure.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 2/26/2010
ISBN-10: 0517709155
ISBN-13: 9780517709153
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Klondike Cat

Julie Lawson (2002), 32 pages
Illustrated by Paul Mombourquette
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Especially for Boys, Fiction, Historical, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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Setting out with his Pa during the Klondike Goldrush of 1896 in search of gold, Noah has a difficult decision to make. Pa says that he must leave his beloved cat, Shadow, behind. Unable to part with his dear friend, Noah substitutes his warm sweater in his pack for Shadow. As you read 'The Klondike Cat' by Julie Lawson, you follow Noah and his Pa, as they become members of the 'Klondike Stampede'. Through this book's beautiful illustrations, you are able to imagine Noah's long trip, first to Dyea, Alaska; onward to the White Pass Trail; across Lake Bennet down to the Yukon River; and finally reaching Dawson City. In this easy-to- read historical picture book, you learn how Noah struggles to keep Shadow safe and prove to his father that both he and Shadow can make a difference.
Book Series: Kids Can Press
Similar authors: Candice F. Ransom; Donna Shepherd Walsh; Amy Hest
Similar books: Gold in the Hills: A Tale of the Klondike Gold Rush by Candice F. Ransom; The Klondike Gold Rush by Donna Shepherd Walsh; Emma and the Silk Train by Julie Lawson; Bear on the Train by Julie Lawson; When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest
Reviewed by: MB
Date read: 6/24/2011
ISBN-10: 1553370139
ISBN-13: 9781553370130
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