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Mama, Do You Love Me?

Barbara M. Joosse (1991), 32 pages
Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Multicultural, Picture Books
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Joosse sets her story in the Arctic. The mother and child are from the Inuit culture. The child's questions about her mother's love show an unbounded imagination. She suggests things she might do or animals she might become to lose that love, only to be reassured that 'I will still love you.' This book introduces another culture while giving a universal message of unconditional love.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 087701759X
ISBN-13: 9780877017592
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Man Who Walked Between The Towers

Mordicai Gerstein (2003), 40 pages
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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The young reader can read all about the amazing feat of a French aerialist, named Philippe Petit. In 1974, this death-defying daredevil danced, walked, and performed for over an hour on a thin cable stretched between the World Trade Center Towers. 'The Man Who Walked Between the Towers' by Mordicai Gerstein gives testament to the grandness and majesty of the World Trade Center and the courage of the man who danced between them.
Similar authors: Emily Arnold McCully; Mary Calhoun; Julie Cummins
Similar books: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg; Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper by Julie Cummins; Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills by Julie Cummins; The Girl On the High-Diving Horse by Linda Oatman High; Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls by Emily Arnold McCully; High-Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun
Awards won: Caldecott Medal
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/29/2011
ISBN-10: 0761317910
ISBN-13: 9780761317913
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Manana Iguana

Ann Whitford Paul (2004), 32 pages
Illustrated by Ethan Long
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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I loved the story of The Little Red Hen when I was a child, and this story puts a whole new twist on the old fable. Follow Iguana as she tries to get her friends to help her prepare for a great fiesta (party) on sabado (Saturday). With each new day, Iguana becomes more frustrated with her friends' excuses. Conejo (co Nay ho - Rabbit) is much too fast to help, Tortuga (tor TU gah - tortoise) is much too slow, and Culebra (cu Lay brah - snake) will have to try to grow arms tonight so that maybe he can help Iguana manana. Sabado arrives, and the fiesta begins, but Iguana whips her tail around in angry circles when her friends think they can attend the party. The lazy friends can only watch from afar as Iguana and her party guests enjoy their evening. But the story is far from over: read Manana, Iguana to see what her friends do to surprise Iguana on domingo (Sunday).
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 6/29/2009
ISBN-10: 0823418081
ISBN-13: 9780823418084
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Mardy Murie Did!: Grandmother of Conservation

J.P. McDaniel (2011), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jon Van Zyle
Audience: K - 4th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Picture Books
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Mardy Murie is known as 'the mother of the American conservation movement.' Meet Mardy in this lyrical ode to the wonders found in nature. We can watch and wonder today, because Mardy Murie did too!
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 3/22/2011
ISBN-10: 1589795652
ISBN-13: 9781589795655
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Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Doreen Rappaport (2001), 30 pages
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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In this historic book, 'Martin's Big Words', the author, Doreen Rappaport, simply and dynamically shows us how Dr. Martin Luther King used powerful words to change the world. He transformed people's heart as he spoke of: Freedom, Peace, Together, Love, and Courage. Bryan Collier's dynamic and realistic illustrations also give readers a true sense of history with the inspiration to follow Dr. Martin Luther's example to 'Have a Dream' of their own.
Similar authors: Pat McKissack; Mary Kay Carson; Kitson Jazynka; Barbara M. Linde; Shane Evans
Similar books: Martin Luther King, Jr: Civil Rights Leader by Pat McKissack; Belle, The Last Mule At Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story by Calvin A. Ramsey; What Was Your Dream, Dr. King?: And Other Questions about Martin Luther King, Jr. by Mary Kay Carson
Awards won: Caldecott Honor Book 2002
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/29/2013
ISBN-10: 078682591X
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