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Sindbad in the Land of Giants

Ludmila Zeman (2001), 32 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Adventure, Folklore, Picture Books
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This tale is one retold from A Thousand and One Nights. It takes place in ancient Baghdad where Sindbad the Sailor tells the story of his wondrous travels. Now, Sindbad the Sailor had been on many journeys, but sometimes his stories grew out of proportion to his actual travels. This story will enthrall anyone who enjoys monsters, action, and wicked traps. It is illustrated by the author with exquisite drawings.
Reviewed by: cj
Date read: 7/12/2010
ISBN-10: 0887764614
ISBN-13: 9780887764615
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Skippyjon Jones

Judy Schachner (2005), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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Every morning, Skippyjon Jones wakes with the birds in their nest. This would not be strange if Skippyjon were a bird, but he is a Siamese cat. On this particular morning, Skippyjon's mother brings him home to his room to think about what it means to be a Siamese cat. Once by himself, Skippyjon begins to sing, 'Oh, I'm Skippyjon Jones, and I bounce on my bed, and once or SIX times, I land on my head.' As he looks at his reflection in his mirror, he concludes that he is not a Siamese cat, but a Chihuahua! He walks into his closet and his thoughts take him to Mexico. In Mexico, he meets a menagerie of animals that fall in love with Skippyjon. Will Skippyjon stay in Mexico forever? Read Skippyjon Jones and find out. Then, look for other picture books featuring Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 6/8/2009
ISBN-10: 0142404039
ISBN-13: 9780439836968
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Sleeping Bobby

Will and Mary Pope Osborne (2005), 40 pages
Illustrated by Giselle Potter
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Folklore, Humor, Picture Books
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This hilarious retelling of the story of Sleeping Beauty is sure to please fans of the tale looking for a new twist. In this version, the beloved child doomed to a curse by an uninvited guest is a boy, Bobby. ('The child was so extraordinary and so delightful that the king and queen wanted him to have a very special name. 'How about Bob?' asked the queen.) Full of comic detail, this picture book is a surefire winner for reading aloud.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/26/2010
ISBN-10: 0689876688
ISBN-13: 9780689876684
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Snowmen at Night

Caralyn Buehner (2002), 32 pages
Illustrated by Mark Buehner
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Picture Books
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Have you ever wondered about the secret life of a snowman? Maybe one morning his hat is in a different place, or his tree-branch arms have drooped, and you might think, 'What do snowmen do at night?' At night, when everyone is sleeping, the snowman games begin. They have races, make snow angels, play baseball, and have the world's best snowball fights. Finally, they are all tired out, and one by one, they go home. So, if your snowman's grin is crooked, you'll know what he's been doing late at night.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 6/15/2009
ISBN-10: 0803725507
ISBN-13: 9780803725508
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So Far from the Sea

Eve Bunting (1998), 32 pages
Illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Historical, Multicultural, Picture Books, Realistic Fiction
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In the story, So Far From the Sea, Eve Bunting uses the emotions and wisdom of Laura Iwasaki to gently and simply tell the story of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Through the unique use of black and white illustrations to depict the past and colored drawings to illustrate the present, we are told the story of Laura's family. As she gingerly walks through the deserted Manzanar Relocation Camp, Laura explains to us how her grandfather, father, and mother were taken from their homes after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and kept behind barbed wire to 'protect America'. She attempts to share with us her feelings and those of her family as they visit the grave of her grandfather. Laura's family will soon be moving to Massachusetts, so she must make one last visit to say good-bye to a grandfather she has never met. She tells us of her sorrow at having to leave behind her grandfather, 'a true American', who will be forever, 'so far from the sea' that he loved.
Similar authors: Ken Mochizuki; Suzanne Lieurance; Michael L. Cooper
Similar books: Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki; Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp by Michael L. Cooper; The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese American Internment Camp
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/24/2011
ISBN-10: 0395720958
ISBN-13: 9780395720950
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