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Something for Nothing

Ann Redisch Stampler (2003), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jacqueline M. Cohen
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Folklore, Picture Books
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Dog lived in the noisiest part of Bialystok. When he could take the racket no more, Dog set off for the country to find a quieter place to live. On his first night in his new home, a gang of howling and yowling, hissing and screeching cats terrorize him, destroying his newfound peace and quiet. Inspired by a Jewish folk tale, how Dog outwits the rascally cats makes for a humorous, satisfying story.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 7/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0618159827
ISBN-13: 9780618159826
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Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point

Mary Quattlebaum (2006), 40 pages
Illustrated by Leonid Gore
Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Category: Fiction, Folklore, Historical, Humor, Picture Books
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In Virginia, there is a barren patch of land where nothing will grow called 'Dancing Point'. 'Sparks Fly High,' retold by Mary Quattlebaum is based on an old Colonial legend which tells the story of how this land once was the sight of a dancing contest between the Devil and Colonel Lightfoot. Dancing until the wee hours of the night, Lightfoot and the Devil, skipped, jigged, kicked, whirled, and twirled as they competed against each other for the fertile farmland of Virginia. Who do you think won?
Similar books: Davy Crockett Gets Hitched by Bobbie Miller; The Old Woman and Her Pig: An Appalachian Folktale by Margaret Read MacDonald; Lies and Other Tall Tales by Christopher Myers; Joe Cinders by Marianne Mitchell
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/3/2012
ISBN-10: 0374344523
ISBN-13: 9780374344528
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Splat the Cat

Rob Scotton (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Rob Scotton
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Fiction, Picture Books
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Splat is worried about his first day of school and does everything he can to stay home. He goes reluctantly but brings his best friend Seymour, a mouse, for company. To his surprise, the teacher states that all cats chase mice. That day Splat learned that school can be a great place and he proves to the class that a mouse can be a friend.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: rn
Date read: 4/9/2010
ISBN-10: 0060831545
ISBN-13: 9780060831547
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Squeaky Door

Margaret Read Macdonald (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by Mary Newell Depalma
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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Little Boy goes to spend the night at his grandma's house. He gets scared all alone in the big brass bed so Grandma brings in her menagerie of animals to keep him company. Sit back and let the animals and the squeaky door amuse you. What will the sounds be once the squeaky door is fixed?
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 3/23/2010
ISBN-10: 0060283734
ISBN-13: 9780060283735
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Star People: A Lakota Story

S. D. Nelson (2003), 36 pages
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural, Picture Books
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The Star People is a beautiful Lakota Story, explaining the ever watchfulness and protection bestowed on us by our ancestors who have their place in the night sky. The author S. D. Nelson, with the aid of traditional Indian art, tells the young reader the story of how Sister Girl and her brother Young Wolf get lost while admiring the beauty of Mother Earth. Caught unawares by a dangerous prairie fire, the young children flee for their lives and find themselves far from home. Unable to find their way back to their village, the children become frightened until they are visited by their deceased Grandmother, Elk Tooth Woman. She has left her place among the stars to take care of them and to help them find their way home. This is a wonderful story giving young children the comfort in knowing that the night sky is full of the 'Star People' who are ever watchful and who will always keep them safe.
Similar authors: S.D. Nelson; Michael O'Hearn; Rosebud Yellow Robe; Joseph Bruchac; Paul Goble
Similar books: Coyote Christmas: A Lakota Story by S.D. Nelson; Mato the Bear & Devil's Tower by Michael O'Hearn; Gift Horse by S.D. Nelson; The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman by Paul Goble; Tonweya and the Eagles and Other Lakota Indian Tales by Rosebud Yellow Robe
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/20/2012
ISBN-10: 0810945843
ISBN-13: 9780810945845
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