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Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg

Mia Posada (2006), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Can you guess what is growing inside this egg? Short rhymes on full page illustrations give the clues. Turn the page for the answer and more information about each animal. The illustrations are stunning. A very fun way to learn about egg-laying animals.
Reviewed by: hap
Date read: 10/13/2010
ISBN-10: 0822561921
ISBN-13: 9780822561927
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Hachiko Waits

Leslea Newman (2004), 96 pages
Illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction
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What a good dog you are. What a smart dog you are. What a clever dog you are. These are the words Professor Ueno uses to praise his beloved Akita, Hachiko, daily. Professor Ueno takes the train to downtown Tokyo to the university where he teaches. One morning after he leaves, Hachi (his nickname) escapes through the unlatched gate and follows him to the train station. Having no time to return the dog home, Ueon is relieved when the stationmaster agrees to look after him. And thus starts the daily ritual of Hachi meeting his master at the 3:00 train. They make friends with 10-year-old Yasuo and his mother who also board the train daily. One day the Professor unexpectedly dies at work. When Yasuo finds out he grieves for the Professor and decides to take on the responsibility of caring for the lonely Akita who never fails to meet the 3:00 train. Every day for 10 years he comes to the station to feed Hachi. The stationmaster notices Yasuo's devotion to the dog and tells him that one day Hachi will reward him. 'A dog, reward me?' he scoffs. But reward him he does in a very special way. To find out how, read Hachiko Waits.
Similar books: Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog by Pamela S. Turner
Awards nominated: Bluestem 2011
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0805073361
ISBN-13: 9780805073362
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Commenter: Michelle, grade 5
it's a good book because #1.it's sad #2.It is surprizing
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Happy Go Lucky

Kristin Earhart (2007), 87 pages
Illustrated by John Gurney
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction
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Happy is not sure about leaving his mom and the only home he has known at Mrs. Shoemaker's farm. His mom tells him that he is ready to be a school pony at Big Apple Barn, but Happy is not sure he wants to be a school pony. Happy finds new friends and new adventures at his new home and yes the clover is almost as sweet at Big Apple Barn as it was at home.
Book Series: Big Apple Barn
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 10/25/2010
ISBN-13: 9781435203310
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Hat for Minerva Louise, A

Janet Morgan Stoeke (1997), 24 pages
Illustrated by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Audience: Preschool - Preschool
Category: Animal, Humor, Picture Books
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Unlike her friends, who like to stay tucked into the warmth, Minerva Louise, a charming chicken, wants to explore in the snow. When she gets cold, she decides to find something to keep her warm. She mistakes every day objects for outdoor wear, like a flowerpot she tries to wear as a hat. She finally finds a 'hat' for her head and her tail (actually two mittens). The simple, silly story lends itself to interaction, as parents and children can identify the objects Minerva Louise mistakes for winter wear.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/28/2009
ISBN-10: 0140556664
ISBN-13: 9780140556667
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Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems

Janet Stevens (2008), 56 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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Mr. Mutt should be Dr. Mutt, as he gives multiple dogs multiple solutions to their problem. Some of his solutions are 'small dogs use teamwork,' big dogs 'look on the countertop,' and 'bark when you are told to and get the treats.' Dogs write Mr. Mutt about their problems, usually about what people expect of them. These dogs are discouraged, but Mr. Mutt tries to give them advice that will help them. Cats are also discussed as part of a dog's life. What do you think of Mr. Mutt's solutions to the dogs' problems? Also, there are pictures of things to find in the book, such as pink bunny ears, paper clips and tennis balls.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: cj
Date read: 4/5/2010
ISBN-10: 0152046283
ISBN-13: 9780152046286
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