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Beautiful Blackbird

Ashley Bryan (2003), 40 pages
Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Folklore, Picture Books
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Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too. Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings -- markings that detail birds to this very day.
Awards won: Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Winning Author
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 7/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0689847319
ISBN-13: 9780689847318
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Because of Winn-Dixie

Kate DiCamillo (2001), 192 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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A girl named India Opal Buloni finds a dog and they have adventures and more sad and funny surprises than you could ever imagine.
Awards nominated: 2014 Bluestem Nominee
Awards won: Newbery Honor
Reviewed by: St. Charles Reader
Date read: 11/6/2009
ISBN-10: 0763616052
ISBN-13: 9780763616052
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5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 booksA Funny, Moving Story
Commenter: Emily, grade 18
When Opal meets a large, ugly dog causing chaos at the Winn-Dixie grocery store, she pretends he's her dog. It turns out that Winn-Dixie (as she names him) causes more trouble and brings more happiness than she could ever have expected, when he makes her friends in the new town, helps her get a job, and brings her together with her father. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always entertaining, Because of Winn-Dixie is a moving story of sadness, friendship, and community. It also makes a wonderful title for reading aloud.
5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 booksGreat Audio Book!
Commenter: Jill, grade 39
Listening to this book creates the relaxed atmosphere of being in the South. This book has just the right amounts of happy and sad parts!
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Ben and Me

Robert Lawson (1939), 114 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Historical
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This fun retelling of Benjamin Franklin's life is by his mouse friend Amos. Learn about the War of Independence, diplomacy in France, and Franklin's many inventions. According to Amos, most of Franklin's best ideas came straight from him!
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 8/25/2011
ISBN-10: 0316517321
ISBN-13: 9780316517324
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Best Horse Ever

Alice Delacroix (2010), 80 pages
Illustrated by Ronald Himler
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Animal, Especially for Girls, Fiction
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Abby's dream has come true. She finally has her very own horse, Griffin. She can't wait to brush, feed, and ride him. But will she have to give up everything else in order to care for Griffin? Even her best friend?
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 10/25/2010
ISBN-10: 0823422542
ISBN-13: 9780823422548
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Big Adventure of the Smalls

Helen Stephens (2012), 32 pages
Illustrated by Helen Stephens
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Animal, Humor, Picture Books
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Paul and Sally Small like living in Small Hall, because there is always something fun happening. But tonight, they have to go to bed. When they hear the music starting, they creep out and peer down the stairs. Then Mr. Puddles falls through the banister! They dash from one hiding place to another, and finally find Mr. Puddles. Now all they have to do is get back upstairs without anyone seeing them.
Similar books: Illustrations are similar to the Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 10/9/2012
ISBN-13: 9781442450691
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