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How Oliver Olson Changed the World

Claudia Mills (2009), 112 pages
Illustrated by Heather Maione
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Especially for Boys, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Oliver's 3rd grade class is studying the solar system, and everyone will get to look through a real telescope to see the planets on their space sleepover. How can Oliver convince his over-protective parents to let him sleep over too? Oliver feels left out just like Pluto, until he finds an ally in his diorama partner, Claudia.
Similar authors: Barbara Parks, Mary Pope Osborne, Beverly Cleary
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 3/23/2010
ISBN-10: 0374334870
ISBN-13: 9780374334871
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How the Ostrich Got Its Long Neck: A Tale from the Akamba of Kenya

Verna Aardema (1995), 28 pages
Illustrated by Marcia Brown
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural
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Never trust a hungry crocodile is the moral of this delightful read, 'How the Ostrich Got Its Long Neck' by Verna Aardema. Tender hearted Ostrich couldn't help but come to the aid of Crocodile who had a bad toothache. Against his better judgment, Ostrich stuck his head in Crocodile's mouth in an effort to pull the tooth and end his suffering. Discover what happens next. The title of this book really says it all!
Similar authors: John Kilaka; Julius Lester; Melinda Lilly
Similar books: The Man Who Knew Too Much: A Moral Tale from the Baila of Zambia by Julius Lester; Wanyana And Matchmaker Frog: A Bagandan Tale by Melinda Lilly; The Amazing Tree by John Kilaka
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/7/2012
ISBN-10: 0590483676
ISBN-13: 9780590483674
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How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend

Jerrie Oughton (1992), 32 pages
Illustrated by Lisa Desimini
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural
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How the Stars Fell into the Sky by Jerrie Oughton is a retelling of a Navajo Legend that attempts to explain the randomness of the stars' appearance in the night sky. Legend has it that on the 'First Day', First Woman began to place the stars carefully and orderly into the sky. These stars represented the laws that would guide future generations of people into leading lives based on peace and order. To accomplish this monumental task, First Woman, accepts the help of Coyote. Soon Coyote becomes impatient with this arduous chore and decides to take matters into his own hands with disastrous results. This book's striking illustrations by Lisa Desimini gives this Native American story an ancient and sacred feel. This is a beautiful story which brings meaning and reverence to the night sky.
Similar authors: Michael J. Rosen; Paul Goble; Pat Sherman; Gerald Hausman; Kristina Rodanas
Similar books: The Sun's Daughter by Pat Sherman; Dragonfly's Tale by Kristina Rodanas; How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet: Native American Animal Origin Stories retold by Gerald Hausman; The Dog Who Walked with God by Michael J. Rosen
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/27/2012
ISBN-10: 0395587980
ISBN-13: 9780395587980
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How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay

Julia Alvarez (2001), 147 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction
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Miguel's move to a farmhouse in Vermont from New York City is complicated by a visit from his Tia Lola from the Dominican Republic. Already, kids in school call him 'Gooseman,' a deliberate mispronunciation of his last name, Guzman. Tia Lola speaks only Spanish, dresses in bright floral prints and insists on kissing him at every opportunity. Miguel is sure that, when the other kids meet her, he will be a laughing stock. Tia Lola wants to learn everything about his new life and even gets involved in his baseball team, designing uniforms and making the Dominican version of a frozen fruit drink. All Miguel wants is to return to New York City and for his parents to get back together, or at least to be considered a regular guy.
Book Series: Tia Lola Stories
Similar books: Heat by Mike Lupica
Awards nominated: 2013 Bluestem Nominee
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 5/19/2012
ISBN-13: 9780440418702
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How To be A Baby . . . By Me, The Big Sister

Sally Lloyd-Jones (2007), 40 pages
Illustrated by Sue Heap
Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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This funny take on the difference between being a baby and being an older sibling features a big sister who lists all the things her baby sibling cannot do that she can do. 'When you're a baby, you don't read books. You eat them.' This very silly book points out lots of things that are great about being the older sibling, but also ends on a note of affection between the baby and the older sister.
Similar books: How to Get Married...By Me, The Bride by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 6/17/2010
ISBN-10: 0375838430
ISBN-13: 9780375838439
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