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Bigger And Smaller

Larry Dane Brimner (2005), 24 pages
Illustrated by Patrick Girouard
Audience: 1st Grade - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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A boy points out that he's bigger than many different animals at the zoo. Then his sister shows her 'little brother' the truth, he's smaller than many animals, too. Vivid illustrations on each page bring the zoo to life. (Reading Level: 2.1)
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 5/5/2011
ISBN-10: 1592965326
ISBN-13: 9781592965328
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Birchbark House

Louise Erdrich (1999), 256 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Multicultural
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This tale of an Ojibwa girl living in North America in the mid-nineteenth century is a tale of everyday life, with its pleasures and dilemmas, but also a story filled with the depth of family love, grief and healing in the face of tragedy, and the complexity of growing into one's identity as a human being. In this story of a year in the life of Omakayas, we learn of her mixed feelings towards her siblings and chores, her relationship with a crow who becomes a beloved pet, and the complexities of the yearly routines (such as the building of the birchbark house and the collection of maple sap to make syrup) that allow her family to survive on the land. At the same time, we join her as she faces deep grief at the loss of a loved one through illness, discovers secrets of her past, and comes into her own as a human being. This is a thoughtful, quietly powerful tale that both tells a story from an important perspective often overlooked in this region's history and also explores the timeless theme of the experience of growing up and into oneself as a person.
Similar books: The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich; The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich
Awards nominated: National Book Award Finalist
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 12/31/2011
ISBN-10: 0786814543
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Birthday for Bear

Bonny Becker (2009), 56 pages
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Fiction
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Bear insists he doesn't like birthdays and mouse insists that they need to celebrate. Mouse tries different things like having a party, dropping off balloons, delivering a card, bringing a present, and finally baking a cake. In the end, bear decides it would be fun to celebrate and eat cake with mouse.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: rn
Date read: 4/28/2011
ISBN-10: 0763637467
ISBN-13: 9780763637460
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Birthday Pony

Jessie Haas (2004), 80 pages
Illustrated by Margot Apple
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Popcorn the pony likes getting his own way. When Jane finally gets the chance to ride him instead of sweet, tired old SweetPea, she's excited. Soon she learns that Popcorn can't be controlled. It has been her dream forever to have her own pony, but will Jane ever learn to manage Popcorn?
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 9/29/2010
ISBN-10: 0060573597
ISBN-13: 9780060573591
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Biscuit Visits the Big City

Alyssa Satin Capucilli (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by Pat Schories
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction
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Biscuit is in the Big City to visit his friend Jack. He has adventures with a bus and some other dogs. What he would really like to learn more about is that pigeon. Will he ever catch up with him?
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 10/10/2012
ISBN-10: 0060741651
ISBN-13: 9780060741655
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