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Review: A Childs Garden of Verses by Robert Stevenson, 1999, is a poetry book collection ofmany different poems. It recounts the joys of childhood and is a great representation of the genre.
Blurb: I would use this similar to the other poetry books in a poetry unit, having children pick one to recreate.
Quote: “Up into the cherry tree
Who should climb but little me?
I held the trunk with both my hands
And looked abroad on foreign lands.“

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A Light in the Attic | Shel Silverstein
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Review: A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, 2002, is a poetry book full of more whacky, abstract poems about anything and everything.
Blurb: I would use this in my classroom during a poetry unit and have children pick one of the topics inside and write their own poems about it. As well as illustrations since the book has drawings too!
Quote: “Last night while I lay thinking here
Some Whatifs crawled inside my ear“

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Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein, 2002, is a poetry book filled with many different poems about anything you can imagine! It's a great example of the genre because it contains all kinds of poetry.
Blurb: I would use this book during a poetry unit in my class, I would like children to choose one of the poems from inside and focus more on it.
Quote: “I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at hug o' war“

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Review: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback, 1999, is a Caldecott Winner about Josephs overcoat, and the many different forms it took. It has lovely animated illustrations and tons of humor.
Blurb: I would use this book as a read aloud because of the repetition the book has, children would be able to read along even without being able to read.
Quote: “So he made a jacket out of it and went to the fair.“

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Review: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann, 2007, is a Caldecott Winner about a rabbit who saves the day after his friend lets him play with his brand new airplane! It has brilliant illustrations that take up more page than words, but help tell the story even more.
Blurb: I would use this in my classroom as a read aloud, there are many different characters and humor the students would enjoy it.
Quote: “The plane was just out of reach.“

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Review: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, 2004, is a Caldecott Winner about a kitten who thinks the moon is a bowl of milk. It has little text and large type, with luminescent pictures that bring it to life.
Blurb: I would use this in my classroom as a read aloud with children. Especially if children in the room had expressed interest in cats!
Quote: “still, there was the little bowl of milk, just waiting“

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Review: The hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster, 2005, is a Caldecott Winner about a young girl visiting her grandparents and their magic window. It has beautiful abstract illustrations.
Blurb: I would use this book in my classroom for a read aloud, and follow up with apart project. Letting children create the characters in the story as their own family.
Quote: “That's the Hello, Goodbye Window. It looks like a regular window but it's not.“

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Henrys Freedom Box | Ellen & Kadir Nelson Levine
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Review: Henrys Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine, 2007, is a Caldecott Honor winner about the true story of a mans journey to freedom. It has beautiful illustrations and portrays the story very well.
Blurb: I would use this story in my class to talk about slavery. It's a nonfiction tale so its a good resource to use.
Quote: “Henry Brown wasn‘t sure how old he was. Henry was a slave. And slaves weren‘t allowed to know their birthdays.“

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The Lion and the Mouse | Aesop, Jerry Pinkney
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Review: The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, 2009, is a Caldecott Winner about an unlikely pair and an act of kindness. It's a great example of the genre because of its beautiful illustrations.
Blurb: I would use this book in my classroom during a lesson on kindness and being nice to others. I would ask children what things they have done similar to what the mouse and lion did.
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A Sick Day for Amos McGee | Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead
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Review: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, 2010, is a Caldecott Winner and is about a zookeeper who gets sick and can't visit his animal friends at the zoo. It has some great illustrations!
Blurb: I would use this book in my classroom as a read aloud, allowing the children to see the illustrations as well as ask questions about the animals and story.
Quote: “and at sunset, read stories to the owl.“

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Review: Locomotive by Brian Floca, 2013, is a Caldecott Award winners set in 1869 about trains, crews, and family riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad.
Blurb: This books illustrations are beautiful and add to the quality of the story. I would use this during a real aloud and point out different things as I read the story to children.
Quote: ““Here is a road made for crossing the country, a new road of rails made for people to ride.

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Review: The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat, 2014, is a Caldecott Award winner about an imaginary friend and his journey to find a child of his own.
Blurb: This story along with beautiful illustrations tells a very touching story about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.
Quote: “But his turn never came.“

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Wolf in the Snow | Matthew Cordell
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Review: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell, 2017, is a Caldecott Award winner about a young girl and a wolf that get lost in the snow and their journey together.
Blurb: This book solely relies on its illustrations to tell the story, because there are no words! But it does a great job, the story is very touching and keeps you engaged the whole time.
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Waiting | Kevin Henkes
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Review: Waiting by Kevin Henkes, 2015, is a Caldecott Honor book about toys waiting for things to happen as they sit on their windowsill.
Blurb: This book has amazing illustrations and not a lotto words because the pictures do the talking. I would use this as a read aloud book since like I said, there aren't many actual sentences.
Quote: “Once a visitor arrived from far away. He stayed a while, then he left and never returned.“

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Review: Ben Franklin's Almanac by Candace Fleming, , is a biography all about Benjamin Franklin.
Blurb: This is a good example of the genre because of the real account of ben Franklins life that is being told. The author was well researched and used factual information to write her story. I would use this in my classroom for a social studies lesson/project.
Quote: “The news, when it reaches London, deeply disturbs Ben.“

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Review: Josephine by Patricia Powell, 2014, is a biography about performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker. It was well researched by the author and illustrator
Blurb: This is a great example of the genre because it tells the true story of a real person, and it uses real quotes that came from the main character that flow and fit into the storyline.
Quote: “Josephine-born poor, out of wedlock in honky-tonk town.“

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I Face the Wind | Vicki Cobb
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Review: I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb, 2003, is a nonfiction story about science, but told in a fun entertaining way!
Blurb: this is a great example of the genre because while its factual and real information it's a fun story with activities and fun illustrations.
Quote: “How can you weigh air?”

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Review: We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman, 2016, is a nonfiction book about a student resistance that defied Adolf Hitler. It's a powerful true story about a brave group of students.
Blurb: I think this book would go well with older children that are learning about the Holocaust, it might inspire them and get them thinking about injustices they see in their lives.
Quote: “He preached a scathing sermon.“

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Review: Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, 2011, is a nonfiction story about the puppeteer of the Macy's Parade!
Blurb: This is a good example of the genre because it it a true story that uses quotes and facts to retell the story. I would use it around thanksgiving to give children insight into the upcoming parade. The illustrations and word placement add to the story.
Quote: “He discovered no one was making marionettes for kids anymore.“

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Spiders | Nic Bishop
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Review: Spiders by Nic Bishop, 2007, is a nonfiction book all about spiders! It talks about the different kinds of spiders there are, what it eats, how it grows and more interesting things!
Blurb: Again I would use this in my classroom if children showed an interest in the topic and wanted to learn more. It's a great resource because its factual, has pictures and is well researched.
Quote: “Spiders don't have bones inside their body for support.“

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Review: Chameleon, Chameleon by Joy Cowley, 2005, is a nonfiction story all about chameleons! It uses photos to tell a real story about a chameleon.
Blurb: This is a great example of the genre because it is factual, it's telling a story based on photos that were taken of an actual chameleon and uses vocabulary that is true and relevant to the topic.
Quote: “Chameleons come in many sizes, from as large as a big squirrel to as tiny as a matchstick.“

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The Story of Buildings | Patrick Dillon
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Review: The story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon, 2014, is a nonfiction story all about the history of buildings all around the world.
Blurb: This book is a good example of the genre because it is full of real information/pictures of buildings & their history, the author did the research and was well educated on the topic.
Quote: “Most of all, the Middle Ages were a time of fighting, so kings and noblemen built great castles to defend themselves.“

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OLE? Flamenco | George Ancona
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Review: Ole! Flamenco by George Ancona, 2010, is a nonfiction story all-out the the Spanish styled flamenco dance!
Blurb: I would use this book in my classroom as a way to get children active and teach them something they might have never heard of before. It's a good example of the genre because of the factual information and photos the book contains.
Quote: “These young dancers are learning an art that goes back a long, long time.“

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Ladybugs | Gail Gibbons
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Review: Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons, 2012, is a nonfiction story about ladybugs. Their anatomy, eating habits, and other information and facts about them.
Blurb: This is a good example of the genre because of all the factual information that the book contains, I would use it if children showed an interest in ladybugs and wanted to learn more about them.
Quote: “They also believe there are about 475 different types of ladybugs in North America.“

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Coyote Moon | Bagram Ibatoulline, Maria Gianferrari
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Review: Coyote Moon by Bagram Ibatoulline and Maria Gianferrari, 2016, is a nonfiction story about a coyote and his journey to find food for the day.
Blurb: I would use this story in a classroom during a unit about local wildlife since it is a factual depiction of how a coyote finds its food. It's a good example of the genre due to the accuracy of the content.
Quote: “Full-bellied, they will sleep. Until the moon wakes them again.“

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Review: The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming, 2014, is a nonfiction book about the true story of the infamous Romanov family.
Blurb: This is a great example of the genre because it is factual and contains different aspects like pictures and maps to help tell the story. I would use this in a classroom and have students investigate further on their own.
Quote: “That's because they were members of the nobility.“

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Nory Ryan's Song | Patricia Reilly Giff

Review: Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff, 2002, is a historical fiction book about a young girl trying to make it through the Great Potato Famine in Ireland.
Blurb: This is a good example of the genre because although the characters are fictional it is based upon a real event and the author was well educated on the topic and history of it. The authors note at the end gives even more information.
Quote: “I could save Cat Neely and mother“

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Review: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick, 2009, is a historical fiction book about a boy on a mission to find his older brother, set during the Civil War.
Blurb: This book is a good example of the genre because although it's fiction there are factual things about the time period, along with real vocab that is defined later on.
Quote: “That's how it all started out, true adventures, with Harold sticking up for me.“

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Lu | Jason Reynolds
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Review: Lu by Jason Reynolds, 2018, is a realistic fiction book about an albino teenage track star who faces hurdles on and off the track.
Blurb: I think this is a greta example of the genre because it includes different groups of people that exist in the real world that maybe not a lot of young children don't get to encounter regularly.
Quote: “Don't worry, I don't think you have to love me for me to love you. Because it's like sense, you know“

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George | Alex Gino
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Review: George by Alex Gino, 2015, is a realistic fiction book about a young boy who knows that she's truly a girl, and her mission to play a girls part in a class play.
Blurb: This is another greta example of the genre because students do face things like this it could help children who don't feel as comfortable in their bodies less alone and like they aren't the only ones who feel this way.
Quote: ““I want to be Charlotte,” George whispered.“

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One Half from the East | Nadia Hashimi
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Review: One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi, 2016, is a realistic fiction book about Obayda and her life as a bacha posh—a preteen girl dressed as a boy.
Blurb: This would be great to use in a classroom where children are starting to grow up and figure out who they are/want to be, might help some children feel less alone and heard.
Quote: “Are you a boy because you have those body parts or are you a boy because you get to do boy things.“

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Juana and Lucas | Juana Medina
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Review: Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina, 2016, is a realistic fiction book about a young Colombian girl struggling to find the motivation to learn English.
Blurb: I would use this book with ESL students or students who English isn't their first language, they would be able to relate and reflect on their own struggles with learning a new language. The illustrations and word placement are great too!
Quote: “Hard enough to send it across the field!“

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Spurt | Chris Miles
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Review: Spurt by Chris Miles, 2017, is a realistic fiction chapter book about a high school boy who has yet to hit puberty! Its a great example of the genre because it's about real life events that happen to all young boys!
Blurb: I would keep this book in the classroom for children to read if they wished but I don't think I would make anyone read it, or read it aloud to the class.
Quote: “And he was still stranded on Pubeless Island.“

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The Lotterys Plus One | Emma Donoghue
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Review: The Lottery's Plus One by Emma Donoghue, 2017, is a realistic fiction chapter book about a blended family and an unexpected visitor who doesn't accept their family at first.
Blurb: This is a great example of the genre because a lot of people have families that look different and they can relate to this book, as well as the message of feeling accepted.
Quote: “But it's only on Catalpa that it all adds up to beautiful, which is unfair.“

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The Best Man | Richard Peck
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Review: The Best Man by Richard Peck, 2016, is a realistic fiction chapter book about a young sixth grade boy who gets to experience his uncle marry another man and his journey through it all.
Blurb: This book is a good example of realistic fiction because it sheds light on same sex marriage, which many students may be familiar with at home but don't get to see a lot of in their books.
Quote: ““You saved my butt“ I still tell her.“

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Moo | Sharon Creech
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Review: Moo by Sharon Creech, 2016, is a realistic fiction chapter book about a families move from the city to Maine, and the surprising relationship between a girl and a cow.
Blurb: The word placement in the book helps tell the story in a visual way and adds to the quality of the book. Any student that has/will experience a move could relate to this story a lot.
Quote: “It was the beginning of summer and we thought we'd landed on another planet.“

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Review: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, 1990, is a realistic fiction chapter book about a young boy who grew up in a broken home and became a legend.
Blurb: This is a great example of realistic fiction because many students have problems with parents and guardians splitting up and fighting and can relate to the main character in that sense. As well as talking about racism and inequality.
Quote: “Talk! Talk, will ya! Talk! Talk! Talk!“

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Counting by 7's | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Review: Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan, 2013, is a realistic fiction chapter book about a young girl navigating life after losing both of her parents in a horrible accident.
Blurb: I would read this book to a classroom/recommend it if I knew that one of my students had lost a loved one or were struggling with a situation at home the resembled the one in the story.
Quote: “I need to rewind. I want to go back. Will anyone go with me?“

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Review: The Doll People Set Sail by Laura Godwin, is a fantasy chapter book about dolls that come to life when people aren't around! It portrays the category well and isn't too advanced so good for all older readers.
Blurb: These stories are full of fantasy with the living dolls, and make children excited about their toys at home and the classroom! I would incorporate it into their play!
Quote: “Was Kate getting too old for dolls?“

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Review: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart, 2012 is a fantasy chapter book about an extremely brilliant young man. It's the prequel to another series and explains the backstory of the main character
Blurb: This book uses very mature language and concepts and is perfect for more advanced readers that enjoy mystery as well as society books
Quote: “There was, in fact, such a person watching from the train window.“

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The Tiger and the Wise Man | Andrew Fusek Peters
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Review: The Tiger and the Wise Man by Andrew Fusek Peters, 2004 is a traditional children's book about a man trying to use cunning to get out of being eaten by a tiger. The illustrations make this story even more amazing.
Blurb: The talking animals and tress make this story the traditional tale it is, and would have children very engaged.
Quote: “Tiger was being very badly behaved as usual.“

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Fables | Arnold Lobel
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Review: Fables by Arnold Lobel, 1980 is a traditional storybook that is a collection of 20 fables all combined in one book. Each is a page and tells a silly story of fictional characters.
Blurb: It's a great book to do a unit on fables, each story could be read at a different time instead of all in one day and the children could pick their favorite one and go further in depth with it.
Quote: “They found one, and it took them safely to the pond.“

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf | B. G. Hennessy

Review: The Boy Who Cried Wold by B.G. Hennessy, is a traditional storybook about a young shepherd boy who lies about seeing a wolf so much no one believes him when it comes true! It has a good underlying message within about lying.
Blurb: Children can easily get the take away from this book unlike some other children's books with deeper messages.
Quote: ““I am the most bored boy in the world,“ thought the shepherd.“

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Paul Bunyan | Steven Kellogg
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Review: Paul Bunyan by Steven Kellogg, 1984 is a traditional children's book about a man with unusual strengths. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is very funny and unbelievable.
Blurb: This book is very similar to Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg so they would go well together.
Quote: “All was well until Paul started rocking the cradle and stirring up waves.“

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Johnny Appleseed | Steven Kellogg
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Review: Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg, 1988 is a traditional children's book about a man who grows apple trees. It's a cool story because Johnny Appleseed was a real person, but over time his story has turned into a fictional one.
Blurb: This story has really cool illustrations as well as a cool theme that children find fun and hard to believe.
Quote: “He thanked the exhausted woodsmen for there help and began planting.“

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Review: Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky, 1987 is a traditional story about a little man who saves a woman from being killed by spinning straw into gold.
Blurb: This is a great read a out book because although his name is supposed to be a mystery its cool to see the children figure out that the title of the book is his name!
Quote: “O lucky me! For no one knows that Rumpelstiltskin is my name!“

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Chicken Little | Steven Kellogg
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Review: Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg, is a traditional storybook abut a little chicken that gets hit on the head by an acorn and thinks the sky is falling! It's a funny story and I really enjoy it.
Blurb: being able to be the only one who knows what actually hit Chicken Little in the head makes this story cool as a reader.
Quote: “The sky is falling!“

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Gingerbread Baby | Jan Brett
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Review: Gingerbread Baby by Jane Brett, 2003 is a traditional storybook about the a gingerbread baby that comes to life and runs away! The book is beautifully illustrated and has a very young and lively feel to the original tale of the gingerbread man.
Blurb: The illustrations are cool because besides the main ones on each page there are extra little ones on the side showing whats going on in other parts of the story.
Quote: “Catch me if you can!“

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Review: The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Janet Stevens, is a traditional children's book about three billy goats and there adventure over a bridge where a troll lives. I love this book and the illustrations this version has.
Blurb: The goal of the billy goats is to trick the troll and I always thought it was very clever of them and I enjoyed reading about how they were going to execute their plan!
Quote: “WHOS THAT TRIPPING OVER MY BRIDGE“

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The Korean Cinderella | Shirley Climo
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The Korean Cinderella by Shirley Climo, 1996 is a traditional book about a young girl in Korean who has a similar story then the one of Cinderella. Its a very beautiful book, with wonderful illustrations and Korean culture throughout.
Blurb: If this is read to children that are familiar with the original Cinderella story they could make connections between the two.
Quote: “Both Omoni and Peony were jealous of Pear Blossom.