Spacious and Spellbinding: The Tortilla Cat

Friday, August 18, 2006.

The Tortilla CatAuthor: Nancy Willard
Illustrator: Jeannette Winter (on JOMB)
Published: 1998 Harcourt Brace Children’s Books
ISBN: 0152895876

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This simply spun and beautifully illustrated story of family, magic and suspense absorbs our girls completely — and almost always ends to cries of “read it again!”.

A Read Aloud Dream: The Dragons Are Singing Tonight

Monday, August 14, 2006.

Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: Peter Sis
Published: 1998 Harper Trophy (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688161626

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I will always extend our storytime by one book, if this is it. These seventeen poems are a read aloud dream. They feel great in the mouth, evoke a good range of moods and emotion and end with a rousing glint of intrigue that brings the reading to a perfect close.

Reaching higher: I Can Hear the Sun

Friday, August 4, 2006.

I Can Hear the SunAuthor: Patricia Polacco
Illustrator: Patricia Polacco
Published: 2002 Puffin USA
ISBN: 069811857X

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A beautifully written and illustrated story that somehow blends the harsh realities of homelessness, isolation and disability with a magical sense of wonder, friendship and maybe even hope.

Fly, Eagle, Fly

Thursday, August 3, 2006.

Fly, Eagle, FlyAuthor: Christopher Gregorowski
Illustrator: Niki Daly (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Frances Lincoln Limited
ISBN: 0711217300

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An eagle chick orphaned and raised as a chicken completely forgets its potential.

This brilliant book can be enjoyed for the guaranteed giggles of embarrassment at the eagle’s ridiculous situation, or to prompt discussions of life, limits and the potential of the human spirit.

 
 

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