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Reviews by : (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

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Author: Ying Chang Compestine

I used this book in celebration of Chinese New Year. It is a great tale about a beat up wok that takes things from the mean rich family--food, toys, and money--and brings them to the poor family who is appreciative and willing to share. The wok also makes handy work of the mean family at the end. The pictures are vivid and carry the energy of the story.

Illustrator: Sebastia Serra

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Author: Peter Brown

This book was a delight and so hopeful. I found out more by watching the DVD produced by Weston Woods. I like that the main character, Liam, starts a garden that spreads and spreads and spreads all over the city.

It seems like the opposite of a book that I loved by Australian author Jeannie Baker (published 1991) called "Window". However, that book was a cautionary tale about the city taking over nature. I'm really happy with this new concept of "greening" in this book and DVD.

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Author: Michael Ian Black

This book is about all the different words for our "bumper". It is silly and fun with a humorous ending!

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Author: Jennifer Berne

This book conveys how the imagination and creativity of Einstein must have FELT! It is a great jumping off point for learning more about Einstein!

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Author: Kathryn Heling

Kids can guess what job will be done by the uniform hanging on the clothesline. This book is clever and inclusive.

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Author: Mark Sperring

This book is a poem accompanied by bright, dazzling pictures that tells about the shapes that a child would encounter in the course of a day. The book ends with the mother of the child explaining that the shape of her heart is filled with all of their time together and her love for her child.

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Author: Jan Thornhill

This book follows, Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler from the Arctic Circle to Panama during migration season. The reader learns about the extensive distance and all the things that can happen along the way. Beautifully illustrated, this book is full of detailed information, but NOT in an overwhelming way.

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Author: Janet Schulman

This is a nice counting book about decorating the tree. I like that menorah candles represent the number 9. This shows how multifaceted our society is and that we are all celebrating together and enjoying the lights of the season.