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Book Review Preschool to Grade 4: November 2012

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”SchoolBERK, Ari. Nightsong. illus. by Loren Long. 48p. CIP. S & S. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-7886-2; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-8552-5. LC 2009026608.
K-Gr 3–Not since Janell Cannon’s Stellaluna (Harcourt, 1993) have readers been introduced to such a charming young bat learning to navigate his world. Night closes in and Chiro’s mother tells him it’s time for him to fly alone; he will succeed if he uses his song, otherwise known as his “good sense,” to guide him. Though timid about being on his own, the young bat ventures into the dark unknown and, remembering his mother’s words, begins to sing. His song bounces off objects, enabling him to gain confidence as he goes farther from home than he would have ever thought possible. His growing self-assurance, natural curiosity, and newly acquired skill of finding his own food embolden him. The text extends the darkness by appearing bright in the center and fading to darker near the edges, though it is still clear and easy to decipher. Acrylic and graphite illustrations reveal a dark night and a sweet, cuddly bat with a freckled nose and long pointed ears. Children in groups or one-on-one readings will enjoy hearing about this endearing character’s adventure.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

”SchoolCOLE, Henry. Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad. illus. by author. 32p. CIP. Scholastic. Nov. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-39997-5. LC 2011043583.
Gr 3-8–Gorgeously rendered in soft, dark pencils, this wordless book is reminiscent of the naturalistic pencil artistry of Maurice Sendak and Brian Selznick, but unique in its accurate re-creation of a Civil War-era farm in northwestern Virginia. On the dedication page, readers see a star quilt on a split rail fence, symbolizing the North Star. Confederate soldiers arrive on horseback and a farmer’s daughter’s lingering gaze betrays her intuition of their visit. She goes about her duties of feeding the animals and gathering harvested vegetables. In the recently harvested cornstalks propped up in the corner of the barn, she hears a rustling and sees an eye. Superb visual storytelling shows her hands time and time again offering a piece of corn bread, apple pie, a leg of chicken, each time on a small checkered kerchief, to the young, hidden runaway. The soldiers return with a poster: “Wanted! Escaped! Reward!” These words call out in the otherwise wordless book, and readers feel their power. Parallels between the fugitive and the farmer’s daughter establish themselves visually when the latter gazes from behind a door, terrified at this threat. An author’s note details the Civil War stories Cole heard as a young boy and underscores his intention of showing not the division, anger, and violence of the Civil War, but “the courage of everyday people who were brave in quiet ways.”–Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City

”SchoolDALY, Niki. The Herd Boy. illus. by author. 32p. CIP. glossary. Eerdmans. 2012. Tr $17. ISBN 978-0-8028-5417-9. LC 2012005515.
Gr 1-3–Malusi looks after his grandfather’s sheep and goats in rural South Africa. Every day, while it is still dark, he takes his herd to the grazing slopes. There, he must keep them safe from the ravine and snakes. “It’s a big job for a small boy/…you have to be brave, to be a herd boy.” His friend Lungisa, who dreams of playing soccer, and Malusi, who dreams of being president, play games and stick-fight while they watch over the animals. After Malusi bravely fends off a starving baboon, he gingerly cares for a wounded lamb and carries it back to his village. Then, in a highly believable moment, Nelson Mandela pulls up in his car and encourages Malusi by telling him, “a boy who looks after his herd will make a very fine leader.” Daly does an extraordinary job of illustrating the story through detailed, gorgeously rendered images of the country. In addition, spot art illuminates textual references and unseen events. The glossary of Afrikaans and Xhosa words and an author’s note clarify the text. This is a touching, eloquent story about a young boy who could be any child. Filled with hope and promise, it will inspire children to embrace their place in life and dream big.–Nancy Jo Lambert, Ruth Borchardt Elementary, Plano, TX

”SchoolGORDON , Domenica More. Archie. illus. by author. 32p. Bloomsbury. Nov. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-1-59990-936-3; PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-1-59990-947-9.
PreS-Gr 2–This nearly wordless story with an all-canine cast is picture-reading at its best. When Archie receives a sewing machine from his Great Aunt Betty, he creates a simple garment for his dog. The simple coat garners a request from another owner. That, in turn, brings more requests. Before long the telephone is constantly ringing. Archie’s designs are in demand. They become more elaborate, one-of-a-kind, carefully matched to the owner and dog. Business is so good that Archie begins thinking about a vacation. His planning is interrupted by yet one more phone call. Archie’s fame has spread to Britain’s most royal dog owner! The watercolor illustrations are outlined with pen and ink and set against clean white backgrounds that let Archie and his creations shine. Each dog, owner and pet, is individual, and there’s no way to misidentify the Queen and her Corgi. These cartoon-style paintings read easily and are highlighted by onomatopoeic words. Dog lovers and fashionistas will be delighted.–Carolyn Janssen, Children’s Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

”SchoolMCKAY, Hilary. Lulu and the Duck in the Park. Bk. 1. illus. by Priscilla Lamont. 104p. CIP. Albert Whitman. 2012. Tr $13.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-4808-0. LC 2012008229.
Gr 1-3–In this entertaining chapter book, readers are introduced to irrepressible Lulu, “famous for her love of animals.” She loves her old dog, Sam, as much as the spiders in her house. She loves the snails in her garden as much as her hamster and guinea pig. Lulu’s mother is famous for saying, “The more the merrier. As long as Lulu cleans up after them.” However, her teacher is almost as famous for not liking animals. When Lulu’s dog follows her to school, Mrs. Holiday declares that if any child brings an animal into the room as a visitor, the class guinea pig will have to go live elsewhere. Then, on a trip to the park, after a wild rumpus in which two overly enthusiastic dogs trample all of a mother duck’s spring nests, Lulu notices an intact egg. She gently places it in her pocket on the way back to the classroom. Her best friend and cousin, Mellie, is sworn to secrecy and becomes an accomplice as they try to hide and protect it. McKay’s pacing is spot-on, and the story moves briskly. Lamont’s black-and-white illustrations capture the sparkle in Lulu’s eyes and the warmth and fuzziness of a newly hatched duckling. The satisfying ending will have children awaiting the next installment in what is likely to become a hit series for fans of other plucky characters like Horrible Harry, Stink, and Junie B. Jones.–Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

”SchoolKING, Martin Luther, Jr. I Have a Dream. illus. by Kadir Nelson. 40p. w/CD. CIP. Random/Schwartz & Wade. 2012. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-85887-1; PLB $21.99. ISBN 978-0-375-95887-8; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98772-4. LC 2011044259.
Gr 2 Up–This splendidly illustrated tribute comes in time to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic speech given on August 28, 1963. The full text is appended, though Nelson has chosen to illustrate just the latter portion, beginning with the words, “I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” The luminous oil paintings employ a variety of techniques–scenes at the Lincoln Memorial have a sweeping impressionistic quality while other spreads employ the artist’s signature photorealistic style. From the wraparound jacket featuring a powerful image of Dr. King, Nelson makes good use of the large, square trim size and generous design appropriate to illustrate such a significant moment in the Civil Rights Movement. While putting his own interpretative spin on the iconic words, he remains sensitive to King’s intent; for example, several paintings focus on King’s hope that all people will someday live in harmony–a theme that runs through the oration. The layout matches the tempo of the words with dramatic spreads resounding with the refrain “I have a dream,” and the “Let freedom ring” chorus scenes unfold as a creative series of geographic panels. Even after 50 years, this seminal address still has the power to move listeners, and this handsome illustrated version will be welcomed in all collections. Includes a CD of Dr. King’s original speech.–Caroline Ward, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

”SchoolLEWIS, J. Patrick, ed. National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! 192p. bibliog. index. photos. CIP. National Geographic. 2012. Tr $24.95. ISBN 978-1-4263-1009-6; PLB $28.90. ISBN 978-1-4263-1054-6. LC 2012010404.
Gr 1-5–A captivating collection of interesting, educational, and entertaining poems. Most of the selections are by famous poets–Dickinson, Nash, Kipling, Whitman–but some are by lesser-known writers. Gorgeous, close-up color photographs accompany the poems, which feature every conceivable type of creature–owls, giraffes, horses, anteaters, snakes, etc. The photos correspond well with the specific animal being discussed, giving young readers a visual aid. A detailed table of contents is broken down by type of animal rather than alphabetically or even by species. For example, the category “The Big Ones” includes elephants and bears, and “The Strange Ones” features meerkats and seahorses. Lewis sings the praises of the diversity of the animal world in his introduction, and his “final thought” urges children to not only learn about animals and celebrate them, but also to respect them and the Earth in general. A special section on how to write poems highlights a few of the different forms. Selections are indexed by title, poet, first line, and subject, allowing for ease of navigation. This visually stunning book is sure to delight nature lovers everywhere.–Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY

”SchoolPARKER, Marjorie Blain. Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse. illus. by Holly Berry. 32p. further reading. CIP. Dial. Nov. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3758-7. LC 2011035446.
Gr 2-5–This picture-book biography covers Matisse’s entire life but focuses on his career aspirations and achievements. The straightforward text takes a lighthearted approach by including details such as young Henri’s dream of becoming a magician and his skill with a peashooter. Berry’s illustrations are the star of the show; dignified black-and-white drawings represent the artist’s dull youth and colorful paintings are introduced when his career takes off. The style of the artwork evokes Matisse more and more as the story progresses, ending, as his career did, with paper cut-out collage. While his life story is not particularly adventurous or exciting, young readers will be drawn in by the obvious affection the author and illustrator feel for their subject. There is not enough detail for reports, but the book may spark interest that can be followed up by further research. A must for art teachers, and a nice addition to history and biography collections.–Heidi Estrin, Congregation B’nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

The following titles are reviewed in the November 1 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.


ABRAMSON, Jill & Jane O’Connor. Ready or Not, Here Comes Scout! illus. by Deborah Melmon. 32p. CIP. Viking. 2012. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-670-01441-5. LC 2012001295.

AKBARPOUR, Ahmad. That Night’s Train. tr. from Persian by Majid Saghafi. illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. 96p. Groundwood/House of Anansi. 2012. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-169-4; pap. $9.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-170-0.

ALSENAS , Linas. The Princess of 8th Street. illus. by author. 32p. Abrams. Nov. 2012. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8109-8972-6.

BAILEY, Linda. Toads on Toast. illus. by Colin Jack. 32p. Kids Can. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-662-7.

BLACKMORE, Jeanne C. How Does Sleep Come? illus. by Elizabeth Sayles. 32p. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-7105-2.

BUNTING, Eve. Frog and Friends: Best Summer Ever. Bk. 3. illus. by Josée Masse. 48p. (I Am a Reader! Series). CIP. Sleeping Bear. 2012. Tr $9.95. ISBN 978-1-58536-550-0; pap. $3.99. ISBN 978-1-58536-691-0. LC 2011030797.

CORDELL, Matthew. Hello! Hello! illus. by author. 56p. Hyperion/Disney. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-142315906-3.

CORDEROY, Tracey. A Flower in the Snow. illus. by Sophie Allsopp. 32p. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky. Dec. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-7740-5.

COX, Judy. Snow Day for Mouse. illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler. 32p. CIP. Holiday House. 2012. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2408-5. LC 2011007266.

DALY, Niki. Next Stop—Zanzibar Road! illus. by author. 40p. CIP. Clarion. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-68852-7. LC 2011040114.

DONALDSON, Julia. Tabby McTat, the Musical Cat. illus. by Axel Scheffler. 32p. CIP. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. Dec. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-45168-0. LC 2011041182.

ELSCHNER, Géraldine. The Cat and the Bird: A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul Klee. tr. from French by Cynthia Hall. illus. by Peggy Nille. 32p. reprods. Prestel. 2012. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-3-7913-7099-6.

EMMETT, Jonathan. Foxes in the Snow. illus. by Rebecca Harry. 32p. Macmillan UK. Nov. 2012. pap. $9.99. ISBN 978-0-230-71229-4.

THE FAMILY BEDTIME TREASURY: TALES FOR SLEEPY TIMES AND SWEET DREAMS. 276p. w/CD. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-547-85786-2.

FREDRICKSON, Lane. Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley. illus. by Jon Davis. 32p. Sterling. 2012. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-4027-7089-0.

GIDALI , Orit. Nora the Mind Reader. tr. from Hebrew by Annette Appel. illus. by Aya Gordon-Noy. 32p. Enchanted Lion. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59270-120-9.

GILMAN , Grace. Dixie and the School Trip. illus. by Sarah McConnell. 32p. (I Can Read 1 Series). HarperCollins/Harper. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-208609-9; pap. $3.99. ISBN 978-0-06-208608-2. LC 2011938180.

HETHERINGTON , Sands. Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare. illus. by Jessica Love. 128p. CIP. Dune Buggy Press. 2012. pap. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-9847417-1-7. LC 2011942720.

HODGKINSON, Leigh. Goldilocks and Just One Bear. illus. by author. 32p. Candlewick/Nosy Crow. 2012. RTE $15.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6172-4.

JACOBS , Jessica. The Peanut Pickle . illus. by Jacquelyn Roslyn. 48p. Sky Pony. 2012. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-61608-672-5.

KEANE , Jerome. Ellie’s Bad Hair Day. illus. by Susana De Dios. 32p. Pavilion. Nov. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-84365-140-6.

KNAPMAN, Timothy. Cowboys Can Be Kind. ISBN 978-1-60992-269-6. LC 2011051891.
–––– . The Friendliest Ballerina. ISBN 978-1-60992-268-9. LC 2011051880.
–––– . The Pirate Who Said Please. ISBN 978-1-60992-266-5. LC 2011051877.
ea vol: illus. by Jimothy Oliver. 24p. (Marvelous Manners Series). CIP. QEB. 2012. PLB $25.65.

KRENSKY, Stephen. I Can Do It Myself! ISBN 978-1-4197-0400-0. LC 2012931379.
–––– . Now I Am Big! ISBN 978-1-4197-0416-1. LC 2012931378.
ea vol: illus. by Sara Gillingham. 12p. Abrams/Appleseed. 2012. BD $6.95.

LEVIS , Caron. Stuck with the Blooz . illus. by Jon Davis. 40p. CIP. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-74560-2. LC 2011041938.

LUJÁN, Jorge. Stephen and the Beetle. tr. from Spanish by Elisa Amado. illus. by Chiara Carrer. 36p. CIP. Groundwood. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-192-2.

LYONS , Kelly Starling. Tea Cakes for Tosh. illus. by E.B. Lewis. 32p. Putnam. Dec. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25213-6.

MCBRATNEY , Sam. The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare. illus. by Andy Wagner & Debbie Tarbett. 72p. (Guess How Much I Love You Series). Candlewick. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5896-0.

MCCLURE , Nikki. Apple. illus. by author. 40p. Abrams/Appleseed. 2012. RTE $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0378-2.

MCMILLAN , Gordon. Scout . illus. by author. 40p. Sleeping Bear. 2012. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-58536-797-9.

MAY, Eleanor. Albert’s Amazing Snail. ISBN 978-1-57565-448-5. LC 2011048824.
–––– . The Mousier the Merrier. ISBN 978-1-57565-447-8. LC 2011048823.

SKINNER, Daphne. Albert Keeps Score. ISBN 978-1-57565-449-2. LC 2011048825.
–––– . The Right Place for Albert. ISBN 978-1-57565-446-1. LC 2011048822.
ea vol: illus. by Deborah Melmon. 32p. (Mouse Math Series). CIP. Kane. 2012. PLB $22.60.

MENG, Cece. Bedtime Is Canceled. illus. by Aurélie Neyret. 32p. Clarion. Nov. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-63668-9.

OLDLAND, Nicholas. Dinosaur Countdown. illus. by author. 24p. CIP. Kids Can. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-55453-834-8.

PFISTER , Marcus. Good Night, Little Rainbow Fish . tr. from German. illus. by author. 32p. (Rainbow Fish Series). NorthSouth. 2012. RTE $18.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4082-9.

ROSENBERG, Madelyn. The Schmutzy Family. illus. by Paul Meisel. 32p. CIP. glossary. Holiday House. 2012. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2371-2. LC 2011040341.

SALTZBERG , Barney. Andrew Drew and Drew . illus. by author. 32p. Abrams/Appleseed. 2012. RTE $15.95. ISBN 978-1-4197-0377-5. LC 2012930670.

SAUER , Tammi. Princess in Training. illus. by Joe Berger. 40p. CIP. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-15-206599-7. LC 2011041936.

SAVAGE, Stephen. Little Tug. illus. by author. 32p. CIP. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 2012. Tr $12.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-648-0. LC 2011033799.

SHETH , Kashmira. The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule. illus. by Carl Pearce. 116p. CIP. Albert Whitman. 2012. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-8075-5694-8. LC 2011036689.

SIF, Birgitta. Oliver. illus. by author. 40p. Candlewick. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-6247-9.

SLONIM , David. I Loathe You . illus. by author. 24p. S & S/Aladdin. Dec. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-2244-5; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5709-6.

SMITH, Maggie. Pigs in Pajamas. illus. by author. 32p. Knopf. Dec. 2012. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-0-375-84817-9; PLB $18.99. ISBN 978-0-375-94817-6.

THOMPSON, Emma. The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit. illus. by Eleanor Taylor. 72p. Frederick Warne. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-72326-710-2.

THOMPSON, Lauren. The Forgiveness Garden. illus. by Christy Hale. 32p. Feiwel & Friends. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-312-62599-3.

WAGNER, Anke. Tim’s Big Move. tr. from German. illus. by Eva Eriksson. 32p. NorthSouth. 2012. Tr $17.95. ISBN 978-0-7358-4090-4.

WHITESIDE, Andy. Valentino Finds a Home. illus. by Catherine Hnatov. 24p. CIP. Star Bright. 2012. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-59572-284-3; pap. $5.95. ISBN 978-1-59572-286-7. LC 2011002306.

WILLIS, Jeanne. Fly, Chick, Fly! illus. by Tony Ross. 32p. Andersen Press. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0314-7; ebook $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4677-0320-8.

WISHINSKY, Frieda. What’s Up, Bear?: A Book About Opposites. illus. by Sean L. Moore. 32p. glossary. CIP. Owlkids. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-41-8. LC 2011943508.

WOOD, Audrey & Don Wood. It’s Duffy Time! illus. by authors. 40p. Scholastic/Blue Sky. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-22089-7.

YOUNG, Cybèle. A Few Bites. illus. by author. 48p. Groundwood/House of Anansi. 2012. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-55498-295-0.


AMSTUTZ, Lisa J. What Eats What in a Forest Food Chain. illus. by Zack McLaughlin. ISBN 978-1-4048-7388-9; ISBN 978-1-4048-7692-7. LC 2012001134.
–––– . What Eats What in a Rain Forest Food Chain. illus. by Anne Wertheim. ISBN 978-1-4048-7387-2; ISBN 978-1-4048-7694-1. LC 2012001233.

SLADE, Suzanne. What Eats What in a Desert Food Chain. illus. by Anne Wertheim. ISBN 978-1-4048-7386-5; ISBN 978-1-4048-7690-3. LC 2012001133.
–––– . What Eats What in an Ocean Food Chain. illus. by Zack McLaughlin. ISBN 978-1-4048-7385-8; ISBN 978-1-4048-7696-5. LC 2012001116.
ea vol: 24p. (Food Chains Series). further reading. glossary. index. websites. CIP. Picture Window. 2012. PLB $25.32; pap. $7.95.

Andrews, Julie & Emma Walton Hamilton, sels. Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year. illus. by Marjorie Priceman. 192p. index. notes. CIP. Little, Brown. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-0-316-04051-8. LC 2011053202.

BRUCHAC, James & Joseph Bruchac, retels. Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story. illus. by Jeff Newman. 32p. CIP. Dial. Nov. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-8037-3270-4. LC 201105176.

CARSON, Mary Kay. Did It All Start with a Snowball Fight?: And Other Questions About the American Revolution. illus. by Robert Hunt. 32p. chron. illus. maps. reprods. CIP. Sterling. 2012. Tr $12.95. ISBN 978-1-4027-9626-5 ; pap. $5.95. ISBN 978-1-4027-8734-8 . LC 2011019963.

CHATTERJEE, Debjani & Brian D’Arcy, eds. Let’s Celebrate!: Festival Poems from Around the World. illus. by Shirin Adl. 56p. Frances Lincoln. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-1-84780-087-9.

COLORS! ISBN 978-1-4263-0929-8.

SAME AND DIFFERENT. ISBN 978-1-4263-0928-1.
ea vol: 24p. (National Geographic Little Kids: Look & Learn Series). photos. National Geographic. 2012. BD $6.99.

DEMI. Saint Francis of Assisi. illus. by author. 56p. CIP. World Wisdom Books, Inc. 2012. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-937786-04-5. LC 2012010725.

DICKMANN, Nancy. Mount Everest. ISBN 978-1-4109-4783-3; ISBN 978-1-4109-4790-1. LC 2011041473.
–––– . The South Pole. ISBN 978-1-4109-4785-7; ISBN 978-1-4109-4792-5. LC 2011041541.

THROP, Claire. The Nile River. ISBN 978-1-4109-4784-0; ISBN 978-1-4109-4791-8. LC 2011041541.
ea vol: 32p. (Explorer Tales Series). maps. photos. chron. further reading. glossary. index. websites. CIP. Heinemann Library. 2012. PLB $29.32; pap. $7.99.

FLATT, Lizann. Counting on Fall. illus. by Ashley Barron. 32p. (Math in Nature Series). CIP. Owlkids. 2012. Tr $14.95. ISBN 978-1-926973-36-4. LC 2011944603.

GAVIN, Jamila, retel. School for Princes: Stories from the Panchatantra . illus. by Bee Willey. 64p. Frances Lincoln. 2012. Tr $19.99. ISBN 978-1-84507-990-1.

GLICK, Dvorah. Red Is My Rimon: A Jewish Child’s Book of Colors. illus. by Dena Ackerman. 32p. glossary. Hachai. 2012. RTE $12.95. ISBN 978-1-929628-71-1. LC 2012938848.

GREENE, Carol. I Love Our Air. ISBN 978-0-7660-4037-3. LC 2011023710.
–––– . I Love Our Animals. ISBN 978-0-7660-4038-0. LC 2011023711.
–––– . I Love Our Forests. ISBN 978-0-7660-4039-7. LC 2011023712.
–––– . I Love Our Land. ISBN 978-0-7660-4040-3. LC 2011023713.
–––– . I Love Our People. ISBN 978-0-7660-4041-0. LC 2011023714.
–––– . I Love Our Water. ISBN 978-0-7660-4042-7. LC 2011023715.
ea vol: 24p. (I Love Our Earth Series). photos. further reading. glossary. index. websites. CIP. Enslow Elementary. 2012. PLB $21.26.

MCLEESE, Don. Frogs. ISBN 978-1-61810-113-6; ISBN 978-1-61810-246-1. LC 2011944396.
–––– . Sharks. ISBN 978-1-61810-115-0; ISBN 978-1-61810-248-5. LC 201194406.

MATTERN, Joanne. Hippos and Rhinos. ISBN 978-1-61810-116-7; ISBN 978-1-61810-250-8. LC 2011944408.

STURM, Jeanne. Marsupials. ISBN 978-1-61810-114-3; ISBN 978-1-61810-247-8. LC 2011944405.
–––– . Scavengers. ISBN 978-1-61810-116-7; ISBN 978-1-61810-249-2. LC 2011944407.
ea vol: 24p. (Eye to Eye with Animals Series). maps. photos. glossary. index. websites. CIP. Rourke. 2012. PLB $27.07; pap. $7.95.

MARLEY, Cedella, retel. Every Little Thing. illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. 32p. CIP. Chronicle. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-0697-7. LC 2012008533.

MILLER, Bobbi, retel. Miss Sally Ann and the Panther. illus. by Megan Lloyd. 32p. CIP. Holiday House. 2012. RTE $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-1833-6. LC 2011007365.

PALLOTTA, Jerry. F Is for Fenway: America’s Oldest Major League Ballpark. illus. by John S. Dykes. 40p. CIP. Sleeping Bear. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-58536-788-7. LC 2011042563.

PETERSON, Megan Cooley. California Sea Lions. ISBN 978-1-4296-8573-3. LC 2011052369.

RAKE, Jody Sullivan. Bottlenose Dolphins. ISBN 978-1-4296-8716-4. LC 2012002626.
–––– . Orcas. ISBN 978-1-4296-8717-1. LC 2012002628.
ea vol: 24p. (Marine Mammals Series). maps. photos. further reading. glossary. index. websites. CIP. Capstone/Pebble Plus. 2012. PLB $24.65.

RYALL, Jeanette. Food Art. ISBN 978-1-4488-8086-7. LC 2012003009.
–––– . Junk Art. ISBN 978-1-4488-8087-4. LC 2012003008.
–––– . Nature Art. ISBN 978-1-4488-8088-1. LC 2012005826.
–––– . Sand Art. ISBN 978-1-4488-8090-4. LC 2012005825.
ea vol: 32p. (Awesome Art Series). photos. further reading. glossary. index. websites. CIP. Windmill. 2012. PLB $26.50.

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