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Volume 23, Number 6 June 2013 Home | CBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Health Shelf Cookbook Shelf
American History Shelf Fiction Shelf Picturebook Shelf
Fantasy/SciFi Shelf Self-Help Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf
Music CD Shelf DVD Shelf Multimedia Shelf
Activity Shelf Folktale/Fairytale Shelf Christian Shelf
Board Book Shelf Easy Reader Shelf Counting Shelf
Biography Shelf Mystery/Suspense Shelf Books in Series

Reviewer's Choice

Stuck in the Doldrums
Carole P. Roman, author/illustrator
100 Enterprise Way, Suite A200
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
9781479182701, $9.99,

"Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing" is a great teaching fable of the Captain No Beard series. This award -winning series (Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012) is especially appealing to children ages 5 and up. Filled with colorful, jaunty pirate illustrations of funny child pirates and animal crew members, "Stuck in the Doldrums" tells the twisted tale of what happens when a captain forgets to appreciate his crew and take turns with the rest. The value of teamwork, taking turns, sharing, and leadership as a responsibility, not an unlimited, unearned privilege are underscored in the telling of this vivid tale. Captain No Beard and his jolly crew of the Flying Dragon are marooned on a desert island and decide to try to pass the time pleasantly, looking at clouds through the spyglass and making sand castles. However, Captain No Beard demands extra privileges, refuses to take turns, and single handedly tries to impose his vision of a better sand castle on the creations of his crew. He succeeds only in making everyone else unhappy, and finds himself left alone by his crew. No one wants to play with an inconsiderate bully, whether he is captain or not. When a crisis arises with a giant squid wrapping his tentacles around the bow of The Flying Dragon, Captain No Beard realizes he desperately needs the help of all of his crew. Fortunately they all come to assist in the emergency at sea, and once again a lesson in cooperative teamwork is learned. The lighthearted tone of the text and the fluid fantasy style of the creative illustrations help create a warm, child's vision of a world of play which transitions to and from daily reality. "Stuck in the Doldrums" is another sure hit from the fantastic Captain No Beard series of adventures for young readers. Other titles by this author that are also highly recommended include "If You Were Me and Lived in... France..." (9781480209626, $13.99), and "If You Were Me and Lived in .... Mexico... " (9781480209626, $13.99), both from a new series subtitled "A Child's Introduction to World Culture." Watch for upcoming titles from this skilled, creative author of juvenile literature.

Daniel Harmon
Zest Books
25 Stillman Street, Suite 35
San Francisco, CA 94107
9781936976362, $16.99,

Pop culture is a sprawling mass that can seem impossible to keep up with. "Super-Pop: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists To help You Win at Trivia, Survive In the Wild, and Make it Through the Holidays" is a collection of top ten lists on countless topics that discuss every entry in the list to what the media at hand can teach the readers who so look for the wisdom that rests there. "Super-Pop" is a must for pop culture fans of all ages, with no shortage of black and white photography all throughout.

The Health Shelf

Don't Be a Schwoe: Fitness
Barbara E. Mauzy, author
Bob Stuhmer, illustrator
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road
Atglen, PA 19310
9780764342950, $16.99,

It's hard to be the fat kid... but a difference made now can last a lifetime. "Don't Be a Schwoe: Fitness" is a children's picturebook designed to encourage young people who are struggling with their weight issues to control their weight, lose some problematic pounds, and the self-esteem that can come with losing all of it and finding greater health. "Don't Be a Schwoe: Fitness" is a strong addition to general health and picturebook collections for young er readers.

The Cookbook Shelf

Cooking is Cool
Marianne E. Dambra
Redleaf Press
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117-1065
9781605541587, $19.95,

Cooking is an invaluable hobby, but it's a bit much to trust kids with the stove. "Cooking is Cool: Heat-Free Recipes for Kids to Cook" is a collection of over fifty kid friendly recipes from Marianne E. Dambra as she offers these good practice recipes that can be made anywhere by kids and teach them how to cook, as well as the unseen benefits of food preparation for young people. "Cooking is Cool" is full color with recipes that span fruity dips, smoothies, salads, ice cream treats and more, each recipe with its own full color photo, enthusiastically recommended.

The American History Shelf

As Fast As Words Could Fly
Pamela M. Tuck & Eric Velasquez
Lee & Low Books
95 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
9781600603488, $18.95,

To write and share knowledge is wonderful. "As Fast as Words Could Fly" is a children's picturebook telling the story of Mason Steele, a young man who writes down his father's words for the Civil Rights movement. He is granted a typewriter, teaches himself to type... and earns himself into an all white high school where he has to face his own problems with racism. "As Fast As Words Could Fly" is a powerful story exploring the Civil Rights era and the people behind it well, highly recommended.

The Fiction Shelf

The Mighty Quinn
Robyn Parnell, author
Katie and Aaron DeYoe, illustrators
Scarletta Junior Readers
10 South Fifth Street, Suite 1105
Minneapolis, MN 55402
9781938063107, $10.95,

"The Mighty Quinn" is a middle grade chapter book about Quinn Andrews-Lee, an unlikely heroic protagonist who tackles mystery solving with a friend while enduring a disastrous beginning to his fifth grade. Bullying, competition, hot and cold friendships, male and female peer role models, and comic relief are just a few of the 10 year old issues presented in the fun and fast moving plot pages for this humorous chapter book. Comic black and white illustrations decorate chapter beginnings and endings, and a comic portrait gallery of the cast of characters aids in fast comprehension. Who would believe the healing power of an ability to belch the alphabet? A suspenseful plot and precise sleuthing sells the story and teaches that Turner Creek School rocks and so does the might Quinn!

The Principal's Son
Roderick J. Robison
c/o Roderick J. Robison
10 Cibel Path, Newton, MA 02459
9781482743647, $7.99

Fifth grader Peter Brantwill can't catch a break from unwanted attention (aka persecution) from his peers for being "The Principal's Son." This middle grades chapter story is engaging from the getgo, with a beleaguered boy at center stage determined to create a reasonable life for himself despite the bullying attention of peers like Darren, who humiliates him publicly just because he is "The Principal's Son." Plot and action unfold quickly in this fast paced, 134-page chapter book, and interest in the outcome is kept high by excellent story crafting. Will Peter find a way to work with his arch enemy? Will he be satisfied with just getting back at him? Questions of loyalty, fair play, and empathy are skillfully woven into the exciting narrative of this page turner for middle graders. "The Principal's Son" has lots of intrigue, action, character development, and turning points to keep reader interest/involvement at a steady maximum.

Into the Dark
John Royce
Micron Press
71 Prince Street, Suite #35
Boston, MA 02113
9780972412179 $19.95 hc
9780972412100 $12.95 pbk

The third and final novel of the award-winning Great Horse trilogy, Into the Dark is the culmination of a teenager's mysterious voyage through time and history, in which she witnesses firsthand how horses have been a "silent partner" in human civilization. Earlier books explored the horse's critical role in the American West; "Into the Dark" continues the human-equine journey to the 20th century and beyond. Horse lovers of all ages will enjoy this thoughtful, character-driven adventure! Also highly recommended are the previous novels in the series, "Book I: Eclipsed by Shadow" and "Book II: The Golden Spark".

Millions for a Song
Andre Vanasse
Red Deer Press
c/o Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
195 Allstate Parkway
Markham, Ontario L3R 4T8
9780889954892, $9.95,

Runaway success is everyone's dream... but it may just as easily turn into a nightmare. "Millions for a Song" is a young adult novel from Andre Vanasse, following a group of three friends whose high school Quebec rock band enjoy a sudden surge of success... and find that high schoolers may not be the best equipped to face the vulturous music industry, while facing the problems of being teenagers in Quebec. "Millions for a Song" is a fine addition to young adult fiction collections, highly recommended.

Anthony Horowitz
Scholastic Inc.
557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3999
9780439680042 $17.99

Oblivion provides Book Five of The Gatekeepers series and is a recommended pick for prior fans of the other four titles. The Gatekeepers have been torn apart by a typhoon which scatters them across the world: ten years in the future they are still struggling to find one another, with the goal of stopping the evil forces that threatens the world once again, just as it did ten thousand years ago. But at the end of the world they face Oblivion: is that a final solution or a light at the end of the tunnel? A powerful story of struggle makes for a powerful addition to the series, recommended for advanced young adult readers already familiar with the prior books.

Simon and Schuster
c/o Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 4th floor
New York, NY 10020

Jennifer McGowan's MAID SECRETS (9781442441385, $16.99) is a leisure read for ages 12 and older and tells of orphan Meg who makes a living picking pockets, until she steals from the wrong nobleman and finds herself a spy in royal service, with a fake identity, infiltrating the inner sanctum of the Queen's secret society of protectors. Blend a spy mystery with historical fiction and you have a top pick for any young adult collection. Michelle Dalton's FIFTEENTH SUMMER (9781442472679, $17.99) tells of Chelsea, whose family visits their traditional lake cottage for the first time since her grandmother died. When she meets a boy, romance evolves between them - but at summer's end she's slated to return home while he'll be staying behind. A warm story of romance and a magical summer evolves. Jessi Kirby's GOLDEN (9781442452169, $16.99) tells of a good girl about to graduate high school who decides to break some rules in solving a town mystery, and finds herself in deep water. Add in romance, secrets, and a town tragedy and you have an engrossing mystery that's hard to put down.

Random House
c/o Random House Children's Books
1745 Broadway, 10-1
New York, NY 10019

Esther Friesner's SPIRIT'S CHOSEN (9780375869082, $17.99) tells of princess Himiko, who faces an uncertain future after her tribe is destroyed by attackers from the Ookami clan. She has a plan to save her tribe: one involving the skills she's learned as a shaman combined with those of a warrior. She stands a good chance of winning - until she is captured and enslaved. Her experiences combine insights about her enemies with much growth in this engrossing historical novel set in third-century Japan. Cyn Balog's DEAD RIVER (9780385741583, $17.99) is perfect for teens looking for creepy supernatural thrillers, and tells of friends set to spend their holiday at a cabin on the Dead River. The only problem is - the cabin hosts other figures as well, and soon a series of mysteries involves the group in a dangerous confrontation with supernatural and natural worlds. Tim Tharp's MOJO (9780375864452, $16.99) centers around Dylan, who gets no respect at school, even when he discovers the dead body of a classmate on campus. Now a rich girl is missing, and Dylan decides to bolster his image by searching for her - and hopefully gaining a cash reward plus a better reputation. The only problem is: his probe of the elite private high school and a stranger underground club is leading him and best friend Audrey into a dark world of danger. A series of encounters leads him into trouble in this gripping saga. Liesl Shurtliff's RUMP: THE TRUE STORY OF RUMPELSTILTSKIN (9780307977939, $16.99) tells of pre-teen Rump, who has never known his full name and has been teased and bullied all his life. When he discovers an old spinning wheel that helps him make straw into magical gold, he feels lucky - even though best friend Red warns him that magic is a dangerous game. Soon Rump finds himself immersed in a curse - and the only way to break the spell is to embark on a journey to discover the origins of his true name. A fine take-off on the fairy tale emerges. Tom Leveen's MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRL (9780375870057, $16.99) tells of Tyler, who always wanted to be a writer and who has sold his first short story. The only problem is - the story is actually about his real life, and exposes some of his innermost dreams and secrets. Can his dream girl live up to his too-public fantasy? A fine story of growth and discovery emerges.

The Picturebook Shelf

The Sloth and I
Anna Factorovich, author/illustrator
Anaphora Literary Press
5755 E. River Rd., #2201, Tuscon, AZ 85750
9781937536299, $30.00,

"The Sloth and I" is a wildly colorful illustrated verse odyssey describing a girl's imaginary escape from ordinary suburban life and daily boring chores to a meeting in the trees of an Amazonian jungle with a tribe of talking sloths. Here she learns to take life easy and slow with the three toed sloths in the trees. Brilliantly hued illustrations with expressive black, wandering outlines help create a half-perceived blending of different realities. Strangely enough, after days and nights of hanging, sleeping, eating bananas, and dreaming, the girl begins to miss home and hunger for more exciting adventures. She cries and the sloths wish her farewell, gifting her with a banana for the road home. "The Sloth and I" is an interesting experiment in escapism for children, teaching that in order to go there and back again, you must create your own unique way. "The Sloth and I" is unusual and inviting in its explorations of colors, shapes, and exotic ways of living (with no chores). It definitely invites children to think beyond perceived boundaries and to experience the distant and unimaginable.

Where Can I Sleep?
Nancy Rutledge, author
Marvin Alonso, illustrator
Xlibris Corporation
1663 South Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781479795635, $15.99,

"Where Can I Sleep?" is a droll, amusing bedtime story for children age 4 and up. Written in laconic verse and colorfully illustrated with comic scenes of unlikely alternate sleeping places, "Where Can I Sleep?" follows the pre-bedtime musings of a tired boy who eventually arrives at an amazing ideal sleeping space with the reader's help. The progression of the boy's tiredness is gently underlined in the funny illustrations, and even reluctant young sleepers will have no difficulty following the logic and persuasion of this sleep preparation exercise.

How To Get a Wagon
Carol E. Lay, author
Hilbert Bermejo, illustrator
Xlibris Corporation
1663 South Liberty Drive
Bloomington, IN 47403-5161
9781479765225, $21.99,

"How To Get a Wagon" is a charming color illustrated verse story about a boy's own project to earn the money to help buy a wagon he desires. His parents tell him it is up to him to tackle ways of earning small amounts of money which can add up to the value of his dream purchase. The boy earns pennies for doing small chores and tasks, and saves up his money for several months according to his plan. He feeds the dog, rakes, leaves, and sweeps the walk. Finally his long term plan pays off, and he is able to buy the wagon with his saved earnings. "How to Get a Wagon" is inspiringly framed in highlighted text and visually amplified with clear pastel illustrations. A great finish to "How to Get a Wagon" is a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, a big batch for family, friends, fundraisers, and freezers, with an added reminder that adult help is good on a big cooky making project!

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins
Brooks Olbrys, author
Kevin Keele, illustrator
Children's Success Unlimited
521 Fifth Avenue, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10175
9780982961346, $12.95,

"The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins" is a realistically illustrated narrative verse visionquest story about a boy who discovers and pursues his inner odyssey, a voyage of discovery. In his quest, Blue Ocean Bob is accompanied by his guardian and friend, a blunt hummingbird named Xena. Many other wise sea creatures offer Blue Ocean Bob counsel and direction when he needs assistance defining or reaching his goal, such as Doc, the wise sea turtle, Al the dolphin, and Earl the clam. Most helpful of all, perhaps is his friend Mary Marine, who helps to care for sea creatures. Through all Bob's searching and adventures, he receives wise guidance and counsel both from without and within himself, defining his purpose, vision, goals, attitude, and persistence in ultimately pursuing becoming a marine biologist, an achievable dream. The positive reinforcement of colorful pictures and ocean-origin narrative verse chapters create patterns that both soothe and impel a young reader forward. "The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Journey Begins" is a perfect first book in a series, designed to appeal to juvenile readers eager to pursue and define their own visionquest. This book would work well with independent readers age 7 and up, and it also could be enjoyed as a chapter book read to younger children.

Roland Humphrey is Wearing a What?
Eileen Kiernan-Johnson, author
Katrina Revenaugh, illustrator
Huntley Rahara Press
1960 Stony Hill Road, Boulder, CO 80305
9780615666556, $11.99,

"Roland Humphrey Is Wearing a What?" is a creative children's book about color and dress choices for boys, and their limitations or implications. Roland loves to wear unusual colors and sparkly, glittering ornaments, but he is criticized for his unusual clothing choices by his female playmates. Why can't boys wear pink, or special pins, or purple stripes or dots? Why can't Roland wear whatever he wants to school? After some soul searching and parental support, Roland decides to go with his first choice because it is his true choice, having asked the question (unanswerable?) "Mommy, oh mommy, I don't understand/why girls can choose anything but boys simply can't." Finally he decides to follow his own star and hope that his friends will accept him for himself (which they do). The verse narrative is charmingly complemented by the creative collage color illustrations in this unusual children's book exploring gender rules and roles.

Good Night Little Texan
Glenn Dromgoole, author
Barbra Clack, illustrator
Bright Sky Press
2365 Rice Blvd., Suite 202
Houston, TX 77005
9781936474103, $15.95,

"Good Night Little Texan" is a beautiful bedtime story for little Texans, filled with colored, slanted silhouetted pictures of wondrous Texas scenes, set to a rhyming lullaby song verse that gently lulls a little Texan to dreamy sleep. Here are beautiful scenes of windmills, rodeos, farmers' crops, oilfield pumps, fields of blue bonnets around a Texas longhorn steer, and much more. The profile of each picture's border also tells something about the great state of Texas, such as the outline of cowboy boots, a star, a jackrabbit, or a slice of grapefruit. These sensitive illustrations and gentle lilting narrative will happily send any child to sleep with a lively awareness of many features and attributes, historical and current, of the great state of Texas. "Good Night Little Texan" is ideal for children age 2 and up.

Wait! Wait!
Hatsue Nakawaki, author
Komako Sakai, illustrator
Enchanted Lion Books
351 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
9781592701384, $14.95,

As the day goes on, we find new things... but always return to those who are most important. "Wait! Wait!" is a children's picturebook with a very painted and original style from Komako Saki, accompany's Hatsue Nakawaki's story of a young and enthusiastic child discovering the world. With repetition and simple words, "Wait! Wait!" is worth considering for very young readers.

No Pirates Allowed
Rhonda Gowler Greene, author
Brian Ajhar, illustrator
Sleeping Bear Press
Suite 200
315 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
9781585367962, $15.95,

There's treasures to be had, lost in those seas of letters. "No Pirates Allowed!: Said Library Lou" is a children's picturebook following Big Pirate Pete as his map brings him to the Seabreezy Library with the unintimidated Library Lou. Ordering Pirate Pete to clean himself up, Lou shows Pete the world of reading, and how to crack the code of literacy to find the treasure that waits. "No Pirates Allowed!" is a humorous and fun children's picturebook encouraging young people to read more, highly recommended.

Mister and Lady Day
Amy Novesky, author
Vanessa Brantley Newton, illustrator
Harcourt Books
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
9780152058067, $16.99,

A canine companion can be there to hang carry us through the day. "Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her" tells the story of Jazz legend Billie Holiday and her favorite canine companion, Mister. Showing the importance of a bond of owner and dog and the connection formed, even through the weight of fame, "Mister and Lady Day" is a fascinating addition to children's picturebook collections for its focus on pets and music history, highly recommended.

Uh-Oh, Dodo!
Jennifer Sattler
Boyds Mills Press
815 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
9781590789292, $15.95,

Dodo is not a creature who luck smiles upon. "Uh-Oh, Dodo!" is a children's picturebook following Dodo as he proceeds through his life and his efforts to make new friends, having fun... and dealing with how things don't always go his way. Insightful with a good moral for young readers to take in, "Uh-Oh, Dodo!" is a fine pick for children's picturebook collections, not to be missed.

Crankee Doodle
Tom Angleberger, author
Cece Bell, illustrator
Clarion Books
c/o Houghton Mifflin
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
9780547818542, $16.99,

What drives a man to call his hat pasta? "Crankee Doodle" is a humorous children's picturebook telling of Yankee Doodle and his pony, as they discuss what they are planning to do with their time... but all Yankee wants to do is complain instead of actually doing anything. Playing with the old nonsensical rhyme and how no one likes someone who complains all the time, "Crankee Doodle" is a charming and very much recommended addition to children's picturebook collections, not to be missed.

Tiptoe Joe
Ginger Foglesong Gibson
Greenwillow Books
c/o HarperCollins Children's Books
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
9780061772030, $17.99,

We all have things we are proud of... and we want to keep quiet for them. "Tiptoe Joe" follows a father bear as he gathers up all his friends, and orders them to be quiet as he leads them to his greatest treasure along the way. "Tiptoe Joe" is a heartwarming children's picturebook, plenty of fun and designed for read-alongs for parents and their children, highly recommended.

Can't-Wait Willow!
Christy Ziglar, author
Luanne Marten, illustrator
Ideals Publications
2630 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37214
9780824956486, $14.99,

Rushing through the day can seem like fun... but there's penalties for impatience. "Can't-Wait Willow!" follows young Willow, who in her excitement for life, plays with her friends, stops for ice cream, and much more... only to realize that all of her fun has left her with no time or money for the carnival show she so desperately wanted to see. "Can't Wait Willow!" has an important moral about time management and keeping track of the day, beautifully illustrated and sparkled by Luanne Marten.

Random House/Knopf
c/o Random House Children's Books
1745 Broadway, 10-1
New York, NY 10019

Troy Cummings' GIDDY-UP, DADDY! (9780307978561, $16.99) tells of a father who is SO good at playing 'horsey' that he attracts the attention of evil rustlers who want him - as a horse. But Daddy is smarter than the rustlers and he leaves a telltale path of hoofprints for his kids to follow as he travels the country. It's a hilarious set of encounters and escapades, perfect for kids who want the unexpected. Bethanie Deeney Murguia's SNIPPET THE EARLY RISER (9781582464602, $15.99) tells of a snail who loves to draw, play soccer, and more. But he doesn't like to sleep daytimes: that's when all the action happens! With the help of his friends he determines to rise his sleeping family - and make them come out to play with him. A series of fun attempts makes this easy reader entertaining. Rodrigo Folgueira's RIBBIT! (9780307981462, $15.99) tells of a happy group of frogs who live in a peaceful pond - until an intruder pig decides to blend in and live their lifestyle. Why would a pig want to go live with and pretend to be a frog? Humor blends with fun drawings by Poly Bernatene in a whimsical tale kids will relish.

Simon & Schuster
c/o Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 4th floor
New York, NY 10020

Douglas Wood's WHEN A DAD SAYS "I LOVE YOU" (9780689875328, $16.99) receives fine drawings by Jennifer A. Bell as it explores how dads show love all kinds of ways, from making pancakes and providing nicknames to helping with homework. Of course, the best way is simply saying it out loud - but the alternatives are equally powerful in this fine survey recommended for any picturebook reader and collections interested in promoting family understanding. Dan Krall's THE GREAT LOLLIPOP CAPER (9781442444607, $16.99) tells of a happy lollipop and the sour acidic Mr. Caper, who is sick of being voided and who is jealous of the beloved lollipop. Mr. Caper plots to become a beloved flavor above Lollipop - and trouble begins as Mr. Caper's approach to getting everyone to love him results in only bitterness and sourness. A rollicking, fun story ensues. Bart Vivian's IMAGINE (9781582703299, $14.99) provides a fine guide to imagining magical places, inviting young readers to picture the fun in flying away and seeing magic in the world. Ages 4-8 will find this a fine and simple key to developing imagination, from imagining one's tree house is a castle to dreaming of adventures. The result is a magical, whimsical book with very simple one-line invitations to develop imagination. Stephan Shaskan's THE THREE TRICERATOPS TUFF (9781442443976, $16.99) tells of three tough, hungry dino brothers on the hunt for food. Unfortunately a bigger T. rex bully stands in their way: can the smarter triceratops win over T-Rex bullying? This retelling of a classic tale is hilarious and will reach ages 3-7 with a whimsical, fun approach to overcoming bullying. Ann Bonwill's I AM NOT A COPYCAT! (9781442480537, $15.99) receives fine drawings by Simon Rickerty as it tells of one Hugo the hippo who loves to do water ballet, and whose skills make him unique. Bella the bird wants to emulate him - the only problem is, she's a different species. Her copycat abilities only cause trouble for poor Hugo in this memorable story of very different friends with different goals in life.

Viking Penguin
c/o Penguin Readers Group
345 Hudson Street, 15th floor
New York, NY 10014

Molly Idle's TEA REX (9780670014309 $16.99) provides a fine account of a tea party held for a very special guest - a party that involves assuring comfortable chairs, tasty food, and sometimes even putting up with questionable behavior. When you're inviting a dinosaur to tea, primitive behaviors in one's guest seems the norm. Pages of whimsy and fun make for a zany tale kids will relish, filled with attractive and fun color drawings throughout that are perfect for any child looking for a pairing of whimsical story line and fun approach. Jonathan London's FROGGY'S WORST PLAYDATE (9780670014279, $16.99) joins an ever-increasing set of popular Froggy books, this one focusing on a playdate gone awry. Frank Remkiewicz's fun drawings accompany the story of a frog whose usual pals are too busy to play with him. What's a playful Froggy to do? The solution is fun and original. Daniel Kirk's TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU (9780399252884, $16.99) tells how much Rabbit loves his best friend Pig. He decides to make a list of all the things he loves best about Pig - and who better to help him write such a list than Pig himself? But Pig is busy: can Rabbit to this all on his own? A whimsical easy reader about friendships and expectations evolves. Dan Bar-el's NOT YOUR TYPICAL DRAGON (9780670014026, $16.99) is illustrated by Tim Bowers and tells of poor Crispin, a dragon who wants to breathe fire but only breaths whipped cream, band-aids, marshmallows or teddy bears. Will he ever find his inner fire? Fun humor blends with whimsical drawings in this gentle story of a young dragon finding his way in life. Loren Long's OTIS AND THE PUPPY (9780399254697, $17.99) tells of Otis and his farm friends, who love to play hide and seek - and a puppy who attempts to join in the only, only to become lost in the woods. Otis worries about his new friend, who is alone and must be afraid - yet his own secret might prevent him from being helpful. A gentle story evolves.

Scholastic Inc.
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012-3999

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Litchtenheld's EXCLAMATION MARK (9780545436793, $17.99) provides a whimsical tale of an exclamation mark just trying to fit in and stand out, and is a fun pick for any picturebook collection. Exclamation mark stands out, but wants to be like everyone else. He doesn't fit in - until he meets a question mark who likes to talk too much in the course of asking questions. Suddenly his punctuation issues don't seem so vast in this gentle story of differences, similarities, punctuation and most of all, friendships. Arthur A. Levine's THE VERY BEARY TOOTH FAIRY (9780439439664, $16.99) tells of Zach's tooth, which is very loose - unusual in a bear. His mother tells him to stay away from people but he's interested in a visit from the tooth fairy. What if she turns out to be human? Nobody seems to know, and Zach must figure out whether to trust in the fairy's goodness or not in this gentle story of a bear who must trust in a fairy.

Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive
North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436

Two fine new titles are recommended picks for picturebook collections looking to add multicultural stories. An audio CD is included in Danielle Wright's KOREAN NURSERY RHYMES: WILD GEESE, LAND OF GOBLINS AND OTHER FAVORITE SONGS AND RHYMES (9780804842273, $16.95), which presents fourteen fine versies in Korean script, Romanized form and English. Each rhyme is presented on its own page, illustrated, and is performed in both Korean and English on the accompanying audio CD. These are easy songs perfect for sing-along sessions, and represent some fine standards. Shiho S. Nunes' CHINESE FABLES: "THE DRAGON SLAYER" AND OTHER TIMELESS TALES OF WISDOM offers stories that blend folk wisdom with insights on Chinese culture and lore, pairing the lovely color Chinese drawings of Lak-Khee Tay-Audouard with tales that will require good reading skills or parental read-aloud assistance. Each story offers 1-2 pages of detail and each expresses the wisdom and learning of the human experience in nineteen stories from all eras of Chinese history, starting with the third century BCE. A warm, fun collection evolves!

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Return of the Mystic Gray
Steve Westover, author
Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
2373 W. 700 S., Springville, Utah 84663
9781462111879, $14.99,

"Return of the Mystic Gray" is a sequel adventure for Ethan, Allie, Brady, and Jordan in the Crater Lake series. The band of friends has discovered strange inherited powers they don't fully understand, and they head back to Crater Lake in winter to rescue another friend, Jacob, finding an unexpected powerful ally known as the Mystic Gray. Warring factions and transfiguration to animal forms are only a few of the mysterious dangers and exciting experiences that await the band. They decide to work together to rescue Jordan from the dread Llao, an evil shaman-warrior with fantastic regenerative powers. Snatching life from the jaws of death through superhuman ritual powers and sacrifice are recurring themes, along with difficult moral choices. "Return of the Mystic Gray" is a charged, exciting read, a classically well written novel for young adults that begs for another page-turning sequel. In the end Ethan and friends are faced with another round of impossible challenges to be completed within 6 months. "Return of the Mystic Gray" is a true cliff-hanger but is also a very rewarding read by itself. Young readers will devour this addictive fantasy series.

Shadow Grail #3: Sacrifices
Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Tor Teen
c/o Tor/Forge Books
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9780765328250 $21.99

Any collection seeing popularity with the prior Shadow Grail series will find this latest addition offers further adventures and insights into the conspiracies within Oakhurst Academy. The students believe they've triumphed over the Shadow Knights - but only a handful know that actually the Knights have succeeded in taking over the campus. The new regime aims to turn students into soldiers, using their magical powers for war - and any who protests, vanishes. It will take an undercover spy to determine who is loyal, who is dangerous, and how to break the hold of the Knights: someone like Spirit, who has to decide who can be trusted and who not. A powerful sequel evolves, recommended for prior fans of the series.

The Song of the Winns: The Spies of Gerander
Frances Watts, author
Running Press
2300 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
9780762446582, $12.95,

In "The Song of the Winns: Spies of Gerander," sequel to "Secret of the Ginger Mice," mice triplets Alistair, Alex, and Alice tackle undercover invasion of Sourian occupied Gerander with their friend Tibby Rose. All ginger mice are descendants of the country of Gerander, and are under threat of imprisonment by the Sourian government, conquerors of Gerander who fear an uprising. "The Spies of Gerander" has all the powerful attraction of other hero mice stories like "The Secret of NIMH," and will lock down its middle school readers in a page turning marathon. There is something of the flavor of "Watership Down" in this epic fantasy full of mini-mice heroes and heroines, and even something extra in the piquant humor. How will the brave young ginger mice evade traps and threats and rescue their parents, imprisoned on a remote island. The song of the Winns is an audible clue to these intrepid mice adventurers, leading them to explore further challenges that lead to the corner-turning ending of "Spies of Gerander." A firmly established audience will be excited to devour this latest installment in a mini-mice epic fantasy.

Reaper's Legacy
Tim Lebbon
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
9781616147679 $17.95

Fans of the initial Toxic City trilogy will welcome the second book in the saga, which takes place two years after London is struck by a terrorist attack, when it exists cut off from the rest of Britain, who believes it's now a toxic wasteland. Jack and his friends know differently: London has survivors who are developing fantastic powers. Jack's own emerging powers lead him to try to save a brutal father with his own horrible power, even as Lucy-Anne discovers that London's people are evolving into monsters. A riveting story, this is hard to put down - even if you're new to the series.

The Silver Sphere
Michael Dadich
Evolved Publishing
PO Box 522
Cassville, GA, 30123
9781622536016 $14.95

The Silver Sphere: The Kin Chronicles is a young adult novel that will appeal to high fantasy readers of all ages and backgrounds. Shelby Pardow is an ordinary girl, hiding from her somewhat dysfunctional father in the local library, who stumbles across a call to another world. Earth's sister planet Azimuth is under siege, and in this mystic country she is not a child, but rather a warrior, and one of Azimuth's last and greatest defenders against the demon Biskara and his destructive forces. Though Biskara yearns to raze Azimuth and turn his hunger upon Earth, the bravery of Azimuth's defenders and a complex artifact called the Silver Sphere has thwarted him at every turn. But how long can Azimuth hold out? As a warrior, Shelby must learn how to kill, and how to lead an army to preserve the light of hope, in this captivating and highly recommended saga of life and death on the battlefield.

The Webs of Varok
Cary Neeper
Penscript Publishing House
1702-L Meridian Ave #225
San Jose, CA 95125
9781622220014 $11.95

The second book in "The Archives of Varok" series, The Webs of Varok is a science fiction novel written for teenagers and young adults, but its core themes about human efforts to achieve sustainability will resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds. A group of humans and aliens have departed the ailing 21st century Earth for the promise of hope on another world rich in resources. But when a covetous being seeks to seize the world's wealth for herself, how are the colonists to survive threats from without - or all-consuming greed from within? The Webs of Varok resonates strongly with the cutting-edge environmental issues of today, particularly as an ever-expanding human population puts greater and greater strains upon our planet. Highly recommended, as is author Cary Neeper's first book in the series, "A Place Beyond Man".

The Locking Place
Kate Oliver & Kathy Walden Kaplan
MAB Books
c/o Librado Press
PO Box 2801
Reston, Virginia 20195
9781879571136 $9.95

A handful of black-and-white illustrations enliven The Locking Place, a brief, middle-grade fantasy novel about the consequences of having one's wishes granted. Young Ruby Brock is having a tough time; her father is in the Navy overseas, and the bank is foreclosing on her home, forcing her and her mother to move in with an aunt who lives hundreds of miles away. While Ruby and her mother travel amid the mountains of California, Ruby makes a wish out of frustration, loneliness, and boredom. She wishes that her mother could be a child again, and the very mountains grant her heart's desire. But at what cost? Now with her nine-year-old mother, Ruby must enter the mysterious Locking Place, to undo the damage her wish has done. Yet the longer Ruby's mother experiences the ebullience of childhood, the more childlike she becomes - Ruby is quickly running out of time! A thoughtful story that pairs its magical premise with down-to-earth, real-life problems, The Locking Place is highly recommended.

Adapting Eden
Victoria Foyt
Sand Dollar Press
1301 Montana Ave., Suite C
Santa Monica, CA 90403
9780983650355 $18.99

The second novel in the "Save the Pearls" young adult fantasy series, Adapting Eden continues the dystopian saga of a future Earth drastically transformed, and the survivors who must change with it or die. Eden Newman must undergo a hazardous experiment in the heart of a rainforest, and adjust to life as a beast-human hybrid if she is to have a prayer of survival on the overheated, hazardous planet that Earth has become. When chaos further disrupts her plans, she and a handful of family and friends seek refuge with a tribe of Aztec survivors... but do their benefactors have a hidden motive? The fate of the world and the remnants of humanity is at stake, as is Eden's only chance of knowing true love with a fellow beast-human hybrid, in this blend of epic post-apocalypse adventure and cautionary tale. Highly recommended for readers of all ages, as is the award-winning first novel in the story, "Revealing Eden".

The Grimalkin's Secret
Kara Komarnitsky
Stone Arrow Books
PO Box 221
Draper, UT 84020
9780982552810 $16.99 Lightning Source / $19.99 Amazon / $2.99 Kindle

Ideal for preteen readers in the 8-13 age range, The Grimalkin's Secret is a fantastic novel of magic and mystery. Three children have incredible, mystical talents. Kya's conscience fuels her indescribable power of Reesk, a force that resembles magic; Eliza can transform into any animal that she has seen before; and Sebastian has an empathetic bond with a boy who recently disappeared into a museum painting. Intrigued by the museum with art that can literally draw people into another world, the three young people must brave a fantastic land and defy dangerous creatures in an effort to save all that there is. Highly recommended, especially as a gift for young adults or for children's library fantasy collections!

Maya Gold
c/o Scholastic, Inc.
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012-3999
9780545433808, $8.99,

Secrets we don't truly understand ourselves may prove the most frightening. "Spellbinding" follows Abby, as she finds out her heritage when she visits the infamous Salem. As her hidden talents come into being, she is threatened by those who may know her better than she knows herself, and forces her to make decisions that may change what she knows forever. "Spellbinding" is a riveting addition to youth fantasy collections, not to be missed.

Emma Trevayne
Running Press
2300 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4371
9780762447282, $9.95,

Music is a powerful tool, for expression... and control. "Coda" is a science fiction thriller for young adults, following Anthem, a singer for an underground band in a world where the Corporation allures most of the population with mind altering tracks. Anthem finds the siren's call to them a dangerous drug he can't fully quit, and his indulgences may drag his family from him, and he has to find the will to fight once more. "Coda" is a fascinating young adult read for music lovers and science fiction fans, highly recommended.

The Self-Help Shelf

Understanding Your Self
Dale Carlson
Bick Publishing House
16 Marion Road
Branford, CT 06405
9781884158360, $14.95,

Knowing oneself is the first step to finding a life of success. "Understanding Your Self" is an inspirational read from Dale Carlson, aimed at teens and young adults who are struggling to find themselves and build their lives. Understanding what it means to human also means understanding how to rise above the pain that being human can bring. "Understanding Your Self" is an uplifting read with plenty to consider for the conflicted young person, highly recommended.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Goodbye, Brecken
David Lupton, author/artist
Magination Press
Educational Publishing Foundation Book
c/o American Psychological Association
750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002
9781433812897, $14.95,

"Goodbye, Brecken: A Story About the Death of a Pet" is a sensitive, delicately illustrated book about a child's experience of the death of a beloved dog named Brecken. Written for children ages 4-8 to help them cope with the loss of a pet, "Goodbye, Brecken" is a gentle remembrance that allows children to focus on their feelings and work them through when a beloved, constant pet passes on. Filled with poignant, tender illustrations in somber shades of black, white and gray with touches of red and rust, "Goodbye, Brecken" tells the story of Isabelle's dog, Brecken. Brecken was born the same day Isabelle was, but he is much older than she in dog years. When he passes on, Isabelle's parents explain to her that he was tired and ready to die. She is sad and upset and confused, and uncomforted. She falls asleep and dreams of other animals, asking a deer, a fox, and a crow if they have seen Brecken. Finally she finds Brecken and feels his warm tongue and furry heartbeat and she loses her fear. When Isabelle awakens from her dream in the dreary woods, she accepts that Brecken is gone for good. She also understands that she will always remember and love Brecken. At the end of the story are several suggested activities for the child to help describe their reaction to the story, and Isabelle's reaction to the death of Brecken. An additional note to parents from Allan Peterkin, MD helps explain the need for coping strategies and processing feelings when helping a child understand the death of a pet. "Goodbye, Brecken" is artistically sensitive in its approach, unflinching and yet compassionate in its treatment of children learning to deal with the pain of loss and death.

Where Do the Animals Go When It Rains?
Janet S Crown, author
Daron Rosenberg, illustrator
Privately Published
9780985283001, $14.99,

"Where Do the Animals Go When It Rains?" is a creative illustrated children's book about how changes in weather such as rain affects different animals. Written in vividly colorful typed verse and illustrated with accurate care and delicacy, "Where Do the Animals Go When It Rains?" is meant to be a valuable shared reading experience between parent and child, strengthening and encouraging young imaginations. Gentle verse and rain-splashed colored pictures convey the experience of animals who react to a beginning rainfall. A sense of nurturing care by parent animals who take appropriate shelter with their young is conveyed, while other animals display the frolicsome reaction of enjoyment of the rain. All are safely brought through these gentle pages of nature's creature's reactions to rainy weather. The author is devoted to many charitable causes and child centered issues. As a result, proceeds from this book are donated to The Painted Turtle, a Hole-In- the-Wall Gang Camp for chronic and terminally ill children (

It's a Firefly Night
Dianne Ochiltree, author
Betsy Snyder, artist
Blue Apple Books
515 Valley Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040
9781609052911, $12.99,

"It's a Firefly Night" is a beautiful teaching book about fireflies written in verse. Appealing to children ages 3-6, "It's a Firefly Night" has educational aspects of counting, natural observation, and even illuminated lists of fascinating little factoids about fireflies specially presented and illustrated on the last two pages. Magical swirls of glitter and glowing globes of light bespangle the lovely, dark blue pages of this enchanting book. "It's a Firefly Night" will recapture all the magic of first seeing all those dancing fairy lights on a warm summer night. Also important, the child's experience of catching and releasing fireflies teaches that "catch and release" is the best rule for truly appreciating fireflies.

Lola Goes to Work
Marcia Goldman, author/photographer
Creston Books
PO Box 9369, Berkeley, CA 94709
9781939547002, $16.99,

"Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog" is a photo slice-of- life story about a tiny Yorkshire Terrier dog who undergoes training to become a therapy dog. Adorable color pictures show Lola attending training and obedience classes and then getting ready to go to work as a therapy dog. She comforts people who are ill or handicapped and she visits children in schools and libraries and helps them learn. She is a joyous, loving dog who imparts a healing sense of life to all she meets. "Lola Goes to Work" is narrated in easy-to-understand, simple sentences that add to the story told by the photos. Children age 4 and up will love reading "Lola Goes to Work."

The 45 mph Couch Potato
Lesley Balcerak, author
Rosemary Orbegoso, illustrator
Mirror Publishing
6434 W Dixon St., Milwaukee, WI 53214
9781612251066 $10.99

"The 45 mph Couch Potato" is an informative, empathetic book about the life of a rescued/retired greyhound, Aggie, short for Bohemian Agile. Aggie was a prize winning greyhound racer in Chacheechee, Florida, whose retirement time had come. Although she had only known the kennel, training, and racing, she now was to be adopted by a couple and live in a home. "The 45 mph Couch Potato" tells Aggie's story of adjustment to a private life after the rigors and excitement of racing from the dog's own point of view. Aggie learns many skills and adjustments in her new life with Mommy and Daddy-o, and she makes new friends. The long process of adjustment and retraining is described as experienced by the dog. Lovely black and white pencil illustrations of Aggie and friends add visual interest to her story in "The 45 mph Couch Potato." At the end of this brief biography is a handy list titled Aggie's Guide to Being the Perfect Dog. A favorite on the list is "Always shower your owners with unconditional love." "The 45 mph Couch Potato" is a great opportunity for young readers to learn about compassion for animals and life planning for racers in particular.

The Mystery of Darwin's Frog
Marty Crump
Boyds Mills Press
815 Church Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
9781590788646, $16.95,

Nature has many surprises, constantly under threats to the world. "The Mystery of Darwin's Frog" is a science and wildlife study packed with full color photography. In 1840s, Charles Darwin discovered a new breed of frog with an unusual way of dealing with its young. A hundred and fifty years later, the unusual frog is threatened with extinction as scientists and others struggle to save its life. "The Mystery of Darwin's Frog" is a fascinating read for those with a love for nature and these amphibians in general, highly recommended. Also from Boyds Mills Press is "Bats: Biggest! Littlest!" (9781590789520, $16.95), exploring these often misunderstood flying mammals.

The Music CD Shelf

Count, Add, Subtract!
Hap Palmer
Hap-Pal Music

Count, Add, Subtract! Fun with Math, Music, and Movement is an educational children's music CD grounded in the common core standards and best teaching practices supported by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The sing-along songs encourage young children to practice very basic counting and arithmetic out loud. There are fifteen tracks with instructional vocals, followed by another fifteen tracks of instrumental versions (or "no-answers" versions) of the same songs. With its emphasis on building practical problem-solving skills (including the ability to quickly perform basic addition and subtraction), Count, Add, Subtract is a wonderful choice for educational or home use, highly recommended especially as an educational for kindergarten, preschool, and elementary school music CD collections. The first fifteen tracks are "Count Up, Count Down", "Naming Numbers", "One More, One Less", "Doubles Facts", "Add One To The Double", "Switcheroo", "Skip Count", "Two More, Two Less", "Ways To Get To Ten", "Ten Plus", "Make Nine Into Ten", "All Aboard To Add and Subtract", "Countin' By Twos With The Odd Numbers", "The Five Seven Twelve Family", and "Five Ate Thirteen".

Deep Sea Diver
Recess Monkey
Privately Published
c/o Waldmania! (publicity)
130 Maywood Drive
San Francisco, CA 94127

Independent children's music artists Recess Monkey present Deep Sea Diver, a joyous album with an ocean theme (and plenty of puns). Set within a submarine that explores the sea, then becomes shipwrecked on the beach of a faraway island, Deep Sea Diver delivers high-energy synth, funk, rhythm, and just plain-sing-along fun. Ideal for young people ages 2-8, Deep Sea Diver is an excellent choice for playing during car trips or children's parties! The tracks are "Tambourine Submarine", "Fish Sticks", "The Deep End", "Beach Ball", "Shrimp", "Compass Rose", "Choral Reef", "Tattoo Me", "The Seven Cs", "Seagull", "Up Periscope", "Walkie Talkies", "Seahorse", "Making Waves", and "Stranded". 42 min.

Pleased to Meet You
Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke
Produced by Dean Jones
Worm Hole Productions
c/o Beth Blenz-Clucas Publicity
5505 SW Illinois Street
Portland, OR 97221

Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke, winners of a Parents' Choice Gold Award for "Rise and Shine" in 2009, present their second family music album "Pleased to Meet You". The delightfully cheerful string-and-percussion jamboree songs have a friendly farm theme, and feature tongue-in-cheek clever lyrics in synch with the catchy music. Highly recommended! The tracks are "Pleased to Meet You" (2:52), "Animal Alphabet" (2:57), "Raised by Trolls" (3:40), "Wander Round the World" (2:40), "Bigga Bagga" (2:48), "Railroad Medley" (2:57), "Lazy Raisins" (3:25), "King of the Town" (1:58), "Conversation" (4:20), "Eggplant Man" (3:51), "Chuckers" (2:22), "Candyman" (2:42), "Trondaxx Berserker" (2:52), "Take Ten" (3:09), and "Falling Star" (2:24).

I Like Everything About You (Yes, I Do!)
Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
Crosspulse Media
c/o Waldmania! (publicity)
130 Maywood Drive
San Francisco, CA 94127

The first children's & family album by polycultural rhythm masters Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, I Like Everything About You (Yes, I Do!) is a lively medley of hand drums, bells, banjo, voice, and much more, even using the human body as an instrument! The enthusiastically friendly music encourages upbeat cheer, joy, and playfulness. The African Diaspora is only one of multiple musical roots that Crosspule Percussion Ensemble eagerly embraces (there's even an Afro-Cuban song with clawhammer banjo). Highly recommended. The tracks are "Walkin' the Dog" (3:05), "Yamawele" (4:24), "Body Beat" (3:24), "Little Liza Jane" (2:40), "Cumbe" (2:02), "Rara" (2:11), "Breaths" (3:35), "CooCoo" (3:37), "Krin" (2:54), "Jalan-Jalan" (2:01), "Flores" (3:24), and "I Like Everything About You (Yes I Do!)" (8:56).

The DVD Shelf

60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition DVD
Weston Woods
c/o Scholastic
90 Old Sherman Turnpike
Danbury, CT 06816
0545538602 $59.95

Weston Woods has a long and venerable tradition of quality children's publishing, including DVD adaptations of beloved children's picturebooks. Their new 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition DVD (68 min.) celebrates their latest milestone by collecting the DVD renditions of six beloved picturebook titles intended for children ages 3-7, most of which have won awards or recognition. "Dem Bones", "Wild About Books", and "That New Animal" are all ALA Notable Videos; "Arnie the Doughnut" earned Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book; and "No Roses for Harry" earned a Cine Golden Eagle. "The Elves and the Shoemaker" rounds out this wonderful, engaging, and value-packed DVD, highly recommended especially for public library and kindergarten or elementary school DVD collections. Also new from Westen Woods are DVD adaptations of Rebecca and Ed Emberley's "The Ant and the Grasshopper" (0545571367, $59.95, 6 min.), a family-friendly retelling of the classic parable about the value of hard work, and Keith Baker's "LMNO Peas" (0545571553, $59.95, 6 min.) a delightful tour through the ABC's with a cast of industrious little anthropomorphic peas. All three DVDs are closed-captioned, with optional English subtitles, and a treat to delight little ones.

Sight Words Level 3
Rock 'N Learn
PO Box 3595
Conroe, TX 77305-3595
9781934312131 $19.99

Correlated to common core state standards, Sight Words Level 3 is an educational DVD intended to help young people in grades 1 and higher learn how to read. Colorful computer animation of friendly characters help children learn basic sight words, delivered with full context and meaning. Catchy sing-along songs make learning fun and help to reinforce learning! Dozens of words are covered, incling "think", "walk", "know", "fly", "give", "work", "games", and more. An excellent companion to "Sight Words Level 1" (for pre-k children) and "Sight Words Level 2" (for children in kindergarten), Sight Words Level 3 is an excellent addition to public and early grade school library DVD collections, or for family home viewing to help little ones practice learning how to read. 50 min., widescreen.

The Adventures of Bailey: A Night in Cowtown
Engine 15 Media Group
c/o Entertainment One (distribution)
22 Harbor Park Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
1417239166 $14.98

Third in "The Adventures of Bailey" live-action series featuring a lovable golden retriever (whose fur more closely resembles white chocolate than gold!), The Adventures of Bailey: A Night in Cowtown tells of how Bailey adjusts to his new ranch home, and befriends the neighbor's border collie. When a dognapper snatches his sweetheart's brother, planning to sell the dognapped victim for money at "the Exchange" in historic Cowtown, it's up to Bailey to rescue the pooch, prove himself to his sweetheart, and save the day! A Night in Cowtown is a family-friendly treat that dog lovers of all ages are sure to enjoy. Also highly recommended are the previous Adventures of Bailey, "Lost Puppy" and "Christmas Hero". 85 min., English SDH.

Dance Academy Season 1 Volume 1 & Volume 2
Flatiron Film Company
c/o Cinedigm Entertainment
902 Broadway FL 9
New York, NY 10010
$19.95 each

Dance Academy Season 1 Volume 1 (2 DVDs, 5 hr 25 min.) and Dance Academy Season 1 Volume 2 (2 DVDs, 5 hr 25 min.) bring home the smash hit TeenNick television series for the first time. An ongoing drama about a hard-working country girl and her dream of becoming a professional dancer, Dance Academy follows Tara Webster as she earns the right to attend Australia's National Academy of Dance. But getting into the school is only the beginning - all the dancers are in heated competition with one another, and not everyone can make the cut! Volume 1 introduces viewers to the dedicated and driven dancers of Tara's new world - free-spirited Kat, astonishingly handsome Ethan, fiercely independent Christian, gregarious Sammy and perfectionist Abigail. The pressures of falling in love and maintaining a social life mount almost as high as the intimidating end of year exams! In Volume 2, additional problems make life difficult for the prospective dancers - eating disorders, parental conflict, physical injury, and the pain of heartbreak. Cast photo galleries and a "backstage pass" on Volume 2 enhance this kickstart to a family-friendly yet doggedly serious television series that viewers of all ages will enjoy! The saga continues in Dance Academy Season 2 Volumes 1 & 2.

The Multimedia Shelf

EEK! There's a Mouse in the House
Wong Herbert Yee, author/illustrator
Houghton Miflin Co.
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
9780395720295, $5.95 (book)
9780544022829, $10.99 (CD)

"EEK! There's a Mouse in the House" is a combination book and CD read-along favorite for young children ages 3-8. Designed to be read alone or together, this combo will entertain and amuse any young child during periods of transition or relaxation. The CD plays on two tracks, one with page-turn signals and one without. Music by Michael Moss and reading by Will Hines tell the story of a little girl who discovers a mouse in the house. Alarmed, she requests the assistance of the cat, the dog, the hen, the pig and many more successively larger animals to catch the mouse. Instead, funny encounters ensue and add to the mounting confusion until the very biggest animal of all is, in fact, terrified by the little mouse in the house. A charming rainbow palate of childish illustrations help to tell this happy story that beats page turning 101 for toddlers. "EEK! There's a Mouse in the House" is sure to be a hit with young children and parents and caregivers for its joyous entertainment.

Minnie's Big Bow Party
Don Gillies & Tisha Hamilton
Reader's Digest Children's Books
44 South Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601
9780794427177, $19.99,

Based on a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode by Don Gillies and adapted by Tisha Hamilton"Minnie's Big Bow Party" is a delightful interactive book with a motion activated musical Minnie ears. Based on a story for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, "Minnie's Bow Party" encourages young readers to imagine changes in themselves as reflected in the different bows especially designed by Minnie. Her Bow Party has a few hiccups, but in the end all is solved with the Mystery Mousekatools and everyone enjoys Minnie's amazing bows and the party's Grand Finale. Children can use the special motion activated musical Minnie ears bow to party along with club members and have even more fun.

The Activity Shelf

The Great Colorado Activity Book
Kjirsten Wallace, editor
Rising Moon Books
P.O. Box 1389, Flagstaff, AZ 86002
9780873589215, $7.95,

"The Great Colorado Activity Book: Mazes, Crosswords, Word Finds, Scrambles" is the answer to vacationing parents' prayers. Filled with colored cartoon-like illustrations from a number of illustrators, fun puzzles, mazes, scrambled words, riddles, anagrams, and more, "The Great Colorado Activity Book" teaches important state historical background and visitor etiquette points while offering a dazzling assortment of fun word and picture games. Kids will love the humorous illustrations and cartoon jokes, and parents will love the wonderful sound of pages turning and pencils writing and drawing as the miles fly by. Also a great rainy day camping activity book, "The Great Colorado Activity Book" has a place in every vacation vehicle that is Colorado bound or even just dreaming of that vacation this summer. Travel Bingo, hidden pictures, word jumbles, all sorts of fun games and puzzles will tease and challenge kids age 7 and up for hours of educational activity. There are solutions on page 50-56 if the pages are too daunting for young readers, but everyone deserves an unaided stab at completing these on their own!

The Folktale/Fairytale Shelf

The Sleeping Beauty
C. S. Evans, author
Arthur Rackham, illustrator
Dover Publications, Calla Editions
31 East Second St., Mineola, NY 11501
9781606600412, $25.00,

"The Sleeping Beauty" is a beautiful re-issued nostalgia children's publication that gives new life to a treasured classic of a past era. Lavishly embellished with intricate silhouette illustrations in black, red, and white, the tale of Sleeping Beauty unwinds in a leisurely series of chapters, filling 100 pages with delight and imagination. Story telling is resurrected as a treasured skill and art, interwoven with imaginative fancies, styles and scenes that are sensitive and unforgettable. "The Sleeping Beauty" is a treasure gift edition, meant to be shared across generations.

A Tangle of Tales
Reg Down
Lightly Press
9781482304190 $14.95 print / $9.95 Kindle

Suitable for young people in kindergarten through grade four, A Tangle of Tales is an anthology of forty-two short stories and poems, enlivened with occasional black-and-white line drawings. Some stories are only a single page long; others are a handful of pages, but all are extremely brief. Many of the tales are spun in the style of fanciful creation myths about the origins of various animals. A Tangle of Tales is a great "read-aloud" repository for homeroom, storytime, bedtime, or the simple joy of parent-child reading time, highly recommended. "Giraffe's Creation Myth": "In the beginning was the green grass and the stars in heaven. I ate the grass, but I looked to heaven. I wanted to eat the stars too. I stretched and stretched. My legs grew long, my neck grew longer, but I never reached the stars."

The Christian Shelf

My Story Time Bible
Retold by Sophie Piper
Illustrated by Estelle Corke
Lion Children's Books
c/o Lion Hudson
Jordan Hill Road, Oxford OX2 8DR, England
9780745962146 $14.99

"My Story Time Bible" is a sensitive, illustrated selection of children's stories from the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament sources being represented. Some of the stories from the Old Testament include Noah and the Flood, God Makes the World, Moses and the Princess, David and Goliath, Jonah and the Whale, and Daniel and the Lions. New Testament stories include the First Christmas, Jesus and the Fishermen, Jesus and the Prayer, Jesus and the Miracle, the Lost Sheep, and the First Easter. All stories are written in easily accessible language, simply styled and presented, with full color illustrations featuring lovable characters and animals. The nonjudgmental tone of the stories and illustrations make "My Story Time Bible" an excellent choice for a child's first Bible.

What a Wonderful World
Suzanne Chiew, author
Tina Macnaughton, illustrator
Tiger Tales
PO Box 70, Iron Ridge, WI 53035
9781589251298, $16.95,

"What a Wonderful World" is an inspirational, prayerful book filled with beautiful, sensitive, softly colorful illustrations of a parent and cub bear enjoying the beauty and goodness of nature. Written in a lilting gentle verse, "What a Wonderful World" could be a child's first bedtime prayer experience. Filled with pastel landscapes with tiny convincing details, "What a Wonderful World" transports the youngest reader to a plane of higher consciousness and teaches the concept of heavenly gratitude. Implicit in the pictures of two soft brown bears is the love that is shared abundantly between parent and child, mirroring the love of the Lord for all. "What a Wonderful World" is a lovely experience for a caring adult to share with a beloved young child.

The Berenstien Bears: Good Deed Scouts Help Their Neighbors
Jan & Mike Berenstain
5300 Patterson Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49530
9780310721642, $9.99,

"Good Deed Scouts Help Their Neighbors" is an I Can Read Book, level 1 book for early readers age 4-7. Laced with loving Biblical quotations and inspiring humor, "Good Deed Scouts Help Their Neighbors" is all about translating a vision of a caring Christian community to a daily reality that can be promoted and created by kids, with some community help. The Good Deed Scouts are challenged to think of good deeds and ways they can help others in their community. A wonderful project emerges that ends in their creation of the Spook Hill Homeless Shelter, for Old Tom and the homeless bears of Bear Country. A final Biblical quotation from Fred states: "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed." Children of all ages will enjoy reading this inspiring and heartwarming book and other books in this series.

The Board Book Shelf

Alaska Babies!
Stephen Kazlowski, photographer
Far Country Press
PO Box 5630, Helena, MT 59604
9781560375456, $8.95,

"Alaska Babies" is a visually stunning photo essay collection of baby Alaskan animals in the form of a narrated board book suitable for young children. Species pictured include brown bears, walruses, moose, orca whale, black bear, red caribou, seal, dal sheep, red fox, musk ox, mew gulls, and sea otters. The accompanying brief narration enhances the wild portraits of baby animals in their natural environment. Accompanied by a respectful disclaimer stating "Please respect wildlife by keeping your distance. Never approach animals in the wild..." this sturdy board book is appropriate for early nature studies for the young pre-reader.

Chick Pea and the Changing Trees
Linda Cole, author/illustrator
Miranda Brown, designer
Barron's Educational Series
250 Wireless Boulevard
Hauppage, NY 11788
9780764165931, $6.99,

"Chick Pea and the Changing Trees" is a pull-the -tab board book about changing seasons for children age 3 and up, from the Chick Pea series. Artistic lettered verse describes a changing landscape and trees observed by Chick Pea and Sweet Pea, two little bird friends. Pull tab pages allow children to recreate the seasonal changes witnessed by Chick Pea, such as the leaves falling from the tree in fall, the snow covering the tree trunk in winter, blossoms and leaves covering the tree in the spring, and green apples changing to red in the summer. Young children will love this interactive seasonal story which they have a chance to direct themselves. Adult storytellers will be equally charmed by the delightful colored illustrations and descriptive verse narrative.

The Easy Reader Shelf

Dinosaur Zoom!
Penny Dale, author/artist
Nosy Crow
c/o Candlewick Press
99 Dover St., Somerville, Massachusetts 02144
9780763664480, $15.99,

"Dinosaur Zoom!" is a fantastic story about a rainbow assortment of fast moving driver dinosaurs who rush through a forest on various vehicles, all because they are hastening to prepare a super-fun surprise birthday party for the littlest dinosaur! Active children will love the zany, racing dinosaurs, in their spectacular assortments of colored scales and exotic vehicles, not to mention the exciting, rhythmic narrative that impels them to implore pages to turn faster and faster! "Dinosaur Zoom!" is a compelling book to read to active preschoolers age 2 and up. It will quickly become a perennial favorite, effortlessly teaching colors, sounds, species, vehicles, and fun.

Academic Therapy Publications
20 Commercial Blvd.
Novato, CA 98949-6191

Academic Therapy Publications is the premier publisher of high content/low vocabulary reading materials. Three of their latest series of such titles specifically designed to appeal to young readers ages 11 to 18 deserve special mention. "Tales of Romance" (8837-0, $26.00) showcasing stories of young love with all its ups and downs is a set of five paperbacks with a Lexile reading level of 3. "Horizons: Set 1" (8809-7, $24.00) and "Horizons: Set 2" (8815-8, $24.00) featuring teenagers and young adults are two sets of five books each with a Hi-Lo reading level of 3. Each story in the "Horizons" series are solid action/adventure stories ranging from surviving plan crashes, to piracy at sea, to vengeful spirits, to the wealth of ancient tombs. All three of these outstanding series are highly recommended supplements to school system Remedial Reading curriculums. Special Education instructors and school librarians would be well advised to visit the Academic Therapy Publications web site at to see a complete listing of all of their high interest/low vocabulary titles.

Random House
c/o Random House Children's Books
1745 Broadway, 10-1
New York, NY 10019

Luciana Navarro Powell's MY MOM IS THE BEST CIRCUS (9780307931436 $7.99) offers a fun board book celebration of how mothers and children play daily, offering fun and whimsical colorful artwork that details mother/child play at its best. Mom is a juggler, ringmaster, band maestro, and even a magician and a clown: each page of the board book details a mother's entertaining and fun approach to life, making this an easy reader kids and families will love. Patricia Reilly Giff's ZIGZAG ZOOM (9780385742757, $12.99) is a chapter book that receives fine black and white drawings by Alasdair Bright as it details a race between the Xigzag Zebras and the Timpanzi Tigers. Everyone thinks Gina is the best school runner; but Gina knows she can sing better than she can run. Competition heats up in a fun and revealing story recommended for any chapter book reader. Graham Salisbury's CALVIN COCONUT: EXTRA FAMOUS (9780385742207, $12.99) tells of fourth grader Calvin Coconut and his friends, who have been recruited to be extras in a new movie, Zombie Zumba. They will wear zombie costumes and be spooky extras - but Calvin's foray into filmmaking with their unique pal results in more zany experiences and insights in this fun new account recommended for advanced elementary-level readers.

Crabtree Publishing Company
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3308
New York, NY 10118

Four new Tadpoles: Fairytale Jumbles chapter books for grades K-3 by Hilary Robinson and Simona Sanfilippo provide some 32 pages each of satisfying fairy tales combining familiar characters from different tales to create unexpected new stories. RAPUNZEL AND THE BILLY GOATS (9780778711544, $17.95) tells of a mean troll who traps Rapunzel in a tower, then refuses to let helpful goats cross the bridge. HANSEL, GRETEL, AND THE UGLY DUCKLING (9780778711575, $17.95) tells of two children who become lost in the forest, until an ugly duckling following their trail of crumbs comes to the rescue. BEAUTY AND THE PEA (9780778711551, $17.95) tells of the beast of Pea Castle who needs a kiss from a princess to become a prince again. Could guest Beauty help him? And CINDERELLA AND THE BEANSTALK (9780778711568, $17.95) tells of a magic bean, Jack and his friend Cinderella who climb it, and a giant godmother found at the end of the beanstalk. All are fun twists on classics, sure to invite and involve parents and young readers alike.

The Counting Shelf

Soo's Boo-Boos: She's Got 10!
Tilda Balsley, author
Shelagh McNicholas, illustrator
Tiger Tales
PO Box 70, Iron Ridge, WI 53035
9781589251182, $12.95,

"Soo's Boo-Boos" is a delightful illustrated counting book written in rhyme that will charm young children and parents alike. Soo is concerned about her many small boo-boos, each of which she recounts to her mother. Fortunately her mom is able to reassure her and uses band aids, ice, a tissue, chap stick, lotion, a kiss, a scarf for an elbow sling, and new shoes to deal with all complaints and boo-boos decisively. The colorful pastel bandages, smiling faces, grassy lawns and favored toys are eccentric and convincing as is the character of Soo. "Soo's Boo-Boos" is perfect for teaching children ages 3-7 both how to count and how to bounce back from trivial discomforts.

The Biography Shelf

The Compassionate Warrior
Elsa Marston
Wisdom Tales
1501 East Hillside Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
9781937786106, $16.95,

"The Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader of Algeria" by award-winning children's author Elsa Marston is the 184 page biography of a 19th Century leader, an Arab hero who led the fight in Algeria against opposing French forces. Abd el-Kader (1807-1883) was especially known for his ability as a military strategist and Muslim political leader. What is less well known is his that in 1860 he was responsible for saving thousands of Christians from Syrian mob violence which earned him international recognition from Abraham Lincoln, Pope Pius IX, and Napoleon III. Enhanced with a section of period photography, "The Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader of Algeria" is especially recommended for young readers ages 13 to 16 and would make a significant and highly valued addition to both school and community library biography collections.

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!
Jonah Winter & Terry Widener
c/o Random House Children's Books
1745 Broadway, 10-1, New York, NY 10019
9780375868443 $17.99

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! provides an easy and simple picturebook coverage of one of the greatest ball players in history, providing a biography for fans of baseball and newcomers alike. It follows the evolution of his career and skills, revealing his many achievements and lasting influence on the sport. Any young reader interested in Willie Mays but new to his achievements will find this a perfect pitch for his abilities and lasting contributions to the sport.

The Mystery/Suspense Shelf

Whispers at Marietta
Karen Meyer, author
Sable Creek Press
PO Box 12217, Glendale, AZ 85318
9780989066709, $9.99,

"Whispers at Marietta" is the latest middle school historical mystery from the Mysteries of the Ohio Frontier series. In this appealing, popular juvenile series, historical fact and detail are mingled tastefully with appealing, fictional young protagonists who must make life choices influenced by the known occurrences and conditions of the era. Rachel Putnam is devastated by her family's move to Marietta, Ohio, and the earlier death of her baby brother Frankie. She is determined to find her dog, Bounder and find a way to leave Marietta and all the challenges it represents. What follows is a very believable story about frontier life for the Ohio pioneers, the suffering and reactions of the Shawnee and other Indians to the invasion of their territory, and the challenges of facing a clash of two different cultures and looking deeper than fear and superstition to a more humane vision. Rachel learns that sometimes help and hope arrive from strange sources, affirming her belief that God directs all things, perhaps even bad things to influence good things to happen. Healing, and plant lore and frontier survival skills such as spinning, dyeing, and weaving flax into a bride sash are some of the authentic pioneer crafts that enrich the exciting story of "Whispers at Marietta," along with a subplot of running away, hiding with an Indian wise woman, and learning more about a Native way of life. "Whispers at Marietta" is excellent juvenile historical fiction, a door opener for kids to tempt them to explore frontier history further.

Books in Series

Take a Stand Against Bullying series
Crabtree Publishing Company
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3308
New York, NY 10118

Kids in grade 5 will find four new books covering bullying to be important keys to growth and maturity, with each advocating how to identify and take a stand against bullying activities. Jennifer Rivkin's PHYSICAL BULLYING (9780778779148, $22.95) covers bullying more common among males and which involve all kinds of physical involvement in the bullying process, from kicking and hitting to damaging a victim's belongings. Case studies identify situations and strategies for prevention. Rivkin's VERBAL BULLYING (9780778779162, $22.95) identifies different kinds of verbal bullying, from name-calling and insults to racist remarks. Chapters provide insights on bullying and victim alike, allowing kids to identify whether they are a verbal bully or not. Rachel Stuckey's CYBER BULLYING (9780778779131, $22.95) considers different types of cyber bullying from internet to cell phones, outlines acts of harassment or hurtful comments, and considers how it differs from verbal or physical bullying. Legal issues and online security are among the topics considered here. Finally, Margaret Webb's SOCIAL BULLYING (9780778779155, $22.95) considers gossiping, group bullying tactics, and much more, analyzing the indirect nature of social bullying and strategies for fighting it. All are powerful considerations of bullying's consequences and evidence.

The Worldwide Adventures of Rohini Molini
Lea & Tim, authors
Nicola Ibbotson-Gue, illustrator
100 Enterprise Way, Suite A200
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
9781478226048, $9.99,

"The Worldwide Adventures of Rohini Molini: A Short Trip to Australia" is a delightful book from an introductory juvenile cultural series that aims to broaden world perspectives of children ages 3-6. Each story follows a pattern which includes counting, clapping, jumping, a magical transportation to a foreign land, finding a hidden animal (kangaroo), and saying hello and goodbye in the accepted language of the country. After investigating the strange stick, which is really a boomerang, that her dog Bugle found, Rohini Molini and her friends and dog learn many fascinating things about living in Australia, then they magically return home. A map and added interesting facts about Australia are found in the last pages of the book. All pages are colorfully illustrated with charming characters and bright colors. Because the character of Rohini Molini is a children's advocate and ambassador, a portion of character related revenue (such as for a lunchbox) will go to the Rohini Molini Charitable Foundation and in turn to other global children's charities. Other titles from this highly recommended series include "The Worldwide Adventures of Rohini Molini: A Short Trip to India" (978148197748, $9.99), "A Short Trip to Spain (9781480001244, $9.99), and "A Short Trip to Thailand" (9781484022092, $9.99).

Draw the Magic Blue Fairy
from Draw the Magic Fairy Series
Rosa M. Curto, author/illustrator
Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Box 398, 40 Industrial Road
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
9780766042650, $16.95,

"Draw the Magic Blue Fairy" is a delightful new hard cover art instruction book for children ages 5-8 from the series titled "Draw the Magic Fairy." Here are illustrated, simple instructions for mastering drawing different shapes and then decorating and coloring or painting them to finish. Colored pencils, paints, and crayons are easily available art materials. The theme of fairy magic and individual fairy portraits is a fanciful way to encourage imagination and embellishment with enjoyment. The chosen fairy models have different skin and hair colors so presumably all races of fairies (and children) are included. Shapes and combinations progress in difficulty. Young artists are encouraged to look carefully at their subjects and to experiment with far and near perspectives. "Draw the Magic Blue Fairy" is made even more accessible to children at grade levels K-3 by the exquisite example illustrations in shaded color by Rosa M. Curto. Also highly recommended are these additional titles from the "Draw the Magic Fairy" series by the same author: "Draw the Magic Green Fairy (9780766042650, $16.95), "Draw the Magic Pink Fairy (9780766042667, $16.95)," and "Draw the Magic Red Fairy (9780766042674, $16.95).

Relationships 101: Girls: Being Best Friends
Diane Bailey, author
Rosen Publishing Group
29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010
9781448868315, $29.95,

Girls: Being Best Friends is a text from the Relationships 101 educational series for young adults, presenting four chapters of information about making and keeping friends, and how to access appropriate professional guidance and support when needed. Positive self image, good techniques for encouraging healthy relationships, savvy current cautions and advice, plus good health pointers like "Be your own best friend" are all relationship building concepts and tools. Attractive color photos of multi ethnic girls in friendships make "Girls; Being Best Friends" currently appealing to preteens and teens. A glossary, list of web sites and further resources round out this very practical, attractive guidebook to female peer relationships. Also highly recommended from this series are the following titles: "Guys: Being Best Friends (9781448868322, $29.95)" by Bridget Heos, "Your First Boyfriend (9781448868292, $29.95)" by Katie Hentgies, and "Your First Girlfriend (9781448868308, $29.95)" by Bridget Heos.

Finding the Treasure: Coordinate Grids
Renata Brunner-Jass, author
Norwood House Press
PO Box 316598, Chicago, IL 60631
9781599535739, $17.95 (library hc), $8.95 (pb).

"Finding the Treasure: Coordinate Grids" is an exciting title from the iMath Readers series that teaches the mathematical concept of coordinate grids through a photo-illustrated, high -tech geocaching adventure pursued by five young friends using a handheld GPS device. Mathematical concepts that are taught include how to plot data points from a table, how to label ordered pairs, and how to name coordinates on a grid. Additional key concepts featured are the x-axis, y-axis, x-coordinate, and y-coordinate. "Finding the Treasure: Coordinate Grids" is a math educational text with many enjoyable suggestions for discovery activities, with the added benefit of learning about geography and mathematical vocabulary. Additional highly recommended titles from this iMath Readers series include the following: "Start the Game: Geometry in Sports" (9781599535630, by John Perritano), "The Mystery Beetle: What's Multiplying?" (9781599535579, by John Perritano), "Football Numbers: Graphing Data" (9781599535661, by John Perritano), "Save Now, Buy Later: Finding Unit Prices" (9781599535692, by Renata Brunner-Jass), "Picnic Fun: Hot Dog Operations (9781599535487, by Donna Loughran), "Hidden Ducks: Describing and Interpreting Data" (9781599535722, by Renata Brunner-Jass), "Time Ticks By: How Do You Read a Clock?" (9781599535517, by Donna Loughran), "Ship Shape: Making Shapes Fly" (9781599535548, by Donna Loughran)," and "Pools to Ponds: Area, Perimeter, and Capacity" (9781599535609, by John Perritano).

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