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Nutcracker by Maurice Sendak

NUTCRACKER
by E. T. A. Hoffmann,
Ralph Manheim (Translator),
Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)


Once Upon a Fairy Tale: Four Favorite Stories

ONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE:
FOUR FAVORITE STORIES

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THE REVENGE OF
RANDAL REESE-RAT
By Tor Seidler (Ages 9-12)
The Revenge of Randal Reese-Rat
In A Rat's Tale, Montague Mad-Rat saved the day for the wharf rats of New York City and won the affection of the lovely Isabel Moberly-Rat, she-rat of his dreams. All ratdom hailed Montague as a hero-except for the rat whose story is at the center of this captivating sequel. A rodent of impeccable breeding and exquisite personal hygiene, Randal Reese-Rat is mad with jealousy, believing Montague has stolen his former bride-to-be. His jealousy is no secret on his wharf, and when an unthinkable crime is perpetrated against Izzy and Monty on their wedding night, Randal is the prime suspect.
—Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
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THE AMAZING MAURICE
AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS
by Terry Pratchett (Ages 12 Up)
The Amazing Mauraice and His Educated Rodents
The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. The streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blintz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is the town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets....
—Harper Collins
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The Great Mystery: Myths of Native America

THE GREAT MYSTERY: 
Myths Of Native America
by Neil Philip

Original 19th century and early 20th century sepia tone illustrations accompany these tales and enhance the reader’s appreciation of the complex and rich cultures that Philip surveys. Philip deals with each area with sensitivity to tribal names and customs, resisting attempts to make broad generalizations and categorization that often occurs with broad based works. He also includes a bibliography in the back, demonstrating the thoughtful research he invested.

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Wakan Tanka, the Lakota word for the Great Mystery, is the spiritual element that created and sustains the world. It is an elusive element, not easily explained or categorized. Such ambiguity is present in so much of the myths and culture of the Native Americans, an aspect Philip emphasizes in this book. Surveying the tribes by various regions, Philips gives a general overview of the basic points that represent the myths and sacred elements of life in these areas. In each region he relates a sampling of tales and myths that shaped the culture, and the geographical and social elements that in turn, sometimes shaped the myths.

He tells us of the Iroquois creation myth in the Northeast that gave America its name of Turtle Island. For the South, he recounts the Cherokee myth of the Daughter of the Sun a tale that describes the simple human qualities of jealousy, anger and grief. Philip explains how these emotions teach as well as entertain. Philip also discusses the trickster tales of the Southwest and the Plains that provided lessons to the gullible as well as teaching them to not to take life too seriously.

Hooray for You!
HOORAY FOR YOU!
by Marianne Richmond

Hooray For You! is a celebration of "you-ness"— the grand sum of body, mind and heart that makes every person truly unique!
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TheThree Pigs
THE LITTLE PIGS
By David Wiesner
You think you know the story of The Three Little Pigs? THE LITTLE PIGS is anything but predictable. There are no more victims and the pigs take control of the story. An excellent comparison to the original story and lesson on bullies and victims.
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October 14-20 is TEEN READ WEEK
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The Gospel According to LarryDaniel's Walk by Michael SpoonerWhat My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

The Other Side of Truth by Beverley NaidooTender by Valerie HobbsOf Sound Mind by Jean Ferris


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WHY?We Were There, Too! Young People in U. S. HistoryWhen Johnny Went Marching: Young American Fight the Civil War

Standing Like a Stone WallWounded KneeJames Towne: Struggle For Survival


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Goose Girl by Patricia KindlChildren of the dragon: Slected Tales from VietnamJabutí the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale From the Amazon

Fearless JackIs My Friend at Home : Pueblo Fireside Tales


AWFUL OGRE'S AWFUL DAY
By Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Awful Ogre's Awful Day
Ages 6 and Up
Spend an entirely "awful" day with Awful Ogre. Here are 18 "awfully" hyterical poems from waking to bedtime. (And wait until you see Awful Ogre's "Ogress Divine")

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THE BOY IN THE BURING HOUSE
By Tim Wynne-Jones

The Boy in the Burning House
Ages 12 Up

Two years after his father's mysterious disappearance, Jim Hawkins is coping -- barely. Underneath, he's frozen in uncertainty and grief. What did happen to his father? Is he dead or just gone? Then Jim meets Ruth Rose. Moody, provocative, she's the bad-girl stepdaughter of Father Fisher, Jim's father's childhood friend and the town pastor, and she shocks Jim out of his stupor when she tells him her stepfather is a murderer. "Don't you want to know who he murdered?" she asks.
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SOME FROM THE MOON
SOME FROM THE SUN

Some From the Moon Some From the Sun

All Ages

This is Margot Zemach's last book. It is a collection of well known and timeless verses such as "This little pig went to market," and "Bingo," to lesser known ...

"Six little mice sat down to spin;
Pussy passed by and she peeped in. ..."

The book ends with a selection of previously unpublished material taken from the Zemach family archives— samples of Zemach's childhood artwork, family photographs, and autobiographical writings and sketches.

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Wait! No Paint!

by Bruce Whatley
Ages 4-8
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WAIT! NO PAINT! is clever, witty, and a must read!

"Once upon a time there were three little pigs. They lived together in an old house on top of a tall hill... along with seventy-three other little pigs." The litltle pigs desperately wanted to build their own homes.

The first pig built his house of straw; the second of sticks; and the third of bricks.

Sounds like the story of the Three Little Pigs? Almost. This book has a Voice that interrupts from nowhere until the pigs realize it is the ILLUSTATOR. The illustrator has some bad news. He ran out of red paint and the plot turns into a Vaudvillian type skit.

Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices

Ages 8-11
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If a crayon could talk,
what would it say?
If a mosquito wrote a poem,
would it rhyme?
Would a pile of dirty laundry
know that it smells?

"Dirty Laundry Pile" is a collection of poems written in the voice of animals or objects just wanting to be heard!

More True Lies

Ages 7-10
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MORE TRUE LIES
18 Tales for You to Judge
George Shannon
John O'Brien (Illustrator)
It's Simple, Said Simon

Ages 3-6

This is a great read-aloud book.

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IT'S SIMPLE, SAID SIMON
Mary Ann Hoberman
Meilo So (Illustrator)

Simon meets a dog, a cat, and a horse. Can he growl like the dog or stretch like the cat or jump like the horse? You bet he can! "It's simple, said Simon." But, when Simon meets a cunning AND
hungry tiger, he must keep his wits about him and outsmart this clever feline.

Father's Day Books

Max, The Stubborn Little WolfJust the Two of UsMy Dad
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Wizzil
Ages 5-9
More of Steig's Books

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WIZZIL
Quentin Blake, Illustrator

“Wizzil, [a witch] is bored stiff. So with a little coaxing from Beatrice, her parrot, she turns herself into a common housefly and heads on over to Frimp Farm to stir up some trouble. Little does she know, DeWitt Frimp hates all breeds of fly, especially Musca domestica, and Wizzil narrowly escapes his swatter. Wasting no time at all, she cooks up a nasty plan to teach DeWitt a lesson -but in the end, Wizzil finds something much sweeter than revenge ... “

Yay, You!

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Yay, You!:
Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving on
All Ages
Change, Transition, Graduation
You Don't Know Me
Portrait of an angst-ridden adolescent.
Young Adult
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"You don't know me. Just for example, you think I'm upstairs in my room doing my homework. Wrong. I'm not in my room. I'm not doing my homework. And even if I were up in my room I wouldn't be doing my homework, so you'd still be wrong. And it's really not my room. It's your room because it's in your house. I just happen to live there right now."
Why Butterflies Go on Silent Wings

May 2001
Ages 4Up

WHY BUTTERFLIES GO BY ON SILENT WINGS By Marguerite W. Davol Robert Roth (Illustrator)

When the world was young, it was very noisy. In a place between The Mountains of the Mist and the Singular Sea, all the animals were loud and rude. But the loudest of all were the butterflies. They had something nasty to say about everyone and couldn't agree on anything. These drab colored butterflies would fly from flower to flower making shrill sounds that smothered the air.

One day a thunderstorm with fierce winds and driving rains made the earth tremble. The butterflies clung together in a Bingalou tree powerless against the raging storm. A violent bolt of lightening split the tree in half tossing the butterflies into the mud.

"Every creature in the land had been stunned into silence!" READ MORE HERE

The MoffatsThe Middle MoffatRufus M.The Moffat Museum
The Sixtieth Anniversary of "The Moffats"
Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert
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What's That Bug?
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Salamander Rain: A Lake and Pond Journal
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Radio RescueSpy in the Sky
Antartic Journal: Fourth Months at the Bottom of the World
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Touching Spirit Bear
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Forgotten Fire
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Abe Lincoln Remembers
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So You Want to Be President?
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Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America
BLIZZARD: The Storm That Changed America
By Jim Murphy

March 12, 1888, from Virginia to Maine, snow began to fall for three days and nights bringing an entire region of the United States to its knees. Trains were trapped, workers were trapped, telephone and telegraph lines were dead and cities were frozen still. Read More Here