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Franco, Betsy. BEES, SNAILS, & PEACOCK TAILS : PATTERNS & SHAPES -- NATURALLY New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008 IL K-3, RL 5.4 ISBN 1416903860 Do you ever look for patterns in nature? Look at this beehive. Do you see the hexagonal chambers? What about the lacy lines of a spiderweb? Or the markings on snakes. This collection combines poetry and shapes to help us appreciate the world around us.
Dungy, Tony. YOU CAN DO IT! New York : Little Simon Inspirations, 2008 IL K-3, RL 2.7 ISBN 1416954619 Tony Dungy, head coach of the 2006 Super Bowl champions, shares a story about believing in yourself. Little brother Linden always feels left out because everyone else seems to have a special talent. Even though his parents tell him to have faith and he will find his special talent, he feels that will never happen.
DiPucchio, Kelly S. GRACE FOR PRESIDENT New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2008, IL K-3, RL 2.0 ISBN 0786839198 Hilary Clinton almost made history in 2008. The United States has never had a female president and Clinton came very close to being nominated. When Grace's class begins their study of the presidential election, Grace is very upset to learn that they has never been a woman president. So she decides to change that.
Avi. SEER OF SHADOWS New York : HarperCollins, 2008 IL 3-6, RL 6.1 ISBN 0060000155 Horace Carpetine, a photographer’s apprentice in New York City in 1874, discovers he has the ability to see ghosts in photographs. Sometimes an angel hovers, indicating a death in the future; other occasions, the ghost of a dead relative appears in the image. He manipulates theses photographs in the darkroom, erasing the ghostly figures. But Horace is troubled by these “shadows” he sees. Then Horace’s employer is hired to photograph the wealthy and recently bereaved Mrs. Von Macht. As Horace develops the photo the ghost of the von Macht’s dead daughter appears in the background, and this time everyone can see it. As Horace discovers the true story behind the girl’s death, the ghost gains strength and seeks vengeance. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2009-2010)