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Snyder, Laurel. THE LONGEST NIGHT : A PASSOVER STORY New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013 IL K-3, RL 3.9 ISBN 037596942X This is the story of the Jews' exodus from Egypt. The story follows a young Jewish slave girl during the ten plagues and the exodus. She lives under bleak conditions under forced labor. When the strange epidemic happens, it doesn't affect the Jews. They are able to escape their captors and find their way to a new land with hope for a better future.
Roche, Suzzy. WANT TO BE IN A BAND? New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2013 IL K-3, RL 4.7 ISBN 0375968792 Have you ever watched a concert and thought "I could do that"? They make it look so easy. Just learn to play an instrument and sing. Wouldn't that be a great way to spend your time? But there may be some down sides to this. There are the achey fingers from practicing. The stage fright when you look out on all those faces. And all the gigs you need to play before you get famous. Do you think you can do it?
Losure, Mary. WILD BOY : THE REAL LIFE OF THE SAVAGE OF AVEYRON Somerville, MA : Candlewick, 2013 IL 5-8 ISBN 0763656690 This is the true story of a young boy who lived a long time ago. He was found around the age of 7 and had no language and no social skills. It was believed he was raised in the wild with no human contact. But how could that be? Learn about the boy and the people who studied him like a science experiment. This is a fascinating story.
Lichtenheld, Tom. E-MERGENCY New York : Chronicle Books, 2011 IL K-3, RL 3.2 ISBN 0811878988 Oh no. The letter E has had an accident. She is going to be OK but she needs to take it easy for awhile. She needs to have people stop using her so she can get better. But who can take her place? The other letters get together and try to come up with a plan. The letter O steps up and agrees to help out and take over. So now E can rost up and got bottor. But not ovorybody is following the rulos. Who is using lotter E?
Heilbroner, Joan. A PET NAMED SNEAKER New York : Beginner Books, 2012 IL K-3, RL 1.4 ISBN 0375971165 Sneaker is a snake who lived in a pet store. Day after day he watched as people came in and took the other animals home. Nobody wanted a snake. Until one day when a young boy came in and fell in love with Sneaker. They had lots of fun playing together. When the boy has to go to school, Sneaker hides in his backpack. What will happen when Sneaker is found at school?
Bernier-Grand, Carmen. PABLO PICASSO : I THE KING Las Vegas : Amazon Children's Publications, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 4.8 ISBN 0761461779 Told in verse, this biography of the painter Pablo Picasso, tells us of his childhood where he was so poor that he was forced to burn his paintings just to stay warm. Picasso's determination to work at his craft is clearly seen throughout his life. We share his attempts to develop his own style from his Blue Period through his creation of cubism. Enjoy this exploration of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
Reichert, Paul. THE LEMONADE RIPPLE : A SWEET STORY OF KINDNESS AND CHARITY New York : Better World Kids Books, 2012 IL K-3, RL 3.4 ISBN 1616087013 Caroline's best day started when she fell out of a lemon tree. OK, it doesn't sound like a good thing but you will find out how this became a good thing. You see, Caroline's grandmother decided to take her to the doctor just to be on the safe side. You know how grandmothers are! At the doctor's, Caroline saw her friend Shannon. Shannon had been ill a few years ago and now uses a wheelchair to get around. Caroline noticed that the wheelchair was in really bad shape. Shannon explained that she needed a new one but they were very expensive and they just couldn't afford it yet. And that is when Caroline got her super idea that changed a whole town.
Raab, Brigitte. MAMA, I CAN'T SLEEP New York : Sky Pony Press, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.1 ISBN 1616089652 When a little girl has trouble sleeping, her mother tells her about the animals in the world and how they sleep. The leopards in the wild sleep in trees. When the little girl tries to sleep like that, she falls down. Dogs turn in circles to make their beds more comfortable. The little girl gets all worked up trampling around her bed. No matter what she does, she still can't sleep. Will her mother ever find a way to help her find asleep?
Marshall, Linda Elovitz. THE PASSOVER LAMB New York : Random House, 2013 IL K-3, RL 2.3 ISBN 0375971068 Miriam is so excited. It is Passover and this is the year she will sing the Four Questions at the seder. This is her first time and it is special. As she is feeding the sheep, she notices that one of them is acting strangely. She is moaning and seems to be in pain. She calls her parents and they agree that Snowball is probably going to have babies. And she does. Three of them! But she rejects one so it falls to the family to bottle feed the rejected lamb. So now they face the possibility of having the miss the family seder with the family.
Bramsen, Carin. HEY, DUCK! New York : Random House, 2013 IL K-3, RL 1.0 ISBN 037596990X Duck wants a friend. And he has decided that the cat is actually a duck! As hard as Cat tries to convince Duck that he is not a duck, he just can't get it through his head. Finally, Duck gets mad and goes off to play on his own. Will Cat be happy now?
Kinch, Devon. PRETTY PENNY MAKES ENDS MEET New York : Random House, 2013 IL K-3, RL 2.9 ISBN 0375967354 Just as she is about to go to sleep, Penny hears a loud boom and goes to investigate. She and Bunny check around the house and find that the problem in in the basement. The basement is flooded! Bunny needs to call the plumber. But she is worried. There have been so many repairs needed on the house this month that there is no money left for the plumber. He needs $100 to make the repairs. Can Penny come up with a plan to help?