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Cover: Frog and Friends Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve

Kirkus Reviews - Frog and Friends Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve

Frog and his animal pals celebrate the winter holidays in this latest in Bunting’s early-reader series. In the Thanksgiving story, Frog and his regular crew of friends invite a host of additional critters to join them, from crickets to a hippo. Some animals are afraid of being eaten by… View »

Cover: Leopold the Lion

School Library Journal - Leopold the Lion

Jack and Ella discover a lion doing somersaults on their backyard trampoline and want to keep him. While the siblings easily sneak the wild feline past their distracted parents, their grandpa knowingly quips, “Doesn’t look like an indoor cat to me.” After Leopold is fed a misguided diet of… View »

Cover: The Legend of the Beaver's Tail

School Library Journal - The Legend of the Beaver's Tail

This retelling of an Ojibwe legend successfully illustrates a moral and explains an important natural concept, while still being an enjoyable read. The story tells how Beaver once had a fluffy, soft tail that made him so prideful he drove away his friends. When a tree lands on his tail and… View »

Cover: Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy

School Library Journal - Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy

The rhythmic poetry of this selection will have children asking for more as they learn about the sleeping habits of various North American animals, including eagles, moles, moose, alligators, and beavers. The expository text that accompanies each spread provides enough content to satisfy… View »

Cover: Leopold the Lion

Kirkus Reviews - Leopold the Lion

Keeping a lion as a pet is never easy. Jack and Ella find a lion in their backyard, a lion that can perform backflips and somersaults on the trampoline! They, of course, want to keep him. Sneaking him by their parents is simple (they are busy, and the role reversal portrayed in their jobs… View »

Cover: The Little Kids' Table

Kirkus Reviews - The Little Kids' Table

The little-kids’ table is where the fun is. Duh! Grown-ups can keep their fancy-schmancy dishes and the icky green stuff they put on them. At this celebration of the family meal divided into adult and kid tables, much of the charm resides in Riehle’s unselfconscious couplets—"Mom piles food… View »

Cover: Papa's Backpack

School Library Journal - Papa's Backpack

Papa’s Backpack begins with a thoughtful dedication to military families but becomes a much more universal allegory for separation by employing the simple symbolism of a child riding piggyback. Carroll’s use of spare and emotional language and earthy illustrations that play on contrasts and… View »

Cover: Tallulah

School Library Journal - Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes

A group of young mermaids is given instruction on searching for a personal gemstone to enhance their tail colors and deign magical powers that allow them to assist mariners and create “enchanting melodies.” Platinum haired Tallulah (her name is Native American for “leaping water”) lacks… View »

Cover: Promise

Booklist - Promise

The town of Promise is a tight-knit one, but 11-year-old Kaden has always been on the outside, with only a half-tame raven for a friend. He and his strict grandmother live simply just outside the town limits and keep to themselves, barely acknowledging their old family shame: Kaden’s father… View »

Cover: Papa's Backpack

Booklist - Papa's Backpack

A young bear wishes it could travel along in its father’s backpack when Papa has to “go away for awhile.” The cub understands that Papa is a soldier and that he leaves in order to protect the cub. Maintaining a child’s perspective, the little bear expresses its sadness, imagines what the… View »