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Cover: A Tuba Christmas

Kirkus Reviews - A Tuba Christmas

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Excerpt: The wonderfully diverse cast of characters, from Rodney, an African-American with locs, to Ava’s schoolmates and the musicians who make up the tuba band, demonstrates the book’s embrace of ensemble participation. Watercolors cheerily splash across th View »

 
Cover: My Red Velvet Cape

School Library Journal - Red Velvet Cape

Readers will feel Mateo’s excitement as well as his disappointment when he thinks he’s not going to get what he imagined. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations are lively and cartoonish and the inclusion of a gender-neutral restroom and school posters in both English and Spanish are a nice… View »

 
Cover: Hanukkah Hamster

Kirkus Reviews - Hanukkah Hamster

Review: A new friendship born during the holiday season tugs on the heartstrings. December can be a hard month for those far away from their families. Edgar is a city cabbie kept busy driving passengers from one store to the next. After a nap in his back seat he discovers one more passenger: View »

 
Cover: The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat

School Library Connection - The Princess and the Cafe of the Moat

Doesn’t everyone want to be kind and helpful to others? The princess in this new fairy tale sure does! Everyone at the castle is always so busy that she feels left out, so she goes on mission to find a way to be useful. After a day of helping an old man, babysitting children, and bandaging… View »

 
Cover: Mother Ghost:  Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters

Kirkus Review - Mother Ghost

This collection of shivery Mother Goose rhymes is sure to put kids in the Halloween spirit. Opening with a spin on “Boys and Girls, Come out to Play,” Kolar sets kids up for the 12 to come: “Come with a whoop and come with a call; / Come with brave hearts or not at all.” All the favorites… View »

 
Cover: Bully

School Library Journal - Bully

Life is pretty good for a bullfrog named Bully. He lives in a beautiful pond that is filled with fragrant water lilies. Some of the insects living in the pond find the taste of the flowers simply delicious and others enjoy their magnificent scent. Unfortunately, Bully wants the lilies all… View »

 
Cover: Hot Dog!  Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic

Booklist - Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt throws a Picnic

Eleanor Roosevelt was known for lots of things, but her love of hot dogs probably isn’t one of them. This book remedies that by taking a little-known incident from history and turning it into a delightful picture book. When King George and Queen Elizabeth decided to visit the U.S.—the first… View »

 
Cover: Jungle Gym

Kirkus Review - Jungle Gym

Jungle Gym, features a monkey, a rhinoceros, a zebra, and several other wild animals who demonstrate prepositions and their opposites in a child’s playground. For comic effect, the snake wraps itself around the tire swing, and the giraffe sticks its head through a tunnel. Count on this… View »

 
Cover: Hannah's Tall Order: An A to Z Sandwich

Kirkus Review - Hannah's Tall Order

Just when you think there is no new way to present the alphabet, along comes Hannah and her order for a tall sandwich. In this tale told in rhyming couplets, Hannah asks McDougal at the deli for an “A to Z sandwich” on thick, whole wheat bread. “Avocados and bean sprouts—fresh carrots… ”/reviews/356">View »

 
Cover: Mela and the Elephant

School Library Journal - Mela and the Elephant

In this new Thai fable, Mela learns the virtue of kindness. After spurning her brother’s request to accompany her on a river adventure, Mela becomes lost in the jungle surrounding Thailand’s Ping River. One by one, she offers her belongings to the creatures of the jungle in exchange for… View »