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Cover: Hardscrabble

Booklist - Hardscrabble

Belle is a young eastern Colorado pioneer enthralled by her new home. Her older sister Carrie is not quite as happy—she loved their old home in green, heavily-settled Iowa. The life of dry earth farmers in the early 1900s was exceedingly tough, and the family of nine struggles. When illness… View »

 
Cover: The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat

Booklist - The Princess and the Cafe on the Moat

Stories about princesses abound, but one such as this, which understands a child’s need to be helpful, is fresh, and will appeal to children and their parents alike. Markarian creates a princess heroine whose interests extend beyond ceremony and fancy clothes. While looking for something… View »

 
Cover: A Horse Named Jack

Booklist - A Horse Named Jack

Jack, a bored horse living on a farm, has learned how to open the gate to his stall. Looking for entertainment, he sets himself free, kicking off a counting adventure. From 1 soft click of the lock, nature and farm elements such as 3 roosters, 5 kittens, 7 spiders, and 9 apples shape Jack’s… View »

 
Cover: Mela and the Elephant

Booklist - Mela and the Elephant

Mela is a bold and adventurous girl who thinks nothing of setting off to explore the riverbank on her own. When her brother asks if he can accompany her, she refuses because he has nothing to offer in return…
Thus, her journey along the river becomes a cautionary tale. Mela’s boat gets tr View »

 
Cover: A Horse Named Jack

Kirkus Reviews - A Horse Named Jack

A friendly horse ventures beyond the farmyard. Jack, a big, dapple-gray draft horse, loves it when the neighborhood kids come visit him on the farm. One day the kids don’t show up, and Jack gets bored fast. “So Jack performs his favorite trick— / He lifts his latch with one soft click.” And… View »

 
Cover: Good Night, Forest

Booklist - Good Night, Forest

Despite the title, a cheerful rhyming text opens with morning in the forest, as couplets introduce flora, fauna, and other natural elements: “Good morning, bird. / Sing your song. / Good morning, stream. / Hum along.” Bucci’s multimedia illustrations, composed of dense brushstrokes of thick… View »

 
Cover: Hardscrabble

School Library Journal - Hardscrabble

Hardscrabble Gr 4-6– In the early 1900s, the Martins move to Colorado, where Father plans to earn free land by farming government acreage for five years. Twelve-year-old Belle and her family endure a series of harrowing events: baby Sage survives an encounter with a… View »
 
Cover: W is for Welcome: A Celebration of America's Diversity

Booklist - W is for Welcome

Organized as an abecedary, this book celebrates immigration by painting a picture of the variety of paths taken by people who have settled America over the centuries. Letters of the alphabet are matched with concepts such as freedom, liberty, and heroes, which are accompanied by brief… View »

 
Cover: Good Night, Forest

Kirkus Reviews – Good Night, Forest

Another riff on Goodnight Moon, this one is set in a forest. The opening rhyme sets the scene. “Good morning, forest. / Rise and shine! / Good morning, maple, / Oak and pine.” The text welcomes, in turn, an assemblage of forest flora, fauna, and landscape elements to a new day: deer, bird… View »

 
Cover: Pippa and Percival, Pancake and Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies

Booklist - Pippa and Percival, Pancake and Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies

This tremendously fun read-aloud centers on four puppies who meet each other, one at a time. It beings with Poppy, a spaniel who digs under a fence until she finds a sheepdog, Pancake. They play until they happen up Percival, a dachshund. This merry group then comes across Pippa, a poodle… View »