PICTURE BOOKS and NOVELS
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True Friends: A Jack Miner Goose Tale(2015) is a story from 1911 shortly after Jack set up his sanctuary. One goose was wounded and Jack was impressed by the loyalty of the other. He named them and their fame attracted visitors.
If I could go to the Harrow Fair (1995 & 2005) is about a boy’s happy visit to a local fair with his dad. he imagines all the things he’ll do and see there. It is a predictable pattern book in rhyme to help early readers.
Let’s go to Colasanti’s (1998)is how children first visit the big tropical greenhouse. They enjoy rides and pet animals and, keep going as they grow up. Written in rhyme for early readers with plants listed.
No says I love you (2002)is about a little boy’s day at home with his Mom. Everything seems to go wrong and Mom keeps saying “No, find something else to do!”Sam is only safe when he’s in bed.
I know the Rules.DO YOU? takes Sam to play fireman with two friends. One knows all the rules for fire safety and the girls quarrel. later there is a real fire and Sam is glad he knows what to do.
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Two at the Crossroads: Tecumapese and Catharine Malott Girty Living from 1760’s- 1815, times were hard on women and families. Catharine was a captive of Shawnee for 4 years and Tecumseh’s sister had a hard life, moving from invasive new settlers. But they remained in touch.
A Cookie for the Christ Child ( 1996) tells how one 7 year old girl decided to take cookies to Jesus on Christmas Eve and finds she can help others on the way. A recipe and a carol are included in this early chapter book.
Nana I miss you is about the relationship between a small boy and his grandmother who becomes ill. He gets mad, depressed and involved in helping her. Then she goes to a hospice. This is best read by a parent.
Mei Ling discovers Jack Miner( 1997)tells how a Chinese immigrant comes to learn about the Canada geese and the famous conservation as she visits his bird sanctuary. there is also a mystery about Mei Ling.
An Unexpected Friendship: Amherstburg 1846 is about how two boys become good friends and fight prejudice in a pioneer town. Being black, Josh is bullied by a gang but Seamus supports him. Josh teaches Seamus to read and we learn about how black people helped in 1838 Rebellion and got land. The story is based on real facts.