Children - Early Readers

The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac

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By Dawn Casey, Anne Wilson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781846862021
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: Barefoot Books - September 1st, 2008

Ever wonder why there is no cat in the Chinese Zodiac or why Cat and Rat are enemies? In Dawn Casey's accessible adaptation of how the Chinese New Year zodiac order was determined, these questions are answered. When the Jade Emperor decided that people needed a way to determine one year from the other, he orders a race of all the animals. From the grand dragon to the tiny rat, each animal must use his own talents to help him win the race. Each of the animals characteristics are creatively wove into the story. At the end there is a breakdown of years and what these characteristics are, as well as facts and important days to the Chinese calendar. (Also included is a note about those of us with January and February birthdays: due to the fact that the Chinese calendar is based on a lunar cycle, we just might be "bumped" up a year!) ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Real Heroes Don't Wear Capes

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By Laura Driscoll, Amy Wummer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781575652450
Availability: Special Order
Published: Kane Press - August 1st, 2007

While trying to make a special holiday for his hero, Ethan learns about his friends, family, community and what a real hero is. With lots of fun facts and activity guide, this book is one of a series that teaches different skills, ideas and thoughts. The perfect book for a school, classroom or personal library. Great for ages 6 to 8. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Three Little Cajun Pigs

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By Mike Artell, Jim Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803728158
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Published: Dial Books - October 5th, 2006

Claude Gator is back in another familiar fairy tale that has a lot of Cajun flavor. It is time for the three young pigs of the tale to make it in the real world. But tout de suite their happiness is interruppted by Claude when he starts to "hiss and puff and make his face frown. He wiggle a little and turn hisself roun'n." Then he whacks down the first two houses but it is when he gets to the third pigs house and that adventure that leads to him needing an ice pack for his derriere! Laugh out loud to this favorite story and enjoy the equally amazing illustrations of Jim Harris that spice it up real nice, mon ami! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142401873
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Published: Puffin Books - August 3rd, 2004

You've read the Western version, now read the Mexican Cinderella story. With all of the familiar elements of the original story, this fantastically illustrated edition has the delightful additions of Mexican folk images. Filled with dePaolo's signature paintings of Mexico, this is a Cinderella that is not quite like any other. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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