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The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden by Heather Smith - Book Review

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By Heather Smith, Rachel Wada (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781459821033
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - September 17th, 2019

Inspired by a true story, this is a beautiful and moving account of loss, love, grief, and recovery. Steeped in the belief that "words on the wind" have a healing effect, Mr. Hirota sets out to ease the grief of his entire village. A story that will resonate for all ages. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Life as a Mini Hero by Olivier Tallec - Book Review

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781592702909
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - August 27th, 2019

A very amusing look at the trials and tribulations of what it means to be a mini hero. With an array of characters in various scenarios, it becomes clear that the inner lives of mini heroes is just as whirlwind as their very adorable public personas. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper - Book Review

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By Susan Cooper, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763686987
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Published: Candlewick - October 22nd, 2019

A beautiful ode to the rituals and celebrations passed on through the ages as communities would gather to stave off the dark and to usher in a new year filled with light on the night of the solstice. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Dasher: How a Brave Little Doe Changed Christmas Forever by Matt Tavares - Book Review

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By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536201376
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Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019

A very sweet, beautifully illustrated origin story of how Santa's team of reindeer came to be, all due to the actions of a brave little doe and the one wish she kept in her heart. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


Zola's Elephant by Randall de Sève - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781328886293
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

The lovely and magical qualities of this volume transcend the mere fantastical musings of a young girl, they are the exploration of possibilities themselves. And concerning the new girl next door and her elephant, the possibilities are endless! Exploring the themes and illustrations in this volume is like being wrapped up in a warm blanket on a cold winter's night. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


A Whisper In the Snow by Kate Westerlund - Book Review

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By Kate Westerlund, Feridun Oral (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9789888341528
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Published: mineditionUS - October 1st, 2018

The spirit of the season is perfectly embodied in this sweet story of a lost and bedraggled teddy bear found buried in the snow by a small band of forest animals. The animals make haste to ensure the bear lands back in the arms of his mistress in time for Christmas. Charming and beguiling illustrations capture the snowy woodland scene flawlessly. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood


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