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Simple text is elevated by Nelson's gorgeous illustrations that tell a great deal about the story without the need of words. Cute creatures rabbit and mouse plant seeds - but do they share with the birds? A great addition to the canon of sharing stories. Up to Seven. Jamie Watson
Mim is on a journey to find her mother,leaving behind her father and new stepmother. With stolen "emergency cash" from her stepmother, Mim heads off on a Greyhound bus, with Ohio and her mother as a destination. The bus is just her first mode of transportation. Along the way, she meets the good and bad, but finds friends, and gains an insight into her own possible mental health issues, and her family. Fourteen and Up. Kathie Weinberg
A metaphor for a young child anxious to put childhood behind, except, he really isn't. Our "hero" finds his pet bunny kind of boring so takes him deep into the woods to leave him behind (too much reading of Hansel and Gretel?) but when the time comes, he realizes that he really isn't ready to leave him behind. The drawings focus on the child when giving vent to his feelings and then place when they begin their journey into the woods, which dominate the page andgive a sense of other worlds, and keep this from feeling real, more like a parable with a sweet ending. Up to Seven. Edie Ching
Tiny Cooper of Will Grayson fame finally gets his due in this brilliant script for a musical about Tiny's life from his point of view. There is a large cast of characters (including ex-boyfriends), dance numbers and of course songs, and all kinds of stage directions with references to movies and their stars. Original, honest, funny and painful, there's nothing else like this out there. It will resonate with all readers, whatever their sexual nature. Fourteen and Up. Edie Ching
Hallelujah (Hallie) is being bullied by Luke, the pastor's son. While attending a church youth group retreat together, Hallie and two other teens decide to break off from the group hike and return to their camp. They soon get lost, have very little provisions, and their hike turns into one of survival. Storyline is fast paced, plus there is also an element of self discovery for all the teens. Fourteen and Up. Kathie Weinberg.
The story the world has been waiting to hear! How Winnie, a beloved mascot for a Veterinary Corps during World War I, became Winnie-the-Pooh: beloved bear for generations of readers. (Now if we could just hear the history of Eeyore and Piglet!)Capturing the bear's mischievous behavior and comical antics, Sally Walker presents a well-researched account of Winnie's humble beginnings. Endpapers are filled with black and white photographs that further enhance the story. Up to Seven. Anne Womack
A collection of the most silly short tales incomparably narrated by Jim Dale that very young children will want to hear again and again. Even though some of the voices might remind you of Harry Potter characters one must remember that the young children this collection is meant for have not had the pleasure of listening to HP yet. There is also an equally humorous companion: The Little Miss Collection, also narrated by Dale. Up to seven Audio Maria E. Gentle