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    Adventure,  Beautiful,  Educational,  Silly Fun

    The Honey Bee

    Written by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault I LOVE THESE BEES! The narration is flighty like a buzzing around bee, short bits of motion here, then there. You learn so much from this book too! You learn about the busy stuff a bee does at a flower, the dancing in the hive, the working of the pollen to get it sticky and sweet, the saving it in honeycomb cells for later. It’s all just beautifully illustrated. I love Isabelle’s work, so I’m biased. There is a warm and fuzzy air to her work. The spot color for the pollen is just perfect. It warms up everything even more. I…

  • Bear Came Along
    Adventure,  Beautiful,  Being Yourself,  Friendship,  Hilarious,  Kindness,  Silly Fun

    Ten New Favorites!

    Niko Draws a Feeling Niko Draws a Feeling Written by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Simone Shin This story is an example of how amazingly different some people feel, and see, and hear, our world. Some are even lucky enough to be able to express these experiences visually. Niko is one. I relate to Niko SO much. My experiences are very abstract, but SO strong. The pieces Niko makes are true to him. Immovable. The hard work of a robin’s nest, a ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck. They are what they are and he shares that. Not many others understand, but finally Niko finds someone who does. And that is…

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    Beautiful,  Being Yourself

    What If…

    Written by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Mike Curato Imaginations soar while reading this. What if you were compelled to create but didn’t have a pencil, or weren’t able to draw? What if you didn’t have a canvas? If you look close enough, there are materials all around you. You can carve, craft, build, scrape, plant, dance, so many ways to create! If you find you have nothing, and are in a space of nothing, look inside yourself. Just beautiful.

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    Beautiful,  Friendship,  Kindness

    Star in the Jar

    Written by Sam Hay, illustrated by Sarah Massini Little ones are natural treasure hunters, it’s everywhere to them. They are closer to it than we adults are, physically and mentally. It fills their pockets and their imaginations. This little boy finds a very special treasure. His sister and he think it could be someone else’s treasure, so they ask around. When they found no one they know lost it, he kept it. He loved it, played with it, took it in a jar everywhere he went. At night, it got bright, but started to look sad. He looked up at the sky and saw it! A message from the stars.…

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    Beautiful,  Being Yourself

    Gondra’s Treasure

    Written by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt Dragons, family, differences, similarities, treasures. This is a lovely book, told from Gondra’s perspective, about ancestry, the traits she gets from her parents, and the treasure she is to her mom and dad. Her mom, a fire breathing dragon from the west, and her dad, a mist blowing dragon from the east. The magic of flying, living in caves or rivers, having gold or green scales, it’s all part of Gondra’s heritage. The colorful illustrations have sweet little surprises, like Dragon Puffs cereal, or a dragon umbrella. I am a sucker for red striped pajamas too.

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    Adventure,  Beautiful

    EDISON: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure

    by Torben Kuhlmann This is a gorgeous-gorgeous, amazing-amazing, adventure-adventure! A new face appears in the University of Mice class (which is inside a bookstore). Pete asks the professor of UM for help finding a long lost treasure. A treasure which is only known to Pete by an old letter written by one of his ancestors. Together the professor and Pete study the ocean, and experiment with submarine construction, for a voyage to the bottom of the sea. The professor has experience in adventure, but cannot join Pete on this voyage. He is too old and tired. So, Pete goes it alone, but with the knowledge the professor gave him. He…