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Let's Have a Tree Party

Let's Have a Tree Party
by David Martin

What could be better than friends together at a party in a tree? All of the forest critters will be there: the squirrel, raccoons, possums, frogs, birds, mice, and more. Even the slimy slugs are sure to slither in for the food, games, music, and dancing, And don't forget Baby Bear - that little clown will be there for sure!

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Jack and the Giant Barbeque

Jack and the Giant Barbecue
by Eric A. Kimmel

Jack's late daddy once made the the best barbecue in West Texas, until a giant stole his recipe book. Jack is determined to find that greedy old giant and get those recipes back! With a little bit of strength, the help of an unlikely jukebox, and a whole lot of luck, Jack outwits the giant and opens his own barbecue shack.

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The Really Awful Musicians
by John Manders

Once upon a time music sounded so bad that the king decreed a ban on musicians. Each one by himself wasn’t so bad, but when one’s too fast, one’s too slow, one’s too loud and one’s too quiet, together they sounded really awful. Get ready for hungry crocodiles, mail-clad men-at-arms, a daring escape from the kingdom, five unharmonious musicians & a horse who invents musical notation!

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The Year Without a Santa Claus
by Phyllis McGinley

The elves, the reindeer and the children
around the world are upset when Santa
Claus unhitches his sleigh and vows he is
taking a holiday. But one boy comes to
Santa’s rescue. "Santa deserves a holiday,"
he says. "It’s a day to give as well as to get."
And so the children send presents to
Santa—and their kindness makes him so
happy that he jumps into his sled and away
he goes on his Christmas journey!
Ages: 6 to 9 years

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Such a Prince
by Dan Bar-el

Will poor, scrawny Marvin win
Princess Vera's heart?
An opinionated, love-starved princess.
Her status-conscious parents.
Two muscular, but rude, hunks.
Their kind, thoughtful brother.
Three not-so-perfect peaches.
An impossible challenge.

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Pete & Fremont
by Jenny-Tripp

Pete the poodle, the biggest star
in the Circus Martinez, comes nose
to nose with the new attraction,
a supersized grizzly bear named
Fremont. This story is full of daredevil
schemes, legendary letdowns, and
stunning victories.
Ages: 8 to 12 years

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The Perfect Nest
by Catherine Friend


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Jack the cat builds the perfect
nest to attract the perfect chicken.
But what he attracts is
more than he bargained for!

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Fergus and the Night-Demon
by Jim Murphy

2007 Bank Street Best
Children's Books of the Year

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Haunting humor and highly spirited,
suspenseful and clever.
Come along on an adventurous
evening of fun with Fergus O'Mara.

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Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies
by Carolyn Crimi

Selected by Scholastic and
Junior Library Guild


Step aboard, buccaneers and book lovers!
Comically dramatic illustrations set
the tone for this humorous,
hare-raising adventure on the high seas.

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Humphrey, Albert and the
Flying Machine

by Kathryn Lasky

In this hilariously fractured fairy tale,
science comes to the rescue!

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Prancing, Dancing Lily
by Marsha Diane Arnold

2005 CBC-IRA Children's Choice

Spirited, funny, and utterly uplifting,
Prancing, Dancing Lily is sure to
delight anyone who has ever felt
different from the herd.

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Lewis and Clark:
A Prairie Dog for the President

by Shirley-Raye Redmond

What kind of present is good enough
for a president? Beginning readers will
truly enjoy reading about this fun and
little-known slice of American history.

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Señor Don Gato A Traditional Song

As befits its hero, the song
"Señor Don Gato" springs to life in an
animated read-aloud sure to spur
many a rousing rendition.
Meow-meow-meow! (ages 3-7)

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What You Never Knew About
Fingers, Forks, and Chopsticks

by Patricia Lauber

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What You Never Knew About
Tubs, Toilets, & Showers

by Patricia Lauber

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What You Never Knew About
Beds, Bedrooms & Pajamas

by Patricia Lauber

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Clarence the Copy Cat
by Patricia Lakin

Honor Book 2004-2005 Nebraska's
Children's Choice Golden Sower
Award Children's Book of the
Month Club Alternative
Children's Book Committee's
Best Books for 2002 - Starred

Clarence has finally found a home
in the town library, but will he be
ousted when the librarian discovers
his uselessness as a mouser?

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Quiet Night
by Marilyn Singer

This cumulative counting book adds up
to plenty of fun, as young readers look
for the cleverly hidden critters within
each lively illustration.

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Minnie's Diner : A Multiplying Menu
by Dayle Ann Dodds

With a singsong rhythm, comical
illustrations, and a down-home flavor,
Dayle Ann Dodds and John Manders
serve up a humorous lesson in
multiplication (ages 5-8).

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Dirt Boy
by Erik Jon Slangerup

To avoid taking a bath, Fister Farnello
runs away from home and is befriended
by Dirt Man, a filthy giant who lives in the woods.

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