Little Night Cat

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By Sonja Danowski

This author does something amazing with her illustrations, pencilling and painting a warm, wonderful world, with houses overflowing in creative activity.

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Tony gives up his stuffed animals for the animal shelter cause, then misses his animals, but in the end gets a real live cat. A warm simple story, although the animal shelter raffle and prizes does take place on a Sunday.

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Also by Sonja Danowski: The Forever Flowers.   The story-line again is quite simple, although the lesson is not as clear (about letting go), but may open the  door for a discussion.

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Ages 4-8

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

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In a Cloud of Dust

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By Alma Fullerton

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This story of a girl and her school friends’ whose trip home from school is made shorter by use of the bicycle lending library, takes place in Tanzania. Nicely illustrated. Fullerton’s books gives a taste of children like us, living far different lives around the world.

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A Good Trade   takes place in Uganda  Nicely illustrated.

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Community Soup   takes place in Kenya  Nicely illustrated.

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When the Rain Comes     takes place in Sri Lanka

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Recommended

Ages 4-10

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

The Private World of Tasha Tudor

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by Tasha Tudor and Richard Brown

Best known for her children’s artwork from half a century ago, this book gives a photographic look and biography into Tasha’s later life as an elderly lady in America who was convinced she should have lived 150 years ago.

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Her story and pictures will inspire adult readers who love the idea of being self-sufficient, working with pioneer-time tools, corgis, or true English-style cottage gardens.

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Ages 16 and up

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

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Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm

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By Alice and Martin Provensen

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A funny (autobiographical?), peculiar, book that will convince you that each sheep, dog, chicken, horse, cat, etc. has its own character. The brief animal sketches of every animal friend on the farm will have animal loving kids giggling.

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Ages 5-10

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

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The Cardboard Box Book: 25 Things to Make and Do with Empty Boxes

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By Danny, Jake, and Niall Walsh

Another great cutting up, gluing, rainy afternoon book. Big projects with lots of boy-appeal, using ordinary supplies: “No expensive equipment required. Absolutely no talent whatsoever required!” says the back cover of the book.  As a parent, I liked the “no frustration” of this book.

Ages 6-12

Recommended

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

I Can Make That! Fantastic Crafts for Kids

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By Mary Wallace

Who likes craft books that are complicated, frustrating, and require lots of parental help? Not me! This library book by Wallace gave simple straightforward steps and used common household odds and ends to make costumes, puppets, nature crafts, toys and games. Full colour, and with lots and lots of ideas, your kids are sure to find something they want to make on a rainy day…

Ages 6-10

Recommended

Available from public libraries

Reviewer: Doreen

One Was Johnny: A Counting Book

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By Maurice Sendak

For those kids struggling to read but bored with the careful Reading Level books…

This simple, grade 1-ish level, counting book adds some adventure to the predictable Clifford and Biscuit books, by way of humorous pictures and events. Definite boy-appeal, although my daughter laughed at it too.

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Available from public libraries

Ages 4-7

Reviewer: Doreen

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Helen Keller’s Dog Belle

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Helen Keller’s Best Friend Belle by Holly M Barry

This was a unique story about Helen Keller and her love for dogs. It tells the life story of Helen in a picturebook style, but focuses on how her dogs helped her feel loved and encouraged during her struggles. Although the title makes Belle sound like a main character, the story is mostly about Helen’s life. There is a page at the back of the book that tells you all the different kinds of dogs she owned during her lifetime. It is quite the list!

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Ages: 2 and up

Recommended

Available at the public libraries

Reviewed by Meagan