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24 May 2012 @ 11:09 am
making the familiar strange  









AMELIA BEDELIA'S FIRST VOTE by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynne Avril (Greenwillow 2012) continues the grand tradition of the classic character but now takes readers to Amelia's childhood. Readers familiar with the character who takes things too literally will quickly see the same behavior in Amelia as a student at an elementary school. Here is a terrific book to introduce kids to the concept of voting and elections. Tie to BAD KITTY FOR PRESIDENT. <284>












Helen Ward's lush illustrations breathes new life into the story of THE TOWN MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE (templar Books 2012). Trees fruit and foliage serve as an excellent counterpart to the cold concrete of the city. Add some other versions of Aesop fables such as Arnold Lobel's Caldecott winning FABLES. <285>












RED KNIT CAP GIRL by Naoko Stoop (Little Brown 2012) lives in an enchanted forest where animals are her friends. She decides one day that she wants to talk to the Moon. But how to reach that far? Tie this one to Kevin Henkes' THE KITTEN AND THE FULL MOON. <286>