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MAGIC TRASH by J.H. Shapiro (Charlesbridge 2011) with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton is the true story of Tyree Guyton, a young man who used art to rescue his neighborhood from drug dealers and eventually from the wrecking balls. Brightly colored illustrations tell of the shy boy whosegrandfather placed a paint brush in his hand one day, a day that changed Tyree's life. <468>

DESERT ELEPHANTS by Helen Cowcher (FSG 2011) features a story about the desert elephants, animals who share the desert with humans from various tribes in Africa. The elephants journey hundreds of miles each year as par5t of their migratory pattern. Cowcher's lustrous paintings accompany a simple but not simplistic text. <469>

ANIMAL FIGHTS by Catherine Ham (Early Light Books 2011) is bound to become a favorite of young readers who will learn how different animals fight and, perhaps even more importantly, WHY they fight. The photographs that are part of this book are clear as well as being incredible. <490>
Tags: nonfiction, picture books
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