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Exploring through books

"Books fall open, you fall in," wrote David McCord. Here are books that allow readers to explore time and place and people of all kinds.

WHO'S IN MY FAMILY? by Robie Harris with illustrations by Nadine Bernard Westcott (Candlewick Press 2012) is subtitled ALL ABOUT FAMILIES. From single parents to grandparents to foster and adoptive parents, the story shows the variety that families come in. <301>

THE FIRST ADVENTURES OF SPIDER by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst with illustrations by Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney (Little Brown 2012)is part of the easy reading series Passport to Reading. This book contains several tales about spider, always the trickster. Tie this to Eric Kimmel's Anansi stories. <302>

JUST RIGHT FOR CHRISTMAS by Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw (Nosy Crow 2012) centers on one piece of fine red fabric purchased to make a cloak for the princess' Christmas present. The scraps from the cloak are left out for trash when along wanders a maid who makes a jacket from the pieces. One by one, different animals discover the shreds of fabric. each manages to make something special, something just right for Christmas. Tie this to Sims Tayback's JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT or SOMETHING FROM NOTHING. <303>

OH NO by Candace Fleming with illustrations by Eric Rohmann (Schwartz and Wade 2012)is set in a jungle where one by one animals have fallen into a pit (hence the OH NO of the title). Other animals come along and try to help the trapped escape to no avail. Finally, along comes a tiger. What will happen to the hapless animals trapped in the hole? <304>

THE MOOGEES MOVE HOUSE by Leslie McGuirk (Candlewick Press)is about the perils and pains of finding a new home. Even when you are a Moogee, this is tough work. Finding the just right home takes patience and perseverance and some help. <305>

MY HANDS SING THE BLUES by Jeanne Walker Harvey with illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon (Marshall Cavendish 2012) is about the childhood of artist Romare Bearden. Told in first person, readers will follow Romare through his childhood into his young adulthood and see the various influences on his art. <306>

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