Share these wonderful poems and beautiful paintings about birds with your child. From the hawk to the quetzal, familiar and unique birds are featured. Other poetry collections by Douglas Florian include Zoo's Who and Beast Feast.
Two second-grade boys build a tree house fort that becomes the headquarters for their adventures in the woods. Their hero, Daniel Boone, inspires their bravery in the face of real-life bullies. The two friends protect their fort and conquer their fears in the process.
Betsy has longed for a friend in her prairie life. Finally, she hears that a girl her age will move near the creek. Though she welcomes Emmeline with a cornhusk doll that she made herself, Betsy learns that Emmeline will need more time to embrace her new life. This beginning chapter book describes prairie life and a community where people help each other.
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Ruby Lu, Brave and True
by Lenore Look
The "almost eight-year-old" Chinese-American girl approaches life with her baby brother, friends, and family with bravery and gusto. Ruby Lu confronts the few bumps in the road with honesty, in ways that children will appreciate. The warm humor in this beginning chapter book will make this book a favorite.
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing
by James Rumford
Even his own people, the Cherokee, did not appreciate the task that Sequoyah set out to do--invent a writing system for the Cherokee language. His writing system helped to preserve the Cherokee language.
A granddaughter visits her grandmother, Sitti, on the other side of the world. Mona describes her days visiting the Palestinian village on the West Bank. The author communicates the connection between generations across different languages, cultures, and political boundaries.
An unexpected snowstorm causes Grandmother Silk to shed her formal ways to the delight of her grandson. Together Ruddy and his grandmother manage without heat, water, and electricity and discover they can have a "great time" hauling water and telling stories around the fire.
Living together in their aunt's attic, three cousins learn from an elderly neighbor the simple pleasures of learning to sew and making homemade gifts for the winter solstice. This book is a celebration of what can happen when children pool their imaginations.