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Diwali

Trudi Strain Trueit (2006), 32 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Multicultural, Nonfiction
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This colorful Rookie Read-About Holidays explains the holiday of Diwali in an appropriate way for first and second graders to understand, and enjoy. The word 'Diwali' means row of lights, and marks the beginning of the Hindu year. It takes place in October or November. People celebrate by setting out rows of lights, called diyas. They clean their homes, have big family dinners, and exchange gifts. They buy new clothes to wear to temple, and watch fireworks in the evening. What a great holiday - our 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas rolled into one!
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0531124541
ISBN-13: 9780531124543
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DK Eyewitness Books: Shakespeare

Peter Chrisp (2015), 72 pages
Illustrated by Steve Teague
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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Shakespeare is the most well-known playwright and poet in the English language, yet he lived over 500 years ago! This book of his life and inspirations is filled with great illustrations that will make you feel as if you have traveled back to his time.
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 7/23/2015
ISBN-10: 1465433619
ISBN-13: 9781465433619
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Does A Seal Smile?

Dr. Fred Ehrlich (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by Emily Bolam
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Does a seal smile? How about a wolf, or a mandrill? Explore the body language of different animals. Discover also the unique ability of humans to greet each other in a variety of ways. This book is part of the Early Experiences series.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 1593541686
ISBN-13: 9781593541682
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Dogs and Cats

Steve Jenkins (2007), 40 pages
Audience: K - 5th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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Are you a cat lover, or a dog lover? Or both? Either way, talented author and illustrator, Steve Jenkins, can please you. This informative 'flip book' lets you look at, learn about, and admire both species. His unusual illustrations of cut and torn paper collage are as delightful, and unique, as they are in his many other titles. With both subjects, he traces their history, their partnership with humans, and other interesting facts, biggest, smallest, fastest, and oldest. Did you know cats are the only animal that can purr, and purring actually helps sick or injured cats heal? Or that in a three-mile race, the Saluki is the fastest mammal on earth? Each section ends with reasons why cats or dogs are considered smarter. I've been owned by six of each, and still can't decide!
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 0618507671
ISBN-13: 9780618507672
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Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (2012), 48 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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Did you know that dogs perform many different types of jobs in the military? They are called Military Working Dogs or MWDs. Their excellent sense of smell and sight help them to find explosives, weapons or enemy fighters in order to protect their human partners. Learn more about their jobs, how dogs are selected and trained in Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond.
Awards nominated: 2015 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee; 2015 Bluestem Award Nominee
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 5/6/2014
ISBN-10: 0802728456
ISBN-13: 9780802728456
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