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Lincoln: A Photobiography

Russell Freedman (1989), 160 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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This is an interesting biography of the Civil War president whom many historians regard as our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. It's called a photobiography because it has 90 photos and illustrations from the time period. Lincoln was President in the 1860s and, back then, cameras were cutting-edge technology. 'Lincoln was the most photographed man of his time, but his friends insisted that no photo ever did him justice...' To find out why, read this book.
Awards won: John Newbery Medal
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0395518482
ISBN-13: 9780395518489
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Little Book of Sloth

Lucy Cooke (2013), 40 pages
Audience: K - 6th Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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After reading this book, you'll wonder why the word 'sloth' has such a bad ring to it. These sloths are seriously adorable. They have mastered the art of the hug, and when in a group sometimes end up in a 'cuddle puddle!' This lovely photographed book was written by famed sloth whisperer, Lucy Cooke, who has cared for over 150 orphaned or injured sloths. Besides enjoying the delightful pictures, you will learn about sloths: that there are two varieties and they can be told apart by the number of digits (either two or three) that they have on each hand. They spend 70 percent of their time resting and scientists believe that even their nerves may have evolved to not react to loud noises. They are just too relaxed to become upset about them! Although wild sloths are solitary animals, those at the sloth sanctuary have made friends for life, some in a lifetime hugging marathon. Sloths are neither bears nor monkeys but Xenarthrans, and unlike other mammals, they cannot control their body temperature, so like reptiles, they bask in the sun to warm up in the morning.
Awards nominated: 2015 Monarch Award Nominee
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 4/7/2014
ISBN-13: 9781442445574
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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Katheryn Russell-Brown (2014), 32 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Music was in Melba Liston's blood from the time she was very little. She loved all kinds of music, especially Blues, jazz and gospel. When she was just 7, she fell in love with a shiny trombone in a shop window and begged her mother for it so that she could make her own music. That's what she did for the next 60+ years. Melba taught herself how to play and went on tour all over the world playing with jazz giants, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and Quincy Jones. She was also a composer and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, the Supremes and many others. Read Little Melba and Her Big Trombone to learn about one of the first woman trombonists and her impact on the world of jazz music.
Reviewed by: mcollette
Date read: 5/6/2014
ISBN-13: 9781600608988
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Little Red Hen

Unauthored (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Folklore, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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The Little Red Hen finds some grains of wheat in the yard and tries to get her neighbors to help her raise the wheat to make some bread. The dog, the pig, the goat, and the rat all answer 'Not I' to her requests, even when she points out how their particular talents could be used. This classic tale is retold and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Mr. Pinkney portrays himself as Mr. Miller. See if you can spot his art supplies in the corner of the mill.
Reviewed by: cal
Date read: 5/19/2009
ISBN-10: 0803729359
ISBN-13: 9780803729353
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Loch Ness Monster

David Schach (2010), 24 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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In the murky waters of Loch Ness in Scotland lives a monster. The monster was first sighted in 567 AD. Since the invention of photography, people have tried to capture it on film. There have been several successes, or were they hoaxes? Some think that the monster could be a whale or a squid and some think it is a plesiosaur, a water lizard long thought extinct. The depth and the darkness of Loch Ness have prevented anyone from proving or disproving the monster's existence. This book is a great start to a study of the monster.
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 11/26/2014
ISBN-10: 1600145027
ISBN-13: 9781600145025
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