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Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Isabella Hatkoff (2006), 40 pages
Illustrated by Peter Greste
Audience: K - 5th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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This is the true story of two great friends: a baby hippo named Owen, and a 130-year-old giant tortoise named Mzee. In December 2004, a frightened young hippo, separated from his family by the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, adopted an ancient Aldabra tortoise as his 'mother.' The tortoise, for years a loner, accepted the baby hippo as his own, and they are now inseparable. Their unexpected story has captured hearts everywhere, and shows the power of friendship even in the face of tragedy.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0439829739
ISBN-13: 9780439851138

Owls

Gail Gibbons (2006), 32 pages
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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The book offers an intriguing look at the life of an owl, from egg to owlet to fierce bird of prey. Owls have powerful claws called talons, very important to them as hunters. Of the 140 different kinds of owls, 21 live in North America. Most owls hunt at night, but, day or night, they can see much better than people. How these night creatures can fly, and do so silently to capture their prey, are answered in the book. If you would like to know more information about owls, READ THIS BOOK!
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0823420140
ISBN-13: 9780823420148
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Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet

Don Robb (2007), 48 pages
Illustrated by Anne Smith
Audience: 3rd Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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Did you ever wonder where the letters of our alphabet came from? How in the world did Ox, House, Stick become A, B, C? This book has the full story, from Ox to Dagger.
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 9/22/2015
ISBN-10: 1570916098
ISBN-13: 9781570916090
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Panda Kindergarten

Joanne Ryder (2009), 32 pages
Illustrated by Katherine Feng
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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In this book, photographed at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China, sixteen baby pandas are shown playing, eating, napping, and being cuddled by their panda mothers and their human caretakers. Even though a panda can be seen in some zoos, all pandas belong to China and are on loan to the zoos. This is a delightful book of photographs and tells a perfectly wonderful story of the life of young pandas. My favorite photo was of the sixteen pandas napping.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: cjones
Date read: 4/13/2011
ISBN-10: 9780060578503
ISBN-13: 9780060578503
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Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara story

Ken Mochizuki (1997), 32 pages
Illustrated by Dom Lee
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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This is the true story of a Japanese diplomat during World War II as seen by his son, Hiroki Sugihara, who was 5 at the time. In 1940, their family lives in Lithuania, a country soon to be invaded by Nazis forces. One morning in late July, the Sugihara family looks out their front window to see hundreds of people waiting to see Hiroki's father. They are Jewish refugees from various countries who are trying to escape the Nazis by living in Lithuania. Now that the Nazis are on their way, they need help to get out of Lithuania and into another country. Mr. Sugihara sends a message to the Japanese government asking if he can help these people, but the answer that comes back is 'no.' What could be done? If Mr. Sugihara does not help the Jewish refugees, they could all die. Read Passage to Freedom to see what happens to these Jewish refugees and to the Sugihara family.
Awards nominated: Bluestem Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 6/1/2011
ISBN-10: 1880000490
ISBN-13: 9781880000496
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