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Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

Samantha R. Vamos (2011), 32 pages
Illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Picture Books
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This story is told in the style of 'This is the House That Jack Built.' Spanish words are used throughout the story with a glossary of their meanings in the back. It all started with a pot that the farm maiden (campesina) stirred. Various animals and the farmer help provide ingredients to put in the cazuela (pot.) The finished product is rice pudding (the recipe follows the story.) The bright illustrations complement this rhythmic story.
Awards nominated: 2013 Monarch Nominee
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 6/18/2012
ISBN-10: 1580892426
ISBN-13: 9781580892421
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Chained

Lynne Kelly (2012), 244 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Set in India, Hastin lives with his mother and sister Chanda. Chanda falls ill and needs hospital care her family cannot pay for. Timir will pay the bill if Hastin comes to work for his elephant show. Hastin has to comply. Timir has Hastin capture a baby elephant to train for the show. Hastin and the elephant Nandita become fast friends. But, Timir is a bad man and he abuses Nandita and Hastin. Hastin dreams of the day when he can return Nandita to the wild; and longs to return to his family. Will his dreams come true?
Awards nominated: 2015 Bluestem Award Nominee
Reviewed by: lspraner
Date read: 5/15/2014
ISBN-13: 9780374312374
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Charlotte's Web

E. B. White (1952), 192 pages
Illustrated by Garth Williams
Audience: Preschool - 4th Grade
Category: Animal, Classic, Fantasy, Fiction
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Wilbur the pig, who was lovingly raised by Fern, finds himself in the barnyard with the other animals when he grows too big to be a pet. Worse still, the other animals inform him that he is destined for the farmer's dinner table. Lonely and scared, Wilbur meets Charlotte, a wise spider who promises to help him.
Awards won: Newbery Honor, 1953
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 7/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0060263865
ISBN-13: 9780060263867
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Cheshire Cheese Cat : A Dickens of a Tale

Carmen Agra Deedy (2011), 228 pages
Illustrated by Barry Moser
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Historical
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In Victorian London, alley cat Skilley wants to escape the hard life of the streets for the comforts of an inn. He makes a home at the Cheshire Cheese Inn under the pretence of being a mouser, but Skilley has a secret. He doesn't eat mice! Instead, he prefers cheese, and the best cheese in London is served at the inn. Skilley forms an alliance with the inn's mice, but complications arise when another cat moves in. There is also a mysterious resident at the inn who needs their help to find his way home. Will Mr. Charles Dickens (who frequents the inn) be able to help sort out the impending crisis? And what happens when Queen Victoria pays a visit? Read this delightful story to find out.
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 2/16/2012
ISBN-13: 9781451738131
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Commenter: Aster, grade 4
Squeak, Squeak, Squeak! If I were a mouse it would be great to have a cat as a friend.
5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 books5 out of 5 booksA Great Listening Experience
Commenter: Kristen, grade 18
I loved listening to this book on CD. Katherine Kellgren is the narrator, and she does a fantastic job of making each character's voice different.
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Chick That Wouldn't Hatch

Claire Daniel (2003), 24 pages
Illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader
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Hen had six eggs in her nest and five of them hatched. One egg did not hatch, but rolled out of the nest. Hen runs after her egg and gets help from the rest of the barnyard. Can they catch the egg before it gets to the fox?
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 10/10/2012
ISBN-10: 0152048715
ISBN-13: 9780152048716
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