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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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Ellen Miles (2008), 80 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Charles and Sammy go in search of a ghost, and instead discover the howling of a neglected beagle puppy. The family who owns him doesn't realize he needs more attention than they are giving him. Charles doesn't know what to do. He feels sorry for the puppy, but he can't control how another dog owner treats a pet if they're not doing anything illegal. His mom tells him to stay out of it, but he can't. Soon, he has an idea. Patches deserves love and a good home, and Charles is going to make sure he gets it!
Book Series: Puppy place
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 2/25/2014
ISBN-10: 1435220595
ISBN-13: 9781435220591
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Paw Power

Kitty Wells (2010), 199 pages
Illustrated by Joanna Harrison
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Animal, Books about Girls, Fantasy, Fiction
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Maddy has always wanted a cat, but she can't have one because of her little brother's allergies. When she buys three tiny, mysterious ceramic cat statues from an antique dealer, one of them comes to life! Maddy and the cat must work together to solve a very big problem: the class bully has been tormenting one of Maddy's classmates. When the solution works, and the bully turns on Maddy, will the tiny cat's magical powers be enough to save the situation?
Book Series: Pocket Cats
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 3/8/2012
ISBN-13: 9780385752022
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Pedro's Burro

Alyssa Satin Capucilli (2007), 32 pages
Illustrated by Pau Estrada
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Multicultural
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Go with Pedro and his Papa to the Market Place to buy a new burro that can pull and carry--But there are so many burros to choose from! How will they ever find the perfect burro? Maybe Pedro and his Papa will just have to let the perfect burro find them. This is an easy-to-read story that is just perfect for the Level 1 reader.
Similar authors: Mercer Mayer
Similar books: Chicken said, 'Cluck!' by Judyann Grant; Biscuit Takes a Walk by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; What's That, Mittens? by Lola M. Schaefer
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/8/2009
ISBN-10: 0060560320
ISBN-13: 9780060560324
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PeeWee's Tale

Johanna Hurwitz (2000), 96 pages
Illustrated by Patience Brewster
Audience: K - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Fiction
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Pee Wee is a very unusual guinea pig. He has learned his ABC's and has taught himself to read by using the newspaper scraps that lined the bottom of his cage. When he becomes a birthday gift for little Robbie Fischler, his adventures begin. In Johanna Hurwitz's gentle and exciting book, 'Pee-Wee's Tale,' we discover what true friendship and loyalty really are!!!
Book Series: Park Pals Adventures
Similar books: The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden ; Charlotte's Web by E.B. White ; The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary ; The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Awards nominated: 2005 Monarch Award Nominee
Reviewed by: mbottger
Date read: 7/22/2013
ISBN-10: 1587170272
ISBN-13: 9781587170270
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