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Rainbow Crow: A Lenape Tale

Nancy Van Laan (1989), 32 pages
Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
Audience: 1st Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Animal, Folklore
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When the earth was new, before people walked the earth, the animals lived in harmony and the weather was warm. One day, however, snow started to fall. At first the animals were not afraid but it grew so high it covered mouse, then rabbit and the higher it went even bigger animal were covered. The animals chose the rainbow crow to visit the Great Sky Spirit to ask him to stop the snow. Rainbow crow is eventually given a stick of fire by the Great Sky Spirit to melt the snow. But it was not without cost to the crow. By the time he arrived on earth with the fire, it had turned his beautifully colored feathers black and his sweet sounding voice into a harsh croak. At first crow is sad until the Spirit explains that this is really a gift that will keep him safe from being hunted. And today, if you look closely at a crows' shiny feathers, you will see all the colors of the rainbow reflected in them.
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 8/10/2016
ISBN-10: 0394895770
ISBN-13: 9780394895772
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Rare Animals: A Chapter Book

Linda Casterline (2004), 48 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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All over the world, people are trying to save animals from becoming extinct. This book tells the story of four successful attempts, in four chapters. Learn how 60 years ago, there were only 21 whooping cranes in the world, and now there are over 400, due to the efforts of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. They collected eggs, incubated them to hatch, raised the birds, and even used ultra-light airplanes to teach them to fly. The book also has interesting stories about seals, elephants, and polar bears. The stories may inspire you to make your own efforts to conserve wildlife.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0516246070
ISBN-13: 9780516246079
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Raven and the Loon

Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley (2014), 32 pages
Illustrated by Kim Smith
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural
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In the beginning, Raven and Loon had one thing in common. They both had been 'stuck' without color and had boring white coats. Raven hated anything boring and was going crazy with boredom. Then one day while visiting Loon, who was peacefully sewing, Raven came up with an amazing idea. Raven would make a coat of color for Loon if Loon would do the same for him. So Raven and Loon got right to work making a coat for the other. During the night, tempers fly and both birds don't exactly end up with what they each wanted. Readers will soon learn how to this day, Raven is totally black and Loon has flat feet in the story, 'The Raven And The Loon' by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley.
Similar books: Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies by Harriet Peck Taylor ; Sky Dogs by Jane Yolen ; How Turtle's Back Was Cracked: A Traditional Cherokee Tale retold by Gale Ross ; The Dog Who Walked With God by Michael J. Rosen ; Rainbow Crow: A Lenape Tale retold by Nancy Van Laan ; Old Bag of Bones: A Coyote Tale by Janet Stevens
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 8/1/2014
ISBN-10: 1927095506
ISBN-13: 9781927095508
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Rescue Rider

Janet Whyte (2011), 136 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Animal
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Dev is different than the other girls who ride at South Hill Stables. She rides one of the horses owned by the stable, and she works as a stable hand in exchange for riding time and lessons. But Dev is good, really good, and she has dreams of riding on the Canadian National Jumping Team. Then the stable owner decides it is time to retire the horse that Dev has been competing with and offers Dev a mysterious horse with a questionable background. To make matters more complicated, her beloved Uncle San is getting married and his new wife will be moving in with Dev's family. While Dev begins to bond with a frightened and abandoned horse, she starts to learn that things aren't always what they seem to be and that change in life might actually lead to better things.
Book Series: Sports Stories
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 2/29/2016
ISBN-13: 9781552778708
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Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

Dav Pilkey (2014), 112 pages
Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Science Fiction
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Ricky Ricotta is a little mouse who lives with his mom and dad in Squeakyville, where the evil Dr. Stinky also lives. Ricky doesn't have any friends at school and frequently gets picked on by bullies. But one day something BIG happens that changes his life forever!
Book Series: Ricky Ricotta
Similar authors: Cyndi Marko, William Boniface, Geronimo Stilton
Similar books: Kung Pow Chicken ; Ordinary Boy ; Geronimo Stilton
Reviewed by: mbottger
Date read: 6/23/2016
ISBN-10: 0545631068
ISBN-13: 9780545631068
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