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Riding Freedom

Pam Munoz Ryan (2008), 138 pages
Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Historical
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Charlotte Parkhurst was orphaned as a toddler when her family's team of horses were frightened in a thunderstorm and their wagon went over a cliff. She survived the crash, as did the horses who watched over her until neighbors found her. She spent most of her young life in an orphanage for boys. She worked in the kitchen, but her true love was the stable and her beloved horses. She disguised herself as a boy and ran away at the age of twelve. She found work as a stable boy and her amazing way with animals soon helped her advance to become the most trusted stagecoach driver in the country. She eventually made her way to California to become the first woman to vote in any United States Federal Election, even though she did so registered as 'Charley' Parkhurst. Riding Freedom is a fictional account of the true story of Charlotte 'Charley' Parkhurst, the most fearless stage coach driver in the country.
Awards nominated: Bluestem Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 3/22/2011
ISBN-13: 9781439574096
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Robert the Rose Horse

Joan Heilbroner (1962), 72 pages
Illustrated by P.D. Eastman
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Humor
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Robert has a wonderful life on the farm until, on his birthday, a cake surrounded by roses makes him sneeze so hard he upsets his guests and the cake. The doctor tells Robert that he is allergic to roses and must move to the city to get away from them. Robert goes to the city and tries job after job, but always runs into roses that make him sneeze and lose his job. Will Robert ever be able keep a job and live in the city?
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 10/15/2012
ISBN-10: 0394800257
ISBN-13: 9780394800257
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Rose and Riley

Jane Cutler (2005), 48 pages
Illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction
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Meet Rose (a vole) and Riley (a groundhog) who are best friends. Read along as these two buddies prepare for a rainy day, make plans to celebrate their un-birthdays, and discover how to sleep without worries. This book contains 3 easy-to-read stories and beautiful watercolor illustrations that will touch your heart!
Similar authors: Arnold Lobel
Similar books: Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/29/2009
ISBN-10: 0374363404
ISBN-13: 9780374363406
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Ruby Paints a Picture

Susan Hill (2005), 32 pages
Illustrated by Margie Moore
Audience: Preschool - 1st Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction
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When Ruby decides to paint a picture of a tree all her friends beg her to paint them as well. But when Ruby agrees and paints their portraits, each one of her friends: Fiona Fox, Bunny Rabbit, Dan Duck, and Carlos Crow, complains that she has forgotten to include their best feature. However, when Ruby's friends see the finished painting, there is no doubt in their minds, that indeed, Ruby HAS included their best parts! This Level 1 Reader is a wonderful story of the importance of friendships.
Book Series: I Can Read Book
Similar authors: Arnold Lobel
Similar books: Ruby's Perfect Day by Susan Hill; Ruby Bakes a Cake by Susan Hill
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/15/2009
ISBN-10: 0060089806
ISBN-13: 9780060089801
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Rumor: A Jataka Tale from India

Jan Thornhill (2005), 32 pages
Illustrated by Jan Thornhill
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Easy Reader, Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural, Picture Books
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All snuggled up in her palm and mango grove, little hare did what she did best, 'worry'. So when a ripe mango dropped from the tree making a loud crash, she was convinced that the world was breaking apart. Determined to save herself and her fellow creatures, hare raced through the palm grove, through the thicket, through the marshland, through the brushland, and through the forest, to alert all her fellow creatures about the approaching doom! The Rumor by Jan Thornhill is an ancient Jataka Tale from India. The young reader will be captivated by this book's brilliant illustrations while at the same time, calling to mind a similar story whose main character also thought that the sky was falling.
Similar authors: Roberta Arenson; Lila Mehta; Marcia Brown; Gerald McDermott
Similar books: Monkey: A Trickster Tale From India by Gerald McDermott; Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India by Lila Mehta and adapted by Meredith Brucker; Manu and the Talking Fish by Roberta Arenson
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/30/2012
ISBN-10: 189437939X
ISBN-13: 9781894379397
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