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Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Sally M. Walker (2015), 40 pages
Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction
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A soldier bought a bear in Winnipeg and called it Winnie. She became his regiment's mascot. Winnie slept for a time under his bed and was raised as a gentle, friendly pet. Winnie eventually went to live at the London Zoo. The soldier, who had become a veterinarian in order to work with horses in WWI, went to war. Winnie became famous and children were allowed to be photographed with her at the zoo.
Similar authors: Lindsay Mattick
Similar books: Finding Winnie
Awards nominated: 2017 Monarch Nominee
Reviewed by: Rosario
Date read: 4/19/2016
ISBN-10: 0805097155
ISBN-13: 9780805097153
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Wolfie the Bunny

Ame Dyckman (2015), 40 pages
Illustrated by Zachariah OHora
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Picture Books
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What happens when the Bunny Family finds a baby wolf at their doorstep? They take him in and love him as their own, of course! But Dot isn't feeling the love for her adorable new baby brother. In fact, she's certain that Wolfie is going to eat them all up! Wolfie follows Dot wherever she goes, and she isn't too happy to see him getting all the attention. Dot could not find him more annoying, until a surprise encounter makes Dot see Wolfie for who he really is--her baby brother.
Similar books: The Baby Swap by Jan Ormerod ; Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman ; Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman
Awards nominated: 2017 Monarch Nominee
Reviewed by: lz
Date read: 4/11/2016
ISBN-10: 0316226149
ISBN-13: 9780316226141
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Woman Who Lived with Wolves: & Other Stories from the Tipi

Paul Goble (2010), 48 pages
Illustrated by Vivian Deloria
Audience: 1st Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Animal, Folklore, Multicultural
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The Woman Who Lived with Wolves & Other Stories from the Tipi told by Paul Goble is a collection of Native American stories which have been told and retold throughout the centuries. What is unique about this book is that it includes folklore from various Native American tribes; such as Lakota; Pawnee; Blackfoot; Cheyenne; Ojibwa, and many more. The Native American's true reverence and respect for nature are quite evident in each story. This is not a picture book, but a collection of short stories for the more advanced reader.
Similar books: How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton; Dragonfly's Tale by Kristina Rodanas; How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet: Native American Animal Origin Stories by Gerald Hausman; The Dog Who Walked with God by Michael J. Rosen; The Sun's Daughter by Pat Sherman
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/27/2012
ISBN-10: 1935493205
ISBN-13: 9781935493204
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Woof: A Bowser and Birdie Novel

Spencer Quinn (2016), 293 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Mystery
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Bowser is your average dog: a treat-loving ball of energy who can sometimes remember important things, but is mostly just happy to forget in favor of the next best thing. This time, the next best thing is Birdie - the coolest human EVER, and his new owner. Birdie smells nice, gives the BEST head scratches, and that laugh of hers is the happiest sound around. At least it was before her Grandmother's prized marlin - an old taxidermy fish - was stolen from her shop, setting off a hunt for a treasure map! With the sheriff investigating the wrong person, Bowser and Birdie have no choice but to search for the thief themselves, but investigating with a human is tough work for a dog who can hear, smell, and sense danger in ways that no human can. How can Bowser tell Birdie about the clues he's found when she doesn't speak dog?
Reviewed by: nwands
Date read: 3/27/2017
ISBN-10: 0545643325
ISBN-13: 9780545643320
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World According to Humphrey

Betty G. Birney (2004), 160 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Animal, Fantasy, Fiction
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Humphrey is delighted with his life as class hamster in room 26. The kids are fun. He gets to learn to read and write. Ms. Mac takes him home every weekend, and they have adventures together. Then the 'unsqueakable' occurs: Ms. Mac leaves the class, and Mrs. Brisbane resumes her role as teacher. Suddenly, Humphrey is stuck in a class with a teacher who hates rodents! Humphrey is a smart hamster, though, and he figures out how to solve a lot of problems on his own. He may even find a way to help the humans in his class with some of their problems. Hamster lovers will enjoy this tale of a friendly hamster and his adventures. Sequels: Friendship According to Humphrey, Trouble According to Humphrey, Surprises According to Humphrey, Adventure According to Humphrey, and Summer According to Humphrey.
Awards nominated: 2012 Bluestem Award Nominee
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 3/26/2010
ISBN-10: 0399241981
ISBN-13: 9780399241987
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Commenter: Valerie, grade 52
The story is full of sage advice from Humphrey and even some tips on caring for hamsters.
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