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Freedom Summer
cover coverby Deborah Wiles
(Set in Mississippi during the summer of 1964.) "John Henry Waddell is my best friend," begins the narrator of this story, set during a summer of desegregation in the South. John Henry is black and the narrator is white, so the boys swim together at the creek, rather than at the whites-only town pool, and the narrator buys the ice-cream at the segregated store. When new laws mandate that the pool, and everything else, must desegregate, the boys rejoice, until the town fills the pool with tar in protest and the narrator tries to see this town, "through John Henry's eyes." -- American Library Association
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Friendship, Diversity)

In the Snowcover
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by Vicki Churchill
A delight to the eye and the intellect, In the Snow, like At the Beach (Holt, 1994), is an impressive and successful description of selected Chinese characters. A walk through a forest on a snowy day offers opportunities to illustrate 10 pictographs?tree, forest, pond, rest, rain, snow, sun, moon, sparkling, and bright. The colorful cut-paper pictures are a mix of intricate detail and striking design. Children and adults will marvel at the creativity and skill of the artist. The illustrations offer much to contemplate so that even those giving the book a casual glance will find themselves intrigued. The glossary is an excellent resource; it includes a cut-paper picture, the character, its meaning in English, a transcription in Mandarin Chinese, and "approximations" of pronunciation. -- School Library Journal excerpt
(Unit: Communications, Diversity, Chinese New Year)

First Year Letters
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by Julie Danneberg
Through short letters and notes written by her students and colleagues, readers learn of Sarah Jane's many classroom adventures, including field trips, a loose pet, fire alarms (complete with sprinklers and the arrival of firefighters), and drop-in visits from the principal. Although these messages hint at the events that take place throughout the school year, the lively and engaging illustrations, done in transparent dyes, really tell the story, incorporating humor through details attentive children will discover. --
-- School Library Journal excerpt
(Unit: Communications, School Post Office)

Dark and Full of Secrets
cover coverby Carol Carrick
Christopher drifts too far away from shore while snorkeling in the pond, then panics when he can't touch bottom. His dog comes to his rescue.--
-- Amazon
(Unit: Feelings, Overcoming Fears)



Hide and Seek Fog
cover coverby Alvin Tresselt
In a Cape Cod seaside village, the children romp and play throughout a heavy fog with strange and mysterious effects. It is the story of fog and the effect it has on the plans of some fishermen, some fathers, and some vacationing children. The pictures are wonderful! They easily convey the feeling of chilly, damp weather -- imposing a strange feeling of melancholy to the reader. But as the story evolves, the plot lightens with the fog, and the pictures eventually brighten to conclude a story about disappointment and interrupted plans. -- Amazon (Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Friendship, Feelings)

Courage
cover coverby Bernard Waber
Focusing on a variety of scenarios, from the serious ("Courage is being the first to make up after an argument") to the more lighthearted ("Courage is tasting the vegetable before making a face"), Waber introduces children to the many ways to define this character trait. -- School Library Journal (Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Feelings - Courage, Fear)

Grandma's House
cover coverby Elaine Moore
A little girl spends the summer at her grandmother's house in the country, a time which they both thoroughly enjoy. Grandma spends her time enjoying such simple pleasures of baking, gardening, and eating ice cream .. with her grandchild.(Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Family)

My Pony
cover coverby Susan Jeffers
The pigtailed narrator of this enchanting story wants a pony of her own. Her parents tell her that a horse is too expensive and that they don't have enough room, so she draws pictures of a horse. Her art takes her to a magical world where she rides a beautiful, dappled silver horse through forests and clouds. When she returns from her journey, she is happy because her imaginary animal "waits just outside my window. -- School Library Journal (Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Wants and Needs)

Hooray For You!: A Celebration of "You-ness"
cover coverby Marianne Richmond
In this celebration of the individual, Richmond encourages readers to embrace their unique traits and talents. Written in rhyme, the text defines "you-ness" as something "Quite hard to describe,/it's your style of being, your rhythm or vibe./It's the grand sum of you that sets you apart./Your body and brains plus your spirit and heart." -- School Library Journal (Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Talents, Traits)

Boxes for Katje
cover coverby Candace Fleming
After the war, there was little left in the tiny Dutch town of Olst. The townspeople lived on cabbages and seed potatoes. They patched and repatched their worn-thin clothing, and they went without soap or milk, sugar or new shoes." Set in post-World War II Holland and based on an actual incident, this story illuminates a little-known episode in history. To offset the devastation left by the war, the Children's Aid Society and other relief agencies encouraged American students to send boxes of basic necessities to victimized children. When Katje in Olst receives such a box from Rosie in Mayfield, IN, the two begin a correspondence that eventually triggers a relief effort that enables this small Dutch town to make it through an unbearably frigid winter.
-- School Library Journal
(Unit: Friendship, Extending Help, Global Connections)

Red-Letter Day
cover coverby Patricia Lakin
The characters are multicultural and multilingual, and women are shown in the work force. In Information Please, library services include computer searches and word-processing programs. The librarian willingly takes her lunch hour to deliver a book to a senior citizen. Mail carrier Norma Rivera explains the mail process to a group of third graders in Red Letter Day. -- School Library Journal
(Unit: Communication, Language for Social Interaction)

The Jolly Postman
cover coverby Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Fifteen years ago, long before anyone else thought of tucking actual letters and notes inside a book, Little, Brown published The Jolly Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg. This wonderful book gave children a chance to read letters sent from one fairy tale or Mother Goose character to another. Among the funny notes was one from Jack, who lolled on a sun-drenched island, thanking the Giant for the gold that let him afford such a nifty vacation. All this amusing correspondence was deftly illustrated and the book attracted hordes of eager readers.
(Unit: Communication, Language for Social Interaction)

A More Perfect Union
cover coverby Betsy and Giulio Maestro
Once again, the Maestros have produced a simple, attractive, and informative book about a milestone in American history. Here they cover the birth of the Constitution from the initial decision to hold the convention, through the summer meetings in Philadelphia, the ratification struggle, the first election, and the adoption of the Bill of Rights. The facts are put forward clearly, but in no way is this a detailed account. Left out, for example, are the events leading to the Convention and the debates on the slavery issue which occured during its course. Instead, the focus is on the most basic issuethe decisions on the organization of the government which resulted in the Great Compromise. -- School Library Journal excerpt
(Unit: Patriotism, Constitution)

I Pledge Allegiance
cover coverby June Swanson
Describes how and why the Pledge of Allegiance was written, how it has changed in wording over the years, and precisely what it means.
-- Titlewave
(Unit: Patriotism)



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