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Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift book cover: close up of a snow covered house. One porch, with hands a the raling, is a female brown bear wearing a green sweater. Next to her is a male brown bear in a blue vest. Both have mouths open with tongues out to catch the falling snowflakes“She shook her savings bank upside down. Only a few coins fell out. How could she give Boris something special if she had only a few coins?”

Boris is a musician from Russia. Stella is an Italian cake maker. Boris and Stella are neighbors and the best of friends. Each admires the other for their talents. They have a love of hats and scary movies in common. This year the eighth and final night of Hanukkah falls on December 24th, Christmas Eve. Boris and Stella will spend the holidays together. Both are both worried that without much money they will not be able to give one another a special gift. Will this Christmas and Hanukkah story have a happy ending? 

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift is a thoughtful holiday story from author and illustrator Dara Goldman. Goldman was inspired by O. Henry’s early twentieth-century tale, The Gift of the Magi. The two bears show that being with your loved ones is the most important part of any season. Young readers might be surprised by the ending of Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift. This title is not to be missed.  

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Jade, Kids World

I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec

I See Kitty book cover: a brown-haried girl wearing a red polka dotted dress sits on the hill and points towards a cloud shaped like a cat"Can I have a kitty?" "Not today, Chloe."

Chloe really loves kitties. She loves them so much that she starts seeing them everywhere she goes. She sees them in the sky and even in her dreams, but what she really wishes for is a kitty of her very own. Chloe's excitement for finding cats in everything she sees is absolutely adorable. I See Kitty is an easy and enjoyable read for cat lovers of all ages. This book is filled with a lot of silly looking cats that will make anyone smile. This is Yasmine Surovec's first children's book.

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Natassia, Kids World

Jimmy the Joey by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly

Jimmy the Joey book cover: a photograph of the face of Jimmy, the young koala, is centered; Below the photograph reads, The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue"One starry night, with her joey holding tight to her fur, the mother koala climbed slowly down to the ground [and] headed for a patch of trees across a big road.”

Jimmy’s survival story will be a high-interest hit with animal lovers of all ages. The (true) story is told in a simple chronological narrative that complements the sharp photographs.  General facts (and vocabulary) about koalas are interwoven within the story; readers will hardly notice that they are learning science during this heartwarming pleasure read. The Koala Hospital is a real place and the story has a happy ending. Appendices include a map, fast facts page, photographer’s notes and a list of recommended resources.

This book would work well as a read aloud and/or independent read. National Geographic Kids again delivers an excellent non-fiction choice for young readers; teachers and parents will enjoy it as much as the kids.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise

The Show Must Go On! book cover: red and white striped circus tent serves as backdrop, a ringmaster with an elephant and lion are among the characters depicted“dramatic + drastic = dramastic”

Sir Sidney is considered the best circus owner in the world. He treats his animals well, allows children to attend for free and gives his audience unlimited popcorn. After running the circus for many years he decides to retire and advertises for a new circus manager. Sir Sidney screens hundreds of interested candidates but the confident Barnabas Brambles beats out the rest. Despite his promise to care for Elsa the Elephant, Leo the Lion and the Famous Flying Banana Brothers Barnabas Brambles’ plan to “energize” the circus causes the performers injury and exhaustion. Will Sir Sidney make it back before the totally dramastic changes cause damage that can’t be undone?

The Show Must Go On is the first book in the Three Ring Rascals series by Kate Klise. The book is illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. Two mice, Gert and Bert, travel with the circus and help to move the story along. Gert has a passion for inventing new words and dramastic is an example of this. While The Show Must Go On has over 100 pages and is a chapter book it would be well suited for 3rd-6th grade readers. The format of the book resembles Amy Ignatow’s Popularity Papers with large, comical illustrations found on most pages.

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Jade, Kids World

On My Way to Bed by Sarah Maizes

On My Way to Bed Book cover: Pencil drawings with color. A girl is in a rocket ship, stars and the moon are on her bedroom walls, her bed has a comforter with stars on it; the rocket ship is point towards the bed."On my way to bed, I swim across the ocean floor. I am an octopus. A big purple octopus!"

Walking the high wire in the circus! Riding a rocketship in outerspace! In this endearing story about the trials of getting ready for bed, Livi makes a grand adventure out of brushing her teeth and climbing into bed. Along with her stuffed animal Froggilini, Livi travels far and wide, over mountains and under oceans, before she falls asleep.

A great read for parents and kids who are looking for a fun bedtime book! 

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Bridget, Kids World

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

Little Book of Sloth book cover: a photograph of a baby sloth is hugging a much larger brown stuffed rabbit.An easygoing, conversational nonfiction book introducing young readers to baby two and three-toed sloths from the Aviarios sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica; also known as Slothville. The volume is filled with little stories about all the individual sloths as well as general information about sloths. Full color photographs and collages amp up the cuteness level.

This is a great book for animal-loving kids of all ages, including those who are kids at heart.

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Jennifer, Kids World

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

Crankenstein book cover: a frankenstein green colored boy, wearing a yellow t-shirt and blue shorts,scowls. He has an empty ice cream cone in his hand. One scoop of pink colored icecream is on the ground by his shoe"You would say, 'Who wants pancakes?' and Crankenstein would say, 'MEHHRRRR!!'"

Crankenstein is the story of a young boy who wakes up grumpy. Nothing is amusing. School isn't any fun. Rainy days are even less exciting. Bedtime is the worst of all.  Will Crankenstein ever get out of his bad mood?

This short book has colorful illustrations (Crankenstein is a lovely shade of green) that help the story move along. Kids will love and relate to this tale about Crankenstein and his mopey mood and laugh at his enthusiastic responses of "MEHHRRRR!!"

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Natassia, Kids World

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

Book Cover for Gone Fishing, a boy with a red hat and yellow shirt leads the way, following him is a man and a young girl with a pony tail; All three have fishing poles and gear“Okay, then, now it’s just us three,”
“But, Dad, it was just you and me.”

Sam feels disappointed when his Dad allows sister Lucy to come along on their fishing trip, and then resentful when she starts to reel them in. This clever story, told through a sequence of very short poems, reveals the mixed feelings that brothers and sisters can have for each other over the span of one day. I read this as a sweet, quick story and then immediately went back through it to admire this first-time author’s use of different poetry forms. Each type of poem (haiku, ode, complaint, etc.) is used to convey part of the story or Sam’s emotions in such a way that illustrates the unique power of each form. The Poet’s Toolbox addendum defines major poetic techniques and forms, detailing how they were used here. But your kids will simply enjoy this family story about Sam’s big day “gone fishing”. 

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Ol' Clip Clop: A Ghost Story by Pat McKissack

Ol' Clip-Clop book cover; a colonial man on horsebackJohn Leep "had a mean streak in him that ran the length of his long, thin body. Wasn't poverty that made him hard. He had plenty of money. But John Leep had a stingy heart." 

And so the stage is set with a selfish greedy man ready to get his comeuppance.

With the right elements of spooky, this is a perfect ghost story to share this Halloween. Recommended for grades 2 and up. (Or, a really bold first grader). Read with the lights on or off, either way, you'll never hear the sound of "clip-clop" the same way again!

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Celeste, Kids World

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