Summaries & Reviews

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Ella is a special girl--one who cares for every person and animal she comes across; one who values kindness and courage above all else. But her true uniqueness comes from staying compassionate and brave, even when faced with trials and tragedy. From not giving into darkness, even when it seems all hope is lost.

Follow Ella's story in the classic tale told anew--a tale filled with bright pumpkins and glass slippers, with shiny palaces and ringing clock towers.

*Dinsey's Cinderlla: Comes with a free Disney's Cinderella eBook!

---- 2 (large)Dinosaur is spending the day with Mommy. ROAR! He helps her wake up, go shopping, sort laundry, and more--his way, that is. By bedtime, it looks like Mommy is down for the count. Is one little red dinosaur just too much for her, or will Mommy win? Chock full of the bold graphics and exuberance that has made the Dinosaur vs. series so popular, this book will tickle toddlers and mommies on Mother's Day and every day thereafter.

"Shea’s buoyant, emotive artwork and sharp comic timing make Dinosaur’s fifth story feel as fresh and funny as his first one"
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
---- 3 (large)In this stunning companion to the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse and the highly acclaimed The Tortoise & the Hare, a playful grasshopper wonders why the busy ants around him won't join in his merrymaking as the seasons pass by. Featuring a striking, surprise gatefold page, this third book in Jerry Pinkney's gorgeous trilogy of picture book fables subtly suggests a resonant moral: Don't put off for tomorrow what you can do today.

"Pinkney suggests that the world is better when everyone can follow his or her own gifts."—Publishers Weekly, Starred review

---- 4 (large)When Mama Seeton whistles, her children run home for chocolate cake, hugs, kisses, and shared memories. But as time passes, they travel farther and farther away from the familiar sound. Can mama's whistle be heard all over the world, and bring her children home one more time?

Newbery Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli's sweet lyrical text and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham's charming illustrations show the timeless love between a mother and her children.

"Spinelli and Pham make beautiful music together, creating an unabashedly old-fashioned family fable that should leave readers of all ages snuggling a little closer to one another." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
---- 5 (large)Using an innovative mix of cut paper, photographs, and calligraphy, Should You Be a River takes the reader on a breathtaking visual journey.
This book is a gift to treasure and share with loved ones of every age.

"Should You Be a River: "Young (The House Baba Built), writing in tribute to his late wife, builds a series of couplets that reveal human passion reflected in the magnificence of the natural world." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
---- 6 (large)While Giraffe doesn't have a lot to say about surprises, or anything else, he always seems to get the last word. With surprising wit and humor, Paul Gude brings back delightfully earnest Elephant and her quiet friend, Giraffe, for three new (and surprisingly silly) adventures that will leave readers laughing and asking for more!

"A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant: "Striking just the right tone between prickly and sweet, Gude offers a succinct, drily funny tribute to the seesaw nature of friendship." —Publishers Weekly

---- 7 (large)Tommy bounces, and he leaps. Tommy clomps, and he bulldozes. Nothing tires Tommy out, and his family can't keep up! But then his sister has an idea: could tap class be just right for Tommy?

This exuberant picture book, written by Broadway dancer Tim Federle, with illustrations by Mark Fearing, stars one very energetic kid who finally finds his place in the spotlight

"The hero's mop hair and wide eyes make him the very picture of irrepressibility, and the arcing, dashed lines that Fearing uses to showcase Tommy's gravity-defying moves become a fun running joke." —Publishers Weekly

---- 11 (large)Award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller's lilting rhyme and bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler's enchanting, lush landscapes celebrate the possibilities that lie beyond the next bend in the road--the same road that will always lead you home again.

"At the mountain's summit, young readers will glow with the understanding that roads connect more than places-and the assurance they can retrace this reading journey nightly."—Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
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As an elephant couple embark on a life together, thoughts of children are far away—at first. But as the desire for a child grows, so do unexpected challenges. And it's only after thwarted plans and bitter disappointment that their deepest wish miraculously comes true.

"It’s easy for parents to forget to tell their children how much they longed for them to be born; Cordell provides words and pictures to help. Ages 3–5"
Publishers Weekly



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