Flora and Ulysses Written by Kate DiCamillo Illustrations by K. Gordon Campbell

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Kate Dicamillo does it again with this beautiful story of friendship between animal and human. Flora is a lonely child who is affected deeply by the divorce of her parents. She is a self-declared cynic and hates that her  mom sits up most nights typing romance novels. Flora makes an unusual friend with Ulysses, who is a squirrel, in an unusual way. Flora and Ulysses need each other. This book is a extraordinary example of how animals can be therapeutic to humans in all situations.

Your child will love this action packed book that has the best ending ever.

We give it a 4 thumbs up! We love Kate Dicamillo and encourage you to read her other titles:

Mercy Watson – series

Bink and Gollie

Winn-Dixie

Tale of Despereaux

Follow this amazing author on her personal website! She won’t disappoint!

http://www.katedicamillo.com/

Who likes Facts? Who likes AWESOME ANIMAL FACTS?! Check out Julia Moberg’s books!

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Katherine and I had the pleasure of meeting Julia Moberg at an Author event at the American Library in Paris. We sat as Julia read sections of her book “Historical Animals, The Dogs, Cats, Horses, Snakes, Goats, Rats, Dragons, Bears, Elephants, Rabbits, and Other Creatures That Changed the World.” Julia has done a fantastic job of not only telling a short story of the animals and their influence over history, she provides Historical Stat’s, Did You Know? Facts and Tell Me More on every page. Continue reading

The reason and season for friendship; The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc

lionandbird_dubucThe book “The Lion and The Bird” written by Marianne Dubuc is a must have addition to anyone’s personal library. The illustrations draw you in to a beautiful story of friendship. As a mighty Lion is working in his garden he finds a little bird who has been wounded. The Lion mends the birds wound, but the rest of the bird’s flock has left for the winter. Continue reading

Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and their parents by Lita Judge

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A great big 4 Thumbs up for: Born in the Wild by Lita Judge is one of the best nonfiction picture books I’ve read. The illustrations are simply beautiful and full of detail. You really can see into the heart of Lita Judge and her passion for animals. Her details in the way the baby animals interact with their parents is perfect. While the reading is light it gives children just the right amount of factual information to appreciate the care, love, protection and nurturing the mammal species share. Judge draws children closer to their environmental world through the facts and similarities the children see in the care animals and humans share. The end of the book also offers more detailed information on the animals mentioned in the story for readers who want to know more.

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