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All the Water in the Worldby George Ella Lyons

A lyrical, illustrated look at the water cycle, showing how water rises to the clouds and is rained back down again to be used by plants, people, and every living thing.






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Balloons over Broadway : the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Paradeby Melissa Sweet

Everyone's a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down puppets"? Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire!



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Blackoutby John Rocco

One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. What's a family to do? When they go up to the roof to escape the heat, they find the lights--in stars that can be seen for a change--and so many neighbors it's like a block party in the sky!






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Coral Reefsby Jason Chin

During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls a not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages in this book about coral reefs, the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.





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The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Townby Mary Casanova
When outlaw Dirk Yeller arrives in Cowtown looking for something to take away his cat-scratch fever, young Sam, whose pa says he is "a world-a-trouble and curious as a tomcat," knows just what this dangerous and jittery criminal needs to calm him down.
A rollicking Wild West adventure that celebrates the power of books.




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Detective BlueBy Steve Metzger
Miss Muffet is missing . . . Little Boy Blue is all grown up, and he's a detective working to find Miss Muffet. Join in the fun as Detective Blue tries to crack the case with the help of his nursery rhyme friends.






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Nevilleby Norton Juster
A boy moves to a new neighborhood and finds a unique way to make friends.





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Otis and the Tornadoby Loren Long
Otis and all his farm friends are enjoying a summer's day, but the bull has no interest in playing and stays in his pen. Suddenly the day turns frightening and stormy: it's a tornado! Otis takes all of the animals to safety, but the bull is still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day.




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Perfect Squareby Michael Hall
A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy. Hall creates an entire world out of one simple square. This ingenious picture book celebrates how creativity can change the way one looks at a basic shape . . . or the world itself.



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Steps and Stones: an Anh's anger storyby Gail Silver
Angry at his friends for choosing kickball over digging, Anh is revisited by Anger who demonstrates how mindful breathing can soothe and transform strong emotions.





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A Storm Called Katrinaby Myron Uhlberg
When flood waters submerge their New Orleans neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a young cornet player and his parents evacuate their home and struggle to survive and stay together.




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Swirl by Swirl : Spirals in Natureby Joyce Sidman
An illustrated exploration of various examples of spirals appearing in nature, looking at snail shells, flower petals, elephant tusks, crashing waves, and more.






page by Judy Desetti- images, reviews, info, and summaries from Titlewave. July 2012.