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Imogene's Last Stand

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Imogene is a spunky girl who loves history and adventure. She explores an old building and finds items that she thinks are wonderful. Soon after the discovery, she learns that the town leader is planning to demolish the building. Imogene quickly forms a group to rally against demolishing the building; unfortunately, she is the only member of the group. She then discovers that the building should be made a historical building because George Washington slept there. Imogene alerts the people and saves the building from being demolished. Throughout the text, Imogene quotes famous Americans.The book would be great for a lesson about history, quotes, and perserverance.
It's Simple, Said Simon

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Simon outsmarts a tiger by growling like a dog, stretching like a cat, and jumping like a horse.The book would be great for addressing comprehension and sequencing.
In The Small, Small Pond

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A boy witnesses the sights and sounds of animals he finds living in and around the pond.The book would be useful in comparing with Denise Fleming's "In the Tall, Tall Grass" and discussing common elements.
Junie B.Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday

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Junie B. Jones is upset when Jim invites everyone to his birthday party except her. When she finally ends up with an invitation, she does not go to the party. Instead, she spends the day helping her grandfather fix the toilet, about which she is very excited.The book would be great to discuss why and how feelings get hurt sometimes.
Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying: Junie B. Jones #4

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Junie B. Jones gets herself into trouble by acting on her curiosity about her teacher.The book would be useful to discuss spying, curiosity, and people-watching.
Love, Mouserella

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Mouserella writes a letter to her grandmother because her grandmother has just moved away and Mouserella miss her. The book is absolutely adorable.The book would be useful in a discussion about writing letters, relatives or close friends moving away, and mail.
Writing Kind of Day, A: Poems for Young Poets

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Different forms of poetry with various topics are presented.The book would be useful in discussing poetry, writing, and finding inspiration for writing.
Bone Dog

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A boy grieves the loss of his beloved dog. When he encounters some trouble with skeletons in a graveyard on Halloween night, his dog returns as a bone dog to defend him. The boy enjoys the moments with his dog after the skeletons are defeated.
Lunch Money

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Greg started collecting and earning money at a very young age; he desires to be rich and have lavish luxuries. When his money-making schemes and perception of money are challenged, Greg acquire a new perspective on the value of money.The book would be great for discussions about money, working hard, the value of money, and working with others.
Totally Joe

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Joe struggles to be himself and deals with being bullied and stigmatized by a majority of his peers. He is able to eventually become proud and comfortable with who he is and overcomes his struggles.The book would be useful in sparking a discussion about self-discovery, bullying, and friendship with students.
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