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You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

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This is the story of Willie Mays, one of the greatest baseball players of all time. This story is the real life events that lead him to become one of the greatest players of all time. He got his start in the Negro Leagues when he was just fifteen years old and he never looked back. He, like Jackie Robinson, was a great inspiration and icon for many people because he proved through his skills that he belonged in the majors, just like anyone else. He is credited with making one of the best catches of all time in the 1955 World Series, which his team won. The play is simply called "The Catch". This book does a fantastic job of depicting his life and putting it into a very enjoyable read. Wonderful illustrations mixed with a great story makes this book pretty awesome all around. A definite classroom book.
Clever Jack Takes the Cake

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This was a very cute story about a young boy named Jack who is invited to a birthday party by the princess of his kingdom, and every child around is invited. The problem is Jack is very poor and cannot afford a present for the princess. So he starts to trade all of his most valuable processions to local people around his village and make a cake. He must travel a long distance, through many dangers, and eventually becomes the princesses best friend and he and his family are taken care of by the princess forever. A very sweet book all around.
The Lion and the Mouse

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One of my favorite books ever since I laid eyes on it. A wordless story about two unlikely animals who both play an important part in each others lives. One day the mouse is out and about and the lion almost eats him. However, he spares his life. Later on, the lion is caught by a trap and the mouse helps save him from the net. A story of helping each other out and making new friends in unexpected places.
Children of the Dust Bowl

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This was a novel that makes you think back and really appreciate how nice it was to have something as simple as a classroom and a textbook or a pencil and piece of paper. This story talks about the life and struggles of familoes who moved from the Oklahoma and Missouri area of the country during the times of the great depression. The land was barron and there was no money or work in the area so many of the faamilies moved to California. Its a great story of perserverence and struggle but mostly success.
The Cat in the Hat

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This is and always will be the classic that it is. A story of a boy and a girl who get bored one rainy day and have an unexpected vistor arrive at the house. The fish of the house seems to be the only voice of reason while the cat and the children destroy the house with Thing 1 and Thing 2. Possibly one of the most beloved Dr. Seuss tales of all time. A must have for any and every classroom.
Charlie the Ranch Dog: Rock Star

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Charlie the Ranch Dog is a very nice book about a dog who lives on a farm with a family and another, younger dog. Charlie is the farm dog and the family he lives with owns and operates the farm. Charlie is very happy and very proud of his family. He makes sure things go swimmingly for the day to day operations on the farm. Charlie believes that he works very hard on the farm, but in reality, he sleeps and eats, and sleeps and eats. One day, while the family and the younger dog were on the farm working, Charlie was at home sleeping when a fire broke out at the house. He rushes to alert the family and they are able to save the house. Everyone is very grateful for his heroics and everyone is very happy. A very good book to have in the classroom with sequels and prequels.
An Early American Christmas: Read-Aloud Edition

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This was a very interesting story about how Christmas came to be apart of the towns and cities and villages of the Northeast part of these United States. Back in the early part of this country, Christmas was not a celebrated holiday. After awhile certain families from different backgrounds began moving into these towns and villages and started celebrated that time of the year with a tree in the house and lights in the window. A very nice tale that tells a very interesting story.
Sea Monster's First Day

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This book was a very good story about how one might go about attending there first day of school through the eyes of a sea monster named Ernest. He, just like everyone who starts school for the first time, must have some trials and tribulations during his first day. Some people treat him poorly for silly reasons, but eventually he finds a group of fish who like him and they become friends. At the end of the day he is happy and had a great day of school.
Totally Joe

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This is a fantastic book and a wonderful story. Joe is a student struggling to find himself during those rough years of adolecsents. The story is written by James Howe who reminds me of Judy Bloom in the way he is able to capture the sprit of a teenage boy. The narration is true and honest and you start to feel the words as much as hear them. This would be a great present for a niece or nephew.
Goggles!

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This was one of the books that I chose because it had won the Coretta Scott King Award. The illustrations in this story are very interesting. I don't actually know how to describe it because it is something I don't think I've experienced before. The story follows two young boys who find a pair of "cool" goggles on the ground. The issue is some bigger boys want them and the boys must get back to their hide out before the older boys find them. It is a story that teaches you about bullying and respecting someones space and property. Overall, I very mush enjoyed this book.
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