Creating Kingdoms

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Al went over to his desk, took out two pencils and handed one to me. “So Prince Teodoro,” he said, with a smile as big as Saturn, “wanna fly?”

Al and Teddy by Neil Waldman

When Legends Become Real

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This, Soren realized in the deepest part of his gizzard, was why they had to go to the Great Ga’Hoole Tree. For when the world one knew began to crumble away bit by bit, when not only your memories but the memories that others might have of you grew dim with time and distance, when, indeed, you began to fade into a nothingness in the minds of the owls that you loved best, well, perhaps that was when legends could become real.

The Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Book One: The Capture, by Kathryn N Lasky

Safety Police and Dog

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Gloria gave Officer Buckle a big kiss on the nose. Officer Buckle gave Gloria a nice pat on the back. Then, Officer Buckle thought of his best safety tip yet…

Safety Tip #101: Always Stick With your Buddy!

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

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Listening, Learning and Pride

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Often, humor was the antidote to loss. The more I listened, the more I learned. Sometimes the lessons cost me my pride.

White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir by Nora Murphy

 

Playing in the Rain

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Running, romping, puddle-stomping. Splash again. It’s fun and then…FLASH! BOOM! Uh-oh. Time to go.

Rain Play, written by Cynthia Cotten and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Even Superheroes Need Snacks

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The thing is, it takes a lot of energy to be Awesome Man..But sometimes I get so busy being awesome all the time that I forget.

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, written by Michael Chabon and illustrated by Jake Parker

Grandma Has Solutions

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“Look!” said peter, “There’s someone waiting for you too. I told you that Grandma always has a solution for everything!

Peter and the Seal by Rick de Haas

Pet Shop Escape!

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Mina lived a few doors down from the pet shop. Every day she heard the neighbors complain about the bad smell and terrible cries of the unhappy animals, but no one was brave enough to complain about the terrifying owner…Once the animals were all together, Mina opened the door and they ran in a great stampede of fur and feathers across the rumbling bridge.

The Pet Shop Revolution by Ana Juan

The School of Tough Learning

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The huge owl blinked in wonder at these young owls. They seemed to know nothing. And yet…He let the thought trail off. Certainly their survival skills must be pretty good if they got out of St. Aggie’s. Still, there was no education like the one he had received. The education of an orphan. The orphan school of tough learning. He had to learn it all himself. How to fly, where to hunt, what creatures to stalk and which to avoid at all costs. No, nothing could compare to figuring out on one’s own the hard rules and schemes of a forest world—a world with uncountable riches and endless perils. It took a tough owl to figure it all out. And that was exactly how Twilight thought of himself. Tough.

The Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Book One: The Capture, by Kathryn N Lasky

Cowgirl Friendship

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National Day of the Cowboy is July 23!

Alice reckoned there was room for more than one cowgirl in Pennsylvania. So she and Lexis hopped up onto their ponies and trotted off down the trail.

Alice From Dallas by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Ard Hoyt

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