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Review of In Every Life

In Every Life by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp. 2/23    9781665912488    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781665912495    $10.99 In her latest picture book, Frazee says she “hoped to capture and honor what we all have in common, no matter who we are or where we live.”...
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Review of In the Neighborhood

In the Neighborhood by Rocio Bonilla ; illus. by the author; trans. from Spanish by Maya Faye Lethem Preschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.       g9/22     978-1-62354-360-0     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-247-8    9.99 The occupants of seven houses in the same neighborhood have never met when this story begins....
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Review of A Bear Far from Home

A Bear Far from Home by Susan Fletcher ; illus. by Rebecca Green Primary     Schwartz/Random    40 pp.       g9/22     978-0-593-18189-8     $18.99Library ed.  978-0-593-18190-4    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-18191-1    $11.99 Fact: “King Haakon IV of Norway gave Henry III of England a white bear, which went to live in...

Review of The Best Gift for Bear

The Best Gift for Bear by Jennifer A. Bell; illus. by the author Preschool    Two Lions/Amazon    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5420-2922-3    $17.99 Hedgehog has been baking cookies for her friends and neighbors, but “Bear should have a grand gift, a special gift, something wonderful…just like Bear.” Nothing...

Review of Season of Light

Season of Light by Jess Redman; illus. by Ramona Kaulitzki Preschool, Primary    Farrar    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-374-31460-6    $18.99 Redman’s lyrical rhyming text describes with anticipation the preparations that take place before Christmas. She showcases common traditions of the holiday that explain why this is a...

Review of Pookie’s Thanksgiving

Pookie’s Thanksgiving [Little Pookie] by Sandra Boynton; illus. by the author Preschool    Boynton Bookworks/Simon    18 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-6659-2263-0    $6.99 On Thanksgiving Day, Little Pookie (Spooky Pookie; Merry Christmas, Little Pookie) helps make apple and pumpkin pies and sets the table with his parents before Nemmy and Boppa...

Review of The BIG Christmas Bake

The BIG Christmas Bake by Fiona Barker; illus. by Pippa Curnick Preschool, Primary    Happy Yak/Quarto    32 pp.    g 10/22    978-0-7112-6814-2    $18.99 In some traditions, a special cake with a dried bean hidden inside is made on Twelfth Night, January 5, to mark the end of Christmas. Barker cleverly incorporates “The...

Review of Happy All-idays!

Happy All-idays! by Cindy Jin; illus. by Rob Sayegh Jr. Preschool    Little Simon    16 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-6659-2141-1    $7.99 e-book ed.  978-1-6659-2548-8    $7.99 “The time has come to send holiday cheer / to family and friends far and near.” Outside an apartment building whose windows showcase holiday decorations (including...

Review of The Christmas Book Flood

The Christmas Book Flood by Emily Kilgore; illus. by Kitty Moss Primary    Farrar    40 pp.    g 11/22    978-0-374-38899-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-374-39163-8    $10.99 Kilgore introduces readers to a popular Icelandic tradition, where people give one another books on Christmas Eve and then read all night long. Her...
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