by Marilyn Janovitz (2012, Holiday House, 14.95/hardback)
Ella is in awe of Jan, the star of her gymnastics class. Jan can spin and leap on the balance beam. Can Ella? Her first attempt is a failure, and Ella is ready to give up. But Jan is a star at friendship too; and with her encouragement, Ella tries again--and succeeds! The adorable, leotard-clad young gymnasts fill the pages with action; and the story offers valuable, age-appropriate lessons in kindness, sportmanship, and how important it is to try, try again. Color. Grades PreK-3. [8” x
Try and Stick with It
by Cheri Meiners (2004, Free Spirit, 10.95)
It's hard to try new things—for adults as well as children.
It's even harder to stay the course when something is more difficult
than we thought it would be, or when things don't work out the
way we hopped. This
book introduces children to the benefits of trying something
new and the basics of stick-to-it-iveness. Includes suggestions
adults can use to reinforce the ideas and skills being taught.
Color. Grades PreK-3. [9” x
by Mary Hoffman
(1991, Dial Books, 18.99/hardback)
When there’s the chance to get a part in the school play,
Peter Pan, Grace knows that the part of Peter is made for her.
Grace proves that she can do anything despite the fact that she
is a girl and also black. This is a classic! Color. Grades K-5. [8.5” x 11”...26
Giraffes Can't Dance (Book & CD)
by Giles Andreae (2008, Scholastic, 9.99)
Gerald is a giraffe who simply can’t dance. Try as he may, his long, spindly legs buckle whenever he starts to boogie. Every year he dreads going to the Great Jungle Dance—until one night he finds his own special music. Color. Grades K-3. [9” x 9”...32
The Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle (2001, Alladin, 7.95)
With his inimitable bright collage art and simple text, Carle follows the journey of a seed, from being blown by the wind to taking root and sprouting seeds of its own. The author uses the simple life cycle of a plant to provide an inspiring message of the importance of persverance as we all grow and change. Color. Grades 1-5. [8” x 11.5”...40
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