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What I've Been Reading...
Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty
Earth, who is both informative and entertaining, tells the story of her life. This book gives young readers an introduction to our planet and how it has evolved. It's also a celebration of the place we call home with a reminder to take care of it.
The Rizzlerunk Club: Best Buds Under Frogs by Leslie Patricelli
Lily is nervous enough on her first day at her new school, but then she gets sick on the playground. One of her classmates, Darby, helps her out and the two become friends. Lily is glad to have a new friend, but their friendship is put to the test when Darby's best friend returns from London. This is a book about the ups and downs of friendship and learning to stand up for oneself. There is a lot of humor in the story, which is enhanced by the illustrations sprinkled throughout the book. This book publishes in February. I received an advanced reader's copy of this book at the International Literacy Association Conference thanks to the publisher, Candlewick.
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
The sweetest robot I've ever come across is back in a second book. After leaving the remote island that she lived on for a year, Roz has been repaired and is now working on a farm. Roz enjoys much about the farm, including the farmer's two children, but he also misses his son, a goose named Brightbill. Roz's journey is not just one of survival, but also one in which she strives to protect family and friends. The satisfying ending brings Roz full circle to the place where she feels she belongs. This book is publishing in March, later than it was first anticipated. Peter Brown has stated on Twitter that he has revised the book beyond the advanced reader copy. I think it will be interesting to read the final copy of the book to see the revisions. Thanks to the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, for sending my book review group, #bookexcursion, an advanced reader's copy of the book.