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Nesting by Henry Cole
This book tells the story of a family of robins over the course of a year. It provides information about the life cycle, but it also celebrates the wonder of the natural world. The illustrations, done mostly in black and white with some blue on various pages throughout the book, are gorgeous.
Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day by Carmen Agra Deedy
Rita and Ralph meet under the apple tree between their houses and play together until the day they get into an argument. Saying sorry is not easy for either of the friends, but they find a way to forgive one another. This is a sweet book about friendship and forgiveness.
Jasmine Green Rescues: A Piglet Called Truffle by Helen Peters
Jasmine discovers a runt piglet at a nearby farm and decides to sneak the animal home. With her care, Truffle begins to thrive. Even though her parents warn her that keeping a grown pig will not be practical, Jasmine is determined to prove them otherwise. The first in an early reader series, this is a really sweet book that animal-loving kids will adore. Thanks to Candlewick for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in March.
My Life as a Potato by Arianne Costner
Ben thinks he is cursed by potatoes and now that he has moved from California to Idaho his school mascot is Steve the Spud. After breaking a rule in the school cafeteria, Ben, much to his dismay, is forced to fill in for the school mascot. He risks losing his friends and his popularity if anyone finds out, so he schemes to keep it a secret. There is lots of humor in this story about fitting in and navigating middle school life. Thanks to Random House for providing my book review group with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in March.