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Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour
Lubna arrives on the beach with her father where she finds a pebble. The pebble provides Lubna comfort in their new home, a city of tents. She tells stories of her previous life to her pebble and even keeps it warm in the winter months. One day a boy, Amir, appears and she befriends him. When it is time for Lubna to leave, she knows just what to do to provide Amir with some comfort. Lubna and Amir's circumstances are heart-breaking, but their friendship is beautiful. This book ends on a hopeful note and shows the power of a small act of kindness. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy.
Misunderstood Shark: Friends Don't Eat Friends by Ame Dyckman
Bob is upset that Shark ate him, but Shark insists that it was all a misunderstanding. Interesting facts about sharks are revealed as the two work through their disagreement. As in the first Misunderstood Shark book, there are amusing illustrations, speech bubbles that add interest, and lots of humor. Fans of the first book were eager for this one and are enjoying it a lot.
Not Your Nest! by Gideon Sterer
A little bird has built a nest, but he discovers that another bird has claimed it. He builds nest after nest, but various animals from the savanna, some quite large, make the nests their home. This continues until bird finds a way to get all the animals out of the tree. Bird not only solves his problem, but helps the animals discover that they can share. This story is told in dialogue and is quite humorous. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for a review copy of the book.
Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron
Anthoni has moved around a lot helping her mother sell cosmetics. She is excited to finally visit The Showboat, the lakeside resort she has heard about from her mother who spent time there when she was younger. When Anthoni and her mother arrive, the resort is run-down and deserted and not anywhere close to being as magical as it sounded. Anthoni, who believes in positivity, is determined to make a true blue friend although it turns out to be a challenge. This is a sweet story that affirms the meaning of true friendship. Thanks to the publisher, I received an advance reader's copy of the book at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. The book publishes in March.