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Title: Applesauce Season
Author: Eden Ross Lipson
Illustrator: Mordecai Gerstein
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2009
Synopsis: In an urban setting, the story of how a family gets together to
cook apples for applesauce. It includes a recipe for applesauce, to help you
create your own traditions.

Title: Are You a Horse?
Author: Andy Rash
Publisher:Arthur A. Levine, 2009
Synopsis: When Roy gets a saddle for his birthday, he goes in search of a
Title: The Beckoning Cat
Author: Koko Nishizuka
Illustrator: Rosanne Litzinger
Publisher: Holiday House, 2009
Synopsis: A retelling of the traditional Japanese tale describing the origins
of the beckoning cat and how it came to be a symbol of good luck.
Title: Chicken Little
Author: Rebecca Emberley
Illustrator: Ed Emberley
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press, 2009
Synopsis: A retelling of the classic story of Chicken Little, who has an acorn
fall on his head and runs in a panic to his friends Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky,
and Loosey Goosey, to tell them the sky is falling.
Title: The Curious Garden
Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: Tsai Fung Books, 2009
Synopsis: Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads
color throughout the gray city.
Title: Dark Night
Author: Dorothee DeMonfreid
Publisher: Random House, 2009
Synopsis: When he wanders into the forest at night, Felix, terrified by the
ferocious animals he sees, finds refuge in an unusual undergound house.
Title: Duck! Rabbit!
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2009
Synopsis: Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they
are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.
Title: Imogene's Last Stand
Author: Candace Fleming
Illustrator: Nancy Carpenter
Publisher: Random House, 2009
Synopsis: Enamored of history, young Imogene Tripp tries to save her
town's historical society from being demolished in order to build a shoelace
factory. Includes notes about historical figures quoted in the story.
Title: I Need My Monster
Author: Amy Noll
Illustrator: Howard McWilliam
Publisher: Flashlight Press, 2009
Synopsis: One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he
finds a note from him instead: "Gone fishing. Back in a week." Ethan knows that
without Gabe’s familiar nightly scares he doesn't stand a chance of getting to sleep, so
Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they've got the right equipment for the
job—pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tail—but none of them proves scary enough
for Ethan.
Title: The King's Taster
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Illustrator: Steve Johnson
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2009
Synopsis: Max is the cook's dog. And because he is also the king's taster, Max gets to
Title: Let's Do Nothing
Author: Tony Fucile
Publisher: Candlewick, 2009
Synopsis: Frankie and Sal have run out of things to do: "We've played every
sport ever invented" and "baked enough cookies to feed a small country--"
Then Sal hits upon a solution: "Let's do nothing!" How hard could that be?
Title: My Name is Sangoel
Author: Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed
Illustrator: Catherine Stock
Publisher: Eerdman's Books, 2009
Synopsis: As a refugee from Sudan to the United States, Sangoel is
frustrated that no one can pronounce his name correctly until he finds a
clever way to solve the problem.
Title: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle
Author: Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery
Publisher: Little Brown, 2009
Synopsis: Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his
own. He was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely
surviving. But Nubs's life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis.
The two formed a fast friendship, made stronger by Dennis's willingness to
share his meals, offer a warm place to sleep, and give Nubs the kind of care
and attention he had never received before. Nubs became part of Dennis's
human "pack" until duty required the Marines to relocate a full 70 miles
away--without him. Nubs had no way of knowing that Marines were not
allowed to have pets. So began an incredible journey that would take Nubs
through a freezing desert, filled with danger to find his friend and would lead
Dennis on a mission that would touch the hearts of people all over the world.
Title: Panda Kindergarten
Author: Joanne Ryder
Illustrator: Katherine Feng
Publisher: Collins, 2009
Synopsis: Meet sixteen young giant panda cubs at the China Conservation
and Research Center for the Giant Panda at the Wolong Nature Preserve.
The cubs are raised together from infancy in a protected setting, where they
grow strong. Under the watchful eyes of the scientists and workers, the cubs
learn skills that will help prepare them to be released into the wild. Follow a
day in the life of the cubs with Joanne Ryder's spare and simple text and
full-color photographs by Dr. Katherine Feng, Wolong's leading
Title: Ron's Big Mission
Author: Rose Blue
Illustrator: Corinne Naden
Publisher: Dutton, 2009
Synopsis: The story of how nine-year-old Ron McNair, later a real-life
scientist and Challenger astronaut, desegregated his Lake City, South
Carolina, public library in the 1950s through peaceful resistance.
Title: Splat the Cat
Author: Rob Scotton
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2008
Synopsis: A nervous Splat finds his first day at Cat School much better than
he expected.
Title: Those Darn Squirrels!
Author: Adam Rubin
Illustrator: Daniel Salmieri
Publisher: Clarion, 2008
Synopsis: When grumpy Old Man Fookwire builds feeders to try to keep
birds--the only creatures he likes--from leaving for the winter, he finds
himself in a battle with clever, crafty squirrels who want a share of the
abundant food.
Title: The Three Little Gators
Author: Helen Ketterman
Illustrator: Will Terry
Publisher: Albert Whitman, 2009
Synopsis: In this adaptation of the traditional folktale, three little gators
each build their house in an east Texas swamp, hoping for protection from
the Big-bottomed Boar.
Title: Truckery Rhymes
Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: David Shannon, David Gordon, Loren Long
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2009
Synopsis: All the favorite truckery rhymes are here -- from "Peter Peter Payload
Eater" to "Little Dan Dumper"...all the way to "Pop! Blows the Diesel."
Title: Turtle's Penguin Day
Author: Valeri Gorbachev
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
Synopsis: After hearing a bedtime story about penguins, Turtle dresses as a
penguin for school and soon the entire class is having a penguin day.