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BABY TALK, Fred Hiatt
1 BABY TALK Fred Hiatt
McElderry Books
 1999
 0689821468
 Hardcover
 Like New
 Dustjacket in fine shape
 Mark Graham
 
Joey has a new baby brother and he doesn't understand him one bit. In a short, simple text and with beautifully expressive, full-color pictures, the growing relationship between Joey and his baby brother unfolds with great warmth and good humor. Perfect for sharing and reading aloud to the very young, Baby Talk speaks the special language of sibling love that will be understood by children and adults alike.

LOVELY! 
Price: 3.00 USD

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COMING ON HOME SOON, Jacqueline Woodson
2 COMING ON HOME SOON Jacqueline Woodson
Putnam
 2004
 0399237488
 Hardcover
 VERY GOOD - no marks or tears
 Minor edgewear on DJ
 E. B. Lewis 
Ada Ruth's mother temporarily moves to Chicago for a job cleaning railroad cars, an opportunity for African-American women occurring because World War II siphoned off so much of the work force. Ada Ruth stays behind with her grandmother, waiting for news and much-needed money to arrive in the mail from her mother as the icy rural Michigan winter sets in; even a starving stray kitten is a financial burden in this quietly contemplative first-person narrative. The appealing watercolor illustrations convey yearning and pride in the midst of poverty. A 2005 Caldecott Honor Book.

HEARTWARMING! 
Price: 5.50 USD

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DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL, David Shannon
3 DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL David Shannon
Scholastic
 1999
 0590480871 / 9780590480871 Hardcover
 VERY GOOD - inscription inside front cover
 Dustjacket in fine shape 
David, the out-of-control monster-child from David Shannon's Caldecott Honor Book No, David! is back... and ready to disrupt the class. Shannon remembers the word "no" all too clearly from his childhood, and, as he says in his introduction, "It seems that kids haven't changed much over the years, and neither have school rules, some of which date back even further than the invention of sneakers." In David Goes to School, young David shows up late to class, goes wacko at the blackboard, chews gum in class, yells answers out of turn, pulls pigtails, stares out the window, cuts in line, has a food fight ("I don't care who started it!" says the teacher), lingers at recess, and draws on his desk. Colorful, hilarious, childlike illustrations examine our strangely appealing demon-boy at eye level, which is especially disgusting as David stretches an enormous mass of bubble gum from his pointy-toothed maw. After an intense day of exuberant misbehaving, however, he stays after school and washes all the desks until they sparkle. The day ends with a gold star and a pat on the head... something that any child (or adult) would find satisfying.

INSCRIPTION ON FRONT ENDPAGE - SIGNED BY AUTHOR. FUN! FUN! FUNNY! 
Price: 7.00 USD

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DOWN THE WINDING ROAD, Angela Johnson
4 DOWN THE WINDING ROAD Angela Johnson
DK Ink
 2000
 0789425963
 FIRST EDITION
 Hardcover
 VERY GOOD - small taped spot on spine No dustjacket
 Shane W. Evans 
The annual summer visit to the country home of the Old Ones, the uncles and aunts who raised Daddy, brings joy and good times. The story captures all of the elements of a typical reunion--the abundant good food, the old folks reminiscing, the children playing--but it avoids excessive detail that will bore young story listeners. Johnson has a way of saying so much, with so few words, that children are likely to enjoy this story. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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I'M NOT BOBBY!, Jules Feiffer
5 I'M NOT BOBBY! Jules Feiffer
Hyperion
 2001
 078680906x
 Hardcover
 VERY GOOD - no marks or tears
 Minor wear on dustjacket
 
Bobby!" ("Someone's calling Bobby. I'm not Bobby.") Jules Feiffer (I Lost My Bear, Bark, George!) perfectly captures a short flight of the imagination that just about every child has taken--an adult may be calling your name, may have called it 50 times, but it doesn't matter because you're pretending to be something else. In freewheeling, almost scrawled illustrations, Bobby blots out those parental demands by pretending to be a lion, a dinosaur, a monster, and more. But eventually the lion gets hungry and disguises itself as Bobby to go home for a snack.

FUN STORY WITH UNUSUAL ILLUSTRATIONS! 
Price: 3.00 USD

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SMOKY NIGHT, Eve Bunting
6 SMOKY NIGHT Eve Bunting
Harcourt Brace
 1994 0152699546
 Hardcover
 VERY GOOD - name inside front cover  No Dustjacket David Diaz 
Daniel and his mother live in Los Angeles when the riots break out. Daniel watches the evil things people are doing outside his window and learns that they do it because they don't like the people who look or sound different from themselves. When a fire threatens his apartment building, Daniel and his mother must evacuate along with the rest of the tenants and go to a shelter for the night. Daniel is frantically searching for his beloved cat and questioning all his neighbors on her location. Finally, a firefighter brings his cat in along with Mrs. Kim's cat. Daniel thinks it is odd that the two of them were found together because he thought they despised each other. Then he realizes they now get along because they finally got to know each other. His realization brings about a revelation among his neighbors who then become friendly with one another, despite their skin tone or language.
Smoky Night was the winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal; an American Library Association Notable Children's Book; a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and a Parent's Choice Award.

EXCELLENT STORY & PICTURES! 
Price: 3.00 USD

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STRAIGHT TO THE POLE, Kevin O'Malley
7 STRAIGHT TO THE POLE Kevin O'Malley
Walker & Co.
 2004
 0802788661
 FIRST EDITION
 Hardcover
 LIKE NEW - no marks or tears
 No dustjacket
 
Straight to the Pole is funny book about a boy with a very active imagination. He's all bundled up for the cold trip to school. As he goes he tells himself things like "I'm doomed" and "Must go on". He's almost ready to give up when he hears his friends in the distance. They tell him some good news! School has been called off due to the snow. Now he's free to go sledding.

GREAT ILLUSTRATIONS! 
Price: 5.00 USD

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THE BABY'S LAP BOOK, Kay Chorao
8 THE BABY'S LAP BOOK Kay Chorao
Dutton
 1990
 0525446044
 Hardcover
 VERY GOOD - no marks or tears
 Minor edgewear on DJ
 
Here is a delectable collection filled with the sweetest treats to share with a baby. Listeners will love hearing favorite nursery rhymes such as This Little Pig, Pat-A-Cake, and Rock-A-Bye Baby over and over, while gentle illustrations of animals and children reveal more details each time the book is opened. An ideal first book, this winsome collection will provide many happy hours for babies and those who love them. Totally different from similar collections - designed to be shared with small children.

ADORABLE! 
Price: 3.00 USD

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TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY, Pat Mora
9 TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY Pat Mora
Knopf
 1997
 0679804013
 Hardcover
 VERY GOOD - no marks or tears
 Dustjacket in fine shape
 Raul Colon
 
Tomás is a son of migrant workers. Every summer he and his family follow the crops north from Texas to Iowa, spending long, arduous days in the fields. At night they gather around to hear Grandfather's wonderful stories. But before long, Tomás knows all the stories by heart. "There are more stories in the library," Papa Grande tells him. The very next day, Tomás meets the library lady and a whole new world opens up for him. Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, a child of migrant workers who went on to become the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system, this inspirational story suggests what libraries--and education--can make possible. Raul Colón's warm, expressive paintings perfectly interweave the harsh realities of Tomás's life, the joyful imaginings he finds in books, and his special relationships with a wise grandfather and a caring librarian.

SOMETIMES'S TRUE STORIES ARE THE BEST! 
Price: 4.00 USD

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