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πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• An absolute delight, this middle-grade story is voiced for us by eleven-year old Tig herself, weaving a first person narrative that so rings with authenticity, poignancy and most of all, charm, it is impossible for the reader not to fall completely under her spell. Heartlessly abandoned by her alcoholic…

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What Feelings Like Best

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A beautiful and gentle story, introducing a child to feelings or emotions, personified as charming little grey creatures, each with their own distinct outlook and presence. Here, amongst so many others, we meet: Nostalgia, who loves to revisit Christmas baubles and decorations, seeing out comfort from the stories they…

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I Send You a Hug

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 When Big Bear has to leave on a trip, it’s clear that being apart from Little Bear could be hard on them both. Faced with that situation, this sweet and loving book shows us solace, in all its many forms. Little Bear learns that his interactions with the world…

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The Lonely Otter

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Otto is a lonely otter - one who is too shy and timid to join in with the other otters at play time in the water, and who is not feeling loved. With Valentines Day approaching, Otto knows he will be alone again, on the outside and watching everyone…

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Roy is not a Dog

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gorgeously illustrated tribute to diversity, this sweet book is as beautiful to look at as it is thoughtfully messaged. Not to mention funny, playful, and oh so charming. When Weasel, a little boy who notices everything in his neighborhood of Lilypod Lane, identifies a strange house with an…

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Freddy goes to Florida

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« One of my very favorites when young, this middle-grade series deserves a re-read, and this reader is certainly up for the challenge. A twenty-six book series, begun in 1946 by author Walter R Brooks (and marvelously illustrated by Kurt Wiese), most of these books are currently out of print,…

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The Year My Life Went Down the Toilet

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’«A funny and touching middle-grade read about being twelve years old, struggling with the indelicate symptoms of a chronic and life-altering illness, and falling for your first crush, at precisely the age where β€œeverything about being a human feels overwhelmingly embarrassing”. Our first person narrator, Alison (Al), lives with her…

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Zig Zag Zeffy

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An adorable rhyming picturebook that introduces a pre-school child (and his adult reader) to the joyful world of a puppy, Zeffy, his adoption, and his settling in, on his path to becoming an indispensable part of the wonderful world of his new Hu-mom. Sure to delight tiny pet-lovers everywhere,…

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Davy in the Snow

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« A beautifully illustrated picture-book with a sweet and heartwarming story which is sure to delight the four to eight year old audience it serves. One of a popular series featuring Davy the rabbit, this edition has Davy, growing up fast and eager to prove himself to his parents, offering…

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Once there was

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A wildly imaginative ride through the past, and the present, and the silken threads that weave both together, featuring faeries, griffons, unicorns, giants and other creatures as strange and as wonderful as human dreams, hopes and imaginings are able to construct. Once there was a girl named Marjan Dastani,…

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