Long, long ago, the Aboriginal people of Australia told stories that explained the origins of the natural world, such as how the earth began, how the kangaroo got her pouch, and why the platypus is such a special creature. The stories were told by word of mouth, generation after generation. These Stories From The Billabong (Frances Lincoln, $19.95) have been collected and retold by James Vance Marshall, who prefaces each story with interesting background information. Aboriginal artist Francis Firebrace’s illustrations are full of Aboriginal symbols, whose meanings readers can decipher using the guide at the back of the book. Ages 5 up.
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$9.99
ISBN: 9781847801241
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - August 24th, 2010

Even though she has never been there, Erika loves Japan. As a child, she stared longingly at a Japanese print of a small teahouse that hung in her grandmother’s house. After college, Erika moves to Japan and quickly makes her way to a remote island where she becomes a sensei (teacher). With the help of her fellow teacher, Aki-san, Erika sets out to find the teahouse in her grandmother’s painting, hoping to become Erika-San (Houghton Mifflin, $17). Writer and illustrator Allen Say’s vivid paintings of Japanese houses, clothing, and landscapes will make you long to visit Japan yourself. Ages 4-7.
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780618889334
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2009

The Obamas are looking for a puppy, and every animal in the animal kingdom is abuzz. Guinea pigs, kittens, even turtles are convinced they can be puppies and that a White House life is their destiny. Oh, how to chose Which Puppy? (Paula Wiseman, $16.99). There is a solution, and Kate and Jules Feiffer have imagined perfect companions for Bo. Ages 4-7.
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By Kate Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416991472
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - April 7th, 2009

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