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Rump by Liesl Shurtliff
I am probably one of the few who has not read Rump! It was on my Must Read in 2014 List, and as of this week, I can now cross it off. I am not much of a fantasy reader, because I don't enjoy keeping track of all the make-believe. Rump was not one of those. I loved reading about the Pixies, the Gnomes, and the Trolls and the true story of Rumpelstiltskin. An important lesson from the book comes from this line: "Simple needs make a simple life."
Wendell Minor - Artist and Author
Last week on Twitter I came across a tweet from Mr. Schu about the new book, Sequoia by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Wendell Minor. The tweet led me to Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and an interview with the artist, Wendell Minor. If you have not read this interview, I encourage you to do so. I will wait because then you will better understand why I read the next three books on this list. After reading this post, I went to our library to find books with his beautiful paintings. I am in awe of this man's talent.
Wild Rescue Series by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler
If you could imagine Jack and Annie from the Magic Treehouse, the Spy Kids and the Kratt Brothers all rolled into a book series - Wild Rescue would be it!
Ben and Zoe Woodward are twins who are operatives in WILD, a top-secret environmental organization. Their missions take them to different places all over the world, but they have one goal - saving animals in danger and protecting the environment. I have read four in this series and I think these are perfect for third and forth grade students who are reading chapter books but still need some pictures and a larger font. This is also perfect for those animal lovers!