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A Day No Pigs Would Die
A Doctor Like Papa
A Farm of Her Own
A Moose for Jessica
A Time for Angels
Animal Habitats
The Bear That Heard Crying
Brady
The Canada Geese Quilt
(3 reviews)
Gifts from the Sea (2 reviews)
Green Mountain Hero
If Wishes Were Horses
The Inn at Lake Devine
In the Language of the Loons
(3 reviews)
Jeremy the Puny (7 reviews)
Lumber Camp Library
Mountain Pose
Night Flying
The Night the Bells Rang
On a Starry Night
The Same Stuff as Stars
Soup

Stone Soup

 

A Day No Pigs Would Die: Reviewed by Jacques, age 14, St. Albans VT- August 2003
BOOK COVER: Vermont Ghost Guide

A Day No Pigs Would Die
Written by Robert Newton Peck
Published in 1972 by Alfred A. Knoph

This book is about:
This book is about the coming of age of a Vermont Shaker boy named Robert. Robert learns about farming, life, death and what it is to be a man. It is set in rural Vermont and Robert is a Shaker, meaning he is of the Shaker religion a form of Christianity.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this to kids who are 11and older because there are some touchy subjects such as when Pinky, Robert's pet pig is killed for food. This is a very good book about growing up and accepting your duties as an adult.

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A Doctor Like Papa: Reviewed by Nora, So. Burlington, VT - February 2004
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

A Doctor Like Papa
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 2003 HarperCollins Publishers

This book is about:
This book is about a girl named Margaret who dreamed of becoming a doctor like her Papa, but her mother thought differently. Margaret's Uncle Owen had gone to World War I and was lost, then found and sent home. This was right about the time that an outbreak of influenza hit their rural area. So Margaret and her brother were sent to their Aunt's to get away from the sickness. On their way there, they heard a howl and saw a dog and saved her life. Then they went into the dog's home and saved a girl named Edith. Edith's mother had died of influenza, so they kind of adopted Edith. Eventually, Margaret's Papa brought them all home.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to fifth, sixth, and seventh graders because it is a heart-warming story with a good lesson.

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A Farm of Her Own: Reviewed by Dominic, age 11, So. Burlington, VT - February 2004
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

A Farm of Her Own
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Illustrated by Kathleen Kolb
Published in 2001by Dutton Juvenile

This book is about:
This book is about what it is like to grow up on a farm. The main character is a young girl, and this story tells about what she does on the farm like help her uncle sugar and her aunt weed the garden.

Recommendation:
This book helps you understand the life on a farm because of the color and the details.

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A Moose for Jessica: Reviewed by Emma, age 9, Underhill VT- July 2003

BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

A Moose for Jessica
Written by Pat A. Wakefield
Photos by Larry Carrara
Published in 1987 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers

This book is about:
A wild moose finds his way into where the cows were. He makes friends with a cow named Jessica. The moose stays with Jessica for a while but finally leaves in the fall.

Recommendation:
Yes! It has a lot of detail and tells a lot about Vermont... especially farms!

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A Time for Angels: Reviewed by Aviva, age 13, Montpelier VT - July 2003
BOOK COVER: Hero of Ticonderoga

A Time for Angels
by Karen Hesse
Published in 1997 by Hyperion

This book is about:
Hannah is an expert artist, and realizes that the only thing that is keeping her alive is her drawings of the angels she keeps seeing. The terrors of World War 1 from the paper frightens her, but when disaster
strikes Boston she realizes that the city is having its very own war -- against the deadly disease. Influenza spreads through out the city making it impossible to even go outside without catching the sickness. Its spreads like fire so its no wonder when Hannah and her two sisters suddenly catch the disease. Eventually Hannah becomes deathly ill and is lead by an angel to a red cross hospital in Brattleboro VT. There she meets an elderly man who takes care of her until she is fully recovered. The angels and her hope to see her sisters again rekindle her energy, helping Hannah gain the courage to accept the hardships of life.

Recommendation:
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found it a quick and exciting read. Karen Hesse portrays the early 1900's so well it is easy to get a clear picture of what Hannah is experiencing. I would recommend this book to any 5th or 6th grader who enjoy books about Vermont. A Time Of Angels increased my understanding of World War 1, and the fight against influenza. It is wonderful historical fiction.

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Animal Habitats: Reviewed by Ari, age 8, Montpelier VT - July 2003
BOOK COVER: Vermont Ghost Guide

Animal Habitats
Written and illustrated by Jim Arnowsky
Published in 2000 by Aladdin Picture Books

This book is about:
This book describes animal habitats in nature. There is an old man
named Crinkleroot who carries a wooden staff and has a pet snake and a
canoe. Crinkleroot gives us a tour of the wilderness. The author lives in
Vermont and he came and visited us in school and gave me this book.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book because it has great pictures and
you can learn alot from it. I especially like the part of the book where
you have to try to spot hidden animals. Also, you can get more Crinkleroot
books and look at different pictures (but I only have this book.)

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The Bear That Heard Crying: Reviewed by Ala, age 11, So. Burlington, VT - January 2004
BOOK COVER: Hero of Ticonderoga

The Bear that Heard Crying
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Kinsey, Helen
Illustrated by: Ted Rand
Published in 1997 by Sagebrush Education Resources

This book is about:
The book is about a girl named Sarah. After Sarah got lost, she found a bear and wanted to go home. When the search party found Sarah, she was sleeping with the bear.

Recommendation:
This book would be best for a 4th or 5th grader to read to their younger brother or sister. Third graders would enjoy it too!

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Brady: Reviewed by Patrick, age 11, West Rupert, VT - January 2004
BOOK COVER: Hero of Ticonderoga

Brady
Written by Jean Fritz
Published in 1960 by Scholastic

This book is about:
This book is about an eleven year old boy who lived in Pennsylvania before the Civil War. His name was Brady Minton. He couldn't keep a secret if his life depended on it. But then he came across a slave boy in his father's sermon house and he knew that if he told anyone about it people could die or lose their jobs. Brady became a man because he had kept a life threatening secret. Even though the slave boy was safe and Brady's father knew what Brady had done they promised never to tell anyone. And supposedly they lived on to run the Sermon house/underground railroad station and save many lives.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this boy to any boy or girl who enjoys history and excitement. I thought that Jean Fritz did a very good job of explaining how things looked and what a regular family was like back before the Civil War.

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The Canada Geese Quilt: Reviewed by Kayla, age 11, Manchester VT- August 2003

BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

The Canada Geese Quilt
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnok
Illustrated by Leslie W. Bowman
Published in 1989 by Cobblehill Books/Dutton

This book is about:
This book is about a girl who is going to have a baby brother and she helps her mother a lot. One day her grandmother is very ill so she is left alone and feels very bad.

Recommendation:
Yes, I would recommend this book for other kids because I think it would encourage them to read other books because it is sad and happy at the same time. There are a lot of secrets to be told.

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The Canada Geese Quilt: Reviewed by Lois, age 8, Vergennes, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

The Canada Geese Quilt
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnok
Illustrated by Leslie W. Bowman
Published in 1989 by Cobblehill Books/Dutton

This book is about:
This book is about a young girl named Ariel whose mother was pregnant with a boy. Ariel's grandma was making a quilt for the baby and she had a stroke. So Ariel had to finish it even though she didn't want to.

Recommendation:
It will make your mother cry.

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The Canada Geese Quilt: Reviewed by Chelsea, age 11, So. Burlington, VT - January 2004
BOOK COVER: Vermont Ghost Guide

The Canada Geese Quilt
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnok
Illustrated by Leslie W. Bowman
Published in 1989 by Cobblehill Books/Dutton

This book is about:
This is a very touching story about a wonderful girl named Ariel and her grandmother. They have a great bond together. When Ariel's mom is expecting a baby, Ariel wants to do something special for the baby, but something goes terribly wrong. You should read this book!

Recommendation:
I recommend this book to students 3rd grade and up. You should bring this book home and read it to your family. It is a great book because you can really get into it and want to read it over and over again.

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Gifts from the Sea: Reviewed by Ajay, age 11, So. Burlington, VT - February 2004
BOOK COVER: Vermont Ghost Guide

Gifts from the Sea
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf

This book is about:
This book is about a girl named Aquila who tries to move on with life, instead of thinking of her mother who has passed away. Aquila has a hard time because she is on an island with nobody except her father, but a baby wrapped between two mattresses changes her life. Then a person comes to the island and claims to be her relative.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to fifth graders and adults. It takes them on a journey of a kid's tough life.

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Gifts from the Sea: Reviewed by Alyssa, age 10, So. Burlington, VT - February 2004
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Gifts from the Sea
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf

This book is about:
This book is about a girl and her dad who live in a lighthouse and find a special gift from the sea. They get a lot of their stuff from shipwrecks because of the dangerous water that surrounds them. This book is the adventures of Aquila and her dad on this isolated island.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to other people because this book touched me in a lot of different ways. In this book, there are a lot of mixed feelings going on.

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Green Mountain Hero: Reviewed by Erin, age 9, Bridport, VT - January 2005

Green Mountain Hero
Written by Edgar Jackson
Illustrated by James Jackson
Published in 1961 by New England Press

This book is about:
This book is about Ann Story and her family. Amos and Solomon story, husband and son, went to Salisbury, Vermont, to build a house and a woodshed. One day while Amos was cutting down a tree, it pinned him to the ground and killed him. Solomon went back to Connecticut to bring the rest of the family back to Vermont. Ann was a very brave woman. Even after the Indians burned her cabin, she wanted to help the patriots and not see her children killed. She helped the patriots with food, shelter, and a place to keep their gun powder.

One day while Ann was cooking, two Green Mountain Boys came and asked Ann if Soloman could join them in the cause. Ann was scared but she said yes. All she could do is watch and cry as her son walked down the road. But she knew Solomon needed to join the patriots and do what was right. Ann was a very unselfish person, but it was hard for her to allow her son to join the patriots.

Recommendation:
Yes, I would recommend this book to my friends. I like reading about courageous people and it is all about my home state.

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If Wishes Were Horses: Reviewed by Josh, age 10, So. Burlington, VT - January 2004

BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

If Wishes Were Horses
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books

This book is about:
The book If Wishes Were Horses is about a family of four--two sisters and their parents. The sisters are Lily and Emily. Emily is the oldest, and she is snotty. Lily says she wants to kill her until Emily catches polio. Then the feelings of hate reverse and Lily gets worried. Lily will never be the same and next time, she will try to find the inside of a person.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to other kids because this is a book that touched me inside. It's one of the few.

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Inn at Lake Devine: Reviewed by Clio, age 13, St. Albans, VT- September 2003
BOOK COVER: Hero of Ticonderoga

The Inn at Lake Devine
Written by Elinor Lipman
Published in 1998 by Vintage Contemporaries, Random House

This book is about:
The Inn at Lake Devine is a romantic comedy novel about Natalie Marx, a Jewish girl whose family is denied accommodations at a gentile resort in Vermont. the Inn's injustice becomes a fixation for Natalie and as she grows up it has interesting effects on her love life. Set in the early 1960's this novel shows you how prejudice wasn't completely defeated with the war.

Recommendation:
This is a sharp, entertaining story full of twists and turns. The Inn at Lake Devine is a joy to read and I highly recommend it to young adults.

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In the Language of the Loons: Reviewed by Kay, age 10, So. Burlington, VT - January 2004
BOOK COVER: Vermont Ghost Guide

In the Language of the Loons
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 1998 by Dutton Juvenile

This book is about:
A boy named Arlis goes to his grandpa's house for the summer and a lot of things happen there like... Arlis starts to like his grandpa more than he used to, he learns a lot about loons from his grandpa, and he finds his special talent.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book because it is a very thoughtful book about a boy named Arlis and his grandpa. I think other kids would enjoy it as much as I did.

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In the Language of the Loons: Reviewed by Will, age 11, So. Burlington, VT - January 2004

BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

In the Language of the Loons
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 1998 by Dutton Juvenile

This book is about:
The book In the Language of the Loons is about a boy named Arlis who has a father who doesn't seem to care about him. His mother is expecting a baby. There is a kid named Jackson in his class who tricked him and did disgusting things to him when he said he'd be his friend. Then Arlis spends the summer with his grandfather and finds out more about his family and who he really is. On thing he finds out about his family is that Walter, his great uncle, died because of something that was Arlis's grandpa's fault.

Arlis's Grandpa thinks Arlis would make a good runner on the track team because Grandpa had once been a good runner. So Arlis, after a few tries, becomes pretty good at running. After that summer, Arlis joins the track team and in one of the competitions, he is first to cross the finish line.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to other kids because it has very good detail and teaches an excellent lesson.

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In the Language of the Loons: Reviewed by Mitch, age 10, So. Burlington, VT - February 2004
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

In the Language of the Loons
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 1998 by Dutton Juvenile

This book is about:
This book is about a boy, Arlis, who is sent over to his grandparents' house for a summer. At first he was downcast, but after he spent time with his grandpa, he didn't want to leave. His grandpa trained him to run well, but when he won a track race, he found his grandpa dead. Mixed feelings went through his head, but to make it even worse, he had to drive his mom to the hospital or his mom and the baby would die. Arlis matures over that summer.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to people who like tight situations. You will feel the same as Arlis while reading because you can imagine being there.

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Jeremy the Puny: Reviewed by Ryan, age 9, Roxbury, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Jeremy the Puny
Written by Janet Hayward Burnham
Published in 2003 by My Little Jessie Press

This book is about:
A little boy who got caught by a dragon and brings him to a witch who can read minds.

Recommendation:
Yes because it has a lot of action.

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Jeremy the Puny: Reviewed by Hunter, age 9, Roxbury, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Jeremy the Puny
Written by Janet Hayward Burnham
Published in 2003 by My Little Jessie Press

This book is about:
The book is about a boy named Jeremy Bottom. In the beginning Jeremy got taken by a dragon to a far away land. There a witch turned Jeremy into a potwasher. Jeremy helped a puddle puss. In the book a puddle puss is a cat with a lot of skin and loose bones so it feels like a bag of bones but with fur. Jeremy escaped in the end.

Recommendation:
Yes I would because it is for kids all ages. The book was sort of like a good book. The book is recommended to kids about 7 to 12.

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Jeremy the Puny: Reviewed by Haley, age 9, Roxbury, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Jeremy the Puny
Written by Janet Hayward Burnham
Published in 2003 by My Little Jessie Press

This book is about:
It is about a new kid names Jeremy. He just moved to a town and he finds a dragon calling for help. The dragon wants to have Jeremy ride on his back but the dragon didn't always tell the truth. The dragon wasn't telling the truth and the dragon took Jeremy to a witch. He has to wash pots. He tried to escape and he did.

Recommendation:
Yes because a lot of people liked the book and I think you would like it too.

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Jeremy the Puny: Reviewed by Sonny, age 8, Roxbury, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Jeremy the Puny
Written by Janet Hayward Burnham
Published in 2003 by My Little Jessie Press

This book is about:
The book is about a boy that is very small and had a normal life until a dragon came and picked him up and brought him to another world.

Recommendation:
Yes I would recommend this book to other kids because it really inspires you to write a story and the story is really funny.

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Jeremy the Puny: Reviewed by Justin, age 10, Roxbury, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Jeremy the Puny
Written by Janet Hayward Burnham
Published in 2003 by My Little Jessie Press

This book is about:
It is about a little boy names Jeremy. Jeremy was tricked by a dragon who brought Jeremy to a witch. The witch turned Jeremy into a potwasher. Jeremy was a potwasher for a long time. Jeremy tried to escape from being a potwasher. Jeremy finally got away from being a potwasher.

Recommendation:
Yes I do recommend this book to other kids. This book is full of experiences for little kids.

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Jeremy the Puny: Reviewed by Cheyenne, age 9, Roxbury, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Jeremy the Puny
Written by Janet Hayward Burnham
Published in 2003 by My Little Jessie Press

This book is about:
It is about Jeremy who met a dragon and the dragon said he was in mortal danger. He wasn't. He was sent there by a witch. Jeremy became a potwasher for the witch. There were puddle pusses. There was a girl named Fiona. She was a potwasher and they escaped.

Recommendation:
Yes because it is a good, really good, book and the kids should read it.

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Jeremy the Puny: Reviewed by Patrick, age 9, Roxbury, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Jeremy the Puny
Written by Janet Hayward Burnham
Published in 2003 by My Little Jessie Press

This book is about:
A witch that needs 2 potwashers and the potwashers tries to escape.

Recommendation:
Yes so they would read.

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Lumber Camp Library: Reviewed by Sierra, age 10, So. Burlington, VT - January 2004
BOOK COVER: Hero of Ticonderoga

Lumber Camp Library
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 2002 by HarperCollins Children's

This book is about:
Lumber Camp Library is a book about Ruby, whose favorite things are books and her family, especially her dad who is a lumberjack. When tragedy strikes, those things slip away and her life changes drastically. The lumberjacks need schooling from 9-year-old Ruby. Her mom remarries. What is she to do?

Recommendation:
I would recommend this to other kids, aged 8-12, because it is full of excitement and suspense. You will stick to it like glue.

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Mountain Pose: Reviewed by Sandra, age 10, Montpelier VT- July 2003
BOOK COVER: Hero of Ticonderoga

Mountain Pose
Written by Nancy Hope Wilson
Published in 2002 by Scholastic

This book is about:
Mountain Pose is about a girl, Ellie. Ellie's mean grandma dies, leaving Ellie her house in Brattleboro VT and a couple of old diaries dating back to 1884. As Ellie reads these, she sees how much she is like the writer of the diaries, Sarah Evans and finds out about Sarah's hard life.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book to kids who are between the age of
9 and 12. It wove Sarah and Ellie's lives together in an interesting way.

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Night Flying: Reviewed by Clio, age 13, St. Albans, VT- September 2003
BOOK COVER: Vermont Ghost Guide

Night Flying
Written by Rita Murphy
Published in 2000 by Delacarte Press

This book is about:
Night Flying is the story of Georgia Hansen, a girl from Southern Vermont who can fly. All of the women in her peculiar family can- from her domineering grandmother to her eccentric artist aunt. Georgia is quickly approaching age 16 when she can be initiated as a solo flier. Suddenly her estranged Aunt Carmen turns up and shatters Georgia's perspective of their family. All Georgia believed was wrong.

Recommendation:
Vermont author Rita Murphy won an award for her first novel Night Flying and aptly so. This is a well-crafted tale and unputdownable. Young adult readers will love the Hansen family.

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The Night the Bells Rang: Reviewed by Avery, age 10, So. Burlington, VT - February 2004
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

The Night the Bells Rang
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Published in 2000 Sagebrush Education Resources

This book is about:
This book is about a boy named Mason. He goes to school and he gets picked on by Aden and some eighth graders. Farther in the story, Mason drops his picture in a dangerous place, but Aden gets it for him. Aden goes into the war (World War I). Later, Mason finds out that Aden was killed. At the end, a lot of people ring the bell for people in the war. Mason rang it for Aden.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book so that kids could learn and get a chance to read what happens in war.

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On a Starry Night: Reviewed by Carly, age 10, So. Burlington, VT - February 2004
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

On a Starry Night
Written by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Illustrated by David McPhail
Published in 1994 by Orchard Books

This book is about:
I think this book is about a small girl who really looks up to her mother and tries not to be afraid of the dark like her mother. She does that by being thrown into the sky and she has a small adventure.

Recommendation:
I would totally recommend this book to kids who love fantasies and to kids who love paintings, because the illustrations in this book are done really well!

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The Same Stuff as Stars: Reviewed by Morgan, age 12, Vernon, VT - March 2004
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

The Same Stuff as Stars
Written by Katherine Patterson
Published in 2002 by Houghton Mifflin

This book is about:
Angel's mother leaves her and her little brother Bernie at her Great Grandma's Vermont farmhouse. Angel worries about her brother, grandma, mother,and father that is in prison. Then a man comes and teaches her about stars on the clear night.

Recommendation:
Yes, I really liked it and I think others will too!

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Soup: Reviewed by Aaron, age 11, St. Albans, VT- December 2003
BOOK COVER: The Great Pig Escape

Soup
Written by Robert Newton Peck
Published in 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf

This book is about:
Robert and Luther, also known as Soup, are troublemakers. They have a ton of exciting adventures. These are stories of two best friends with great imaginations.

Recommendation:
I would recommend this book because it's hilarious what Soup and Robert get up to.

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Stone Soup:  Reviewed by Eric, age 9, Bennington, VT - December 2008

Stone Soup Stone Soup
Written by Jon J. Muth
Published in 2003 by Scholastic, Inc.

This book is about:
This book is about a community that came together and made stone soup, then they had a great big feast.  This is a happy ending because they wouldn't share at first.

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