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Rata-pata-scata-fata

Phillis Gershator (author), Holly Meade (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724052

Helping mom is no fun for Junjun, so instead of doing as she asks, he utters the "magic" words "rata-pata-scata-fata." By chance or magic, Junjun's wishes come true and all of his chores get done. Is Junjun's magic just a coincidence?

Baby, Come Out!

Fran Manushkin (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723024

Baby is happy in Mama's belly and no matter what enticement her family offers she won't come out until Daddy offers her a kiss. Delightful for expectant brothers, sisters, and mothers.

Trosclair and the Alligator

Peter Huggins (author), Lindsey Gardiner (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723253

Trosclair loves to row to Bee Island, although he knows that Gargantua, a giant alligator, is lurking there. Using his wits and a beehive, Trosclair rids the swamp of Gargantua for good.

Where in the World is Henry?

Lorna Balian (author), Lecia Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724205

Henry is under the quilt, on the bed, in the bedroom, in the house, and so on up to his place in the wide universe.

Harriet Can Carry It

Kirk Jay Mueller (author), Sarah Vonthron-Laver (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725158

Harriet delivers the mail each day, carrying loads of letters and packages in her humongous pouch. After a long week of work, she decides to take time off to go to the beach with her little Joey. Along the way, she encounters a group of hilarious marsupials who ask Harriet to carry their stuff -- from swim fins to a kayak. Poor good-natured Harriet cannot say no until . . .

Have You Fed the Cat?

Michèle Coxon (author), Michèle Coxon (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723956

Everyone loved Sam and took care of him when he was a kitten, but now that he has grown and comes looking for attention all they do is feed him. So Sam gets fatter and fatter until Mother takes charge. This book teaches an important lesson about caring for pets.

Madison's Patriotic Project

Vanita Braver (author), Carl DiRocco (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723130

Confident that her scrapbook will win first prize, Madison is upset when Jonathan wins instead. With consolation from her parents and Courage, her toy lion, she does the right thing and congratulates Jonathan on his success.

Mole Catches the Sky

Ellen Tarlow (author), Tomek Bogacki (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725110

Mole lives underground but wishes she could catch the sky and bring the cool breeze, and the sun's warmth and light into her home. Her friends, Squirrel, Bird, and Frog, try to help by grabbing handfuls of sky as a special gift for Mole.

A Sweetheart for Valentine

Lorna Balian (author), Lorna Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724113

When a very large baby is left on the steps of Town Hall, the villagers decide to raise the girl as their own. Oversized, but not under loved, Valentine wonders if there's a match for her anywhere in the world.

Madison and the New Neighbors

Vanita Braver (author), Jonathan Brown (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725165

Madison refuses to visit Seemas house to sell candy because Seema speaks with an accent. But once she opens her heart to Seema, Madison finds out they can be best friends. This story illustrates the virtue of accepting and respecting others who are different from us.

Madison and the Two Wheeler

Vanita Braver (author), Carl DiRocco (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723147

Madison wants to ride her bike without training wheels, but after her first fall she loses confidence and doesn't want to try again. Her parents and Hope, her toy bluebird, urge her to keep practicing until she finally manages to ride without training wheels.

Smelling Sunshine

Constance Anderson (author), Constance Anderson (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725103

All around the world in cities, towns, and villages, clothes are washed. Smelling Sunshine captures some of the special moments of this day-to-day chore -- a wonderful, heart-warming time shared between parent and child and an experience young readers will relate to.

Six Is So Much Less Than Seven

Ronald Himler (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723192

Warm illustrations convey the deep bond between an old man and his six cats while teaching the reader about the cycle of life.

Three Cheers for Hippo!

John Stadler (author), John Stadler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724137

A beginner reader. Cat is terrified of taking his first parachute jump, but with Hippo's reassurance, he goes for it.

Humbug Witch

Lorna Balian (author), Lorna Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723970

What can a little witch do when her witchy spells and potions don't turn out right? She just keeps on trying until it's time for bed. The readers then discover her true identity. A lovely surprise!

Kitten's Adventure

Michèle Coxon (author), Michèle Coxon (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723987

A lively kitten explores the sights and sounds of the farmyard and discovers many animals along his way.

Mother's Mother's Day

Lorna Balian (author), Lorna Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724021

Hazel and her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all go to visit each other on Mother's Day. But where's great-great-grandmother?

Snail Saves the Day

John Stadler (author), John Stadler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723208

A beginner reader. Snail's team has fallen behind in the final game, but slow as he is, he shows up just in time to save the day.

Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers

Lorna Balian (author), Lecia Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724083

Mrs. Gumm finds a turkey egg and raises the poult for Thanksgiving dinner, but will her new friend become her dinner or a guest?

Urban Animals of Washington, D.C.

Isabel Hill (author)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725127

The author of Urban Animals, Isabel Hill once again captures images of creatures large and small that adorns the buildings all around our nation's capital. Includes a glossary of architectural terms and a list of buildings where each animal resides.

Twilight Hunt

Narelle Oliver (author), Narelle Oliver (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724168

At twilight, the Screech Owl tracks its prey, but natural camouflage makes it invisible. This seek-and-find book invites children to discover amazing beings hidden among the trees. A key and information guide is included.

A Circle of Friends

Giora Carmi (author), Giora Carmi (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723048

When a young boy leaves his muffin beside a sleeping homeless man, a cycle of goodwill begins. Without a single written word, this book effectively teaches about helping, sharing, and caring.

Bah! Humbug?

Lorna Balian (author), Lecia Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723840

Margie's bossy older brother thinks that believing in Santa Claus is humbug--and he plans to prove it by trapping him. But in the end, he's not so sure.

Alicia's Happy Day

Meg Starr (author), Cornelius Van Wright, Ying Hwa Hu (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723758

It is Alicia's birthday and as she walks through her Latino neighborhood all her neighbors and friends help to make the day very special.

The Girl on the Yellow Giraffe

Ronald Himler (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723932

As a little girl pedals her wooden giraffe through her neighborhood to the park, everyone she meets and all the sights around her are transformed into imaginary images that capture the action and fun of living in a city.