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Books for Independent Reading

EASY
A Forever Family
by Roslyn Banish. Harper/Trophy. 1992
Jennifer Jordan-Wong shares the joys and tribulations of her recent adoption.
Fishing
by Diana Engel. Macmillan, 1993
When Loretta moves to a new town, she misses her grandfather and the time they spent fishing.
AVERAGE
The King and the Tortoise
by Tolowa M. Mollel. Clarion, 1993
In all the animal kingdom, only a tortoise can outsmart a king.
The Chalk Doll
by Charlotte Pomerantz. Harper/Trophy, 1989
Making a doll sparks childhood memories for a mother who lived in Jamaica as a little girl.
CHALLENGING
Apple Picking Time
by Michele Benoit Slawson. Crown, 1994
When it's time to pick apples, everyone in town helps.
Maxi, the Star
by Alan Ayers. Dial Books, 1993
Maxi the dog takes Jim on an adventure across the country to Hollywood.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
The Wise Old Woman
by Yoshiko Uchida. Macmillan, 1994
A young farmer's respect for the wisdom of his aging mother saves his entire village.
Back Home
by Gloria Jean Pinkney. Dial Books, 1992
Ernestine returns to the country home where she was born for a summertime visit.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Literature-Based Social Studies
by Mildred Knight Laughlin. Oryx, 1991
Great children's books for the K-5 curriculum.