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From the School Library Journal review:

Peter-Nimble-and-his-Fantastic-Eyes

It is incredibly difficult to write  a book for the youth of today that is interesting to them and yet  manages to feel “timeless” without covering itself in must and dust.   That Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes succeeds in this  endeavor is a testament not only to its author but to a publishing world  that’s willing to put out something that doesn’t slot into the usual  five categories of books for youth.

Babies found floating in baskets usually turn out quite well.  They  get adopted by pharaohs’ daughters and the like, right?  Well, that may  be the case for some babies, but Peter Nimble isn’t exactly the lucky  sort.  Found floating in the sea, his eyes pecked out (presumably by the  raven perched there), Peter is abandoned to the wilds of the world.  On  his own he manages to use his talents to become the world’s greatest  thief.  This talent is swiftly exploited by the nasty Mr. Seamus who  makes Peter steal for him.  All seems bleak until the day Peter stops to  listen to a crazy haberdasher who has come to town.  Next thing he  knows, Peter has pilfered a box containing three pairs of magical eyes  and in accepting them he allows himself to take part in a marvelous,  epic adventure.

Bigfoot and Adaptation (Monster Science)

Part of a new series called, “Monster Science,” this book takes uses a narrative approach to teach the reader about adaptions in the natural world.  The beauty of this book and others in the series, is that students reading the book really think they are reading  about Bigfoot, whereas we know that the monster, with all its kid appeal, is really just a vehicle for learning about the science concept.  Told in graphic/comic format, these stories are wonderful for the reluctant reader.

shapes everywhere

Aimed at the K-1 crowd, this series of deals with basic math concepts in a simple, uncluttered fashion. Featuring controlled vocabulary and only two short sentences per page, these books are perfect nonfiction titles to bring reading to your math curriculum.  Each title contains standard nonfiction elements such as a table of contents, glossary and an index.

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