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Matt de la Peña’s warmhearted story is musical in its cadences…Christian Robinson’s angular, bright illustrations are energetic and vibrant…a celebration of the joys of service, the gifts of grandmothers and the tenderness that the city can contain —The Washington Post


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In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.

Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey–from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England…

And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. -Amazon


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Quiet yet evocative, this is a lovely melding of artwork, design, and text… Little ones, to whom each experience is new, will know what it’s like to dream and wait. -Booklist


Strega Nona, or “Grandma Witch” cures everyone’s ails in her town of Calabria, Italy with her potions and spells.  Big Anthony, her helper, is put in charge when Strega Nona takes a trip out of town.  She warns him not to touch her magic pasta pot, but he’s too foolish to resist.

Hoping to impress the town’s people, he fills the magic pot with pasta by repeating the secret chant he’d overheard her say.  Unfortunately, he missed a key detail and the pot pumps out enough food to cover the entire town!  Strega Nona returns just in time to stop the pasta flowing and hand Big Anthony a fork, saying, “The punishment must fit the crime.”


Instruments are introduced in rhyming verse, one by one. We start with a lone trombone, “playing SOLO”, add the trumpet “and ONE and TWO-O, they’re a DUO”. When the harp, the final instrument joins in “Behold! A CHAMBER GROUP of TEN.”
The concept is brilliant and beautifully executed. Moss manages to incorporate and seamlessly rhyme a treasure trove of complex and interesting words, sure to spark the imagination and intellect of a child. Priceman’s fanciful, curved gouache illustrations, perfectly capture the energy and spirit of the music. Moss’ knowledge of said music is evident and his love for it, palpable.



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