Bridget Harvey's Booktalk Book List for 3rd Grade

The Little Rooster and the Diamond Button: A Hungarian Folktale

By Celia Barker Lottridge

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A little rooster lives with a kindly, impoverished old woman. One day, while he is scratching for bugs and worms, he finds a diamond button. Before he can pick it up, it is snatched from under his beak by the greedy imperial sultan. The thwarted rooster chases the ruler to his palace to demand its return.
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Uh-oh, Cleo

By Jessica Harper

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What starts out as a perfectly ordinary day in the Small house turns into Stiches Saturday when Cleo gets a cut on the head after her twin brother, Jack, accidentally pulls down their "Toy House."
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The Twits

By Roald Dahl

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The misadventures of two terrible old people who enjoy playing nasty tricks and are finally outwitted by a family of monkeys.
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I See a Kookaburra!: Discovering Animal Habitats around the World

By Steve Jenkins, Robin Page

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Readers search for an oystercatcher, an elephant shrew, and a fierce snapping turtle in the places where they live. Learn how these animals and many others grow and thrive in very different environments.
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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

By Ellen Levine

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
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Duck Soup

By Jackie Urbanovic

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Maxwell Duck is trying to invent a soup that everyone will remember him for, but when he goes out to look for the missing ingredient and his friends show up, they think he has fallen into the soup.
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The Cat on the Mat is Flat

By Andy Griffiths

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These nine rhyming stories have action galore, plenty of dialogue, and ample pen-and-ink illustrations, all wrapped up to make you laugh.
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Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!

By Kathleen Kudlinski

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Examines what is known about dinosaur bones, behavior, and other characteristics and how different the facts often are from what scientists, from ancient China to the recent past, believed to be true.
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