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Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

By Antonio R. Damasio

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In this wondrously lucid and engaging book, renowned neurologist Antonio Damasio demonstrates what many of us have long suspected: emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking. Descartes' Error takes the reader on an enthralling journey of scientific discovery, starting with the case of Phineas Gage--a construction foreman who in 1848 survived a freak accident in which a 3 1/2 foot iron rod passed through his head--and continuing on to Damasio's experiences with modern-day neurological patients affected by brain damage. Far from interfering with rationality, his research shows us, the absence of emotion and feeling can break down rationality and make wise decision-making almost impossible.

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Wing-a-ding

By Lyn Littlefield Hoopes ; Stephen Gammell (illustrator )

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Jack's efforts to free his toy wing-a-ding from the branches of a tree soon involve the increasingly outrageous efforts of friends, neighbors, and passersby.
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Who sank the boat?

By Pamela Allen

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The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.
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Across the stream

By Mirra Ginsburg, Nancy Tafuri (illustrator)

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A hen and three chicks are saved from a bad dream by a duck and three ducklings.
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Who sank the boat?

By Pamela Allen

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The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.
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The true story of the 3 little pigs

By A. Wolf; as told to Jon Scieszka; Lane Smith (illustrator)

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The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
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Roxaboxen

By Alice McLerran; Barbara Cooney (illustrator)

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A hill covered with rocks and wooden boxes becomes an imaginary town for Marian, her sisters, and their friends.
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The mitten : a Ukrainian folktale

By Jan Brett

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Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
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Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China

By Ed Young

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Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
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