Animals

If I Were a Lion

By Sara Weeks

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A little girl pleas her innocence from her time-out chair by contrasting her behavior with that of wild and ferocious animals. Preschool to Grade 1.
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Fantastic Mr. Fox

By Roald Dahl

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Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family.
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A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry

By By Marjorie Maddox and Philip Huber (illustrator)

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Everyone has heard the phrase a school of fish. But what about a rumba of rattlesnakes,; an army of ants; or a crash of rhinos? Derived from both oral and written traditions, collective nouns go back centuries. These terms not only charm us with their sound, but they provide a bit of insight into animal behavior. Readers can find these and other terms--from alley cats to zebras--in fourteen thought-provoking poems by Marjorie Maddox. J 811 Ma
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If I Ran the Zoo

By Dr. Seuss

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A young boy imagines the fantastic animals and incredible acts he will have for his greatest of all circuses. If you like this, try If I Ran the Circus. Suggested for ages 4-8. JE Seu.
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"Please Play Along!" by Patches, resident faux hamster @ Salem Church Branch

I took up residence on the Children’s Desk at the library about one year ago. Although I have been adored and admired by many, some people actually give me the cold shoulder. Can you believe that people say things like, “Oh, it’s a fake hamster. Whatever!” or “Let’s go. It’s not real.” I have even been called a rat! I want you all to know that I am listening, even if I don’t always physically react (my batteries run low sometimes, don’t yours?). And just for the record, I prefer the term faux.

Penguin Power

They're very cute, very sturdy, and are excellent parents. Colored in black and white with sometimes a splash of orange, penguins make their homes in lots of different places, from South America to Antarctica.

Nuts to You!

By Lois Ehlert

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Come along on a squirrel's adventure through the big city.

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Micawber

By John Lithgow

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Kids will enjoy this story of an art-loving squirrel who is a stowaway in an artist’s paint box, and adults will enjoy this story on yet another level. The rhyme of this book along with its vivid illustrations make this a feast for the eyes.

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Gooseberry Park

By Cynthia Rylant

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When a storm separates Stumpy the squirrel from her newborn babies, her animal friends come to the rescue.

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Flying Squirrels

By Mary Ann McDonald

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The sky is dark. The woods are deep. You're camping out with the family. Suddenly, whirr! a creature zips over your head and onto the next tree. Learn more about these night gliders in Ms. McDonald's book.

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