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The Greenies

by Myra Paperny
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged: orphans & foster homes

IT'S 1947. Danny, 17, survived Buchenwald Concentration Camp but lost his entire family. Now all he wants is to come to Canada, go to school and get a job. Lilli, an Auschwitz survivor, has also been orphaned and is waiting patiently for a new life in Canada. Dreaming of a place where food doesn’t have to be secretly hoarded, where dogs are frie …

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When Grownups Play At War

A Child's Memoir

by Ilona Flutsztejn-Gruda, translated by Sarah Cummins
edition: Paperback
tagged: holocaust, girls & women

When Grownups Play at War is the unique, compelling memoir of a young Polish Jewish girl during the Second World War. In an authentic voice based on first-hand experience, Gruda gives us a rare perspective on the life of a family fleeing from Poland to Uzebekistan. Her account lays bare the trials of coming of age amidst the constant upheavals of h …

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Stanley's Party

by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Bill Slavin
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: dogs, humorous stories

Stanley's people go out a lot. Stanley is a good dog, but one night, while they're away, the temptation becomes too great and he sneaks up onto the couch. What a wonderful experience! Soon he's also blasting the music, dancing around the living room and raiding the fridge. Stanley's never had so much fun! But after a couple of weeks something is mi …

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The Moccasins

by Earl Einarson, illustrated by Julie Flett
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: adoption, native canadian

This is an endearing story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster children by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love. Written as a simple story, it speaks of a positive foster experience.

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Leo's Tree

by Debora Pearson, illustrated by Nora Hilb
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
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The gentle tale of a baby boy and the tree planted in honor of his birth.

When Leo is born, his father plants a tree—a scratchy, branchy linden tree. Soon Leo is growing hair and the tree is sprouting buds, the first of many delightful changes that boy and tree experience during their early years together. As the seasons change, Leo and his tree …

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My Friends

by Debbie Bailey, photographs by Susan Huszar
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 1 to 3
  • Grade: p
tagged: friendship

The Talk-About-Books series is designed to enhance a baby or toddler’s first collection of books.

My Friends explores the fun of playmates and siblings. Each book is illustrated with realistic and comforting photographs. Children from various familial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds experience friends in their many wonderful forms. The simple te …

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My Pet

by Debbie Bailey, illustrated by Susan Huszar
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 1 to 3
  • Grade: p
tagged: pets

The Talk-About-Books series is designed to enhance a baby or toddler’s first collection of books.

My Pet explores the fun and responsibilities of having a pet. Pets are loving and playful and just fun to be with. but having a pet also means taking good care of it: food and water, lots of exercise, and a clean place to sleep. And don’t forget a t …

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Caillou: The Phone Call

adapted by Marilyn Pleau-Murissi, illustrated by Eric Sévigny
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: new experience

Caillou feels left out when Mommy is busy on the phone all morning.

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Mi Animalito

by Debbie Bailey & Susan Huszar
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 1 to 3
  • Grade: p
tagged: pets

The Talk-About-Books series is designed to enhance a baby or toddler’s first collection of books.

Mi Animalito explores the fun and responsibilities of having a pet. Pets are loving and playful and just fun to be with. but having a pet also means taking good care of it: food and water, lots of exercise, and a clean place to sleep. And don’t forg …

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