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Piper the Puppy visits the doctor  by Jane Baldock

Piper the Puppy visits the doctor

Jane Baldock

Picture book

Poor Piper the Puppy has a sore ear and has to go to see the doctor. This reassuring story is perfect for sharing with young children. Piper the Puppy wakes up one morning with a very sore ear and a temperature, so Daddy takes her to see the doctor for...

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Piper the Puppy first day at school  by Jane Baldock

Piper the Puppy first day at school

Jane Baldock

Picture book

Join Piper the Puppy on her first day in this reassuring story, perfect for sharing with children who are getting ready to start school. It's Piper's first day at school and she's feeling a bit nervous. But when she gets to school, she has so much fun...

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Are dinosaurs real?  by Katie Daynes

Are dinosaurs real?

Katie Daynes

Picture book

A gorgeous addition to the popular Very First Questions and Answers series, exploring the truths about dinosaurs through the eyes of a curious child. Explore what dinosaurs really looked like, how big they were, what they ate... and where they all di...

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On the farm  by Laura Hambleton

On the farm

Laura Hambleton

Picture book

With new farm friends to meet, colours to name, things to spot and lots to count, this peek-through book is perfect to share with little ones. Toddlers are learning new things all the time, and these bright books with peek-through pages are perfect f...

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春福  by 张越

春福

张越

Book

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米旗的驾照  by Hallie Durand

米旗的驾照

Hallie Durand

Book

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明天的花园  by Gilles Clément

明天的花园

Gilles Clément

Book

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The rainbow in my heart  by Jessica Urlichs

The rainbow in my heart

Jessica Urlichs

Picture book

We all have lots of feelings ,it's OK to let them show. They all live in our hearts our very own rainbow. What does your body do when you're sad or angry? How do you show someone you are proud?

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Goldibooks and the wee bear  by Troy Wilson

Goldibooks and the wee bear

Troy Wilson

Picture book

This retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears features a bear looking for the perfect book.

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The poop song  by Eric Litwin

The poop song

Eric Litwin

Picture book

From cats to caterpillars, bluebirds to babies, everybody poops in their own special way.

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Honk!  by Elizabeth Pulford

Honk!

Elizabeth Pulford

Picture book

"One dark and windy night as Henry lay in bed, listening to a storm whistling through the trees he thought he heard a strange sound. A small, sad honking kind of sound. Henry learns to love and help Honk [the goose], but he knows that one day Honk will...

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Ruffles and the red, red coat  by David Melling

Ruffles and the red, red coat

David Melling

Picture book

Ruffles does not love his new coat. But when Ruffles wants to play outside with his best friend Ruby, perhaps he'll decide wearing a coat isn't so bad, after all.

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Creepy crawlies  by Laura Hambleton

Creepy crawlies

Laura Hambleton

Picture book

With new creepy-crawly friends to meet, colours to name, things to spot and lots to count, this peek-through book is perfect to share with little ones. Toddlers are learning new things all the time, and these fun books with peek-through pages are perfect...

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Gerald needs a friend  by Robin Boyden

Gerald needs a friend

Robin Boyden

Picture book

Gerald lives alone. He has everything he needs. He spends most of his days in his garden, watering the plants, picking the fruits and vegetables and making preserves for the winter. In the evenings he has dinner at 5, reads 20 pages of his book, has ...

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The night is deep and wide  by Gillian Sze

The night is deep and wide

Gillian Sze

Picture book

Stunning illustrations complement this poetic lullaby that encourages young readers to rest their heads and be soothed to sleep.

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Bear can't wait  by Karma Wilson

Bear can't wait

Karma Wilson

Picture book

Patience might be a virtue but waiting is so hard! On a beautiful sunny afternoon, Bear can't sit still because he's got a surprise planned for his good friend Hare. He hustles and bustles and scuttles about. But when, in his excitement, he makes a mess...

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The spring book  by Todd Parr

The spring book

Todd Parr

Picture book

Celebrate all the joys and wonders that the Spring season brings including holidays, spring cleaning, allergies, and the Earth.

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Ellie makes a friend  by Mike Wu

Ellie makes a friend

Mike Wu

Picture book

A panda has joined the animals, and she's a painter like Ellie! Is there room for two artists at the zoo?

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Noisy Tom  by Jane Martino

Noisy Tom

Jane Martino

Picture book

At the park, Tom discovers different people have different ways of playing, loud and quiet, fast and slow. Tom tries out all the different ways, but realises there's only one way to show his feelings, his way. This fun story celebrates all the different...

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What are clouds?  by Katie Daynes

What are clouds?

Katie Daynes

Picture book

Raincoats on - it's time to explore what clouds really are, how to visit one, and how storms and rainbows are made. Discover what clouds are made of, why storm clouds flash and boom, how tornadoes happen and what makes a rainbow. With lots of flaps to...

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Baby touch food

Baby touch food

Picture book

Name and touch the different foods, from healthy fruit to yummy treats! With textured patches to touch, feel and explore, this bright and sturdy board book with grabbable tabs will engage young children from birth upwards. High-contrast colours and.....

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Baby touch busy day

Baby touch busy day

Picture book

Have fun with your baby exploring the colourful, high-contrast touch-and-feel pages and making different noises, from 'beep, beep' and 'ding-dong' to learning to say 'hello'.

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One lonely kākāpō  by Sandra Morris

One lonely kākāpō

Sandra Morris

Picture book

"One Lonely Kakapo has been a classic New Zealand counting book since the early 1990s when it won the Russell Clark Award. It combines counting with our native fauna and flora, stunningly illustrated by one of our most celebrated nature artists, with...

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Molly and the lockdown  by Malachy Doyle

Molly and the lockdown

Malachy Doyle

Picture book

Molly and her friends are suddenly plunged into a lockdown and have to adapt to a new way of living. Molly completes jigsaws, plays her fiddle, and looks after her pets, whilst her mother helps others on the island and her father is stuck far away on...

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Busy storytime  by Jean Claude

Busy storytime

Jean Claude

Picture book

Push, pull and slide the tabs as you enjoy Busy Storytime! Pick a book to read, act it out and sail away on an adventure, then share the story with your friends. A perfect introduction to the joy of reading for little ones. Children will love playing...

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Old Macdonald had a phone  by Jeanne Willis

Old Macdonald had a phone

Jeanne Willis

Picture book

Old Macdonald loves his phone: it helps him organize his farm. But when the animals each get one of their own, they are soon on their phones all day--"Here a tweet, there a chat, WhatsApping the farm cat"--and before they know it, no work is getting done!...

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Three ways to trap a leprechaun  by Tara Lazar

Three ways to trap a leprechaun

Tara Lazar

Picture book

Maker-girl Claire is determined to catch a leprechaun to prove that these magical, mischievous, miniature marvels are real. This picture book romp puts Claire head-to-head with her rival, Finn the Leprechaun, with hilarious results. Will this leprechaun...

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Last  by Nicola Davies

Last

Nicola Davies

Picture book

A rhinoceros remembers his life before grey captivity, one full of colour, with familiar smells and sights. He thinks of his mother being slain by poachers. He has searched the zoo but cannot find another like him. He fears he is the last. He describes...

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Baby touch Happy Eid!

Baby touch Happy Eid!

Picture book

Introduce your baby to Eid in this bright, interactive touch-and-feel book.

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The shy zebra  by Phillip Gwynne

The shy zebra

Phillip Gwynne

Picture book

The talent show is on today. Zebra has been practising hard all week. But when Zebras turn comes, he is nowhere to be found. Can Zebra overcome his shyness and perform for his friends?

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Baby touch Happy Easter!

Baby touch Happy Easter!

Picture book

With simple text, bright illustrations and a touch-and-feel on every double page, this interactive book helps to engage your baby's senses while gently introducing them to Easter.

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Peppa loves reading  by Lauren Holowaty

Peppa loves reading

Lauren Holowaty

Picture book

Mummy and Daddy Pig are reading the same book and Peppa finds out it's for their very exciting book club. Peppa loves reading and wants one too! Mummy and Daddy Pig make a few phone calls and soon, Peppa and George's friends arrive for their very own...

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Can I play too?  by Samantha Cotterill

Can I play too?

Samantha Cotterill

Picture book

A young boy building a train track with his friend is headed for trouble until a teacher steps in and helps him learn social cues of anger and happiness.

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好朋友的咖喱饭  by 木村裕一

好朋友的咖喱饭

木村裕一

Picture book

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Rah! Rah! Mujadara  by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

Rah! Rah! Mujadara

Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh

Picture book

Rah, rah, mu-JA-dara! Lentil rice tastes so nice! A rhyming, rhythmic story follows a diverse group of Israeli children as they taste a variety of different ethnic foods found in Israel.

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Swamp water  by Robert N. Munsch

Swamp water

Robert N. Munsch

Picture book

Victoria's grandma takes her out for a very special, fancy birthday lunch. But how special can a restaurant be if it doesn't server hamburgers or tacos or PB & J? Victoria is about to find out.

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Baby shark. Wash your hands!

Baby shark. Wash your hands!

Picture book

Learn about the importance of keeping your fins clean with Baby Shark.

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Llama Llama loose tooth drama  by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama loose tooth drama

Anna Dewdney

Picture book

Llama Llama's tooth is wiggling! Is it time for his first tooth to come out? He's excited, but anxious. Who is this tooth fairy everyone talks about? Mama Llama reassures him; the tooth will come out when it's good and ready. But no one is ready for ...

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A thing called snow  by Yuval Zommer

A thing called snow

Yuval Zommer

Picture book

'Snow is white, like your fur'. With these guiding words from Bear, Fox and Hare head off in search of a thing called snow. It's a journey of discovery and a celebration of their first winter.

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Snail crossing  by Corey R. Tabor

Snail crossing

Corey R. Tabor

Picture book

In a book that is as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship. When Snail spies a plump, crisp cabbage across the ...

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Christopher's garden  by Elsa Beskow

Christopher's garden

Elsa Beskow

Book

"Christopher discovers his garden in a whole new way when he encounters redcurrant girls, gooseberry boys, Mrs Bramley Apple, Mr Scarecrow and many more new friends"--Publisher.

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Has anyone seen Benson?  by Joanne Kingston

Has anyone seen Benson?

Joanne Kingston

Book

"This is a story about Benson, a rambunctious ram, who made a final bid for freedom from his paddock in Karekare, West Auckland. He galloped out on the road during COVID19, and covered many dozens of miles, stopping only briefly to eat and then move...

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Peek-a-boo at the zoo  by Stella Baggott

Peek-a-boo at the zoo

Stella Baggott

Picture book

Play peek-a-boo with penguin, lemur, meerkats, giraffe and frog in this delightful book for babies. Lift the sturdy flaps to reveal the friendly animals around the zoo.

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Wild about mums  by Phil Bunting

Wild about mums

Phil Bunting

Picture book

Good mums come in many different shapes and species. Get set to meet some of Mother Nature's most marvellous mums. Philip Bunting celebrates mothers with this laugh-out-loud book that combines his signature humour and glorious illustrations with fasc...

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A shelter for sadness  by Anne (Children's fiction writer) Booth

A shelter for sadness

Anne (Children's fiction writer) Bo...

Picture book

A small boy creates a shelter for his sadness, a safe space where Sadness is welcome, where it can curl up small, or be as big as it can be, where it can be noisy or quiet, or anything in between. The boy can visit the shelter whenever he needs to, every...

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You're the best, Mum!  by Charles Fuge

You're the best, Mum!

Charles Fuge

Picture book

Little Wombat loves his mum because she encourages him to bravely explore the world around him, and she is always there to comfort him when he's sad or pick him up when he falls. You're The Best, Mum! is a celebration of the special bond between mother...

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Book Hospital  by Leigh Hodgkinson

Book Hospital

Leigh Hodgkinson

Picture book

Have you ever wondered what it's like to BE a book? The BEST bits are getting to hang our with your friends and tell amazing stories, but sometimes a good book can end up in the wrong place at the wrong time... And then they might get scribbled on, nibbled...

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Raj's rule (for the bathroom at school)  by Lana Button

Raj's rule (for the bathroom at school)

Lana Button

Picture book

Raj has one steadfast rule: NEVER USE THE BATHROOM AT SCHOOL! Of course, it can be challenging to follow this rule. After all, sometimes, a person's gotta go! So Raj has come up with a series of how-to rules to help him "hold it" -- avoid all liquids;...

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When the storm comes  by Linda Ashman

When the storm comes

Linda Ashman

Picture book

Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text show the many different ways in which people and animals prepare for a storm and take shelter.

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The box turtle  by Vanessa Roeder

The box turtle

Vanessa Roeder

Picture book

Terrance the turtle was born without a shell, so he uses a cardboard box instead. Terrance loves his box. It keeps him dry on soggy days, safe from snooping strangers, and is big enough to cozy up with a friend. But when another turtle points out tha...

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Bears make the best science buddies  by Carmen Oliver

Bears make the best science buddies

Carmen Oliver

Picture book

Adelaide and Bear team up to demonstrate to the entire class, including Mrs. Fitz-Pea, that bears make the best science buddies. Includes the steps of the scientific method and instructions for conducting four experiments.

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Where is the dragon?  by Leo Timmers

Where is the dragon?

Leo Timmers

Picture book

"In the middle of the night, three knights go in search of a dragon. But in the dark nothing is what it seems"--Back cover.

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Oh, so many kisses!  by Maura Finn

Oh, so many kisses!

Maura Finn

Picture book

"The cuddliest, cosiest, most heart-warming book of kisses. A kiss from Mum, Dad, Grandma, a shy kiss between friends, a slimy kiss between frogs, and even the snuffly little kiss of a baby piglet. Acclaimed author Maura Finn takes us on a journey th...

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Ellie Copter  by Deano Yipadee

Ellie Copter

Deano Yipadee

Picture book

"There's a fire in a field where two goats, Plinky and Plonky are trapped. Nee Naw is on the way, but when a bridge collapses and Nee Naw can't drive any further, Ellie Copter whirs into action and saves the day"--Publisher information.

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O le Tu'uaga o le Aoga a Lemalie ma Sakalia = Lemalie and Sakalia's school holiday  by Falefitu Tony Laulu

O le Tu'uaga o le Aoga a Lemalie ma Sakalia = Lemalie and Sakalia's school holiday

Falefitu Tony Laulu

Picture book

"It’s the third day of the holidays and brothers Lemalie and Sakalia are super bored! They decide to go to the part and pick up their friends along the way. They find however, they all seem preoccupied when they arrive… A story about two Samoan brot...

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For you  by Anna Pignataro

For you

Anna Pignataro

Picture book

If I could, I would give you the sun, I would give you the rainbows, the clouds, they would be all... for you.

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What do you do with a problem?  by Kobi Yamada

What do you do with a problem?

Kobi Yamada

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be som...

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A tiger without stripes  by Jaimie Whitbread

A tiger without stripes

Jaimie Whitbread

A young tiger born without stripes wonders why she alone is different. As she grows, her feeling of incompleteness draws her on a quest she hopes will make her whole. Will her efforts to earn her stripes pay off, or will she find a surprising answer to...

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Biblioburro  by Jeanette Winter

Biblioburro

Jeanette Winter

A man, his burros, and his books bring joy to children in remote Colombian villages in this inspiring book based on a true story by celebrated picture book creator Jeanette Winter. Luis loves to read, but soon his house in Colombia is so full of books...

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Crow & Snow  by Robert Broder

Crow & Snow

Robert Broder

Being a scarecrow can be lonely. Spending his day keeping birds away doesn't leave Crow with many options for friends. Then one snowy day, the children on the farm build a snowman. Crow and Snow are fast friends and winter passes happily in each othe...

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A polar bear in the snow  by Mac. author. Barnett

A polar bear in the snow

Mac. author. Barnett

Follow a magnificent polar bear through a fantastic world of snow and shockingly blue sea. Over the ice, through the water, past Arctic animals and even a human . . . where is he going? What does he want? Acclaimed author Mac Barnett's narration deft...

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Your name is a song  by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Your name is a song

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl's mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-Ame...

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My day with gong gong  by Sennah Yee

My day with gong gong

Sennah Yee

A day in Chinatown takes an unexpected turn when a bored little girl makes a connection with her grandpa. May isn't having fun on her trip through Chinatown with her grandfather. Gong Gong doesn't speak much English, and May can't understand Chinese....

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Jabari tries  by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari tries

Gaia Cornwall

Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister. Jabari is making a flying machine in his backyard! "It'll be easy. I...

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Looking for Smile  by Ellen Tarlow

Looking for Smile

Ellen Tarlow

In this sweet and gentle picture book, Bear wakes one day to find his Smile gone and enlists his friends to help him find it. Bear and Smile are always together. They wake up together, swim by the waterfall together, and eat honey together. But one day,...

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In the city  by Christopher Raschka

In the city

Christopher Raschka

Two pigeons fly through the city hoping to find a friend-but where do friends come from? In this brightly illustrated love letter to cities, the fine, feathered characters discover the magical, unlikely connections that happen best in the hustle and bustle...

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Sometimes people march  by Tessa Allen

Sometimes people march

Tessa Allen

With a spare, inspiring text and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is a timeless and important book for activists of all ages. This hardcover picture book is perfect for sharing and for gifting. Sometimes people march to resist injustice, to stand...

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What do you do with an idea?  by Kobi Yamada

What do you do with an idea?

Kobi Yamada

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had...

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Girl versus squirrel  by Hayley Barrett

Girl versus squirrel

Hayley Barrett

Picture book

One resourceful girl. One determined squirrel. Great minds meet their match in this tale of persistence and learning that compromise can be a wonderful thing. Pearl has built three bird feeders–one looks like a house, one looks like a tube, and one looks...

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