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Written by:  Carol McGarrahan
Date: November 1, 2010

The First Thanksgiving (Simon & Schuster, $5.99) is an adorable lift-the-flap board book by Nancy Davis that introduces young children to the first Thanksgiving, from the adventure of the Pilgrims sailing to America to the feast with Native Americans. Ages 0-4.

Gifts from the Heart (Simon & Schuster, $16.99) is an inspirational picture book in which a brother and sister take an imaginary journey into a medieval world. Everyone there has a fancy gift for the king's upcoming party except for the newly arrived siblings, but with a little help, the children discover their inherent talents are exceptional gifts. Written by Victoria Osteen and illustrated by Diane Palmisciano. Ages 3-7.

The promising comfort of hope is introduced to young children through simple phrases in Hope Is an Open Heart (Scholastic, $5.99). As part of this special Help for Haiti edition, $50,000 will be donated to Save the Children's Scholastic Education Recovery Fund. Written by Lauren Thompson. Ages 4-8.

Calvin, the young starling in Calvin Can't Fly, (Sterling Press, $14.95) has an imagination that soars, but he hasn't managed the art of flying. When it comes time to migrate, Calvin — the bookworm birdie —is afraid he will be left behind. But when disaster threatens, Calvin's reading pays off and he is the one who saves the day! Written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Keith Bendis. Ages 4-8.

The Journey Home From Grandpa's (Barefoot Books, $9.99) not only teaches preschoolers their colors and entertains with all kinds of vehicles, but it treats them to a sing-along CD that offers a fun way for them to sing, dance and act out the story of the yellow car traveling home from Grandpa's house. Written by Jemima Lumley and illustrated by Sophie Fatus. Ages 4-8.

Newberry Honor-winning author Jacqueline Woodson and artist Sophie Blackall have created Pecan Pie Baby (G. P. Putnam's Sons, $16.99), a heartwarming story about Gia, a young girl adjusting to the idea of a new family member and how it may impact her relationship with her mother. The message reassures children during a time of change. Ages 5-8.

The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein (Delacorte, $16.99) features Lotus, a teenager who is not always quite in sync with her family. Lotus is enamored of all things French and the novel is written from her point of view in diary format. The fun and chatty narrator learns a great deal about relationships by the book's end. Written by Libby Schmais. Young adult.

Correction

A book listed in September's book selections was attributed to the wrong publisher with an incorrect price. The correct title, price and publisher are: Happy, Sad, Silly Mad: My World Makes Me Feel (Accord Publishing, $12.99). We apologize for the error.



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