Dr. Seuss's Lorax speaks for the trees and warns of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this tale, we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. The Lorax and his classic tale have educated young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it. (Ages 6-9)
My Father's Shop, by Satomi Ichikawa, tells the story of Mustafa, a little Moroccan boy who helps his father run a rug shop. As he sells his wares, the father speaks in other languages, reminding Mustafa how important it is to learn more than one. Mustafa is resistant, but ends up learning how to accidentally speak rooster in five languages. This witty tale is sure to bring a smile to any reader.
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1. (Picture Book/Fantasy) 2. Peet, B. (1985). "No Such Things". Houghton Mifflin. 3. Guided Reading Level L 4. This book follows various fantasy creatures. Every creature has unique characteristics that make life difficult for them to live happy lives. Since this book is written in rhymes and made up words, it would be difficult for struggling readers or students who don't speak English as their first language. Although humorous and creative, it's not ideal for all readers. 5. Allison Van…