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Book Review: Jumanji

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Rain, rhinoceroses, and monkeys--in the house! While playing the mysterious jungle board game of the title, Peter and Judy learn that virtually anything can happen. The real and surreal blur in this award-winning book with detailed black-and-white illustrations that will draw children in--even those who have seen the more elaborate movie.

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Book Review: The Quest Begins: Seekers, Book 1

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Slow start to series about talking bears on quest.

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Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows

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Billy is growing up dirt-poor in the Ozarks during the Depression. More than anything he wants a pair of redbone coon hounds. As it is financially out of the question for his parents to buy them, he works and saves for two years to buy them himself, then hikes barefoot sixty miles round-trip over the mountains and through the woods to the nearest town to pick them up. He then spends months training the pups to be the best coon hounds in the hills.

His dreams all come true as he spends every night out hunting in the hills with his dogs, and their fame spreads far and wide. Billy and his dogs are so good that his grandfather enters them in a championship coon hunt against grown men.

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Book Review: Watership Down

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A band of young males, relegated to the fringes of society, set out to find a place where they can live free and proud. Never mind that the characters in this long and complex but thrilling epic are rabbits--Beatrix Potter, this isn't. Charismatic characters, nail-biting action, and an engrossing plot combine to produce a classic.

When Hazel's clairvoyant brother, Fiver, predicts a catastrophe, Hazel gathers other young rabbits willing to flee to establish a new warren of their own. But few of them have been far from home, and their journey is perilous: They're attacked by rats in a barn, must cross a creek, and are lulled into a false sense of security in a warren whose rabbits turn out to be fed--and harvested--by a farmer.

With every incident, however, the value of each individual becomes clear to the others, and they coalesce into a unified band. When they at last reach their objective, a desolate hill called Watership Down, they feel they have found, and earned, a home.

But then their search for mates to help populate their warren leads to an encounter with a repressive rabbit society, and a gripping undercover plot that culminates in a harrowing stand against the ferocious dictator, General Woundwort.

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Review: Jumanji

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Rain, rhinoceroses, and monkeys--in the house! While playing the mysterious jungle board game of the title, Peter and Judy learn that virtually anything can happen. The real and surreal blur in this award-winning book with detailed black-and-white illustrations that will draw children in--even those who have seen the more elaborate movie.

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Review: The Frog

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What's a frog's life like? Eating worms, escaping hedgehogs, croaking to find a mate. Realistic illustrations and expressive text keep readers leaping through the pages as they follow the early life cycle of the common European frog from tadpole to froglet.

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The Call of the Wild

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Find the best kid-friendly natural history museums

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