exploring the delights of home, the blessing of a natural environment, and the strength in compromise

exploring the delights of home, the blessing of a natural environment, and the strength in compromise

ages 0 to 8 years
Books about happy homes speak to our need for security, love, generosity and kindness. Books about happy homes that are different to our own also offer the comforting idea that in the midst of tremendous diversity, there is more that connects us than separates us.

The Tree does all of that while extending those same ideas, thoughts and feelings 

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an exploration of the foibles of rules and ownership

an exploration of the foibles of rules and ownership

ages 2 to 8 years
Ownership is a slippery concept, especially where pets are concerned. Is it really possible to own another living thing—and how does the pet view your relationship anyway! It gets even more complex if your ‘pet’ is actually a wild animal. Wilfred is pretty sure he owns a moose! He calls the moose Marcel and gives him a list of rules, some of which the moose follows really well, others not so well. But Wilfred is happy

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a quirky tale about doing what needs to be done

a quirky tale about doing what needs to be done

If you have a secret menagerie of mythical animals living in your bedroom, you might find the mammoth sneaking into the family fridge - what to do next?  The little girl in this story bides her time and rescues her mammoth.
ages 2 to 10 years / funnyimagination

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love can be a little bit blind where pets are concerned

love can be a little bit blind where pets are concerned

ages baby to 8 years
Hank is a good dog – and Hank knows it. Still, it might be hard for an onlooker to tell. Our dog Scott is a good dog too - and he knows it too. But sometimes it’s even hard for me to tell! Hank reminded me of Scott....

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everything is relative!

everything is relative!

ages newborn to 8 years, but adults and teens will get a kick out of it too
Theodore Roosevelt apparently said that 'comparison is the thief of joy' and that's almost always true. But in this great-fun story, comparison is the key to all sorts of funny and joyful moments. Great lessons wrapped up in a hilarious and fast moving story.

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for the pessimist and for the optimist in each of us

for the pessimist and for the optimist in each of us

ages 0 to 8 years—always a fabulous, funny gift!
There are exactly
four words in this book—good, bad, news and very!  But they tell a super story—of a hopelessly optimistic rabbit and an equally hopelessly pessimistic mouse who are about to share a picnic.
 

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FOLLOW THE SWALLOW :: because we all need a little diversity in our lives

FOLLOW THE SWALLOW :: because we all need a little diversity in our lives

Ages baby to pre-teen
Two little birds learning to fly literally bump into each other! And they begin a friendship that teaches them both about acceptance, trust and the world they live in.

There’s Chack the Blackbird and Apollo the Swallow who, when they meet, begin a fun and witty dialogue about themselves. At first they repeat to each other over and over again, “I don’t believe you!” as they tell about their lives. Apollo tries to tell Chack that he’ll be flying to Africa, but Chack says, “I don’t believe you!”  And sure enough, the day comes and Apollo is gone – to Africa.

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naughty and nice definitely can go together!

naughty and nice definitely can go together!

Sam and Charlie are twins; one is 'naughty' and the other is 'nice'. Which is cause for some considerable consternation in the family. It turns out to be a problem for Santa too!

ages 2 to 12 years - a really fun book for Christmas!
 

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a colourful and witty take on conflict resolution!

a colourful and witty take on conflict resolution!

ages 2 to 10 years
This book pretty much requires young readers to pick a side. I don’t think that's intentional, but every young child I have read it to—and there have been many—has felt passionately that one or the other artist is the best. Which is funny, because Pigasso and Mootisse reconcile at the end of the book.

It’s a fabulous, fun introduction to the art of the real Picasso and Matisse—lots of brilliant illustrations and funny lines. 

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THE TROUBLE WITH DOGS! :: winning Dad over!

THE TROUBLE WITH DOGS!  :: winning Dad over!

Age guide: baby to young child
Dad reckons the trouble with dogs is that they take over your life. But really Dad is just as much in love with Rosie and Dave as the rest of the family. 

Rosie and Dave were brought home from the animal shelter in Let's Get a Pup (also by Bob Graham). Since then Rosie has cemented her place on the couch but Dave just keeps getting wilder.

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