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Pink and Say

by Patricia Polacco
Published by Philomel Books, 1994

This amazing true story, told through generations, is the story of Sheldon Russell Curtis, who was injured and left for dead on the battlefields somewhere in Georgia. His nickname was “Say.” Pinkus Aylee, a negro soldier for the Union, came upon him on the battlefield, and did something that would haunt Sheldon forever. Pink brought him home to his mother’s house not far from the field, and she nursed Say to health. One day, soldiers came looking for fugitives, and, finding none but suspecting it all the same, the soldiers shot Pink’s mother dead. Confederate soldiers caught them both, brought them to Andersonville, the worst of the Confederate camps. The two boys were wrenched apart, and Say never saw Pink again. He was summarily hanged hours after his capture and his body was thrown in a lime pit. As a negro soldier, he was useless to the Confederates. Sheldon survived the camp, though he was skin and bones by the end of his time there. He kept Pink’s story alive for generations.

This story is a good book for all grades for Virginia and U.S. History studies of the Civil War. This book puts faces with the names of people affected by the War Between the States.

Awards: West Virginia Children’s Book Award
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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This Monster Needs a Haircut

By Bethany Barton
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012

Stewart is a monster, and he doesn’t want to cut his hair. Eventually, however, this hair is so long and matted with junk that he decides that his dad’s idea to get a trim isn’t such a bad idea after all. He fears that he will lose his ability to scare kids, but finds that his fears were unfounded.

This adorable new publication is in splashy, bold pen and ink drawings, and has something for every age of reader. Perfect for discussing story line, this book has a complex plot line with many events, and the climax is when he finally decides that a hair cut just might be a good choice after all. A highly-recommended read.
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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The Box

By Axel Janssens
Published by Clavis Uitgeverij, 2012

This book is about Leo, who is very proud of his new bicycle, and is showing it off at school. He crashes into a box that is in the middle of the playground area. In the box is Kenny, who is imagining that the box is a number of different things. Leo is not willing to believe that the box can be so many things. However, Kenny brings the box to life with his imagination and all of the kids want to play with him and the box. Leo is feeling lonely and finally is willing to let Kenny be the center of attention and play with him and his extraordinary imagination.

This new book is great for discussing conflict, as each of the situations that Kenny imagines has an element of conflict. The major conflict, of course, is between Leo and Kenny as well.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

by Kevin Henkes

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Published by Greenwillow Books, 1996

Lilly loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger.  She is so enamored with him that when she grows up, she wants to be a teacher too.  That is, until the day she gets in trouble and her beautiful new purple plastic purse is taken away by her beloved teacher.  At first, she is very angry with him, and says some hurtful things.  However, Mr. Slinger is kind and forgiving, and guides Lilly through the process of making amends.

A great book for young children to show them the proper way to deal with anger and to make amends when mistakes are made.  Great choice to discuss plot and climax, conflict, and resolution.

Awards: ALA Notable Children’s Book; Booklist Editor’s Choice

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Benny and the Binky

Benny and the Binky

Written by Barbro Lindgren

Illustrated by Olof Landström

Translated by Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard

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Published by Rabén & Sjögren Bokförlag, Translation copyright 2002

Benny has a new baby brother, and with all of the crying that his brother does, he is less than impressed.  His little bro gets a binky to make him happy, and Benny wants one too!  “You’re too big for a binky,”  his mother tells him.  Benny doesn’t agree, so he takes his brother outside, swipes his binky, and runs away in glee.  As he runs, he notices people pointing and laughing at him; the climax is a face-off with three bullies who punch him in the snout and make the binky fly out of his mouth.

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Poor Benny has had quite enough of the binky and when he hears his little brother crying, he gives him the binky back and brings him back inside the house.  Maybe he’s too old for a Binky after all.

This is a great book to talk about conflict and resolution, as there are several: Benny and his brother, Benny and the bullies, and then the bullies against a dog that defends Benny and threatens to “bite their knuckles off.”  This is also a great book in which to address bullies, who students contend with all throughout their school-age years.

Special note:  This book was originally published in Sweden!

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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