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"Close Friends: Friends Who Love Each Other" By De'Zyre Williams Illustrated by Junica

In this second "Close Friends" adventure, join Pig, Zebra and Mouse as they attend karate class. Pig and Mouse can't quite get all the moves down, but it's Zebra to the rescue to prove the power of close friends once again! Kids will love this book by 7-year-old author and entrepreneur, De'Zyre Williams. To purchase a copy, or if you have your own book idea, contact:

— Jenny L. Heinbaugh

Book Reviews

Celebrating Mothers and May Flowers

By Mary Quattlebaum

babies / tots

One Whole Bunch

Little ones learn about numbers, colors and flowers as a cheery tot in gender-neutral togs counts down from ten stems of purple lavender to four blue forget-me-nots to two red tulips to a beautiful surprise: a bouquet that represents "ONE whole bunch of love for Mama." Soft pastels and stylized shapes render this board book as beautifully designed as it is tough enough to withstand numerous readings and outdoor jaunts. A lovely way to celebrate flowers on May Day or moms on Mother's Day.

ages 3 - 7

Gittel's Journey

Acclaimed author Leslea Newman bases this immigration tale on the experience of family members who traveled to the United States in the early 1900s in search of a better life. When her mother is denied passage on the ship because of an eye infection, Gittel must go alone. She arrives at Ellis Island, but is unable to locate her uncle - until a kindly interpreter and a newspaper photographer step in to help. Memorial Day offers families a chance to remember both ancestors and service men and women who helped build and protect our country.

ages 8 - 11

Ra The Mighty Cat Detective

A spoiled royal cat and an industrious scarab beetle in ancient Egypt may seem unlikely animal counterparts to the famed crime-solving Victorian duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but Ra and Khepri prove themselves deft detectives when tracking a stolen amulet. Sure to appeal to animal and mystery lovers alike, this charming illustrated novel is a nominee for this year's Edgar Award for best mystery in the juvenile category.

Mary Quattlebaum is the author of 27 award-winning children's books, most recently "Brother, Sister, Me and You," a National Geographic picture book about animal siblings. Mary is a popular school and conference