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Who Will I Be? A Halloween Rebus
Greenwillow Books, 2005
ISBN 0-06-056067-3
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

At the last minute, a girl needs a costume for a Halloween party. She has lace-trimmed pants, a frilly blouse, fancy socks, some foil paper, and her pets. Who will she be? The same ingredients add up to two different costumes and a surprise ending in this funny rebus story--a story you will be able to read even if you are just learning how!

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These Are Friends of Jesus
Augsburg Books, 2005
ISBN 0-8066-5119-9
Illustrated by Benrei Huang

This rhyming story is friendly introduction to the life of Jesus and people whose lives were changed by his. The story adds new characters with each page turn while repeating the friends met earlier. Pages at the back of the book give more depth to the Bible stories mentioned. Older children will enjoy checking out the scripture references. All readers will delight in Benrei Huang's lovely art.


This Is the Ark That Noah Built
Augsburg Books, 2004
ISBN 0-8066-4643-8
Illustrated by Benrei Huang

A buoyant, jaunty, rhythmic telling of the Noah story that offers a foundational faith story in a style proven to be effective in the teaching of reading.

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Our Class Took a Trip to the Zoo
Greenwillow, 2002
ISBN 0-688-15543-X
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

A boy talks about his class trip to the zoo, and from the first page (“I left my coat with the chimpanzee”), the action is fast and funny. The rebus pictures will have kids joining in the rhyme with the silly slapstick that’s both wild and just like them. Booklist

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Liberty and Justice for All, A First Look at Core Democratic Values
River Road Publications, 2002
ISBN 0-938682-70-9
Illustrated by Carolyn Stich

Neitzel combines her background in elementary teaching with notable writing skills to introduce young readers to the core democratic values. In familiar classroom situation, and often with a touch of humor, Neitzel helps youngsters discover the values in their everyday lives.

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Liberty and Justice for All,
A Teacher’s Guide

River Road Publications, 2002
ISBN 0-938682-71-7

Reproducible worksheets, activities, and comprehension questions expand on the core democratic values introduced in Liberty and Justice for All.


From the Land of the White Birch
River Road Publications, 1997
ISBN 0-938682-44-X
Illustrated by Daniel Powers

This collection of three Ojibwa legends, including “The Sun Snarer,” “Ojeeg’s Search for Summer,” and “Wassamowin and the Thunderbirds.” In the first two legends, animals heroically repair problems in the natural order. In the third a brave hunter escapes from the thunderbirds and sends them to the far mountains where they no longer create a danger.

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From the Land of the White Birch,
A Teacher’s Guide

River Road Publications, 1997
ISBN 0-938682-51-2

This excellent guide helps teachers coordinate the legends with reading, science, writing, and social studies. It includes both teacher-directed and student activities. Reproducible.


We’re Making Breakfast for Mother
Greenwillow Books, 1997
ISBN 0-688-14575-2
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

Sister and brother set out to prepare a Mother’s Day repast, aided by Dad when it comes to the hot tea and toast. Jaunty pictures help build the tale’s momentum to a surprising conclusion that pleases the entire family. Pages

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The Bag I’m Taking to Grandma’s
Greenwillow Books, 1995
ISBN 0-688-12960-9
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

Captures a child’s priorities of what’s really necessary to take to Grandma’s. Aren’t toys always more important than pajamas? American Bookseller, Pick of the Lists

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The Dress I’ll Wear to the Party
Greenwillow Books, 1992
ISBN 0-688-09959-9
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

Playing dress-up has never been so much fun…until mother appears…and promptly removes each of the purloined items and sends her daughter scurrying off to put on her own party dress. Publishers Weekly

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The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
Greenwillow Books, 1989
ISBN 0-688-08030-8
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

A young girl playing in the snow names all the warm clothes she can’t remove because her scarf is caught in her jacket’s zipper. School Library Journal

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I’m Taking a Trip on My Train
Greenwillow Books, 1999
ISBN 0-688-15834-X
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

Neitzel and Parker are right on track with this cumulative, rhyming rebus. A boy dons an engineer’s cap, gives a roll call of his locomotive cars, and then offers a cheerful journey over trestles and through crowds. In a humorous twist, readers step back to view the model railroad strewn throughout a disheveled home. School Library Journal

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I’m Not Feeling Well Today
Greenwillow, 2001
ISBN 0-688-17380-2
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

Here’s a book for anyone who’s been well enough to enjoy a sick day at home. Both children and grown-ups will relate to this playful expression of the yen for a day off. Horn Book

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The House I’ll Build for the Wrens
Greenwillow Books, 1997
ISBN 0-688-14973-1
Illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker

Rebus-filled cumulative verses list the necessary construction materials and tools as a boy sets out to build a birdhouse. Just as the industrious young carpenter is applying blue paint, he is greeted by his mother. She looks at the mess and readers can see that this project has not been authorized. School Library Journal

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