Friday, April 29, 2011

My Poetry Book Kids' Poetry Challenge - Week 5 - "Purple"

Welcome to the last of five "My Poetry Book" Kids' Poetry Challenge post link-ups! Thanks to all who have participated in the challenge so far this month. We've very much enjoyed sharing some of our favorite poems and reading all your linked up posts. We hope you'll continue to explore poetry together with your family throughout the year.

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We're ending the month in royal style, with a poem titled "Purple" by Nikki Grimes. Purple is the color associated with royalty, and it's also my daughter's favorite color. Given her fondness for purple it's really no surprise that she likes Grimes' poem about a girl named Danitra Brown who wears purple every day (she even wears purple underwear).

"Purple" is one of thirteen poems in Grimes' book, Meet Danitra Brown. The friendship-themed poems in the book are written from the viewpoint of Danitra's Brown best friend Zuri. Whether a jump rope rhyme, secrets or bike riding -- these childhood experiences interwoven with a few complex issues are ones that each reader can identify with, especially young girls. Grimes breathes real life into her verses and turns the everyday into extraordinary. Her ability to connect with young readers from all backgrounds is one of the reasons her poems are so special. According to the end page, Nikki Grimes calls "writing her first love and poetry her greatest pleasure." Her enthusiasm shows in her poems, and she possesses the unique potential to inspire even seemingly reluctant children into becoming poets themselves.

Related Links:
Nikki Grimes's Website
Floyd Cooper's Website



An excerpt from "PURPLE"
by Nikki Grimes

... But her mom has told her stories about queens in Timbuktu.
And it seems they all wore purple -- never red or green or blue.
Now, she might just be a princess. After all, who's to say?
So just in case, she'll dress in purple each and every day!


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Instead of drawing this week, my daughter decided to write a few lines poetry about different colors. See, I told you Grimes has a way of arousing the poet within! Here are a few of my daughter's poems:


PURPLE
Purple is exciting.
Purple is great.
Purple makes you happy.
I just love -- PURPLE!


BLUE
Blue makes you sad.
Blue makes you cry.
Smile in the end,
Blue will end.


WHITE
White is too bright
I hope it's not a fright
It makes your eyes go dark
But I don't care because it's light.


Today's illustration is from my daughter's artwork archive. She drew the picture last fall before attending a wedding. The bride in this picture is not wearing the traditional white but instead is pictured in a lovely purple/green dress.




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Each week in April we hope you'll consider reading a poem (any poem, not just the one we have featured) with your child and then encourage your child to create an illustration based on the poem. This type of creative activity helps your child more thoroughly understand the poem and interpret it in his or her own way. If you would like to participate, please refer the original Kids' Poetry Challenge post and read the guidelines.

***Note: A few readers have mentioned that their child does not really like drawing or is not old enough to draw anything recognizable. If you prefer, please feel free to just post a favorite poem you shared with your child this week. Remember to only post a portion of the poem to avoid copyright issues.

We've tried to make it very simple for everyone to participate. Reading a poem together only takes a few minutes. The link-up will remain open all week long. Post the picture and accompanying text any day of the week and, if you have the time, stop by and visit the other participants' posts.



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Read Explore Learn
This week's Poetry Friday is hosted by Tabatha Yeatts. Head over to her blog for more poetry posts and consider joining the Poetry Friday link-up. Link up your Friday book posts at Little Sprout Books' Feed Me Books Friday and JDaniel4's Mom Read Explore Learn.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Princess Gown by Linda Leopold Strauss - Princess Kate Paper Doll Wedding Dress Craft

The upcoming Royal Wedding is getting a lot of media hype right now. For the most part I haven't paid much attention to the details, but I have discussed the event to some extent with my kids. I was about the same age as my daughter when Prince Charles and Princess Diana married. According to my mother, we watched the wedding on TV and followed the news reports. While I don't have any specific memories of watching the wedding as a child, I do know that I loved pretending to be a princess, and I enjoyed and still enjoy reading fairy tales. A couple weeks back I discovered the perfect picture book for a royal wedding themed story + art craft post.

The Princess Gown by Linda Leopold Strauss, illustrated by Malene Reynolds Laugesen. Houghton Mifflin (September 2008); ISBN 9780618862597; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library

"So what do you think, my Hanna?" asked Papa as he sewed a pearl to the bodice of the wedding dress. "Will the princess like it?"

Much work goes into designing and sewing a wedding dress, especially a wedding dress fit for a princess. As Princess Annabel's wedding approaches all the tailors in the kingdom design elaborate wedding dresses in hopes of becoming the official Embroiderer to the Princess. A little girl named Hanna excitedly watches as her papa lovingly pieces together a beautiful and elaborate dress. All the members of the Abraham family, including each of the children, put a stitch into the dress. When it's Hanna's turn to stitch she notices a small smudge on the skirt. Shaken, the family frets about how to fix the small flaw. Little Hanna offers a very creative solution involving an embroidered squirrel, but will the princess approve?

This book has all the markings of a lovely, old-fashioned fairy tale, but surprisingly it is partially based on fact. According to a statement on the author's website, "This picture book, with lavish illustrations by Malene Laugesen, got its start in the author’s family history, where in Victorian England, her husband’s great great great grandfather was Embroiderer to the Queen." The Princess Gown is a fascinating read, especially as rumors swirl as to the identity of Kate Middleton's own wedding dress designer. The Victorian styled hoop dresses portrayed in the book are truly exquisite! My daughter studied Laugesen's oil crayon and linseed oil illustrations with intensity. The dresses on the last pages remind me of Tiffany lamps with their intricate, nature inspired designs. I so want one of those owl tree dresses! If there's a princess or fashion lover in your family, I highly recommend this book.

Related Links:
Linda Leopold Strauss Website


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Disney Family.com offers a handy and free Princess Kate Paper Doll printable[pdf]. It includes a few dresses, but I thought my daughter would have more fun designing her own special wedding dress for Princess Kate.

We printed off a copy of the doll onto cardstock, and I traced the upper part of her body onto printer paper so that my daughter could design a dress to fit the doll. She decided on the shape of the dress and added several details including, according to her, a "flower petal pattern" on the bottom. After she finished her design, she used some glitter paint to make the dress shimmer. My son saw the project and wanted to participate so he colored one of the printable dresses. I'm sure both these designs would look lovely on Princess Kate. We're looking forward to seeing pictures of her actual dress tomorrow!





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Mega Bloks Dora's Garden Gazebo - Review and Giveaway


With the exception of a few daffodils, the gardens outside our home sit vacant and we're waiting patiently for warmer weather. Hopefully, sometime around Mother's Day, we'll start planting. In the meantime, the little green thumbs in our home have kept busy with some pretend gardening with Dora.

Dora's Garden Gazebo is just one of many Dora the Explorer products that Mega Bloks offers. The gazebo set includes the following 19 pieces to encourage pretend gardening play:

• Build & Dress Dora with 2 interchangeable skirts
• Baby Blue Bird
• Gazebo building (4 blocks)
• Watering Can
• Flower Pot
• Sunflower
• Patio Table and Umbrella
• Pine Tree
• Fence
• Extra blocks (3)

The set is recommended for ages 3+ and includes several small parts. Building the gazebo as pictured on the box really isn't too difficult. Like all building sets, kids can use their imagination to set up the blocks however they prefer, anyway. The small playset works perfectly fine as a stand-alone set and offers several options for imaginative play. My kids prefer to set the gazebo up separately and move the accessories around while they play.

The Build and Dress Dora figure has some special features worth mentioning. It is a positionable doll -- her arms and legs move and her head twists. Even her wrists rotate, allowing her to grasp onto the watering can and dump pretend water onto her flower! The figure pulls apart to make it easy to change out the skirt, from blue to pink or vice versa. Also, if Dora is in the mood to wear pants, one can just leave the skirt off altogether. While my kids can pull the figure apart themselves, they have some difficulty putting it back together.

My daughter especially enjoys playing with the Baby Blue Bird. In fact, at the time I took the photos, the bluebird was off on an exciting adventure somewhere in our home. My son is a little sad that the set only includes one character figure from the TV show. He wanted to know what happened to Boots! I do wish that play sets like this would include more than one main character. Siblings would be able to play with it together and the figures could hold conversations. Also, though it includes a table, this garden set lacks a chair. My kids remedied the situation by using a chair from a Fisher Price toy. An extra flower would be a nice addition as well. The buildable playset works with other Mega Bloks sets (as well as Lego DUPLO bricks) for open-ended play. My kids plan to build a house for Dora so they can attach this set as an outdoor living space.

Dora's Garden Gazebo retails for $14.99 and is available at Kmart, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, select Target stores and Amazon.com.

And, for Mega Bloks fans, MEGA Brands has launched a community website called the Mega Bloks Family Club. It's a free site and members receive a coupon for $5 off any $30+ Mega Bloks purchase in addition to other exclusive content. To sign up, visit http://familyclub.megabloks.com.



MEGA Brands has kindly offered to giveaway a Mega Bloks Dora's Garden Gazebo playset to one (1) Brimful Curiosities reader.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Peacock Picture Books for Children

My daughter has been a little obsessed with peacocks after reading Three Hens and a Peacock last month so I tracked down a few more peacock tales at our local library. Peet and Polacco are both master storytellers/illustrators and these two peacock books did not disappoint. Both stories are on the longish side, and they are probably best for children that don't have limited attention spans.


The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock by Bill Peet. Houghton Mifflin (1973); ISBN 0395154944; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library

"My tail has gone wild!" exclaimed Prewitt. "It's turned into a green-eyed monster! What a terrible tail! But then, after all," he sighed, "I grew it, so I suppose I'll just have to get used to it."

Prewitt the peacock is anything but proud. His pathetic, scraggly tail with only two eyespots is nothing to boast about. Even worse, one day his tail goes wild and turns into a "green-eyed monster." The two eyespots grow larger, fierce eyebrows and a mouth appear and two of the feathers look like scary arms. The other peacocks don't like the look of his new, spooky tail and tell him to leave or get rid of his monstrous feathers. However, Prewitt's weakness becomes his strength as his unique tail becomes a useful weapon in a dangerous jungle.

Tsk-tsk! I'm ashamed to admit this is the first book written by Bill Peet we've read, but let me tell you, it certainly won't be the last. Peet's story is funny and memorable plus it also teaches a valuable lesson, the importance of being who you are by maintaining your individuality despite oppression. The illustrations are spot-on and full of expression (and a monstrous face). You can't help but feel sad for poor Prewitt and cheer when he triumphs.

Related Link: Bill Peet Website


Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco. Bantam Doubleday Dell (1990); ISBN 9780553058840; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library

"What are we going to do?" Ruth asked. "Fancy is too fancy to be Amish!"

While a peacock plays a big role in this book, the main focus is on Amish life. Two Amish sisters, Naomi and Ruth, find an unusual egg in the field outside their home. Longing to own something fancy, Naomi gently takes the "fancy" egg to the henhouse in hopes that it will hatch. When a strange chick emerges from the egg, they name it Fancy. The two girls keep Fancy a secret and when they witness his glorious tail, the two girls worry that the elders will shun him.

Just Plain Fancy provides an interesting and brief glimpse into the Amish way of life and mentions the practice of shunning. The plain life of the Amish largely contrasts with the fanciful bird, and through this special example of "God's handiwork," children can learn a little about the beliefs and customs of the Amish community. Polacco's illustrations offer clues along the way as to the species of bird, yet it is still an extraordinary surprise for readers when, in a two-page spread, Fancy the peacock displays his glorious tail in front of the elders.

I'm so glad we discovered this book. Within the past 10 years, several Amish families have moved into our area and we often pass their buggies on the road. Polacco's book is useful as a springboard for discussion about a culture not well understood by outsiders. Polacco offers a corresponding Amish culture lesson plan on her website.

Related Links:
Patricia Polacco Website
Homeschool Share Just Plain Fancy Lapbook Unit

Book Talk Tuesday Better late than never. I'm linking this post up at What My Child is Reading at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns and The Lemme Library's Book Talk Tuesday in addition to Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word.

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Wordless Wednesday - HEXBUG Maze



The kids enjoyed playing with their HEXBUG Nano bunny robots over Easter and made a fun maze out of wooden blocks. Love those bugs!



Find more of this week's Wordless Wednesday (or Wordful) posts at 5 Minutes for Mom. Thanks to MomSelect we invited our friends over for a HEXBUG Nano Easter Egg Party last week and each child received an Nano Easter egg.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (4/25/11)

Sorry about the lack of FTTB posts the past few weeks. My weekends have been extremely busy, and I just haven't found the time to compile the giveaways. Please check out my other "Full to the Brim" posts as well. Many contests are still underway. I *try to* publish "Full to the Brim" every Friday. If I missed your book giveaway, feel free to mention it in the comment section or send me an email. Thanks for visiting my blog and come back soon!


My giveaway(s):

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (Blu-ray Combo Pack) - Ends 4/25
signed copy of Good Night, Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann - Ends 5/9

Other book giveaways:


Mary McKenna Siddals - Book Giveaway Ends 4/25
Earth Day Giveaway: Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals and 2 art prints from the book, autographed by illustrator Ashley Wolff
Katie Davis - Book Giveaway Ends 4/25
Little Chicken’s Big Day onesie, plus a signed copy of Little Chicken’s Big Day by Katie Davis
My Busy Children - Book Giveaway Ends 4/29
Rocket Town by Bob Logan
My Four Monkeys - Book Giveaway Ends 5/2
National Geographic Baby Animal Pop!
My Four Monkeys - Book Giveaway Ends 5/2
Rocket Town by Bob Logan
My Four Monkeys - Book Giveaway Ends 4/25
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Busy Working Mama - Book Giveaway Ends 5/3
Cheerios Prize and “Create-your-own” book kit
Susan Heim on Parenting - Book Giveaway Ends 5/3
Pirate vs. Pirate by Mary Quattlebaum

Visit Author Joan Holub's Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise Blog Tour for a list of giveaway sites for her newest Goddess Girls book, Athena the Wise. (early elementary, tweens)
Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise / Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Blog Hop giveaway

DisneyNature African Cats book giveaways:
Green Mama's Pad - Ends 4/25
Diaper Swappers - Ends 4/25
Movie Mikes - Ends 4/25 (noon)
Resourceful Mommy - Ends 4/27

LaRue Across America Giveaways:
The Dirty Shirt - Ends 5/2
5 Minutes for Mom - Ends 5/2
MomStart - Ends 5/9
Susan Heim on Parenting - Ends 4/28
I like it Frantic - Ends 4/28

The Klutz Guide To The Galaxy Giveaways:
The Dirty Shirt - Ends 5/4
GeekDad - Ends 4/25


Fish for more children's book giveaways at Lori Calabrese's Fish for a Free Book linkup each Friday

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer also has a new book giveaway linky http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/ with lots of YA and some other kid's books.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In His Hands - John 3:16 Easter Craft




Good Friday and Earth Day fell on the same day this year, a rare occurrence. Our focus was on Jesus, our Savior, and God the Father, creator of Heaven and Earth. We made a handprint Earth craft encircled with the powerful message found in John 3:16.

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 22, 2011

My Poetry Book Kids' Poetry Challenge - Week 4 - "A Fairy Went A-Marketing" --- Miniature Book Craft

Welcome to the fourth of five "My Poetry Book" Kids' Poetry Challenge post link-ups! In celebration of National Poetry month, we're challenging other parents and kids to explore the world of poetry together. More details at the end of this post.

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Within the fantasy world fairies are often depicted as caretakers of nature and they also watch over all the creatures in the animal kingdom. Earth Day is a day of environmental awareness and we're celebrating by reading "A Fairy Went A-Marketing," a poem by Rose Fyleman about a very caring and beneficent fairy.

We found an incredibly beautiful picture book version titled A Fairy Went A-Marketing with illustrations by Jamichael Henterly at our library. Henterly's breathtaking pictures depict an amazing fairy-tale world full of the wonders of nature. The fairy, with her beautiful, long brown hair and spectacular butterfly-like wings, goes to market and ends up helping out various animals including a fish, bird, frog and mouse. My daughter loves to slowly page through the illustrations and point out all the interesting fairy world details.

"A Fairy Went A-Marketing" originally appeared in Fyleman's book of verse, Fairies and Chimneys (c1920). The entire book can be viewed online at the Internet Archive. (By the way, if you've never visited the Internet Archive, you must! It is a virtual treasure trove.) Fairies and Chimneys includes several fairy-themed poems, and I especially like the short "Bird Lore" poems. Fyleman dedicated the book to her mother, "To the realest fairy of my childhood, my mother." Also, one of the poems in the book is titled, "Mother." Isn't that wonderfully sweet?

A FAIRY WENT A-MARKETING
by Rose Fyleman

A Fairy went a-marketing —
She bought a little fish;
She put it in a crystal bowl
Upon a golden dish.
An hour she sat in wonderment
And watched its silver gleam,
And then she gently took it up
And slipped it in a stream. ..."


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Make Your Own Miniature Fairy Book Craft




Rather than illustrate just one part of the poem, my daughter decided to draw pictures for all the verses. Inspired by the creative make-your-own miniature books at DYI Dollhouse Miniatures, I designed a miniature "A Fairy Went A-Marketing" book for her to illustrate. She's still not entirely finished coloring her artwork but you can see her progress below. Working in miniature is a challenging task for a kindergartener, but she's a patient artist and not one to turn down a challenge. Now her fairies have their own fairy-sized book to read!

If you'd like to make your own, visit Google docs to print the miniature book template [pdf] I designed for this book. If you need assembly instructions follow the ones at DYI Dollhouse Miniatures. Just a little warning though -- making mini books is a rather addictive hobby! (Please let me know if you have trouble printing or if the formatting doesn't look right.)







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Each week in April we hope you'll consider reading a poem (any poem, not just the one we have featured) with your child and then encourage your child to create an illustration based on the poem. This type of creative activity helps your child more thoroughly understand the poem and interpret it in his or her own way. If you would like to participate, please refer the original Kids' Poetry Challenge post and read the guidelines.

***Note: A few readers have mentioned that their child does not really like drawing or is not old enough to draw anything recognizable. If you prefer, please feel free to just post a favorite poem you shared with your child this week. Remember to only post a portion of the poem to avoid copyright issues.

We've tried to make it very simple for everyone to participate. Reading a poem together only takes a few minutes. The link-up will remain open all week long. Post the picture and accompanying text any day of the week and, if you have the time, stop by and visit the other participants' posts.

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Read Explore Learn This week's Poetry Friday is hosted by Book Aunt. Head over to her blog for more poetry posts and consider joining the Poetry Friday link-up. Link up your Friday book posts at Little Sprout Books' Feed Me Books Friday and JDaniel4's Mom Read Explore Learn. For more creative crafts, visit Katie's Nesting Spot's Crafty Soiree.

I am an Amazon affiliate and may receive a very small commission for products purchased through my Amazon links. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Good Night, Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann [Book Review and Giveaway] plus a Sea Otter Craft

Getting the kids to bed on time sometimes seems like an impossible task. By the time we eat, finish with the baths, brush teeth and read a few books, it's already time for bed. Then the creative delays begin. "I need a drink of water. I need to say good night to the cat." Both kids have even tried to hide their blankies in an attempt to postpone bedtime. We're pretty firm parents and stall tactics don't work long here, but the minutes still add up and invariably time sneaks by. Author Janet Halfmann, with four kids and four grandkids, knows about all the bedtime tricks. In her newest book, a cute little sea otter tries to delay his bedtime, but eventually he drifts off to sleep.

Good Night, Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Wish Williams. Star Bright Books (September 2010); ISBN 9781595722546; 32 pages
Book Source: Review copy from publisher

"Then it was bedtime, but Little Sea Otter wasn't ready to sleep."

Against a colorful sunset sky, Little Sea Otter and his mama prepare for bedtime. But before he falls asleep, Little Sea Otter must say goodnight to all the creatures above and below the ocean. First he speaks to the harbor seals, sea lions and a seagull and then he dips his head below water and wishes fish, sea urchins and others a good night. As the stars twinkle above and the sea sings a soft lullaby, Little Sea Otter says his final "Good Night" while his mom wraps them both in ribbons of kelp, anchoring them safely for the evening.

Reading this gentle and sweet story to a child is the perfect way to end the day. Little Sea Otter's pleasant waves of goodbyes, one after one, will relax and comfort readers like the murmur of sea waves. Wish Williams surrounds Little Sea Otter in a dreamy rainbow of sea colors. At one point, kids get a chance to point out orange, yellow and purple fish. His illustrations provide a lovely backdrop for the story. The beautiful sunset sky gradually darkens and eventually stars appear. The sea looks quiet and calm. I especially love that Janet Halfmann briefly mentions how Sea otters use kelp as anchors while sleeping. The brief educational moments paired with images of the adorable mama and baby sea otter make this a worthwhile and enjoyable bedtime read perfect for toddlers to early elementary-aged children.

Related Links:
Janet Halfmann - Author Website
Sea Otter Facts, Video and Sound on Defenders.org




♈ ♈ ♈ ♈ Sea Otter and Kelp Craft ♈ ♈ ♈ ♈

Earth Day is a good time to consider the consequences of our daily actions and to learn about ways we can live greener so that we can lessen pollution, including the pollution in our oceans, lakes and waterways. Did you realize that sea otters are a federally listed threatened species? Heavy hunting almost wiped out the species and now their health is threatened by various illnesses possibly caused by ocean contaminants. Defenders.org organizes a Sea Otter Awareness Week every year in September. We used the Sea Otter - Fact Sheet and Coloring Page from Defenders of Wildlife in today's Sea Otter and Kelp Craft.

I thought we'd repurpose a small piece of bubble wrap by using it for a craft. I've been meaning to make bubble wrap prints with my kids for a while now. The bubble wrap print makes a nice ocean background. To make a print my son painted a piece of bubble wrap and then pressed a piece of paper on top of the paint. After the ocean print dried, he colored a picture of a sea otter, added some google eyes and then he glued the picture to the ocean print. He also glued on a few tissue paper kelp leaves around the sea otter. Sea otters wrap themselves in kelp when resting to keep from drifting away.




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A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Add your kids craft post to the Kid's Get Crafty linky at Red Ted Art's Blog. Join in Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word. Show off your ideas at ABC & 123 Show and Tell. Wrote a post about play? Join the It's Playtime party! Find more great book tie-ins at JDaniel4's Mom Read, Explore, Learn link-up.



Janet Halfmann and Star Bright Books have kindly offered to giveaway a signed copy of Good Night, Little Sea Otter.

To enter this contest, visit either Janet Halfmann's website or Star Bright Books and leave a comment with the name another book that you'd like to read.

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