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LOVE THAT LINE #6

“Where are the GIRLS?”

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GRACE FOR PRESIDENT

by Kelly DiPucchio

I hope these words get uttered every time a young girl sees a picture of the former presidents. My wish is that all girls believe they can be whatever they want to be and that Grace’s question soon becomes a thing of the past. Moxie!

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LOVE THAT LINE #5

“So when the sun rose in the sky, I thought I’d give it one more try.”

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by Al Perkins

I love this line because it’s encouraging. Although Duke struggles to dig and almost gives up, he wakes up on a bright sunny, (optimistic) day and gives digging another shot and succeeds! Most kids assume all dogs can dig, but Duke reminds the readers that sometimes what might seem easy to one person (or dog) , may take more effort for another. Could be titled Doggedest Dog. Motivating!

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LOVE THAT LINE #4

“You are only a small girl.”

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SPARROW GIRL

by Sara Pennypacker

This line resonates with me because so many times, children, as well as adults, fail to understand that their efforts, as a single, maybe “small” person, can and DO make a difference. Although Ming-Li is a small girl, what she does is so big that even the “big” people are impressed. After reading this book, all should hesitate before ever asking “I’m only one person, how can I make a difference?” Humbling!

Fabulous Finishes

FABULOUS FINISHES #3

the trouble with cauliflower

by Jane Sutton

Even though Mortimer tells his friend Sadie that whenever he eats cauliflower he has bad luck the next day, he eats some anyway and of course, has bad luck the next day.  Sadie, trying to rid Mortimer of his superstition, tricks him into eating cauliflower again. This time, however, he has a great day the next day. After she explains to him that the only reason he had a bad day was because he expected to have one, Mortimer believes her and orders pizza with cauliflower on it. But, in the end when Sadie suggests they go get some lemonade, Mortimer tells her he can’t because every time he drinks lemonade it starts to rain. Great loop!

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LOVE THAT LINE #3

“When we have a problem we must choose what we will be.”

BIG MOON TORTILLA

by Joy Cowley

This line reminds readers that although we may not always choose our circumstance, we can always choose our reaction to the circumstance. Instead of just addressing Marta’s current situation, the grandma encourages Marta to see with a more global perspective and  leaves us all with words to live by.Wise words from a wise grandma. Insightful!

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FABULOUS FINISHES #2

ANIMAL STRIKE AT THE ZOO

By Karma Wilson

The story which describes the chaos that ensues at the zoo when the animals go on strike, eventually fixes itself when little Sue visits the zoo and starts to cry.  However, the ending, so clever, goes as follows: “But… The bear at the circus won’t pedal his bike. Uh-oh. He says he’s on strike.” One problem gets resolved but another, similar problem begins. Great lead!

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LOVE THAT LINE #2

“Once I started pulling things out of my heart it was hard to stop.”

THE BEST STORY

by Eileen Spinelli

This story, beautifully, yet, humorously demonstrates the importance of writing your own story. Reminding the writer: if you write something you’re passionate about, the ideas will flow and fill the page(s). Genuine!

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FABULOUS FINISHES #1

APPLE TROUBLE

by Ragnhild Scamell

Just as this little hedgehog finishes building her nest under the old apple tree, an apple falls off and gets stuck on her back. Throughout the story, she seeks the help of others to get the apple off, but instead winds up getting even more things stuck . Not until a hungry goat eats the things from her back is the hedgehog able to fit in her nest. In the end, the wind blows another apple off the tree, but this time the apple doesn’t land on hedgehog because she is safe in her nest.  An apple falling in the beginning and an apple falling again in the end, wraps a nice bow around this story.  Great loop!