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Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees
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Noted poet Lee Bennett Hopkins has edited or authored numerous books for children, including the I Can Read Books Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees; A Pet for Me: Poems; and the ALA Notable Children's Book Surprises. The recipient of a Christopher Award and the University of Southern Mississippi's Medallion for "lasting contributions to children's literature," Mr. Hopkins lives in Florida. Sachiko Yoshikawa moved to the U.S. from Japan in 1988 to study art. She has lived in California, Arizona, Oregon, East Africa and currently, in Washington state. She is the illustrator of What is Science? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

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K-Gr 3-Lighthearted verses provide a sense of wonder and joy with such age-old topics as backpacks, lunch bags, and erasers. Poets include Alice Schertle, J. Patrick Lewis, and David L. Harrison. Yoshikawa's bright cartoons are ebullient. Bruce Lansky's No More Homework! No More Tests! (Meadowbrook, 1997) is similar in tone, but Hamsters is for newly independent readers.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Targeted straight to emerging readers . . . these reassuring poems will find an accepting audience among both young and listeners."----ALA Booklist

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