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Books in Joanna Colter Books series

  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born Board Book

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

    Board book (HarperFestival, April 17, 1999)
    Tell me again about the night I was born.Tell me again how you would adopt me and be my parents.Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms. Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, author and illustrator of the best-selling When I Was Little: A Four Year Old's Memoir of Her Youth, have joined together again to create a fresh new picture book for every parent and every child. In asking her parents to tell her again about the night of her birth, a young girl shows that it is a cherished tale she knows by heart. Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a unique, exuberant story about adoption and about the importance of a loving family.
  • When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

    Board book (HarperFestival, April 17, 1999)
    "When I was little, I could hardly do anything. But now I can do lots of things, like braid my own hair and go to nmusery school. I'm not a baby anymore. I'm me!"Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell perfectly capture a little girl's simple, childlike celebration of herself, as she looks back on her childhood from the lofty height of four and a half years. This spirited view of growing up is perfect for the youngest readers.
  • Wringer

    Jerry Spinelli

    Library Binding (HarperCollins, Sept. 12, 1997)
    Newbery Honor Book * ALA Notable Children's Book "Deeply felt. Presents a moral question with great care and sensitivity." —The New York Times"A spellbinding story about rites of passage." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)"A realistic story with the intensity of a fable." —The Horn Book (starred review)"Thought-provoking." —School Library Journal (starred review)In Palmer LaRue's hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy's life. But for Palmer, his tenth birthday is not something to look forward to, but something to dread. Then one day, a visitor appears on his windowsill, and Palmer knows that this, more than anything else, is a sign that his time is up. Somehow, he must learn how to stop being afraid and stand up for what he believes in.Wringer is a powerful tour de force from Newbery Medal winner Jerry Spinelli.
  • Seedfolks

    Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen

    Library Binding (Perfection Learning, April 1, 1999)
    A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden. Especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise: To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha's heart with a harvest of tomatoes; to Virgil's dad, who sees a fortune to be made from growing lettuce; and even to Maricela, sixteen and pregnant, wishing she were dead. Thirteen very different voices -- old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful -- tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood. Chosen as a state and citywide read in communities across the country: Vermont Racine, WI Tampa, FL Newburgh, NY Boca Raton, FL
  • Seedfolks

    Paul Fleischman, Judy Pedersen

    School & Library Binding (Turtleback Books, Dec. 14, 2004)
    FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.
  • The Daydreamer

    Ian Mcewan, Anthony Browne

    Paperback (HarperCollins, Dec. 1, 2002)
    Peter Fortune, an imaginative ten-year-old boy who is best understood by his family, recounts some of the adventures he has while daydreaming. Reprint.
  • Painting the Wind

    Patricia & Emily MacLachlan, Katy Schneider

    Paperback (HarperCollins, April 25, 2006)
    A moving and beautifully illustrated book about summer on one special island. Bestselling author Patricia MacLachlan teams up with her daughter Emily to create this evocative story of a boy and his dog, waiting for summer, waiting to learn from the artists who come to his island. With beautiful paintings by Katy Schneider, this book captures those perfect moments that only summer in a place that you love can offer.
  • Love That Dog

    Sharon Creech

    Paperback (HarperCollins, March 1, 2001)
    Jack Room 105 -- Miss Stretchberry September 13 I don't want to because boys don't write poetry. Girls do. Meet Jack, who tells his story with a little help from some paper, a pencil, his teacher, and a dog named Sky.