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Editors' Picks: Week of February 22, 2021

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Ten Little Dumplings

Ten Little Dumplings

by Larissa Fan
illustrated by Cindy Wume
edition:Hardcover

If one son is lucky, then ten must be great luck indeed! But where does that leave an only daughter? Based on a true family story, this inspiring picture book about a different perspective tells the tale of a girl determined to be seen, who finds her own voice and makes her own luck.

In the city of Fengfu, there lives a very special family -- special because they have ten sons who do everything together. Their parents call them their ten little dumplings, as both sons and dumplings are auspicious …

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Toucania

Toucania

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Intrepid adventurer Amelia finally gets a chance to explore the legendary island of Toucania, following in her grandfather’s footsteps. There she will get to observe the strange creatures that he used to tell her about as she drifted to sleep. Belicorns, chimpanthers and firebats have filled her dreams for years and now she has a chance to see them for herself. But Amelia must get to the island quickly! Otherwise Toucania will soon vanish back into the dense fog that keeps it hidden for decade …

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The Aquanaut

The Aquanaut

by Jill Heinerth
illustrated by Jaime Kim
edition:Hardcover

Written by an award-winning aquanaut and with art by a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator, this inspiring picture book encourages readers to explore their world, build their self-esteem and imagine what they can do and become when they grow up.

When I was young, the world seemed too dangerous. Everything was too hard. I was too young. Places were too far away. But that was okay because I had a big imagination . . .

Through beautiful, spare text, Jill Heinerth tells her story about a girl w …

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Outside Art

Outside Art

edition:Hardcover

Join a curious pack of woodland animals as they try to understand what art is and create their own in this beautiful, playful picture book.

Pine Marten loves watching Human doing peculiar things in its log nest in the woods. One day, she notices Human putting colors on a board using a furry stick. Pine Marten learns from Chickadee that Human is actually "an artist" and is busy "making art." But what is art?

Soon all of the animals in the forest are wondering: why is Human doing this? Is it a warn …

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Snooze-O-Rama

Snooze-O-Rama

The Strange Ways That Animals Sleep
by Maria Birmingham
illustrated by Kyle Reed
edition:Hardcover

Discover the strange – and sometimes familiar – ways animals settle down for bed
While you brush your teeth and turn out the light, animals all over the world are getting ready for bed in their own unique ways. Otters snuggle under seaweed blankets, plump walruses use their throat pouches as pillows, and just like putting on pajamas, parrotfish cover themselves with a coat of slime before bed.
Drawing on scientific research, this nonfiction book for young readers playfully compares the wa …

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On the Other Side of the Forest

On the Other Side of the Forest

by Nadine Robert
illustrated by Gerard DuBois
edition:Hardcover

What’s on the other side of the forest? A young rabbit and his father are determined to find out in this modern picture book that feels like a classic, calling to mind the tender work of Beatrix Potter.

Some say that wolves, ogres, and giant badgers live in the forest beside Arthur’s house. That’s why no one ever goes in there, to see what’s on the other side. But one day, Arthur’s dad has an idea—a magnificent idea! Build a tower to look over the treetops! But a magnificent idea take …

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Is This Panama?

Is This Panama?

A Migration Story
by Jan Thornhill
illustrated by Soyeon Kim
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
tagged : birds, weather

When Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it's time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there's one problem — where's Panama?

All the other warblers having left without him, Sammy sets off on his journey by himself, stopping to ask the same question of each of the different animals that he meets along the way: "Is this Panama?"

From the caribou heading to his winter forest to the monarch butte …

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Anonymouse

Anonymouse

by Vikki VanSickle
illustrated by Anna Pirolli
edition:Hardcover

Animal-friendly street art is popping up all over the city, but who is creating these masterpieces? There is no explanation, only a name: Anonymouse. For fans of Sidewalk Flowers and Art & Max.

Art for the birds.
Art for the ants.
Art for the dogs, cats and raccoons.
Art to make them laugh, make them think, make them feel at home.
But who is creating it?
Only Anonymouse knows for sure . . .

This clever tale mixes street art, animals and gorgeous illustrations to create a meditation on how art …

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