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Am I Yours?












Am I Yours?
by Alex Latimer
Peachtree, 2018

Two hundred million years ago, in the age of dinosaurs, a great wind pushed an egg out of its nest. It rolled far down the hill until it landed in the valley.  No one stopped to claim the egg, so the dino inside the egg started asking, “Excuse me, please, but am I yours?  One by one each dinosaur asked if it had body parts that matched his or her own body parts, long neck, three horns, a crest, etc.  Until the sun sets…and they see its profile and they know exactly who the egg belongs to.

This story seems to speak to that part of a child that wants to know it belongs.  A lovely story.

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Exclamation Mark

Exclamation Mark
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Scholastic Press, 2013

Using periods, questions, and exclamation marks, authors Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld speak to the hearts of those who feel left out and alone.

Exclamation Mark tries to conform and fit in with the other sentence endings, like periods.  But the only time he feels he fits in is when he’s asleep and his tall mark is resting on its side, pretty much invisible to the others.  Confused, he even thinks of running away.  But then a question mark shows up and rattles off so many questions that Exclamation Mark’s true nature comes out and he shouts, “Stop!”  He likes that feeling.  He tries it again with a Hi!, then again with a Howdy!, and then he tries out his newly discovered powers with all kinds of exclamations.  He returns to the other sentence endings and shows them what ‘he’ can do.  A story so simple, yet so clever.  A delight even for parents to read.

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