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Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise by Gene Luen Yang
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Chi's Sweet Home 02 by Kanata Konami
Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi
Doctor Who: The Forgotten by Tony Lee
Empire State: A Love Story (or Not) by Jason Shiga
The Eternal Hourglass by Erica Kirov
Gem by Holly Hobbie
The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi
The Last Suppers (audio) by Diane Mott Davidson
The Locket by Stacey Jay
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Keeper by Kathi Appelt
On a Windy Night by Nancy Raines Day
One Of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Piece of Mind by Rob Reger
The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Red Cat, Blue Cat by Jenni Desmond
Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan
Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
The Shadows by Jacqueline West
Son of Slappy by R.L. Stine
Sophie and the Next-Door Monsters by Chris Case
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Stuck on Earth by David Klass
To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel
The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella
Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
Who's There? by Carole Lexa Schaefer

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Gem: 03/11/13

cover art

Holly Hobbie is one of those real life people who has transcended her worldly existence into becoming a fictional icon. This began, of course, with her Holly Hobbbie drawings which in turn became Holly Hobbie and friends characters whom filled my ever waking thought when I was in preschool through to about second grade. Now as an adult, I have rediscovered Holly Hobbie, the author and illustrator through her more recently published books such as Everything But the Horse and Gem.

Gem is a wordless picture book that is introduced with a letter from "Gram" where she asks her grand-daughter to imagine a spring day adventure, even though it's still the middle of a harsh winter. What follows, all in pictures, is the adventure of a determined toad.

While Everything But the Horse is autobiographical and rather wordy, Gem is just Hobbie's delightful watercolors. They are so intricate and yet whimsical. They capture so perfectly those little moments in a garden. The toad's journey through the garden provides a tour through flower beds, puddles, tall grasses and all number of other scenery.

Five stars

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