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Library Dragon Scuba FishThe Library Dragon
Written by Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrated by Michael P. White

When Sunrise Elementary School advertised for a thick-skinned librarian with a burning love of books, Miss Lotta Scales knew she was perfect for the job. Who could guard books better than a REAL dragon?

"She kept a fiery eye out to make sure no one removed any books from the shelves.... The very thought of sticky little fingerstouching and clutching, pawing and clawing, smearing and tearing her precious books just made her hot under the collar."

The teachers, singed and scorched, formed a delegation. But not even sweet Miss Lemon could convince Miss Lotta Scales that "the library belongs to the children."

Fortunately, nearsighted Molly Rickmeyer stumbles into a copy of Snuff the Magic Dragon and reads the tale out loud. Her storytelling beckons the children back to the library and brings them face to face with the Library Dragon. Can an open book temper the flames of the school's hot-headed librarian?
Library Dragon Doll Based on the illustrations created for the book by Michael P. White, the Library Dragon is also available in a colorful, all-cotton, 12-inch flip doll. Held one way, children encounter Miss Lotta Scales the dragon, in a long yellow dress, complete with fangs, iridescent wings, and a tail. Turn the doll upside down, and the dragon is transformed into the smiling, kind-hearted Miss Lotty complete with beehive hair-do.

Purchase Library Dragon and the Library Dragon Doll from Peachtree Publishers.

The Secret of Old Zeb The Secret of Old Zeb
Written by Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrated by Michael P. White

Walter Higgins is a scrappy child with a great imagination, yet is still not quite sure of himself. In fact, he feels lost when he is shipped off to Boston to visit his unknown Great Aunt Hortensia ("the Warden") while his parents pursue their own dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Walter feels he is in for the worst summer ever. But then he befriends a mysterious neighbor, Old Zeb, a lonely, grizzled sailor who builds ships in bottles. And deep in the cavernous confines of the cellar, Old Zeb lets Walter in on the Great Secret Project and his lifelong dream.

All summer Water works faithfully on the Great Secret Project with Zeb and little by little, Old Zeb and Walter's unexpectedly wise Great Aunt Hortensia push him to realize his own dreams -- "climb his own Kilimanjaro -- and discover the magic that can be released when one reaches for the stars.

Purchase The Secret of Old Zeb from Peachtree Publishers.

Harriet's Horrible Hair Day Harriet's Horrible Hair Day
Written by Dawn Lesley Stewart
Illustrated by Michael P. White

When Harriet's sister offers to fix the rebellious curl, the three of them launch into a series of outrageous, hair-raising schemes to tame Harriet's wayward ringlet. Despite their best efforts, though, two... three... four... and still more curls break loose. Soon the yard and the house are a wreck, poor Harriet is exhausted, and her head is covered in curls.

Purchase Harriet's Horrible Hair Day from Peachtree Publishers.

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