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Ride a Pale Horse
Helen MacInnes
The Samurai's Wife
Laura Joh Rowland
An Extraordinary Egg - Leo Lionni I really liked An Extraordinary Egg, but I am such a huge Fish is Fish fan (one of my favorite books from my childhood), that I will pretty much love anything by Leo Lionni. My niece and nephew seemed to think this book was ok, but neither of them was particularly impressed with it. They were both so hung up on the fact that the "chicken" was really a crocodile, that they weren't able to see the humor in the story. I think they were mostly annoyed that the frogs didn't know a chicken from a crocodile--anyone ought to know the difference between a bird and a reptilian eating machine, after all. This is what happens when the kids you're reading to are logical and literal; sometimes jocularity is just completely lost on them.