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Dessert Schneider has her very own personal style. But sometimes walking to the beat of her own drum means walking right into a heap of mischief, especially when it comes to the legendary family recipe (and Dessert's all-time favorite treat), Grandma Reine's Double-Decker Chocolate Bars. As the oldest in a rambunctious, restaurant-owning family, with a four-year-old sister who is going through a "phase" and two little brothers called "the Beasties," Dessert seems to be better at getting into trouble than getting out of it. And that's because for this eight-year-old, saying sorry is definitely not a piece o'cake!
Molly hates rainy days. The gray sky, the soggy wait for the school bus, they seem to make everyone grumpy. Everyone except her friend Sophie, who shows Molly the magic she has been missing.The simple, poetic language in this lovely book takes readers on a journey from the girls' first tentative steps into the drizzle to a rain-drenched romp in a puddle. The lyrical text is perfectly matched by the joyful watercolor paintings, which capture not only the color and beauty of a rainy day, but the warm interactions of the girls' blossoming friendship. An exuberant homage to finding pleasure where it's unexpected, the power of imagination, and the joys of friendship, I Love the Rain will have readers singing, "Sun, sun, go away!"
In the latest installment of this funny foodie series, eight-year-old Dessert and her friends are exposed to a highly contagious disease--the Annoying Sibling Disease. It's up to her to come up with a plan to stop this deadly disease, and when her class embarks on a study of the American Revolution, Mrs. Howdy Doody inspires Dessert to form a club and fight back. But as president of the Annoying Siblings Club, Dessert bites off a little more than she can chew, and in the end, she learns that to have a good friend or sibling, she has to be one.
With virtually no warning, it seems like Dessert's life story is being written in invisible ink. Nobody in the Schneider house seems to remember she exists. Her school picture hanging on the fridge? Covered. The promise of burritos? Forgotten. And her baby brother doesn't even know her name. (He calls her "dirt.") Dessert wants to get back on her family's radar...but how? Let there be lightbulbs! All Dessert has to do is win the Thomas Edison Contest at her school, which will be a piece o' cake. Dessert knows that when she comes home with the winner's trophy, her family is sure to take notice--and remember how spectacular she really is. Big ideas come easy for Dessert...but disappointments can hit hard. Will there be a Lightbulb Lemon Fondue at the end of the tunnel?
Touche L'Engle-Franklin is confused: Her mistress goes away for several days and then returns with another dog. But this dog doesn't have a tail. She doesn't have much hair. And she never has to go outside when it's raining. What on earth could the family want with that inferior breed known as Baby? Based on the true tale of her own poodle's experience coping with a new baby in the house, Newbery-winning author Madeleine L'Engle gives this familiar domestic drama an utterly charming new twist. Tongue-in-cheek wit, endearing illustrations, and a revealing author's note make this a publishing event to celebrate.
It's almost Christmas, and for Geraldine that means it's time for snowflakes, presents, and decorations galore. When her mom suggests that their family exchange homemade gifts this year, Gerry gets to work in her Very Fairy Princess Workshop crafting perfect presents that will show everyone how much she thinks they sparkle. With full-color illustrations throughout, this leveled reader is perfect for Very Fairy Princess fans who are ready to take the next step beyond picture books.
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