New Animal Stories

I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

If one of your friends came up to you and told you there was a man-eating shark in Lake Michigan, right off the shore of Highland Park, you'd probably laugh at them. That's what happened when Chet, a ten year old boy living in New Jersey in 1916, sees a shark fin in the river near his house. But no one believes him. A few days later, Chet hears about a shark attacking a person just up the coast - but his friends don't believe that either - there's no way a shark would ever attack a person. But Chet knows what he saw in the river, and he believes the newspaper story. How can he stop his friends from continuing to swim in the river?

(Based on a True Story)

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Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

Bud the dog has a good life. He has his things and his routine and he likes it that way. Then Zorro comes along. Zorro is bossy and doesn't share (but Bud can be grumpy and selfish too).  Can these two dogs find ANYTHING they have in common and become friends?

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I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems

Reading Level: Ages 3-7

When Gerald breaks his trunk, Piggie wonders how it happened. But if you know Gerald at all, you'll know that isn't a simple story to tell!

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