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Tito Puente, Mambo King is a terrific bilingual picture book biography. The artwork really shines along with the use of onomatopoeia that brings alive the sound of this percussion legend.
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea is the second of a well received early reader series featuring seven year old animal lover Lulu and her best friend Mellie. This book has the friends and family visiting the beach and encountering a vagabond dog. Lulu can't resist animals in need so she is determined to befriend one who has been described as a menace. The two Lulu books are great for second grade readers.
Picture a Tree, you will have a much broader view of trees. Barbara Reid's Plastacine artwork brings a 3D effect that is very attractive. This would be a great text to use to teach young writers about verbs. It would also be an excellent companion to A Leaf Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas.