• Chrysanthemum

    by Kevin Henkes Year Published: 1991 Children's Picture Book
    The plot deals with a young mouse named Chrysanthemum, who loves her long name until a girl named Victoria and her friends, Rita and Jo, tease her about it. However, a pregnant music teacher (named Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle) defends her, saying how a lot of people have long names. Chrysanthemum's family comforts her as well. At the end of the story, Mrs. Twinkle gives birth to a girl and decides to name her Chrysanthemum, too. 
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  • The Giving Tree

    by Shel Silverstein Year Published: 1964 Children's Picture Book
    The book follows the life of a female apple tree and a boy who are able to communicate with each other; the tree addresses the human as "Boy" his entire life. In his childhood, the boy enjoys playing with the tree, climbing her trunk, swinging from her branches, and eating her apples. However, as time passes he starts to exploit the tree.
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  • The Grouchy Ladybug

    by Eric Carle Year Published: 1977 Children's Picture Book
    The story is about an arrogant ladybug who challenges another ladybug to a fight over some aphids but then decides he isn't large enough to be worth fighting. He then travels around the world and encounters a series of increasingly larger animals, challenging each to a fight but then declining and looking for a larger animal. Eventually, he encounters a blue whale, who slaps him with his tail and sends him flying back to where he started. He then decides to be nice and share the aphids with the fellow ladybug.
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  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    by Eric Carle Year Published: 1969 Children's Picture Book
    It features a caterpillar who eats its way through a wide variety of foodstuffs before pupating and emerging as a butterfly.
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