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When Mirabel's valentines fall out of her bag on the way to school, the shy little mouse panics. But those lost cards brighten some days . . . before making their way back to her. This sweetly inspiring story of a timid mouse stepping outside her comfort zone is a winner. Great for Valentine's or any day. --School Library Journal Mirabel was very shy. She'd always been that way. She trembled at the thought of giving Valentines away. Poor Mirabel! It's almost Valentine's Day and the shy little mouse trembles at the thought of giving cards away. Yet she carefully crafts her valentines, drawing a heart on every one. In the morning, Mirabel forces herself to hurry to school. But, in her nervousness, she doesn't notice her bag becoming lighter and lighter: her valentines are falling out! By the time she realizes what's happened, they're all gone. It turns out, though, that these lost valentines bring joy into the lives of all who find them. Then, with her valentines back in her pack, and some newfound friends, she musters up the courage to celebrate the holiday after all! This wonderful tale of overcoming insecurity will make its way to the hearts of all young readers.
Throughout our world's oceans live wild animals that swim, leap, and dive through the pages of this charming title. The photography in this book presents young readers with a foundation for learning basic counting skills while discovering some magnificent ocean animals. The marine life captured on each page portray familiar favourites along with a few lesser-known, but still amazing, animals. Lyrical text about each creature is both lively and thought-provoking. Did You Know facts accompany each spread to add both fun and fascinating titbits about each creature. Fact boxes in the back of the book include information about the animals' homes, sizes, diets, predators, and babies. The book ends with an interactive map and a brief and inspirational note from National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry. A glossary helps kids expand their vocabulary, and a list of books and websites for further reading help jump-start more discovery.