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Chicken Spaghetti's 2005 Favorites

The year 2005 was a wonderful year of reading, so it was hard to narrow down the list to the 20 or so books that you'll find on the right. Most of them I mentioned during the year on the blog; you'll notice that not all were published during the last twelve months. In fact, Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man goes back to 1963.

The three that I hadn't yet talked about are Anastasia Suen's Raise the Roof!, a jolly picture book (illustrated by Elwood H. Smith) about house-building, which would be good for preschoolers and beginning readers; the late Barbara Knutson's Love and Roast Chicken, a trickster tale from South America, starring a guinea pig; and Mordicai Gerstein's story The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, about the amazing time Philippe Petit strung a tight-rope between the two sky-high World Trade Center buildings and walked across it.

So, I made the short list, which isn't that short, and my son cast the vote for the three top winners: Knuffle Bunny, Hiawyn Orem's adaptation of C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Caves: Mysteries Beneath Our Feet.

Happy New Year, everyone, and onward to 2006!

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Garter snakes? Llamas? Roast chicken? Looks like I've got some reading to do -- thanks for the recommendations!

Thanks so much for adding my book to your blog!

You're welcome!

Anastasia, reading "Raise the Roof!" was a fun part of our summer. I want to get it again for my boy now that he can read a bit himself.

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