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Children's LiteratureThis rich compilation of hard-to-believe and exciting articles that all appeared in the New York Times is an enjoyable arrangement of real-life stories. Not only fun to read, these stories also educate readers on their own humanity. This book includes sections on such subjects as sports, language, families, animals, and faraway places. The wide variety of topics will appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Adults as well as children will find themselves re-reading and talking about them for a long time. The stories offer anecdotes that impact our lives because they touch our humanity. The book features ironic and humorous stories, such as the one about the twins separated at birth who reunite in college. There's also a story about a five-year-old who drives his mother's car safely with his baby sister in the car. Ironically, he was obeying all of the traffic rules and was pulled over by a police officer only because he was so short that the vehicle appeared to be unmanned. This story appeals to many people because of its unique circumstances and humor. There's a story about one young woman who beat the odds to graduate with honors from Harvard. These are just a few of the stories that make this collection memorable. Readers will find the tales within this compilation very inspiring and will want to share them with everyone. 2004, St Martin's Griffin, Ages 12 up.
—Kara E. Nichols