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Dorothy's List: 'I'm Just No Good At Rhyming' Offers Humorous Poetry For All Ages

At Guilford Central School, the entire school – kindergarten through sixth grade – gets together for Community Music Time. Sometimes musicians from the greater community come in to perform. But on the day Dorothy's List was there, it was small ensembles of sixth graders who took the spotlight to highlight a book they'd read.

Dorothy's List: 'I'm Just No Good At Rhyming' Offers Humorous Poetry For All Ages

Dorothy's List: US-Iran Relations Set Stage For Historical Novel 'It Ain't So Awful, Falafel'

At the Orchard Elementary School in South Burlington, students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. In fact, about a third of the students speak a language other than English at home. Last fall, a group of Orchard fifth-graders gathered to discuss It Ain't So Awful, Falafel, a novel about an Iranian-born girl living in California in the late 1970s and early 1980s – much like author Firoozeh Dumas.

Dorothy's List: US-Iran Relations Set Stage For Historical Novel 'It Ain't So Awful, Falafel'

Dorothy's List: 'Lost In The Pacific, 1942' Recounts A Tense — And True — Survival Story

Westford Elementary School students have broken up into small groups, clustered around library tables — but in this case, the tables are figurative life rafts. The students are discovering a nearly-forgotten piece of history, as they dive into the nonfiction book Lost in the Pacific, 1942 by Vermont author Tod Olson .

Dorothy's List: 'Lost In The Pacific, 1942' Recounts A Tense — And True — Survival Story

Dorothy's List: 'The Inquisitor's Tale' Takes Readers On Magical Adventure In The Middle Ages

Readers at the Neshobe School in Brandon are really getting into Adam Gidwitz 's book The Inquisitor's Tale, which takes place in the Middle Ages — meaning that with the help of imagination and technology, they are literally putting themselves into the narrative.

Dorothy's List: 'The Inquisitor's Tale' Takes Readers On Magical Adventure In The Middle Ages

Dorothy's List: A Magical Tale Takes Flight In 'The Girl Who Drank The Moon'

Students at Dover Elementary are trying their hands at making origami birds. Paper birds like these play an interesting role in Kelly Barnhill 's fantastical novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon . The birds in the book are magical, and they can be both helpful and vicious.

Dorothy's List: A Magical Tale Takes Flight In 'The Girl Who Drank The Moon'

Dorothy's List: 'The Littlest Bigfoot' Tackles Feelings Of Not Fitting In

If you were listening closely a few weeks ago in northern Vermont, you may have heard what sounded like a secret colony of "Bigfoots." But no, it was just a group of Hyde Park Elementary School students acting like the characters in The Littlest Bigfoot.

Dorothy's List: 'The Littlest Bigfoot' Tackles Feelings Of Not Fitting In

Dorothy's List: Friends Come In Many Forms In 'When Friendship Followed Me Home'

A four-legged friend stopped by to spend time with first and fifth grade reading buddies at Chamberlin School in South Burlington — a timely visit, as the older students had recently read about a supportive dog in Paul Griffin 's novel When Friendship Followed Me Home.

Dorothy's List: Friends Come In Many Forms In 'When Friendship Followed Me Home'

Dorothy's List: Spooky Secrets Lurk Throughout 'The Inn Between'

About a hundred students from elementary schools in Swanton, Highgate and Sheldon packed into the children's room of the Swanton Public Library on a recent Friday the 13th — a fitting date to welcome author Marina Cohen to talk about her spooky novel The Inn Between.

Dorothy's List: Stranded On An Island, 'The Wild Robot' Discovers A Strange New World

In the book The Wild Robot , a robot named Roz washes up on a remote island and must learn survival skills. Northfield Elementary School students recently gathered in their school library to show off what they learned about the book by way of a friendly trivia competition.

Dorothy's List: Stranded On An Island, 'The Wild Robot' Discovers A Strange New World

Dorothy's List: WWII Novel 'The War That Saved My Life' Addresses Child Abuse

The War That Saved My Life, by author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, is a World War II-era story about a girl and her brother who have a chance to escape their cruel childhood when London is evacuated during the war.

Dorothy's List: WWII Novel 'The War That Saved My Life' Addresses Child Abuse

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