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EricaG

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This F Caldecott honor book, written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown that would be perfect for a RA, especially around Halloween. The story is about Jasper Rabbit who loves carrots, especially the ones from Crackenhooper Field. He couldn‘t get enough of them, until they started following him. http://deannajump.com/creepy-carrots-read-aloud-lessons/

EricaG The link gives ideas on how to use this book for making predictions, cause and effect, story structure and more. One activity is to read up to certain spot, then stop and have the students write their predictions and then they can share with the class. This would align with UDL 8.3- foster collaboration and EL 44- focus on thinking skills: predict, categorize, etc. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
KayleeC After reading the article on this book in class i have wanted to read it but haven‘t gotten the change. It‘s great that this story can be used to teach students different aspects of a story. 5y
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Hoot | Carl Hiaasen
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Hoot, a RF Newbery honor book, written by Carl Hiaasen is a great book for LC or IR for upper elementary and middle school students. The book is about a boy who moves to Coconut Cove, FL and winds up trying to stop construction of a Pancake House to save burrowing owls. I think students would enjoy reading this story because it takes place in Florida!

EricaG After reading, the teacher can show the movie and have the students compare and contrast the book and the movie. This could align with UDL 3.2 highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships and EL 45- use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast activities. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/picturing-stor... The link takes you to a scholastic lesson plan to use with the book. #UCFLAE3414F17 (edited) 5y
SarahWynne I read this book in middle school and loved it. Forgot there was a movie! Great resource and strategies! 5y
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This SF novel by Ridley Pearson is a great book for LC or IR for upper elementary or middle school students. The story is about five kids who are turned into Disney host holograms and are the key to saving Disney World. I think students would really enjoy this book, especially because it takes place right here in Orlando! https://www.scribd.com/mobile/document/215408915/Kingdom-Keepers-Teacher-s-Guide

EricaG The link provides some different ideas of how to use this book in the classroom. One of them is to hold a mock trial. After reading, students would think of the “crimes” the villains committed. Then, they would hold the trial with the students acting as the villains, judge, prosecution, defense, and the jury. They would need to research judicial procedures first, and then plan their strategies. This would meet UDL 6.2 and EL 48. #UCFLAE3414F17 (edited) 5y
DrSpalding What a fantastic way to teach about the judicial system while using a quality piece of literature. Wonderful resource. 5y
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Waiting | Kevin Henkes
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Waiting by Kevin Henkes is a Caldecott and Geisel honor book, and with it‘s beautiful illustrations this F PB would be perfect for SR with lower elementary students. It‘s about five animal friends sitting patiently on the windowsill, waiting and watching the world outside. This book could help teach young children about waiting patiently for the things you want. https://www.teachingbooks.net/media/pdf/HarperCollins/Waiting_2015.pdf

EricaG An activity from the link is to have students write about something they are waiting for and why they‘re waiting for it, and draw a picture of themselves waiting. Then, they can hang them on a window in the classroom and share with the class what they wrote about. For this, I chose UDL 8.3- foster collaboration and community and EL 16- integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. #UCFLAE3414F17 (edited) 5y
DrSpalding Such a sweet book. I'm waiting for someone to use it as a storytelling. Get it… Waiting…🤣 5y
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Who Was Dr. Seuss? | Janet Pascal
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This B chapter book by Janet Pascal is perfect to use in the classroom for AS! This book tells all about Dr. Seuss and his life, and includes illustrations and a timeline in the back of the book. Students could use this book to create presentations for an AS and then present to their classmates. This could meet UDL 7.1- optimize choice and autonomy because they can choose how to present the information. And EL 42- have students use timelines to

EricaG arrange and sequence important facts and information, they could use the timeline from the book in their presentations. http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/McMarie/who-was-dr-seuss-janet-b-pascal-... This link gives you worksheets for a book study on this book. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
Juliemorell This looks like another great biography series for children! You're right, this book could be great for an AS on dr. Suess 5y
MeghanW I also read this book and I love it and the series! It is a great way for students to read about important people in history. I think a timeline is a great way for students to organize their information. 5y
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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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This F novel written by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake, is a great choice for LC or IR, especially around Halloween. The story is about a little boy and his grandmother, and their experiences with witches. http://www.roalddahl.com/docs/Lesson1TheWitches_1435152466.pdf The link takes you to a lesson plan where students become "witchophiles" and it's there job to warn the world about witches.

EricaG The students create posters to warn people about witches and how to recognize them. Then, they present them to the class. This activity meets UDL 3.2- highlight patterns and critical features, and EL 30- encourage the use of drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
Madiwright97 This looks like a fun lesson plan, great read! 5y
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Rosie Revere, Engineer | Andrea Beaty
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Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, this RF/P PB is a New York Times bestseller and would be great for a RA. This book is about Rosie, a budding engineer, who invents gizmos that often fail. But she doesn't give up and tries to fix her mistakes. You could use this book for a poetry lesson or for STEAM subjects. https://www.andreabeaty.com/rosie-educational-resources.html

EricaG The link takes you to the authors website where she has STEM and CCSS aligned lesson plans and activities. One of the activities is for students to try to redesign the Rosie-copter in groups, to get the Rosie-copter to fall slowly to the ground by trying different strategies. 5y
EricaG This could meet UDL 6.2- support planning and strategy development and EL 32- use student pairs for team learning, especially for reports, experiments, and projects. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
jvinas2 Super cool book to post about, it was on NYT Bestseller for 70 weeks! I actually did my author study on Andrea Beaty! 5y
EricaG @jvinas2 wow 70 weeks, that‘s awesome! 5y
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This is a NF PB by Duncan Tonatiuh, that has won a Sibert honor medal, a Pura Belpre award, and an Orbis Pictus honor, and would be great for a RA. It follows the true story of Sylvia Mendez and her family's fight for desegregation 7 years before Brown vs Board of Education. http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2015/02/separate-is-never-equal/ A great writing activity to use after reading is for students to write their opinions on the subject.

EricaG Like if they think being able to attend school is important, and how they would feel if they were told they weren't allowed to attend school at all. This would meet UDL 9.3- develop self-assessment and reflection, and EL 16- integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
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Grace for President | Kelly S. DiPucchio
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This RF New York Times Best Seller P.B. written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham is perfect for a RA, especially around election time! The story is about Grace, who after finding out there has never been a woman president, decides to run for class president. After reading the book, a fun activity would be to have students compare and contrast the two candidates' campaign strategies.

EricaG This activity would meet UDL 3.2- highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. And EL 45- use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast. http://tag.rutgers.edu/grace-for-president/ The link takes you to a website with a discussion guide to use with the book. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
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This classic poetry P.B. by Dr. Seuss would be perfect in lower elementary classes for a RA, PR, or S, especially when learning about poetry and rhyming words. http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/green-eggs-and-ham The link gives a variety of ideas on how to use this book in multiple subject areas. You could use this book to teach about rhyming words and then have students create their own rhymes after reading.

ashley.v I used to love this book as a kid. It is a good book for emergent readers. 5y
EricaG The strategies I would use are UDL 3.2- highlight patterns and critical features and EL 14- simplify your speech by making it slower and more redundant, so they can hear the rhymes clearly. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
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The BFG | Roald Dahl
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The BFG, written by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake, is a great novel to use for LC or IR. The story follows Sophie, who was snatched by a giant, and their unlikely friendship. I highly recommend Roald Dahl's books because his stories suck you in and his use of silly words makes reading them even more fun! https://www.roalddahl.com/docs/BFGlessonplans_web_1467018727.pdf

EricaG The link takes you to the Roald Dahl website where there are lesson plans for all of his books. One activity mentioned on the site is for students to get in small groups and discuss adjectives that create a feeling of fear. Then they come up with a description of their own giants and can draw pictures of what they might look like. This can meet UDL 8.3- foster collaboration and EL 2- promote cooperation. #UCFLAE3414F17 (edited) 5y
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The Sign of the Beaver | Elizabeth George Speare
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This HF Newbery Honor winner and first ever winner of the Scott O'Dell Award, written by Elizabeth George Speare, is a great book to use for LC or IR for upper elementary and middle school students. The idea for this book came from a factual story that the author discovered, about a young boy who was left alone for a summer in the wilderness of 18th-century Maine, and was befriended by a Native American boy and his grandfather.

EricaG The ending of the book leave the reader wondering what happens to the characters. This gives a great opportunity for students to write their own ending to the story on what they think happens after the book ends.
https://www.teachervision.com/sign-beaver
The link lists some activities that can be used with this book.
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EricaG The writing activity meets EL 16- integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. And UDL 7.1- Optimize individual chose and autonomy because they get to choose their own ending. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
AJones I like your teaching strategies. Students will love creating their own ending. Great way to share and hear the different scenarios. 5y
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MeganMc This looks like such an amazing book. Definitely going to add it to my stack! I love the activities that you linked. 5y
MakennaK This book looks so good I'd love to read it! I also like the activity that you would do. Having kids write their own ideas and opinions is always a great idea 5y
DrSpalding I have seen local fifth grade classrooms using this book as a literature circle selection. Good choice. 5y
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This PB by Caldecott Honor winner Mo Willems is a cute book for RA that can also help teach students about manners. The Pigeon complains that he asks for things all the time, but he never gets them. But, the Duckling points out that he asked politely and that's how he got the cookie. This can help children learn about the importance of asking for things politely.

EricaG http://m.pigeonpresents.com/pigeonpresents/video/5
This link takes you to a hilarious video of the book trailer.
http://www.pigeonpresents.com/teachersguides/pigeon_duckling-cookie_event_kit.pd...
This link takes you to an event kit made by Mo Willems with a variety of activities to use in the classroom after reading the book.
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EricaG This book could also be used for PR, in pairs each student could read one of the characters dialogue. This would meet EL 2- promote cooperation and UDL 8.3- foster collaboration and community. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
MakennaK These are some of my favorite children's books! So funny 5y
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ashley.v I love the pigeon books. I want to read some more! 5y
MorganH Mo Willams has such great books, and this one in particular looks like a perfect lesson to kids on teaching manners! 5y
DrSpalding Partner reading is perfect for these particular books. The dialogue is just straight to be shared with another student. 5y
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Mapping Penny's World | Loreen Leedy
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Mapping Penny's World by Loreen Leedy is a great low F picture book that is perfect for a RA. This book would be great to read before a lesson on maps. I actually used this book as a RA in my microteach lesson as a way to provide background knowledge about the parts of a map in a fun way. I would definitely recommend adding this book to your classroom library! http://www.readingrockets.org/article/map-making

EricaG The website gives you ideas on how to use this book in a lesson for different grade levels. The K-2 lesson focuses on teaching key vocabulary and how to use those concepts to make their own map. This meets EL 5- teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts and EL 46- use discovery learning activities( hands-on-activities) by making their own maps. 5y
EricaG Also UDL 2.1- clarify vocabulary and symbols and 3.1- activate/ supply background knowledge. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
DrSpalding Excellent post. Your summary and Reading Rockets resource are high quality! Perfect alignment too! Well done. 5y
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The Story of Ferdinand | Robert Lawson, Munro Leaf
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The Story of Ferdinand is a F book about a bull named Ferdinand, who would rather sit and smell flowers than fight, and would be perfect for a RA. Ferdinand's story can help teach students to be true to themselves, and that it's okay to be different. The book also uses some Spanish words which can be a great learning opportunity for all students to broaden their vocabulary. https://www.teachervision.com/story-ferdinand-activities

EricaG The website has flash cards to help students learn the Spanish words from the story. It also had an activity called Ferdinand's Happiness Pasture where students can draw pictures of what makes them happy on a paper flower and then glue in on a "pasture" to hang up. 5y
EricaG The flash cards can be used to meet UDL 2.4- promote understanding across languages and 3.1- supply background knowledge. And EL 20- list the most important words you plan to use and possibly EL 24- incorporate the culture and language of second language learners in the curriculum. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
ashley.v I love this book. I like how it teaches kids to be true themselves and to appreciate the little things. 5y
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Juliemorell This looks like a great book, especially for EL of Hispanic heritage! The flower activity is adorable as well! I'll definitely have to read this one 5y
MorganH This book is so cute and its coming out in theaters soon! The flash cards idea is so cool! 5y
CaseyL I love the connection that this book has to EL 20 and how the website you linked supports the words that are used in the book. This has always been one of my favorite books and I'm so excited for the movie! The way that it encourages children to be themselves is amazing. 5y
DrSpalding I saw the poster at the movie theater! This book makes me think of the movie The Blind Side… Anyone else? Vocabulary is so important. Nice resource to assist students in understanding both English and Spanish words. 5y
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This F 2015 Caldecott award winner, written and illustrated by Dan Santat is a wonderful book about friendship that can be used for RA. Beekle is an imaginary friend who is searching for a child to imagine him. Tired of waiting, he sets of on an adventure to find his new friend.
https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?a=1&tid=39130 The website has a lot of different resources to use in the classroom.

EricaG On the site Little, Brown & Co has an activity kit to throw an Unimaginary Friends party with activities for students to be creative and spark their imagination.
The activities can be used to meet 8.3- foster collaboration and community and UDL 5.2- use multiple tools for construction and composition. Also EL 2- promote cooperation and EL 16- integrate speaking, listening, reading, and writing activities. #UCFLAE3414F17
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MadisonCarter I checked this book out of the library and I really loved how it honored our imaginary friends in such an adorable way. This book is sure to make children feel more comfortable about having them. After all, who doesn't? ❤️ Love the party idea, too. 5y
MeganMc This book looks adorable. I am definitely adding to my stack. Thank you for sharing! 5y
MorganH I love this book so much! I always thought it would be a great idea for kids to draw their own imaginary friends after the story and write about it! 5y
DrSpalding @MorganH makes an excellent point. These wonderful books can be mentor text for students to follow up with an authentic writing experience. Do it! 5y
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This TL book written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith, would make a great addition to any classroom library to use for RA or DR. It is the story of the three little pigs, retold by the Wolf, who tells his side of the story in an attempt to prove his innocence. This would be a good book to teach point of view and comparing and contrasting to the original story. It could also make a great story for DR.

EricaG https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/true-story-3-l...
The link takes you to Scholastic's website which gives different classroom activities to use with this book. It has an activity on point of view and DR. DR meets UDL
8.3- foster collaboration and EL 2- promote cooperation.
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EricaG Comparing and contrasting can meet EL 30- encourage use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships and EL 45- use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast. #UCFLAE3414F17 5y
ashley.v I love this book. It is a great idea to give different viewpoints of common books! 5y
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MakennaK I remember reading this when I was little and thought it was so funny ! I would use this book with readers theater in my classroom 5y
alyssahp I also used this book and I loved it! I think comparing and contrasting is a great idea as a strategy. This book is very entertaining and I think students would love it. I agree that is would be fun to do as a DR. 5y
DrSpalding Love the image! Check out my post on this particular book where the students from a local elementary school created pumpkins for these characters. Comparing and contrasting in the original tale with this variant is a popular activity in classrooms. 5y
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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This F novel and Newbery Award winner, written by Katherine Applegate is perfect for LCs or IR. The book is based on the the true story of Ivan, a gorilla who spent almost 30 years alone in a cage after being taken from the jungle as an infant and added to a collection of animals at a circus-themed mall. In the book, the Big Top Mall gets a new addition, a baby elephant named Ruby.

EricaG Ivan makes a promise to protect her, and uses his art to get help and follow through with that promise.
http://theoneandonlyivan.com
The link takes you to a website that has information about the author, the book, and the story of the real Ivan.
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EricaG After reading this book in a LC or IR, students can read about the true story of Ivan, which can meet UDL 3.1- activate or supply background knowledge and UDL 7.2- optimize relevance, value, and authenticity. LC can meet EL 2- promote cooperation (small groups).
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DrSpalding So many of your peers have enjoyed this title. Going straight to the source, the website for this book, gives you ample activities to implement its use in your classroom. Well done. 5y
alyssahp I have to read this book! It seems like such a good book and I've been hearing great things about it. Incorporating the website is a great resource because it is a direct link from the book! Nice!! 5y
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Red: A Crayon's Story | Michael Hall
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This F picture book, written and illustrated by best-selling picture book author Michael Hall, would be a great book for RA. The book is about Red, a blue crayon labeled red. Even with help from other crayons all his drawings turn out blue. Then, one day he meets a new friend who helps him realize that he is really blue! Red embraces this and draws all things that are blue and everyone cheers him on.

EricaG This is a great book to encourage kids to be true to themselves, no matter what other people tell them. https://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?a=1&tid=42279 this link takes you to a site that provides a teaching guide and activities for using this book. It includes a list of discussion questions that help students engage in higher level thinking. 5y
EricaG The discussion questions can be used to meet EL 36-ask numerous questions which require higher level thinking responses. This can also meet UDL 3.2- highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships, and UDL 3.3- guide information processing. #UCFLAE3414F17 (edited) 5y
DrSpalding I'm so happy you picked up this book and read it for yourself. Excellent alignment! 5y
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Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
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Out of my Mind is an amazing RF novel by Sharon Draper. It's about Melody, an 11 year old girl with cerebral palsy. She has thousands of words and thoughts in her head, but she can never say them out loud. Until she discovers something that finally allows her to show everyone how intelligent she really is. I would highly recommend this book for literature circles and independent reading in upper elementary and middle schools.

EricaG http://sharondraper.com/bookdetail.asp?id=35 This website has questions about the book answered by the author that gives a glimpse of what she was thinking while writing this book. It also includes discussion topics, activities and research, and writing activities. 5y
EricaG UDL: 8.3 Foster collaboration and EL: 2 Promote cooperation (small groups) #UCFLAE3414F17 (edited) 5y
MakennaK I am reading this book and I think it is amazing! I would definitely put this book in my classroom because it can teach kids about disabilities and to not "judge a book by its cover" aka judge others! 5y
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SarahWynne Absolutely love this book. Definitely a must read for all students 5y
AndreaC I‘ve loved reading this book, it‘s a great pick! 5y
Jaquessial This book is one of my favorites. It made me cry the whole entire time even towards the end of the book when they left her. Magical kids have feelings and I wish people would see and understand that. This book also helped me see the inside of a magical kids mind because my brother has cerebral palsy. His right side brain and body is dead so the left side of the brain does all the work for him. Thank God he can talk and still do his work. 5y
MeganMc I have heard amazing things about this book! I look forward to start reading it. Thanks for the suggestion! 5y
Brittanyradzak This was my second choice for LC! I would really love to read this book sometime soon. #ucflae3414f17 5y
Teresaj I loved this so much, definitely a tear jerker at times. I think this is a great book for LC to bring awareness to students with disabilities. 5y
WendyP I have also read this book for my LC and I LOVED it. Thanks for sharing 😊 5y
SavannahP0930 I have heard so much about this book but haven't had the chance to read it yet. Sounds like a great read. 5y
Susancruz I finished this book a couple a weeks ago and loved it. I like that your option for the foster collaboration. 5y
brittanyg I am definitely going to be reading this book soon. It sounds like a great book to add to my classroom library! 5y
Sabrinac I am currently reading this novel with my literature circle book group! I absolutely love it and can't seem to put it down once I start reading. Great job on your review (: 5y
DrSpalding I agree with LC or IR as your teaching strategies. Concise yet detailed description of this fabulous book. 5y
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