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Gold standard A Gold Standard in its category. Magnificent rating.
Excellent Excellent rating. Outstanding achievement in the category.
Great Great rating. A notable achievement in the category.
Very good Very good rating. A worthwhile accomplishment.
Good Good rating. Definitely worth taking a look.
All picture books selected for review are recommended for your examination. Consider the ratings as a five-point scale from 1 (Good) to 5 (Magnificent). Any book that would be less than "Good" in any category was not selected for this list. Of course, these reviews are my assessment, and your opinion may vary from my own. For more information about family storytime and children's literature, see my book From Wonder to Wisdom: Using Stories to Help Children Grow (New American Library). The book is out-of-print but may be available from your public library or from

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