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Give Up, Gecko!
( retold by Margaret Read MacDonald/ illus. Deborah , Amazon $16.99 Score: )

Based on a folktale from Uganda, Give Up, Gecko! is a gem of a read-aloud with lots of repetition. Children will soon be chanting along with the reader, cheering each of the thirsty animals seeking water. Told with wit and perfect pacing, the story and playful illustrations speak to big ideas about sticking to a task and that being small is not a measure of what one can do. In MacDonald's telling, one can almost hear the village storyteller pouring this tale out to young and old alike as they gather by the fire. 4-8

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on

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