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Bhalloo The Greedy Bear

Author: Pratima Mitchell

Part of a series: Longman Book Project

Publisher: Longman (1994)

The Longman Book Project for ages 4-11: Inspires children with an unparalleled variety of fiction by significant children's authors and illustrators such as Anne Fine, Beverley Naidoo, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson and Geraldine McCaughrean. Offers at-a-glance NLS teaching support in a literacy grid at the back of every book highlighting text, sentence and word level work for easy access by teachers, teaching assistants and parents. Specific materials for progress monitoring and assessment for teachers and children in the Teacher's Books including reading and writing assessment task copymasters, test passages and reading records. Provides gradual, age-appropriate progression and supportive clusters of shared, guided and independent reading books based around common themes for Key Stage 1/P1-3. Presents a wide range of different titles to stimulate all readers at Key Stage 2/P4-7. Covers a huge range of NLS fiction genres including plays and poetry to promote speaking and listening. Promotes valuable awareness of community and citizenship through many titles based around issues of community, environment and health.

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Big Bear Little Bear

Author: David Bedford

Publisher: Little Tiger Press (2016)

Little Bear longs to be as big and as fast as his mother. In the cold Arctic snow, Mother Bear shows the little polar bear cub what it’s like to be grown up. But, at the end of the day, Little Bear decides that he isn’t quite ready to grow up yet – after all, being small brings its own rewards!

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Big John Turkle

Author: Russell Hoban

Part of a series: Ponders

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (1983)

Big John Turkle is sleepy, winter is coming, he hardly has the energy to hunt for food. But he still manages to steal an ‘object of art’ from his rival Grover Crow, and goes to bed feeling immensely satisfied.

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Birds

Author: Gill Munton

Publisher: Ginn (1998)

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Black Dog

Author: Levi Pinfold

Publisher: Templar Publishing (2011)

A black dog appears outside the Hope family's home. As each member of the household sees it and hides, the dog grows bigger and bigger. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the Black Dog. When it chases her through the forest she shows no fear, so it grows smaller and smaller. Finally, back to the size of a normal hound, the Black Dog is welcomed into the Hope household as their newest addition

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Born To Run

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: HarperCollins (2007)

Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound’s journey through life – and from owner to owner… “The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning.” When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can’t bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn’t he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep – only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face!Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that’s what he becomes. Patrick’s favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer’s step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can’t run any more?

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Bright Star

Author: Jenny Oldfield

Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd (2014)

Morgan doesn’t know much about horses. But she knows there’s something special about Bright Star. When Morgan is sent to her aunt’s ranch for the summer, the idea is to get some space from the problems at home. For all life on the ranch is hard work, Morgan soon finds that she fits in. But she still has a wild streak in her, and when she meets terrified, untamed pony Bright Star, a bond is forged that will last a lifetime ...

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Authors: Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle

Publisher: Puffin (1995)

Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours. Each spread leads seamlessly into the next and young children will delight in Eric's colourful collage animals and simple repetitive language.

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Brownilocks And The Three Bowls Of Cornflakes

Authors: Enid Richemont, Polona Lovšin

Part of a series: Hopscotch Twisty Tales

Publisher: Franklin Watts (2011)

In this classic twist on the traditional fairy tale meet Brownilocks the bear. She's hungry while she's out for a walk in the woods and finds a tasty surprise! Three delicious bowls of cornflakes have been left out for breakfast, but what happens when Mum, Dad, and Sam come home? The carefully controlled text level and beautiful illustrations ensure this is a fantastic read for all children of all reading levels!

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Bruno's Story

Authors: Artful Doodlers, Alice Corrie, Jason Chapman

Part of a series: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Publisher: Red Fox (2012)

All Maisy wants is a puppy to call her own. It seems like every other person in her class has got a cute and cuddly pet - but Maisy is allergic to dogs and cats, and can't go near them without having a loud burst of sneezes! But clever Mum has an idea . . . Apparently, not only are poodle puppies super-cute, but their fluffy fur is specially suited for people with allergies - making them the ideal pet for Maisy. And what better place to pick the perfect poodle than Battersea Dogs & Cats Home!

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