How Do You Know?
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by Deborah W. Trotter
Illustrated by Julie Downing


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How Do You Know?
ISBN-13/EAN: 9780618463435;
ISBN-10: 0618463437
Release date: November 2006
Clarion Books, 2006
Age 4-6

There are some things we just know. But how do we come to know them?
When Polly wakes up one morning, she finds her world covered in fog. She can't see the apple tree or the duck pond or the horse barn. Mama says they're all still there, but how does she know? Together, Polly and Mama set off to find the familiar landmarks of the farm, and along the way Polly discovers there are some things she just knows, too.

Soft, evocative watercolor paintings bring to life this gentle story about a day of simple discoveries and a child's growing confidence in her perception of the world.


A Summer's Trade
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by Deborah W. Trotter
Illustrated by Irving Toddy



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A Summer's Trade
ISBN 978-1-893354-71-5 Hardcover
Release date: March 2008
Salina Bookshelf, 2008
Age 5-10
Every summer day, Tony makes the long drive into Gallup with his mother. He works at the local trading post, and he's saving all his money to buy something very special: a beautiful, dark leather saddle with nuggets of turquoise laced into the rawhide. If Tony can save enough money to purchase the saddle, he'll be able to stay home and help his father tend the flocks of sheep and goats. Just when Tony has almost enough money, everything begins to go wrong. Tony's uncle breaks his foot, the bills become difficult to pay, and Grandmother pawns her precious silver and turquoise bracelet – the one she has worn since she was a young woman. Then Grandmother becomes ill, and Tony knows he must do something to help out. But will he be able to sacrifice his own dream to help his family? This story of hard work and determination will serve as an inspiration to students, and the powerful illustrations will hold the attention of even the most reluctant readers.



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