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Ava and the Real Lucille

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Madeline Valentine. After winning a pet store contest, Ava is disappointed to receive not a dog but a parakeet as her prize. Gradually she warms to the bird, and in a touching scene, she uses a straw to drip water down its throat to save its life. Suitably enough, this terrific, warmly illustrated story about patience takes its own sweet time.

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