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New spring titles for preschoolers

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A new group of books for two-to-five-years-old are now on the market.

"Boom Snot Twitty" (Penguin, $15.99), written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Renata Liwska, is about three unlikely friends: a bear, a bird and a snail. They each cope differently with a rainstorm, learning how to slow down and enjoy life.

"Turtle Island: (Dial, $16.99), written and illustrated by Kevin Sherry, is about another unlikely set of friends. When a bear, an owl, a frog and a cat are shipwrecked they find refuge on a lonely Turtle's back. Find out what happens when his new friends decide it is time to sail back home.

"Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too" (Viking, $17.99), written by Anna Dewdney, is about Llama Llama's best friend. Nelly spends a wonderful day with her father, making a play house and hunting flowers. But when he disappears she panics. Is he gone forever?

"Camp Rex" (Viking, $16.99), written and illustrated by Molly Idle, shows how to camp safely and entertain T. Rex at the same time. Learn about fishing, sing-alongs, storytelling and roasting marshmallows, all dinosaur-style.

"Following Papa's Song" (Viking, $16.99), by Gianna Marion, follows the whales Little Blue and Papa on a swim through the ocean. How will Little Blue find Papa in total darkness?

"Oliver's Tree" (Putnam, $16.99), written and illustrated by Kit Chase, is about three friends of vastly different sizes: elephant Oliver, owl Lulu and Charlie bunny. Oliver and Charlie join together to help find a tree which will help Oliver hide in a game of hide-and-seek.

"The Girl Who Heard Colors" (Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99), written by Marie Harris and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, is about people who experience synthesis, when one sense triggers another. Jillian sees red when a dog barks and silver when a bell rings. Her classmates tease her and she is upset until a kind teacher tells her many famous people also had the creative power.

"Old Mikamba Had A Farm" (Penguin, $16.99), written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora, reworks the Old MacDonald song into an African setting. Instead of cows and pigs, Mikamba has lions, rhinos and other African beasts.

"Froggy Gets A Doggy" (Viking, $$16.99), written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, is the latest misadventure of Froggy. Froggy and Pollywogilina go to the pet store and beg mom for a dog. She agrees but says Froggy must care for the dog. This is harder than Froggy thought, and misadventure follows.

"Come to the Zoo: Photos and Haiku" (Penny Henny Books), by Anna Dabney, is a visually beautiful book in which a Bay Area senior pairs her photos of zoo animals with the poetry form haiku. Dabney has also published "The Nature of Things: Collections of Poems and Photography for Children." Contact anna_dabney@yahoo.com or 510-635-5112 for details.

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