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My DD is 5.5. We are trying to find books that are appropriate for her. She likes animals and science. I got her some <i>Magic Treehouse</i> books, and she enjoys them, but she finishes them within about 30-40 minutes, so it's not a lot of bang for the buck. (We have to buy them as our library has very few.) She just finished <i>The Cricket in Times Square</i>. We are going to get her the sequel. We also got her <i>The Trumpet of the Swan</i>. That is about the right level for her.<br><br>
Any other suggestions?
 

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Little House in the Big Woods<br>
Stuart Little<br>
Charlotte's Web<br>
Ramona the Pest or anything else by Beverly Cleary<br><br>
That's all I can think of for now. You might try cross-posting in Parenting the Gifted Child - reading chapter books at 5.5 is advanced, and they might have good ideas.
 

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Thanks, Lynn! We tried Little House and Ramona, but she was not interested. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> When it comes to reading about people-- forget it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Paddington Bear books? Roald Dahl. Joan Aiken might be a little too old for her but would be worth trying. Greek and Roman mythology stories? Edith Hamilton's collection was probably my favorite book growing up.<br><br>
This is my favorite bookstore for children<br><br><a href="http://www.flyingpigbooks.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp" target="_blank">http://www.flyingpigbooks.com/NASApp/store/IndexJsp</a><br><br>
They used to have groupings by age on their website. But they're really nice and if you're still stumped you should e-mail them. I was able to tell them my 18 month old seems to like jazz scat singing do you have any books like that? And they pulled out 2 that are still among her favorites today. I love playing "stump the bookseller" with them. We always end up with great books much to my budget's dismay.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The Mouse and the Motorcycle and the sequels by Beverley Cleary</div>
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She loves this series!<br><br>
Thanks for the suggestions and link, everyone!
 

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Oh, oh, I forgot - the Olga da Polga series by Michael Bond is about a sassy, wonderful guinea pig! A big favorite here.<br><br>
What about the James Herriot books for kids?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh, oh, I forgot - the Olga da Polga series by Michael Bond is about a sassy, wonderful guinea pig! A big favorite here.<br><br>
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Never heard of the first-- sounds great! James H. would also be great!
 

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I just took out, "great books for girls" from the library. It lists over 600 books with strong girl characters instead of the stereo typical girl often portrayed in kids books.
 

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Not sure of the reading level for these, but what about 101 Dalmatians, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, or Wind in the Willows?<br><br>
The Redwall series by Brian Jacques also has animals.
 

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Here's a link for Olga da Polga - it's a trilogy, but you can get them in one volume as well:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FTales-Polga-Young-Puffin-Original%2Fdp%2F0140305009" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Polga-Yo.../dp/0140305009</a><br><br>
Maybe also Marguerite Henry, if she would like horse books - they're not small and cuddly of course, but they are animals. Misty of Chincoteague is a good one:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMisty-Chincoteague-Marguerite-Henry%2Fdp%2F1416948317%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_2%2F102-2954688-6908115%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188421620%26sr%3D1-2" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Misty-Chincote...8421620&sr=1-2</a><br><br>
This was a favorite of mine as a kid, if she likes cats - Carbonel:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCarbonel-King-Cats-Barbara-Sleigh%2Fdp%2F1590171268%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F102-2954688-6908115%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1188421718%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Carbonel-King-...8421718&sr=1-1</a>
 

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What about the RedWall books? Some are "older" than others but maybe in a few months or a year? <a href="http://www.redwall.org/" target="_blank">http://www.redwall.org/</a><br><br>
Wind in the Willows?<br>
Beatrix Potter stories?<br><br>
The Catwing Series by Ursula Le Guin?
 

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My daughter also much prefers books about animals, especially dogs. She is a big fan of Scholastic's The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles. There's also a series called Animal Ark about two veterinarians and their kids.
 
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