#Road2Reading Challenge: Tails from History

In the past, I have featured various READY-TO-READ series from Simon Spotlight. They have a number of nonfiction titles that are very appropriate for early readers. Their latest series is called TAILS FROM HISTORY and are essentially pet biographies of animals belonging to famous individuals. Both books are classified as a Level Two reader and contains longer sentences, high-interest vocabulary words (and in some cases simple chapters). 

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A Parrot in the Painting: The Story of Frida Kahlo and Bonito (Tails from History)
by Thea Feldman: Illustrated by Rachel Sanson
Simon Spotlight (July 3, 2018)
Nonfiction * Early Reader * Pet Biography
Audience:  K-2
Indiebound | WorldCat

Description from GoodReadsDip a toe, paw, or fin into history with this fact-tastic Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about pets and the people who owned them!

The legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo had many pets. Among them was a little parrot by the name of Bonito, the Spanish word for “beautiful.” Frida painted her monkeys, her dogs, and her deer, but when would she be ready to paint Bonito? Discover the story of Bonito and Frida Kahlo in this fact-filled Level 2 Ready-to-Read.

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In Parrot in a Painting, readers get to learn about the artist Frida Kahlo through the eyes of her parrot, Bonito. 

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At the end, readers learn a few facts about Amazon Parrots and Frida Kahlo. 

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A Raccoon at the White House (Tails from History)
by Rachel Dougherty; Illustrated by Rachel Sanson
Simon Spotlight (July 3, 2018)
Nonfiction * Early Reader * Pet Biography
Audience: K-2
Indiebound | WorldCat

Description from GoodReadsDip a toe, paw, or fin into history with this fact-tastic Level 2 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series all about pets and the people who owned them!

When a raccoon arrives at the White House, President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace name her Rebecca and welcome her as a pet. Rebecca tries to fit in with the other animals already living there. But none of them will play with her! What will Calvin and Grace do? Discover the story of one of the most unusual White House pets in this fact-filled Level 2 Ready-to-Read.

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Did you know that President Calvin Coolidge accepted various animals, including Pekin Ducklings and South African Lion Cubs, as gifts from Foreign Leaders? So, I guess a raccoon wouldn't be a surprise. 

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At the end, readers learn a few facts about Raccoons and the White House. 

For students who are animal fans or have pets, this new series will be of high interest. Both books were releases in hardcover and paperback at the beginning of July. Look for them at your local indie bookstore or public library. 

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