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98

The Boy of the Painted Cave

A cave boy opposes beliefs of elders and tribal society.
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Rejected by the tribe for his club foot, Tao's success as a cave artist depended on choosing between his tribe's mystical traditions and the truth of his own experience.

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97

Big Sarah’s Little Boots

A child thinks through a lesson, and is happy.
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This unique story shows a child thinking: Sarah has outgrown her boots and, after a struggle to stretch them, realizes that growing up is natural, happy and irreversible.

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96

Dar and the Spear-Thrower

Cave Boy matures & learns mutual trade to mutual benefit.
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A 13 year old Cro-Magnon boy learns that genuine manhood is not found through initiation rites, but through his heroic quest to acquire a spear-thrower.

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94

Hana’s Suitcase

Teach children about The Holocaust, Nazis & WW2.
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A Japanese woman's interest in The Holocaust becomes a passionate pursuit for truth about the life of Auschwitz intern, Hana Brady, which poignantly reveals the value of every child to us all.

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94

Five O’Clock Charlie

A purpose is Charlie's solution to boredom & retirement.
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Dying of boredom in his retirement pasture, Charlie, a spirited Clydesdale, rediscovers his joie de vivre by setting the entire village "on schedule" for his favorite daily event.

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93

The Emperor’s Egg

Antarctic Penguin's incredible journey: amazing nature or amazing mankind?
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Bright humorous writing helps even young children understand the Emperor Penguin's extraordinary effort at laying and caring for a single egg, and then chick, through an Antarctic winter.

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92

Parts

Baby teeth & hair fall out; do our bodies fall apart?
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Hilariously, a five year old is confused by convincing  'evidence' that his body is disassembling, like a cheap doll.

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92

Rikki Tikki Tavi

A rescued pet mongoose saves his human family from cobras.
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A mongoose battles two devious and deadly Cobras, that are bent on destroying a human family that had saved him from drowning.

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92

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Keep trying & do not delay, you'll find success along the way.
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There are great things to do, but you must work towards them even in the midst of failure... "There's fun to be done!"

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91

All Aboard for Freedom

Everyone wants freedom, but few know how to vote for it.
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Five young, Czech orphans attempt a daring escape by train to avoid a future under Communist tyranny.

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