Jag by Leann Rimes

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Popular country singer LeAnn Rimes exchanges her guitar pick for a pen, writing a gentle, confidence-building lesson on coping with fears in her first book aimed at kids. Glowing with the soft, lush hues of Richard Bernal's deep-colored illustrations of a grassy jungle, Rimes's picture book stars a little jaguar nicknamed Jag, who makes "a terrific roar for a tiny jaguar" but who's afraid of the water. The trouble for poor Jag is that it's time to start school, and she's worried about swim class and the reaction she'll get from the other students. Armed with some sage advice from her parrot friend, Isabel ("'Well, the way I see it, you're going to have to stand up to something very soon. Either your fears or your peers.'") and some loving reassurance from Mama, Jag heads off to school. There, her fears come true: She gets jeers from the other jaguars for her nickname and for getting scared by a fish. But then, Jag gets a chance to shine. When another little black jaguar who is also new at school gets ostracized for his looks, Jag's lion-sized roar puts the bullies in place and wins her a new pal. With a tender message, moving artwork, and inspiring feline hero, Rimes and Bernal deliver a warm, loving tale that'll have you and your little ones doing the two-step. Matt Warner
 

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Singer LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, Mississippi on August 28, 1982. She was a two-week champion on Star Search, came to the attention of the public in 1995 while performing the Star Spangled Banner at sporting events and singing in over one hundred concert appearances. She is the youngest person every nominated for the Country Music Association Horizons Award and the Country Music Awards' Best Country Singer. LeAnn Rimes started singing at the age of two and won her first talent competition at age five. At thirteen, she released her first multi-platinum CD, Blue. Since then she has gone on to break boundaries between country, pop, and contemporary Christian music with her award-winning recordings. She was the first country singer to win a Best New Artist Grammy and the youngest to win the Best Country Vocal Grammy. She made her motion-picture debut in Coyote Ugly and also recorded four songs for its soundtrack, including the hit single "Can't Fight the Moonlight." Richard Bernal has won many awards for his work in advertising and television, including one from the Children's Television Workshop.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Dutton Books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rimes, the Grammy-winning country music star and co-author of Holiday in the Heart, pens her first picture book; unfortunately, it's a poorly paced, saccharin

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In Jag's New Friend by LeAnn Rimes, with Dean Sheremet, illus.

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Rimes, the Grammy-winning country music star and co-author of Holiday in the Heart, pens her first picture book;

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