Odd Velvet by Mary Whitcomb

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Velvet is odd. Instead of dolls that talk and cry, Velvet brings a milkweed pod for show and tell. She wins the class art contest using only an eight-pack of crayons. She likes to collect rocks. Even her name is strange-Velvet! But as the school year unfolds, the things Velvet does and the things that Velvet says slowly begin to make sense. And, in the end, Velvet's classmates discover that being different is what makes Velvet so much fun.

About Mary Whitcomb

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Mary E. Whitcomb lives in Wisconsin with her husband, her three children, and their pets. Mary is an elementary school teacher. She collects rocks, fossils and shells much like the ones that Velvet brings to show and tell. This is her first book for childr Tara Calahan King studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Tara lives in Ohio with her husband Rick. This is her first book for children.
Published August 1, 1998 by Chronicle Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Two newcomers celebrate oddity and making do with less in this story of a girl named Velvet.

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On the first day of school, while the other children bring the teacher cinnamon tea and potpourri, Velvet offers ""an egg carton filled with seven rocks, her favorite red shoelaces, and a half a sparrow's egg."" Velvet sports long red braids, enormous round glasses and candy-striped stockings, an...

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