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Written by Mary E. Whitcomb,Illustrated by Tara Calahan King
9 x 9 in; 32 pp; Full-color throughout, Ages 3-8Guided Reading Level: L
August 1998 ISBN 9780811820042 ISBN10 0811820041
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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.
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 children.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.
Awards and honors for Odd Velvet:American Bookseller, "Pick of the Lists"1999-2000 Virginia Young Readers List
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