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It's almost summer time, and the living seems so much easier than it does during the rest of the year. The pace changes, and so do our reading tastes. Summer is the time for refueling our engines, reaching for inspiration, and exploring the splendor of the wide world around us. In this column we offer a collection of books that seem perfectly suited to summer's schedule of traveling, spending time with family and friends, and honing our talents.

The following books were reviewed:
Taj Mahal by Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora, Ill. Rahal Bhaghan
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston, Ill. Sylvia Long
Vive La Paris by Esme Raji Codell
Julia's Kitchen by Brenda A. Ferber
Owen & Mzee: The true story of a remarkable friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, & Paula Kahumbu
Writing magic. Creating stories that fly by Gail Carson Levine
Wings by William Loizeaux. Ill. Leslie Bowman
Porch lies: Tales of slicksters, tricksters, and other wily characters by Patricia C. McKissack, Ill. Andre Carrilho
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop
Toad by the Road: A Year in the Life of these Amazing Amphibians by Joanne Ryder, Ill. Maggie Kneen
Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa That Brought them Together by Herb Shoveller
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
My Friend Is Sad and Today I Will Fly! by M. Willems
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan

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