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Featured books by Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming writes novels, picture books, and biography, demonstrating a sense of humor, affection for food and history as well as the ability to see people as a individuals. Meet real and imagined characters who have lived in times past, perhaps next door to you today, or maybe not at all. But each is fresh and fun and sure to absorb readers.

A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: S. D. Schindler
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

President Thomas Jefferson is given a gift of a fine, quite large cheese to serve White House guests by the people of a small Massachusetts town. This humorous tale was inspired by actual events, documented in an author's note.

Boxes for Katje

By: Candace Fleming
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Like most other places, Katje's small Dutch town has little since the end of the war. But a box has been sent by a girl from Indiana as part of a larger relief effort for post-war Europe. Inspired by real events, this unusual story of friendship is handsomely illustrated.

Clever Jack Takes the Cake

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jack is invited to the princess' birthday party but is too poor to buy a worthy gift so instead bakes a cake. It never gets delivered, however, but the clever boy gives the most lasting gift of all: an engaging story. Lively language and humorous illustrations are used in the original story told in the tradition of a folktale.

Gator Gumbo

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: Sally Anne Lambert
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poor Gator has gotten so old that he lives on vegetables only, teased mercilessly by local animals. Gator's gumbo intrigues possum, skunk, and otter — with very zesty results. This satisfying parody is spiced up with local Cajun color and language.

Imogene's Last Stand

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Imogene's town has abandoned the building which she makes into a museum. Can feisty Imogene save the museum from destruction in the name of progress? She finds a letter (George Washington slept there!), protests, and puts herself in a stockade until the building is saved. This book is fast, funny, and rich with an appreciation for history.

Lowji Discovers America

By: Candace Fleming
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Nine-year old Lowji Sanjana and his family move from a high-rise apartment in India to a garden-style apartment in suburban Illinois. Though lonely before school begins, Lowji befriends the landlady and a menagerie of animals as he adjusts to his new home.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Try as he might, Mr. McGreely cannot outwit three clever and hungry rabbits as they feast on his vegetable garden — muncha, muncha, muncha! But there's always something to be grateful for as both the gardener and the rabbits learn in this funny, alliterative tale.

Oh, No!

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: Eric Rohmann
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Ribbit-oops! Frog falls into a deep hole, followed by other animals who try to help. Oh, no! Stalked by a hungry tiger, saved by a gentle elephant the drama of the story is enhanced by richly hued illustrations and lots of playful patterns of sounds and language sure to be repeated.

Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt's Life

By: Candace Fleming
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The life and times of Eleanor Roosevelt are presented chronologically as though one is examining a scrapbook. Much like the approach the author uses for other historical figures, this look at Eleanor is almost intimate, certainly thorough, and compelling.

Sunny Boy! The Life & Times of a Tortoise

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: Anne Wilsdorf
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The life of a tortoise who wanted only to live his long life quietly is grabbed up to become the main ingredient in soup. When spared from this fate, Sunny Boy resides with three successive, unique generations of Pimplewhites in this rollicking tale.

The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School

By: Candace Fleming
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

No one wants to take on the 4th grade class at Aesop Elementary: that is until Mr. Jupiter appears on the scene. The new teacher captivates his students while helping them learn a few lessons (remember the school's name!) along the way.

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Mary and Abraham Lincoln

By: Candace Fleming
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The lives and times of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln are presented through written and pictorial information in a scrapbook-like format. A well developed, tragic portrait of Mary Lincoln emerges as her life is presented beyond the assassination of the President.

This is the Baby

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: Maggie Smith
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

In a familiar cadence, meet the baby that hates to get dressed and the ever-patient mom who cajoles, tickles, and coax the baby into clothing. Bright illustrations and lively, repetitive language make this a fun book to share with the youngest child.

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide!

By: Candace Fleming
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As Mr. McGreely prepares for winter, so do the three pesky, persistent rabbits first introduced in Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! But this time, they want to share Mr. Greely's house. Told and illustrated with verve and humor, this alliterative tale is sure to please.

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