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Just a girl and her lake monster

Posted by David Lyon  February 14, 2011 05:51 PM

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On Sunday we gave an overview of books published about New England last year that make good reads before you set out to explore (''In Praise of the Page''). But the regional publishers did not overlook children. ''Champ and Me by the Maple Tree: A Vermont Tale? (Commonwealth Editions, $14.95) by Ed Shankman and illustrated by Dave O'Neill sets out to make Vermont a little bigger than life, thanks to the narrator's unexpected friendship with Champ, the mythic sea monster from Lake Champlain. It is a cheerful and lighthearted romp across the state, complete with scenic drawings. As the narrator says, ''Now riding a monster / Is hardly worth doing / Unless you take note of / The view that you're viewing.'' We'll take her word for it, but it's a bright little book to stir the imaginations of the preschool set.

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