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7 great new illustrated children's books

From a cranky Yankee to a young girl who worries about being different, these picture books tell winning stories.

- Monitor Books Editor

3. 'Ollie and Claire,' by Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Friendship, of course, is the greatest marvel of them all. "Ollie and Claire" features a canine pair of BFFs (Best Friends Forever) who share a wonderful life of bologna sandwiches and yoga classes (charmingly depicted by Matthew Cordell’s pencil-and-watercolor  illustrations). But Claire has become just a bit tired of their routine. Must she choose between Ollie and adventure – or is there a miracle that can save this gentle friendship?

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