Kumon Recommended Reading List - Level C (Grade 3)

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The Butterfly Lion
ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIAN BIRMINGHAM. A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. "All my life I'll think you you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you." Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.
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The Forests of Silence
The international bestselling series returns for a new generation with a fresh look and bonus content from the legends of Deltora.

The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade the land of Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven stones of great and mysterious power.

In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a dangerous quest. Determined to find the lost stones and rid their land of the Shadow Lord, they struggle toward their first goal--the sinister Forests of Silence.
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Nim's Island
A girl. An iguana. An island. And e-mail. Meet Nim–a modern-day Robinson Crusoe! She can chop down bananas with a machete, climb tall palm trees, and start a fire with a piece of glass. So she's not afraid when her scientist dad sails off to study plankton for three days, leaving her alone on their island. Besides, it's not as if no one's looking after her–she's got a sea lion to mother her and an iguana for comic relief. She also has an interesting new e-mail pal. But when her father's cell-phone calls stop coming and disaster seems near, Nim has to be stronger and braver than she's ever been before.

And she'll need all her friends to help her.


From the Hardcover edition.
release date: Mar 10, 1998
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Martin's Mice
"Martin, a kitten, is branded a `wimp' by his siblings for his friendly interest in mice.  He loves caring for them and can't understand their desire for freedom.  Only when he becomes the pet of a big city apartment dweller does he realize why his pets deserted him.  An engaging animal fantasy with plenty of humorous insight into the human condition, King-Smith's story has humor and a fast pace which will appeal to younger readers."--School Library Journal (starred review)  
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Eoin Colfer's Legend Of. Spud Murphy
When their mother starts dropping them off at the library several afternoons a week, nine-year-old William and his brother dread boredom and the overbearing librarian, but they are surprised at how things turn out.
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Mr Majeika
As a rule, magic carpets don't turn up in schools, but this is exactly what happens when Class Three's new teacher flies in through the classroom window and lands on the floor with a bump. Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but something has to be done about Hamish Bigmore, the class nuisance, and so he uses a little magic to turn him into a frog. And to everyone's delight it looks as if Hamish will have to remain a frog because Mr Majeika can't remember the spell to turn him back again! With Mr Majeika in charge, suddenly life at school become much more exciting – there's even a magic-carpet ride to Buckingham Palace!
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Stella by the Sea
Stella Seaton longs to live in an ordinary house, with an ordinary backyard. Instead, she lives in a luxury penthouse at the top of Bayview Tower with her mom and dad. When Stella finds the perfect girl-sized playhouse--and tries to make it hers--how far will she go to become an ordinary girl in her extraordinary world? Grades 3-6
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The Adventures of Captain Underpants
The first book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school--and now they're going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn't know who he is!
Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav's other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.
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Monster Bones
Describes how the bones of a dinosaur became fossilized, were discovered by a paleontologist, and were ultimately displayed in a museum. Includes activity.
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The Worst Witch
Catch up on Mildred Hubble's magical adventures at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches with these reissued editions featuring energetic new covers.

Mildred Hubble is starting her first year at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches — and making a mess of it! She can't ride her broomstick without crashing, she's always getting her spells mixed up, and worst of all, the teacher's pet, Ethel, has just become her sworn enemy.
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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.

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George Saves the World by Lunchtime
George is determined to save the world by lunchtime, but he's not quite sure how. Grandpa suggests they start by recycling the yogurt container from his breakfast, putting his banana peel in the compost pile, and hanging the laundry to dry in the sun. A bike trip to the recycling center, charity shop, and local farmers' market show how recycling and reusing materials—as well as using less gas and buying local produce—can really help save the world. George even gets a favorite toy fixed! Highly original and eye-catching illustrations combine painting and photographs to draw children into the world of recycling.
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Astrid, The Au-Pair From Outer Space
When Harry's mum tells him they are going to get an au pair, he isn't quite sure what it means. When he finds out it's a girl to help look after him and baby brother, Fred, he feels a bit suspicious. It might just be a good excuse for the school bully to tease him. However, he soon warms to Astrid when she turns up and especially when she gives him an idea that stops the bully from ever bothering him again. All the same, Harry can't help wondering why Astrid's never heard of tin openers or Coke, and how come her suitcase can move around by itself...
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Sophie Hits Six
Small, but very determined, Sophie loves animals and is going to be a farmer when she grows up. In this book Sophie gets some new animals - including four kittens - finds a farming friend and enters the sporting arena!
release date: Jan 01, 1985
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The Milk Makers
You probably drink milk at almost every meal. But have you ever wondered where it comes from?
Cows eat special feed to make good milk. But after the cow is milked, there are still many steps the milk must go through before it reaches you. This book describes them all. And you'll be surprised to find how many other things you eat and drink come from milk, too.
Gail Gibbon's unique style makes this a fascinating book for children and adults alike.
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release date: Oct 09, 2007
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Stone Age Boy
Step back 15,000 years as a modern boy enters a Stone Age village and learns a few prehistoric tricks of the trade.

One day a boy falls down a hole, and an amazing thing happens — when he wakes, he's in a camp full of people wearing animal skins! Mixing flight of fancy with prehistoric facts, Satoshi Kitamura ushers us back to a time of surprising innovation and artistic expression, shown in cave paintings visible to this day.
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The Diary of a Killer Cat

The hilarious confessions of a ferocious feline

Poor Ellie is horrified when her cat, Tuffy, drags a dead bird into the house. Then a mouse. Before long, another apparent victim arrives though the cat-door. Can softhearted Ellie get her beloved pet to change his wild, wild ways before he ends up in even deeper trouble? Especially when Tuffy can't understand what all the fuss is about?

Chock-a-block with lighthearted illustrations, readers experience a deliciously sharp and funny view of the world through a cat's eyes.

release date: Jan 01, 1989
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The Shrinking of Treehorn
A boy discovers he is shrinking but does not know the cause or cure.
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Happy Birthday X Three
The triplets' sixth birthday is coming up and the girls insist on buying individual presents for each other. They set out on a big shopping trip, but it's hard to choose - what will be just right for their sisters? Jo, Amy and Jess eventually find the perfect gift, but when the big day arrives, they end up playing with the things they gave rather than what they received! Perhaps, they chose more for themselves than they realized...
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Badger's Parting Gifts
Badger's friends are sad when he dies but treasure the memories he left them. "The gentle message holds particular validity for children and is conveyed in a tenderhearted. ..manner."-- Book1ist.
Hans Christian Andersen
All the best-loved fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, including “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelina,” “The Red Shoes,” “The Princess on the Pea,” and “The Emperor's New Clothes,” fill the pages of this beautiful leather-bound collector's edition. Also included is “The Tallow Candle” — one of the earliest stories written by Andersen, just discovered recently! With both short and long anecdotes, this is a great book of bedtime stories or for rainy-day reading. The attached bookmark ribbon ensures readers will never lose their place as they wander through the imagination of one of the most popular children's writers of all time.

Lexile score: 950L
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Poison Island
Another thrilling Zac Power adventure! Zac Power is on a mission on one of the world's most dangerous islands, Poison Island. Zac must track down Dr Drastic, an enemy scientist. The jungle is full of deadly plants and animals that could be useful in Dr Drastic's evil experiments. Zac has 24 hours - and his family's life depends on him succeeding!
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Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer
Young Stanley Bagshaw is distraught when he is unable to find tickets to a match featuring his local soccer team, Huddersgate Albion. Upset but still wanting to partake in the game activities, Stanley heads to the stadium looking for player autographs and gets a bit of luck kicked his way—instead of autographs, he gets to see the match and save the day. Colorful pictures and amusing rhyming couplets make this charming tale an enchanting and useful tool for early readers.
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First Fairy Tales
This is a collection of retellings of nine favourite fairy tales. It is a companion volume to "First Poems". Selina Young has also illustrated "Roses for Robbie", "Maybe its a Pirate" and "We're not Tired". Margaret Mayo has previously written "The Orchard Book of Magical Tales".
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Traditional Stories
This is the tale of Mufaro's two daughters, two beautiful girls who react in different ways to the king's search for a wife - one is aggressive and selfish, the other kind and dignified. The king takes on disguises to learn the true nature of both girls and of course chooses Nyasha, the kind and generous daughter, to be his queen.
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The Eyes of Gray Wolf
The best-selling hardcover is now available in paperback! Readers will be entranced by the simple, poetic text and the spectacular illustrations, which follow the restless Gray Wolf as he wanders through a winter night.
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The lighthouse keeper's rescue
This is the story of Mr Grinling the lighthouse keeper who loves his job so much he can't imagine doing anything else. But one day, on his way to turn on the lights, he falls asleep and disaster ensues - then something happens that brings the joy back into Mr Grinling's life.
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