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March 26, 2000

Books recommended for young readers by Ilene Abramson, senior librarian for the children's literature department, Los Angeles Public Library:

Women's History Month--Exceptional women are showcased in these books for children.

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Preschool: "Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble," by Phyllis Root, illustrated by David Parkins

A wily lady outfoxes a sly villain, thanking him for every bad trick he plays on her.

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Kindergarten to first grade: "Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure," by Don Brown

A young woman lurches across America in 1909 in her Maxwell automobile, the first woman to drive cross-country.

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Second to third grade: "The Ballad of the Pirate Queens," by Jane Yolan, illustrated by David Shannon

Pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Reade prove that they are more courageous than their male counterparts.

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Fourth grade: "Brave Margaret," by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

A daring young woman challenges monsters and giants to free her beloved in this exciting Irish adventure.

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Fifth grade: "Winning Ways," by Sue Macy

Photo history of women's athletic programs in the last 100 years.

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Sixth to eighth grade: "Mara, Daughter of the Nile," by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

A slave girl in ancient Egypt finds romance and adventure when she poses as a spy.

Storytime

Some of the books to be read on KCET's "Storytime," weekdays at 12:30 p.m.:

* "Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!" by David McPhail

A man is reading in bed when he discovers pigs in his room eating pizza. Themes: rhyme and fantasy.

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* "Uncle Jed's Barbershop," by Margaree King Mitchell

A little girl tells the story of her Uncle Jed traveling from town to town, giving haircuts and desiring a barbershop of his own. Themes: family, self-esteem, feelings.

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* "Don't Fidget a Feather," by Erica Silverman

Duck and Gander are friends but are always competing until one day when Duck must save Gander from Fox's stew. Theme: friendship.

AUTHOR VISITS

Authors who will be visiting branches of the Los Angeles City Library this week:

* Monday: Ann Paul, author of "Hello Toes, Hello Feet" and "Seasons Sewn"; 10:30 a.m. at the Chinatown Branch Library, 536 W. College St.

* Tuesday: Tim Egan, author and illustrator of "Metropolitan Cow" and "Distant Feathers"; 6:30 p.m. at the Granada Hills Branch Library, 10640 Petit Ave.

* Wednesday: Joanne Rocklin, who wrote "Strudel Stories" and "For Your Eyes Only"; 4 p.m. at the Venice Branch Library, 501 S. Venice Blvd.

* Wednesday: Tim Egan; 4 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Branch Library, 22200 Ventura Blvd.

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