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Michigan Fiction Picture Books

"In 1925 a sailboat named Bernida wins the inaugural Port Huron to Mackinac Race. She wins again in 1927. But then for decades the boat is neglected and passed from owner to owner. In 2012 with new owners, the ship once more enters the race and wins"--.

The day the Great Lakes drained away by Charles Ferguson Barker

Explore what would happen if all of the water drained from the Great Lakes and what their lake floors might look like under all that water.

An orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco

Frankie and his eight brothers and sisters learn lessons about giving, family, and tradition during a snowy Michigan Christmas long ago.

The story of Michigan's Mill Creek by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos
The log cabin quilt by Ellen Howard

When Elvirey and her family move to a log cabin in the Michigan woods, something even more important than Granny's quilt pieces makes the new dwelling a home.

Gitchi Gumee by Anne Margaret Lewis

The big water called Gitchi Gumee shares his many moods and faces with a young boy who wants to know how to safely sail his mighty waves.

Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles

When Grandad comes to live with David and his family on the island of Grosse Ile, he and David enjoy sharing the wonders of the natural world.

Kelly of Hazel Ridge by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen

Inspired by a school writing assignment, Kelly takes a fresh look at her family's Michigan farm and notes the ways in which her parents have chosen to nurture the land and the wildlife living on it.

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