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Extraordinary Jane

Extraordinary Jane
Written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison
Suggested ages: 3–5 years
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Multiple locations

Jane, a shaggy underdog surrounded by a menagerie of talented performers, tries everything to find her place in the three-ring circus, but her foray into giant ball balancing lands the whole cast in the emergency room. In her expressively painted face, we see her disappointment, but in sharing an ice cream cone with a friend and being a perfect lap dog to the ringmaster, Jane finds her calling as “a really good dog.” This debut picture book by an award-winning painter who specializes in acrylic animal portraits reminds us that the ability to accept your authentic self is a gift too.

Published May 2014