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October 2016

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FALL 2016 Mystery of the Giant Masks of Sanxingdui, by Icy Smith and illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski (grades 3-5), tells a story around the ancient city, renowned for its bronze-casting technology and facing danger from foreign invasion. The chief 's daughter, Min, and her warrior brother, Wei, lead the villagers to flee their homeland. Where do they go? And why do they bury their sacred bronze masks and statues? The plot reveals the people's collective sacrifice for peace, and offers a glimpse into a history that is being rewritten as the excavation of Sanxingdui continues. In the rhyming charmer Moo Hoo, by Candace Ryan and illustrated by Mike Lowery (pre-K and kindergarten), best friends Cow and Owl say moo hoo and do everything together. When new playmate Kangaroo wants to join in, the pair at first look the other way, but eventually discover that three is better than two. See other fall 2016 California Reads recommendations at American Education Week — Nov. 14–18 — is an opportunity for every- one to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. This year 's theme is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." Each day focuses on a specific topic: • M O N DAY : Kickoff. • T U E SDAY : Parents Day — invite parents into the classroom. • WED N E SDAY : Education Support Professionals Day. • T H U R SDAY : Educator for a Day — invite community leaders to expe- rience a school day firsthand. • F R I DAY : Substitute Educators Day. Learn more at Masks and Moo Hoo In 1986, an archaeological dig near Chengdu in China revealed 3,000-year-old giant bronze statues from a lost civilization called Sanxingdui. American Education Week 2016 November 14-18 #aew2016 8 in the know Prep for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8, by checking out CTA's voter guide on page 27. See your own personalized voter guide and get more detailed information at GET INFORMED — AND VOTE Do you know why Proposition 55 must pass, or how Prop. 58 helps students compete? calendar

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