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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Holiday House; Illustrated edition (June 11, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0823444295
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0823444298
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ NP
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.95 x 0.17 x 11 inches
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