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A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF THE METROPOLIS

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HOME IN THE SKY Jeannie Baker (Scholastic, $4.95, ages 4 to 7) A homing pigeon’s marathon flight over grimy-but-still-grand Manhattan provides the offbeat focus for Baker’s amazingly lifelike collage illustrations of the Big Apple’s streets, parks, and people. Many a visual blockbuster has come and gone since this quietly remarkable picture book was first published almost a decade ago, but Baker’s knack for coaxing 3-D realism from everyday found materials (fabric scraps, leaves, feathers) remains both unique and spellbinding. A

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