Best Literature & Fiction Books for 2 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 literature & fiction books for 2 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Little Blue Truck

by: Alice ShertleJill McElmurry
Release date: Mar 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Blue is the friendliest little pick-up truck on the road. When a big important dumper truck overtakes him and skids off the road, Blue tries his best to help, but soon he gets stuck too! Luckily, Blue has picked up lots of farmyard friends on his drive, and they all muck in to get their friend back on the road.
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2. Little Blue Truck Lap Board Book

by: Alice SchertleJill McElmurry
Release date: Mar 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 30
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Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they’re willing to whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
Filled with truck sounds and animals noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

3. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

by: Sherri Duskey RinkerTom Lichtenheld
Release date: Mar 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more. Plus, this is a fixed-format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

4. Thank You, God, For Daddy

by: Amy Parker
Release date: May 10, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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Daddies do so much for us! It’s time to thank God for the blessing they are.

In this adorable board book, a little lion cub thanks God for his wonderful daddy-a daddy who gives big hugs and piggy back rides, who takes great care of him, and most importantly, who offers love, guidance, and encouragement.

Thank You, God, for Daddy;
He scares monsters away.
When Daddy says, “Don’t be afraid,”
I know that it’s okay.

The love and sacrifices of fathers will be celebrated by children everywhere each time they snuggle up to read Thank You, God, for Daddy.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

5. Amos Likes to Jump

by: Margaret LowderEllen Davis
Release date: Apr 28, 2015
Number of Pages: 24
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Amos Likes to Jump is a vibrant board book for early readers. This award-winning children’s book about the lovable dog Amos teaches young ones the value of individuality, and why being “you” is the best way to be. The story, authored by Margaret Lowder, is cheerful and fun. The illustrations, by Ellen Davis, are bright and energetic – just like Amos himself! This quality board book is substantial in size, and durable enough for children of all ages. Amos Likes To Jump is the first in the Series of Amos Tales. This delightful series lets children explore the world with Amos the dog, while learning that “being me is the best way to be!” The Amos Book Co. creates beautiful, fun books for children of all ages. Our illustrations are vivid and full of energy, perfect for a child’s development. Come along with Amos as he jumps through life!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

6. Slinky Malinki, Open the Door (Hairy Maclary and Friends)

by: Lynley Dodd
Release date: Aug 05, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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A board book version of this bestselling picture book. When Slinky Malinki and Stickybeak Sid are left in the house on their own, they cause absolute mayhem by opening all the craefully shut doorsi the house – a leave a trailof detruction from bathroom to bedroom to kitchen. But then Slinky Malinki opens the final door and comes face to face with his old adversary – Hairy Maclary!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

7. What is God Like? (Little Blessings)

by: Kathleen Bostrom LongElena Kucharik
Release date: Jan 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 76
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This work aims to answer a child’s most important questions about God.
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Christian Books & Bibles

8. Paulina the Picky Princess and the Magic Garden

by: Abby Mason
Release date: Mar 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 60
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In Paulina the Picky Princess and the Magic Garden, Abby introduces you to a little princess named Paulina. She is a picky eater and isn’t fond of fruits and vegetables. Come take a journey with Paulina and her friends, the acai berry fairies. Throughout their adventures, Paulina will have to be very brave as she tries to save the Garden Aine from creatures in an enchanted forest. Along the way, she might even learn to see vegetables in a whole new way.
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9. Tractor Mac Tune Up

by: Billy SteersBilly Steers
Release date: Apr 26, 2011
Number of Pages: 24
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Engine trouble halts Tractor Mac’s work in the fields. Mac fears a trip to the tractor hospital. What if he can’t be fixed? What if he’s turned into parts? Mac’s animal friends, Dr. Lou, and a few new friends join together to try to save the ailing Tractor Mac.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

10. Who Will Tuck Me in Tonight?

by: Carol RothValeri Gorbachev
Release date: Dec 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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It’s bedtime, but Woolly the little lamb can’t find his mother. Who will tuck him in?
“I will, I will,” said Mrs. Cow. “Don’t you worry. I know how. Everything will be all right. I’ll tuck you in real snug and tight.” But Mrs. Cow wraps poor Woolly up so tight that he can’t move.
“STOP!” cries Woolly. “That’s not right! Oh, who will tuck me in tonight?” Mrs. Cat, Mrs. Horse, Mrs. Pig, and Mrs. Duck all try, but their efforts prove disastrous, and Woolly grows more and more desperate. From the team who created the best-selling Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night comes another comic, yet sweet and satisfying, bedtime story.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

11. Sweet Child of Mine

by: Caroline Jayne Church
Release date: Aug 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 26
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An endearing and enduring story of love from bestselling author and illustrator Caroline Jayne Church!

I love you in the crisp white snow that quietly fills the sky,
I love you in the stormy air when strong dark clouds pass by.

Caroline Jayne Church returns with an emotional story that proves no matter how much things in life change, one thing lasts forever: a parent’s love.

With Caroline’s signature art style and heartwarming rhymes, SWEET CHILD OF MINE is destined to stand the test of time.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Baby

12. One Frog Too Many (A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog)

by: Mercer MayerMarianna MayerMercer MayerMarianna Mayer
Release date: Oct 27, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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Following the re-release of the first three books in this beloved series, here are the final three classic wordless tales in attractive, low-priced hardcover editions. A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, the first book in this series, launched Mercer Mayer’s distinguished career over twenty-five years ago, and also helped to create the wordless picture book genre. Full of warmhearted mischief and play, the books express the humorous trials and tribulations of friendship and the joy of summertime discovery. Readers will want to collect the entire set.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Frogs & Toads

13. Dimity Duck

by: Jane YolenSebastien Braun
Release date: Jan 24, 2008
Number of Pages: 30
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Dimity Duck waddles, she toddles and she sings. Giggle-gaggle goes her tail and whoosh! go her wings. So begins the day for Dimity Duck, full of brushing feathers and playtime with her friend, Frumity Frog. Worldrenowned author Jane Yolen and Sebastien Braun have created a delightful character full of childlike curiosity and adorable whimsy in Dimity Duck, now in board book format, ideal for the youngest of readers.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

14. Who Hops?

by: Katie Davis
Release date: Oct 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 36
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From the cow that doesn’t hop to the giraffe that doesn’t crawl, animals on brightly colored page after page offer up giggles galore and a delightfully silly look at the way some creatures do–and don’t–get around.
When the time comes to guess who hops and flies and slithers and swims and crawls, observant young readers just might know the answer!
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Children’s Books > Animals

15. Busy Chickens (A Busy Book)

by: John SchindelSteven Holt
Release date: Mar 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 20
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Hens, roosters, and chicks take center stage in the latest addition to the Busy Book series. Through gorgeous color photographs children will recognize chickens–both familiar and spectacularly fancy–busy performing actions like squawking, perching, leaping, and more.Reviews“Those who don’t love chickens need not apply. This full color photographic board book is all about barnyard birds in action: “cheeping,” and “leaping”; “caring” for their eggs; as well as chickens with elaborate mohawks and an interest in taking naps. For those who wish to move beyond the coop, a series of other “Busy” beasts are available.” —Publishers Weekly
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

16. Everything Grows

by: RaffiBruce McMillan
Release date: Oct 27, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Everything grows, anyone knows . . . So sings Raffi in his uplifting children’s song that inspired this book. Accompanying Raffi’s lyrics there are illustrations by Eugenie Fernandes, with subjects including children of different races, and various scenes from nature.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Music

17. My First Learning Library (Box Set)

by: DK Publishing
Release date: Nov 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 100
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Perfect for birthdays and baby shower gifts, this beautifully packaged box set includes three My First classics: the My First Word, My First ABC, and My First Number Board Books. Giving kids a head start on a lifetime of reading, the best-selling My First series has been highly acclaimed by parents and educators alike since it was first published. With the My First Learning Library Box Set, kids learn the basic skills of reading and recognition while having fun with a sturdy and attractive little book that’s just their size. A world of knowledge awaits!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

18. When the World Is Ready for Bed

by: Gillian ShieldsAnna Currey
Release date: Sep 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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When the world / Is ready for bed / The sky grows dark / The sun glows red.

Told with a gently rhyming text, this lovely story of the world falling asleep is just right for bedtime with the little ones.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

19. What to do about Roo?? Leaving his comfort zone.

by: Sarah Colborg
Release date: Sep 22, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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What to do about Roo?? Leaving his comfort zone.

In today’s busy world, Moms and Dads know the heartache and fear of leaving their little one while they battle separation anxiety when they are first left at day care, school, or anywhere new or unfamiliar. What to do about Roo? follows the story of Roo, a little boy who is afraid of being left alone by his parents. Through his adventures, Roo learns a valuable lesson that his loved ones will always come back and he is safe and loved even in scary or unfamiliar settings and locations. What to do about Roo?? provides a practical solution for parents in the fight against separation anxiety, through a set of matching “magic” bracelets that allow the child to be sent a hug from Mom anytime they pull on the charm.  

 

In this beautifully illustrated and captivating book, new author Sarah Colborg writes a gripping adventure that every family faces as a child learns that leaving their comfort zone can be overwhelming and confusing, but is a monumental part of growing up. Colborg’s beautiful story will help parents and families give their struggling children a tangible resource to know and understand their loved ones are always thinking of them and loving them, even when they can’t be physically near. Roo’s story will delight and engage readers and encourage children to blossom into strong individuals that can take on the world with and without their loved ones by there side!!!

 

What other parents are saying about the book!

“My daughter never showed any signs of separation anxiety, and all of sudden when taking her to school it was heartbreaking to see her cry and scream. I heard about this book from a friend, and I was desperate so I bought it. I couldn’t believe how well it helped my daughter. After a few day’s my duaghter stopped fighting school, and I couldn’t have been happier.”

– Brandi A.

 

“I never had issues with my son getting upset when leaving him with the babysitter to go to work. At around 3.5 years old, he started getting really upset and yelling please don’t leave me mommy. It was so hard each day to leave. I found this book and thought it would be worth the try to help with my problem. We read the story and my son loved it! The next day we used the bracelets, and I couldn’t believe how excited my son was. This book definitely helped with my situation.”

– Alex C.

 

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

20. Bebe Goes Shopping

by: Susan Middleton ElyaSteven Salerno
Release date: Apr 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 40
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A quick trip to the supermercado? Not with Bebe in the shopping cart. Snatching the grocery list and picking out chocolate-covered pickles, he’s not being very helpful. Just as Mama is ready to throw up her manos, she gives sweet Bebe a box of animal cookies. A dulce at last! He finds a camel, nibbles on a giraffe . . . eats an oso. Then they’re off to the checkout line, smiling all the way.

Susan Middleton Elya’s tender yet feisty story and Steven Salerno’s vivid art are perfect for budding English- and Spanish-speaking readers.

Includes a glossary of Spanish words.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Experiences

21. The Pig in the Pond Big Book (Candlewick Big Book)

by: Martin WaddellJill Barton
Release date: Feb 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 32
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Most pigs don’t swim, or so it’s said. But on this hot summer day, the pig on Neligan’s farm sits by the pond feeling envious of the ducks and geese floating in the cool water. Finally, when she can endure the heat no longer–Splash!–this sweltering pig takes a dive, throwing the entire farm into an uproar. Full color.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Pigs

22. Hey, Mr. Choo-Choo, Where Are You Going?

by: Susan WickbergYumi Heo
Release date: Apr 10, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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This busy train is really going places! I?m puff-puff-puffin? / In my smokesmoke- stack. / Bells are clang-clang-clangin?. / I?m on the good track! He has people and cargo to carry past cities and towns, through a tunnel, across bridges, and up and down hills as he click-clack-clicks all the way to a favorite destination?the seashore!

With rhythmic verse that perfectly echoes the chugging of a train and whimsical paintings showing the various landscapes along the way, the youngest kids will be eager to take a ride with charming Mr. Choo-choo.

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Children’s Books > Cars, Trains & Things That Go > Trains

23. Magical Animals

by: Ian WhiteGaston Hauviller
Release date: Feb 10, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Leo is bored, wishing there was more magic in life. He gets a big surprise when a mysterious wizard appears and sweeps him away on an incredible whirlwind tour of the animal kingdom! Join the fun as they witness some amazing animal powers at work, from chameleon camouflage to sticky gecko feet, and visit beautiful habitats from the frozen Antarctic to the mighty mountains of the Himalayas.After this exciting adventure you’ll have to agree with the wizard that life has a special magic all of its own!
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature

24. Hello, New Orleans!

by: Martha Zschock
Release date: Nov 30, 2011
Number of Pages: 16
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A parent and child pelican take a short tour of the Crescent City in best-selling author-illustrator Martha Day Zschock’s board book “Hello, New Orleans!” From the French Quarter to the Garden District, along the Mississippi and across Lake Ponchartrain, join the pelicans as they listen to music at Preservation Hall, celebrate Mardi Gras, and eat jambalaya and gumbo. Visit the Audubon Zoo and City Park, ride a St. Charles Avenue streetcar, and cheer the Saints. Along the way take a swamp tour, visit a plantation, and even ride on a steamboat! For ages 2-5. Made in the USA.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

25. Hush Little Ones

by: John Butler
Release date: Apr 29, 2004
Number of Pages: 12
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Join baby animals from all over the world as they go to sleep at night. Each spread features a tender scene with a mother and her offspring in their natural environments.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

26. Old MacDonald Had a Wedding

by: Ron BermanBrian Gerrity
Release date: Jan 18, 2007
Number of Pages: 24
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Old MacDonald loved Little Bo-Peep,

who found her man but lost her sheep.

He asked for her hand, and what do you guess?

She said, “E-I-E-I-Oh, yes, yes!”

You’ve heard about his farm, but you’ve never heard anything like his wedding! Join famous nursery rhyme characters and children’s song greats for the party of the year! This hilarious, rhyming story with appearances by favorite characters is sure to get a laugh-laugh here and a laugh-laugh there from kids—and their parents!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

27. Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors

by: Danna SmithValeria Petrone
Release date: Nov 14, 2011
Number of Pages: 40
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What better place for naptime than a grand pirate ship on the high seas? Two boys use their imaginations to turn everyday objects, from a white bandanna to yellow coins to a red blanket, into colorful pirate treasure as they prepare for naptime. With a bouncy rhymed text and fun illustrations, this charming book teaches little ones their colors while making a great read-aloud. Even the youngest readers and listeners will want to be a part of the fun as they get ready to sail off to sleep!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

28. Click, Clack, 123

by: Doreen Cronin
Release date: Jun 05, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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1 farmer sleeping. 2 feet creeping. 3 buckets piled high. 4 chickens standing by. Poor Farmer Brown is about to be tricked again by Duck! While the farmer is sleeping the afternoon away, the animals have decided to go fishing (fishing Farmer Brown’s goldfish out of his fish tank, and setting them free in the pond, that is) and getting past Farmer Brown is as easy as 1,2,3! Come along as Duck and friends teach their very young readers how to count. Click, clack, splash!!
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Children’s Books > Humor

29. Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed?

by: Barney SaltzbergBarney Saltzberg
Release date: Mar 03, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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Bedtime rituals take a silly twist in this humorous read-aloud sure to get restless little ones ready for their good-night hug.

Cornelius P. Mud, do you know what time it is?

It’s time for bed, and Cornelius P. Mud knows what that means — putting his toys away, brushing his teeth, putting his pajamas on, all the things we do every night. Right? Wrong! Bedtime at Cornelius’s house is no ordinary event. Whether it’s stuffing toys in the fridge or playing rodeo in the bathroom, this plucky piggy has his own ideas. So no, Cornelius isn’t quite ready for bed — he’s having too much fun!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Pigs

30. Farmer Will

by: Jane Cowen-FletcherJane Cowen-Fletcher
Release date: May 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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“Very much in tune with toddler sensibilities . . . ideal for both one-on-one sharing and story hours for the youngest listeners.” – BOOKLIST

Will loves farm animals. He loves to say Neigh! Moo! Baa! and Oink! He has a special farmer’s hat and his own little horse, cow, sheep, and pig, so it’s not surprising that his family calls him Farmer Will. With the soft colors of a country springtime, the author-illustrator of BABY ANGELS brings her gentle focus to a familiar image of childhood – a young child immersed in imaginary play with favorite toys.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

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