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Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell, McKinley, Eleanor G. Vance (Editor), Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)

A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next. Although Anna Sewell's classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.

Black Beauty tells the story of the horse's own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse. Throughout, Sewell rails--in a gentle, 19th-century way--against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow Black Beauty's fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all.


The Black Stallion (Black Stallion)
by Walter Farley

A shipwreck leaves young Alec stranded on a deserted island with a wild stallion. Dependent on each other for survival, boy and horse learn to trust and love each other as they establish an amazing friendship that lasts a lifetime.


The Black Stallion Returns (Black Stallion Series
by Walter Farley

Alec and the Black are torn apart when an Arab sheik appears and claims the prize stallion as his own. But after a dramatic adventure in the Arabian highlands, boy and horse are reunited, never to be separated again


The Bunny Who Found Easter
by Charlotte Zolotow, Helen Craig (Illustrator)

A freshly illustrated edition of Zolotow's classic story, originally published in 1959. . . . Zolotow's stylistic trademarks - tender lyricism, poetic prose, and a compassionate tone - continue to satisfy children/ Craig's charming pastel paintings in ink, watercolor, and colored pencil bring the bunny to life. . . . Update your collection and introduce a new generation to this sweet, joyful tale.


Calico the Wonder Horse:
Or the Saga of Stewy Stinker
by Virginia Lee Burton

In comic-strip format, this action-packed western drama is complete with cattle rustling and kidnapping, a stampede, a holdup, and a thrilling chase. From start to bang-up finish, Calico the Wonder Horse outruns and outsmarts the double-dyed villains -- and, of course, saves the day! "Complete with lightening bolt and clouds of churned-up dust, for its tale of good and evil in the wild West." --Publishers Weekly


The Cat in the Hat (Classic Gift Seuss)
by Seuss, Dr Seuss

He may be an old standby, but he never lets us down. When in doubt, turn to the story of the cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure. There's another, hidden adventure, too: this book really will help children learn to read. With his simple and often single vowel vocabulary, the good Doctor knew what he was doing: hear it, learn it, read it--laughing all the way. The Cat in The Hat is a must for any child's library.


Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss, Theodore Seuss Geisel

This timeless Dr. Seuss classic was first published in 1960, and has been delighting readers ever since. Sam-I-Am is as persistent as a telemarketer, changing as many variables as possible in the hopes of convincing the nameless skeptic that green eggs and ham are a delicacy to be savored. He tries every manner of presentation with this "nouveau cuisine"--in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat, on a boat--to no avail. Then finally, finally the doubter caves under the tremendous pressure exerted by the tireless Sam-I-Am. And guess what? Well, you probably know what happens, but even after reading Green Eggs and Ham the thousandth time, the climactic realization that green eggs and ham are "so good, so good, you see" is still a rush. As usual, kids will love Dr. Seuss's wacky rhymes and whimsical illustrations--and this time, they might even be so moved as to finally take a taste of their broccoli. (Ages 4 to 8)


One Fish Two Fish
Red Fish Blue Fish
by Dr. Seuss, Theodore Seuss Geisel

"Did you ever fly a kite in bed? Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?" Such are the profound, philosophical queries posed in this well-loved classic by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel. While many rhymes in this couplet collection resemble sphinx-worthy riddles, Seuss's intention is clear: teach children to read in a way that is both entertaining and educational. It matters little that each wonderful vignette has nothing to do with the one that follows. (We move seamlessly from a one-humped Wump and Mister Gump to yellow pets called the Zeds with one hair upon their heads.) Children today will be as entranced by these ridiculous rhymes as they have been since the book's original publication in 1960--so amused and enchanted, in fact, they may not even notice they are learning to read!
(Ages 4 to 8)


Chicken Little
by Laura Rader (Illustrator)

Chicken Little's comic misadventures are a favorite with toddlers, who always know better than the silly chick. This fresh retelling of the classic tale features bright, humorous illustrations. Full color.


Three Bears
by Byron Barton

Barton's bold graphics and colors help make these picture-book-converted board books successful, and his retellings of the folktales are--appropriately for the intended infant/toddler audience--pared down to their essences.


Little Red Hen
by Byron Barton (Illustrator)

A little red hen can't get her friends to help her as she plants wheat, grinds flour, and bakes bread, but everyone wants to help her eat it. Barton illustrates the traditional story with large, simplified shapes in bright colors. Appropriate for reading aloud, with a refrain that invites participation


The Complete Poems of
(Winnie-the-Pooh Collection)
by Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator),
Alan Alexander Milne

"'Let's frighten the dragons,' I said to Pooh. / 'That's right,' said Pooh to Me. / 'I'm not afraid,' I said to Pooh, / And I held his paw and I shouted, 'Shoo! / Silly old dragons!'--and off they flew," says Christopher Robin in A.A. Milne's well-loved poem "Us Two." Milne (1882-1956) didn't start writing for children until 1920, when his son, the real Christopher Robin, was a year old. That's about when his wife Daphne envisioned her son's stuffed Harrods bear, tiger, pig, kangaroo, and donkey as characters in a children's book. And the rest is history! By 1924, Milne had published When We Were Very Young, a whimsical collection of verses illustrated in gentle watercolors by Ernest H. Shepard; Now We Are Six, a second collection, followed in 1927. This hefty, full-color volume brings together all of Milne's verses, unabridged. If you fondly remember "James James / Morrison Morrison / Weatherby George Dupree / Took great / Care of his Mother, / Though he was only three," from "Disobedience," or "Ernest was an elephant, a great big fellow, / Leonard was a lion with a six-foot tail, / George was a goat, and his beard was yellow, / And James was a very small snail," from "The Four Friends," this fabulous collection will send you into a dreamy reverie. And for those young readers to whom Pooh is new, these innocent, gently humorous, 70-year-old poems--along with The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh--will still resonate deeply. (All ages)


The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
by Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator), Alan Alexander Milne

When Christopher Robin asks Pooh what he likes doing best in the world, Pooh says, after much thought, "What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."

Happy readers for over 70 years couldn't agree more. Pooh's status as a "Bear of Very Little Brain" belies his profoundly eternal wisdom in the ways of the world. To many, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and the others are as familiar and important as their own family members. A.A. Milne's classics, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, are brought together in this beautiful edition, complete and unabridged, with re-colored illustrations by Milne's creative counterpart, Ernest H. Shepard. Join Pooh and the gang as they meet a Heffalump, help get Pooh unstuck from Rabbit's doorway, (re)build a house for Eeyore, and try to unbounce Tigger. A childhood is simply not complete without full participation in all of Pooh's adventures. (All ages)


Elephants Child
by Rudyard Kipling,
Arlette Lavie (Illustrator)

Because of his "satiable curtiosity" about what the crocodile has for dinner, the elephant's child and all elephants thereafter have long trunks.


A Family Treasury of Little Golden Book :
46 Best-Loved Stories
by Ellen Lewis Buell (Editor), Leonard S. Marcus (Introduction)

No review


The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

To say that this particular apple tree is a "giving tree" is an understatement. In Shel Silverstein's popular tale of few words and simple line drawings, a tree starts out as a leafy playground, shade provider, and apple bearer for a rambunctious little boy. Making the boy happy makes the tree happy, but with time it becomes more challenging for the generous tree to meet his needs. When he asks for money, she suggests that he sell her apples. When he asks for a house, she offers her branches for lumber. When the boy is old, too old and sad to play in the tree, he asks the tree for a boat. She suggests that he cut her down to a stump, so he can craft a boat out of her trunk. He unthinkingly does it. At this point in the story, the double-page spread shows a pathetic solitary stump, poignantly cut down to the heart the boy once carved into the tree as a child that said "M.E. + T." "And then the tree was happy ... but not really." When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. "And the tree was happy." While the message of this book is unclear (Take and take and take? Give and give and give? Complete self-sacrifice is good? Complete self-sacrifice is infinitely sad?), Silverstein has perhaps deliberately left the book open to interpretation. (All ages)


Goldilocks and the Three Bears
by Aesop, Benton Mahan (Illustrator), Ben Mahan (Illustrator)

Lost in the woods, a tired and hungry little girl finds the home of the three bears where she helps herself to food and goes to sleep.


Great Adventure Novels for Children : Tom Sawyer, Robin Hood, the Story of King Arthur, Tarzan, the Three Musketeers, Kidnapped, Robinson Crusoe)

This is a boxed set and are abridged versions of the old favorites


A Hatful of Seuss : Five Favorite Dr. Seuss Stories : Horton Hears a Who!, If I Ran the Zoo, Sneetches, Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book, Bartholomew and the Oobleck
by Dr. Seuss

Bartholomew and the Oobleck (1949); If I Ran the Zoo (1950); Horton Hears a Who! (1954); The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961); Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book (1962). These five well-known stories are collected with their original art in one large volume. The wordplay, humor, and illustrations are just as Seussian as they are in the individual books. However, this bulky edition is not easy for a child to handle


Mary Engelbreit's the Snow Queen
by Mary Engelbreit (Illustrator),
Hans Christian Andersen

Published fall 1993. In this retelling of Andersen's long and complex story of the mysterious Snow Queen and the triumph of love over wickedness, the religious elements have been excised or changed, and the language has been simplified so that much of the original sardonic wit is gone. Engelbreit, best known for her greeting cards, contributes illustrations containing charm and sweetness but little in the way of character growth, which is basic to the story


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