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The 20th-Century
Children's Book Treasury :
Picture Books and Stories
to Read Aloud

by Janet Schulman (Editor),
Simon Boughton (Editor)

Unparalleled in scope and quality and designed for reading aloud and sharing, this splendid anthology brings together 43 of the most memorable and beloved children's books of our time. Here are classics such as Madeline andCurious George; contemporary bestsellers such as Guess How Much I Love You and The Stinky Cheese Man; Caldecott Medal winners such as Make Way for Ducklings and Where the Wild Things Are; and family favorites such as Goodnight Moon, The Sneetches, and Winnie-the-Pooh.

The selections range from concept books and wordless books to picture books and short read-aloud stories, and represent the complete array of childhood themes and reading needs: ABCs, number and color books, stories about going to bed and going to school; tales about growing up, siblings, parents, and grandparents; animal stories, fantasies; fables; magical stories; stories about everyday life--and more. Also included are an introduction, capsule biographies of the 62 writers and artists represented in the collection, color-coded running heads indicating age levels, and indexes.

As a gift, a keepsake, and a companion in a child's first steps toward a lifelong love of reading, The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury belongs in every family's bookcase.

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The 1,000,000 Bank-Note
and Other New Stories
(Oxford Mark Twain)

by Mark Twain,
Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Editor),
Malcolm Bradbury
(Introduction)

No review

HARDCOVER


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea : Jules Verne's Classic Tale (Eyewitness Classics)

by Jules Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers Verne, Wright, Ron Miller

A tale of a fantastical, underwater world of mythical monsters and a mysterious sea captain, this adventure by Jules Verne is a timeless classic. The action-packed story lines retain all the impact of the author's own words, while photos and narrative illustrations help readers to absorb the full flavor of the original novel. Full color.

HARDCOVER


3 Plays : Our Town, the Skin of Our Teeth,
the Matchmaker (Perennial Classics)

by Thornton Wilder
(Preface)

This omnibus volume brings together the definitive texts of three outstanding plays by one of America's most distinguished writers. Thronton Wilder was equally prolific and successful as a dramatist and novelist. Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The Matchmaker (1955) was originally staged as The Merchant of Yonkers (1938) and later appeared as a hit musical, Hello Dolly! (1964).

PAPERBACK


5 Children's Thrift Classics : The Happy Prince and Other Fairy Tales/Favorite Poems of Childhood/the Adventures of Peter Cottontail/the Ugly Ducklin

by Thornton W. Burgess

No review

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain, John D. Seelye (Photographer)

Mark Twain's classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, tells the story of a teenaged misfit who finds himself floating on a raft down the Mississippi River with an escaping slave, Jim. In the course of their perilous journey, Huck and Jim meet adventure, danger, and a cast of characters who are sometimes menacing and often hilarious.

Though some of the situations in Huckleberry Finn are funny in themselves (the cockeyed Shakespeare production in Chapter 21 leaps instantly to mind), this book's humor is found mostly in Huck's unique worldview and his way of expressing himself. Describing his brief sojourn with the Widow Douglas after she adopts him, Huck says: "After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people." Underlying Twain's good humor is a dark subcurrent of Antebellum cruelty and injustice that makes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn a frequently funny book with a serious message.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

The irrepressible Tom Sawyer and his best friend, Huck Finn, enjoy a host of sometimes entertaining, sometimes dangerous adventures as they play pirates on a deserted island, attend their own funeral, stumble upon a midnight murder, and run afoul of the evil Injun Joe. Reprint.

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The Scarlet Letter

by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hailed by Henry James as "the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country," Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.

With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Greatest teen classic ever!!

Reading this book makes you feel like your floating all the days by, down the Mississippi. Twain is amazing as he paints such a great picture of the time and life of Huck Finn. Even when Huck was one of the richest kids in town it didn't matter. Money wasn't an issue. Freedom was. It was everything. He hated having to have manners and having to comb his hair in the morning. His new found life bored him. So he took off on a great adventure that will leave you wishing you were on the raft with him

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Treasure Island

by Robert Louis, III Stevenson

A reader from New Hampshire , October 6, 1998

Exciting and Suspensefull.

I highly recommend reading Treasure Island to anyone who likes suspenseful classics. Although Robert Lewis Stevenson wrote it in 1883, the classic is still in print and is appropriate for anyone in grades 5-8. The journey begins with no major problems, but when Jim and the rest of the crew approach their destination everyone on the ship gets their own idea of the way things are going to work. Throughout the story Jim Hawkins, the main character, takes risks for the well-being of himself and his colleagues. Finally, his shipmates lose faith in him but he prevails. The events that take place in this story are extremely exciting and surprising. This book is one of my favorites and should be read by all.

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Robinson Crusoe

by Daniel De Foe

Deserves its classic status!

I re-read Robinson Crusoe and found it to be very rewarding. In addition to being a good adventure story, it has great insights into human nature and the struggle of a man in his relations with God, other humans and nature. Crusoe serves as a character with whom many people can identify. Contrary to what a few other reviewers said, a careful reading of Robinson Crusoe shows that the main character is very sympathetic to persons of other races and religions. Slavery and religious conflict pervaded the world when this book was written. For his time, Robinson Crusoe treats persons of other backgrounds with respect, decency and understanding.

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The Jungle Book(Classics Illustrated)

by Rudyard Kipling (Editor),
Gregory Feeley (Illustrator)

No review

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Adventures of Oliver Twist (Oxford Illustrated Dickens)

by Charles Dickens, Humphrey House (Introduction), Humphy House (Designer)

A reader from Vancouver, BC , October 30, 1998

If you read one Dickens book, this should be it

Stay away from A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations!!! They are boring, confusing, wordy and highly over-rated. Oliver Twist, however, is humourous and very easy to read. The characters are delightful and memorable. Bumble the Beadle, the Artful Dodger, Fagan, Bill Sykes and, of course, Oliver himself. Just because a book deals with what others believe to be "timeless" themes (as are supposedly the case in A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations) doesn't make them great books. Even if we assume that other Dickens novels are well enough written to qualify as great, they still need to be readable, understandable and a joy to read. Thye are not. If a book is complicated or confusing then, no matter how well it may be written it is not great. Oliver Twist is great.

HARDCOVER


The Adventures of Pinocchio (World's Classics)

by Carlo Collodi, Ann Lawson Lucas (Translator)

From the time he is transformed from a block of wood into a runaway puppet to the happy ending where he is turned into a real boy, Pinocchio and his notorious nose have fired the imaginations of children for over 100 years. The rich illustrations in this Pictureback retelling capture the folk-tale flavor of this timeless favorite. Full color

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The Adventures of Robin Hood
(Everyman's Library Children's Classics)

by Walter Crane (Illustrator),
Roger L. Green (Designer)

A reader from Los Angeles, California , April 1, 1998

Perfect for Adventure-loving kids.

I read this book when I was a kid, and I can't recommend it highly enough to parents and kids who are looking for classic high adventure. It's timeless, yet provides good role models for boys (Robin Hood was the original cool do-gooder) and for girls, since Roger Greene's Maid Marian is more than a match for Robin with sword and bow and arrow.

HARDCOVER


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Oxford World's Classics) by Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Lancelyn Green (Editor), Conan Doyle

He observes instead of sees, so he always knows more.

Each chapter is one case, so it is easy to read. The cases are so easy to solve, after sherlock Holmes tells us the clues to the evidences of course! When I was done with this book, I knew so much about Shelock Holmes' personal life and habits through his best friend, Watson's thorough, vivid details. I enjoyed this book a lot because it brings me to a natural state of sleepiness every time I finish reading a case. Read it!

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Aesop's Fables

by Aesop, Fritz Kredel (Illustrator)

No review

HARDCOVER


Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights (Everyman's Library Children's Classics)

by W. Heath Robinson (Illustrator), W. Heath Rovinson

The story of a poor young man's fateful encounter with a powerful genie is accompanied by other magical tales from the Orient, in a beautifully illustrated edition of the classic folktales.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll,
Angel Dominguez (Illustrator)

Although there have been many illustrated editions of Alice, rarely has one been done in Lewis Carroll's own visual medium of photography. Abelardo Morell, quickly gaining recognition as one of the major American photographers of our time, is the ideal artist to take on this challenge. His early photographs of illustrated books are striking images of worlds within worlds that in their alterations of an illustration's space and shape have the distinct flavor and mystery of Wonderland. So too do his oversize camera obscura images--magical, cityscape projections that have received national attention--mirror Carroll's own passion for upside-down and multiple worlds. For Alice, Morell goes further, photo-graphing the Tenniel characters and then staging them in evocative three-dimensional settings. In his fascinating introduction, historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus offers a glimpse into the intriguing connection between Lewis Carroll's pioneering efforts as a photographer and his timeless contributions to the world of nonsense. Marcus shows in what ways Lewis Carroll and Abelardo Morell are kindred spirits in the fierce delight they take in the crazy patchwork quality of life and in their shared belief that nonsense makes the best sense of all.

HARDCOVER


Andersen's Fairy Tales (Signet Classics)

by Hans Christian Andersen, Pat Shaw Iversen (Translator)

For more than 100 years, the beloved stories of Hans Christian Andersen have transported young readers to magical worlds of the imagination. The 47 tales collected here have been beautifully translated and enhanced by line drawings.

PAPERBACK


The Animal Family

by Randall Jarrell, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

A reader from USA , September 23, 1998

Buy this book before it goes out of print again!

Whenever this book comes back into print I buy at least 6 copies. I traditonally give this book to children I cherish on their 5th birthday; it must be read TO them, but they love it. (I have a first edition that was given to me when I turned 5.) I also give it to couples as a shower gift; "The Animal Family" is an excellent book about love and marriage. This book seems to go in and out of print frequently--buy it while you can!

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