The hardbound version of this book was done by the same publisher in Here now is the paperback version done in The pictorial covers present two images from the Topkapi Museum: "Kalila visits the captive Dimna" and back "Lion attacking a Bull. The introduction xi points out that Calila e Digna in was the first extensive piece of prose literature in Spanish. This translation from the Arabic and Spanish seems to work carefully with the sources. The T of C here v-viii lists all the fables and notes those that are fables within fables. There are notes at the end and an extensive bibliography.
The work could have used a more careful proofreader. It appears that the proofreading errors persist. Note "shoemanker" on Raccontata da Roberto Piumini. Illustrata da Nicoletta Costa. San Dorligo della Valle, Trieste: C'era una fiaba Apparently this "C'era una fiaba It seems that seven books have been published to date. There may be two more fables in the three books that will complete the series of ten--TH and "La Favola del Mercante"--but they are not yet listed on the publisher's website for this series.
After the title-page, there are eleven pairs of pages, with text on the left and a full-page illustration on the right. The illustrations are simple and colorful. They seem almost to be made out of colorforms, near geometric forms cleverly configured to create animal shapes, flowers, and the sun. The ant is busy in summer hauling a cart filled with a tied-up bag of grain.
The book's most dramatic image comes near its center, as the leaf on which the cicada has been sitting has turned gold. In this version, the ant lets the grasshopper into the richly filled hill bunker. The request for food comes inside this cave. When the cicada asks for two or three grains, an ant answers that two or three ants had to work two or three days to carry those two or three grains to the cave. As the cicada is walking to the door to leave, he says to himself that, if he makes it to the next summer, he will sing a little and he will work a little.
That is the story's good last line. This is a pleasant little book. It is also one of the few Italian fable books I could find on this trip. Fables by Jean de La Fontaine. Paris: Nocturne. This is an unusual find. The unusual part starts with the fact that shipping cost more than the item itself. The item is a combination of a book and a compact disc by Pierrejean Gaucher. Its title contains a wordplay and perhaps even more wordplay than I can catch. The page pamphlet is itself highly unusual. It offers excellent contemporary graphic-novel illustrations for six of the fables presented on the compact disc.
There is also a curious cover picture of TH as gunslingers that makes me think there is even more wordplay here. OF features a particularly grand "Ka-Blouie! This presentation has good cartoon work and good tracking of La Fontaine's approach to this fable. In FC, the crow is perched atop a seven-storey apartment building, and the fox drives by in a racy car.
TMCM has the liveliest colored cartoon work! The wildest illustration work may be on CW. It features some fascinating hybrid faces and an offputting picture of a nude woman eating a mouse! The non-illustrated fables have texts offered at the back of the book. I will keep the disc in the cardboard case that forms the covers for the book. It has a beautiful green cloth cover with a pasted-on procession of La Fontaine leading animals and even two pots. Inside there are the twenty-six fables on 48 pages that one finds in the original.
As I mentioned on the earliest printings of this book, the illustrations' colors are delightful. The best of them may be FM 26 and WC Boutet de Monvel is rightly highly praised by Arbuthnot and Sutherland. The pictorial T of C at the beginning is nicely done. NY: Scholastic, Inc. This is a page pamphlet 8" square. Its left-hand pages present each a sentence in Spanish and English.
The right-hand pages present lively full-page colored illustrations. The milkmaid had to scold the cats, for example, who were drinking from her pails of milk before she could take the milk to the city to sell it. When the milkmaid's daydreams got to the calf, she imagined it jumping up and down. She jumped high, finally, and tripped. Why, by the way, was she wearing shoes that have pegs on their soles? Apparently first published in Spanish in This bilingual edition then came out in the following year.
The fables are big, colorful, active. This telling makes the wolf vain about the ability of his sharp teeth to do fine work on the nail that bothers the ass. And the nail of new shoes does bother this ass; his braying about it brought the wolf to him in the first place. It tells of a lazy monkey who, having eaten nothing but bananas, does not understand that one breaks open nuts and coconuts and then enjoys the liquid and food inside.
The games afterward are cleverly done, especially the two different forms of the game of finding the differences in detail between two similar pictures. I wrote to the website SpanishDict to get help on understanding this title and have received a flurry of helpful answers. The best translation seems to be "The most beautiful fables which they will tell you many times. Premier edition. Paris: Carabas Jeunesse. One might wonder about the eye-glasses on this crow. The story opens with the boy playing a computer game in which he, as a mouse, hammers an elephant.
Mom calls him to put on clothes and go to a theater.
There she gives him a kiss. His reaction is that he, as the mouse in the computer game, would like to hammer his mother. The theater's show is a marionette performance of FC. Monsieur Renard arrives in a truck marked "Renard Beau Parleur. He has perhaps more than one physical deficiency. Might this shortcoming contribute to his misassessment of his own beauty?
He puts on his glasses and sees the fox clearly. The crow has to look up "ramage" to see that it means "chant des oiseaux dans les arbres. His song, when he sings, is "bibapeloula. At the end of the performance, the boy kisses his mother and dreams of hammering the fox. Good work! This is one of six books in a series. I am sorry to have missed the series. Now only two of them seem available at reasonable prices, and here is the second of those two. The pamphlet offers delightful cartoons, starting with the front-cover picture of the crow sitting on a construction beam with a hard hat and grasping his piece of cheese.
Here that piece of cheese is a good contemporary sandwich. Soon it seems that this venue is undergoing a movie shoot. The fox gets into the workers' suspended box with the crow and continues his pitch. Soon the crow sings. He lets go of the sandwich, and the whole crew is after it! The fox gets it and quickly lowers the box. As always, the crow is left alone and deprived in the end. Good f. It is in the same series as Le Loup et le Chien, published in The endpapers feature a collage of feathers and leaves.
The pictures are actually photographs of cut-paper collages with short matching statements. Early statements are, e. How beautiful you are! You must have a very lovely voice! Paris: Les Fables de la Fontaine: Nathan. Now only a couple of volumes are available, and they are very expensive! The pamphlet offers delightful cartoons, starting with the front-cover picture of a lamb slinking away with food while a wolf looks on with knife and fork in his paws.
First the fable is told in its entirety, with helpful vocabulary at the page bottom. Then we start putting the story into a context for today by taking a few lines at a time and giving these lines a two-page spread. The context is a school cafeteria, where Richie the Wolf does what he pleases without objection from others. Baptiste has finished his lunch with friends. Richie wants Baptiste's dessert. You mocked me yesterday!
The course terminates at a tree. There Baptiste is tied up and has to watch Richie eat his dessert. Tradizione: Renato Caporali. Illustrazioni: Cinzia Ghigliano. Nuova Edizione, first printing. Edited by I. Illustrations by Yuliya Kucherovska. Kiev: Hresmomamiya Shkolyara: Vugavnichmvo Shkola. From what I can gather, there are fables on They are without illustration except for the two birds on the sectional title-page introducing the section There is a T of C at the back starting on There are no internal illustrations after the title-page's wolf and lamb.
The pictorial cover shows a cat and a wolf side by side; two ducks fly overhead. Other eBay advertisers have spoken of Ghlibov as the greatest Ukrainian fabulist. I wish I could say more!
Here are fifty-five fables told in from one to six pages each, with colorful full-page illustrations around their texts on unnumbered pages. Those texts are prose presentations of the fables in sense-lines. The overfed hen in the first fable gets sick from overeating and thus lays no eggs. Unable to break a captured turtle on the ground, a fox gives in to the turtle's suggestion that he soften him up in water. Iriarte's "Flautist Ass" is well done in poetry. Why try to scrub a pig? The artist presents "The Dog and the Crocodile" cleverly by taking a point of view at exactly the water level.
GA ends surprisingly, in fact in a way I have never seen before. The grasshopper has just said "But if you heard my music, I at least entertained you. I suffered more from your music this summer than I did from the hard work that lets me eat now!
The illustration follows this kindly way of ending the story. The moral of MM turns against itself. But we need a little imagination in life! Christopher Wormell. Philadelphia and London: Running Press. This is a bold, impressive book with very strong and simple wood engravings. Fables are not told. Instead, each fable gets a two-page spread. On one page is a moral and a title, e. The Crow and the Pitcher.
After about twenty-two such spreads, the stories are told, two to a page, with a much smaller rendition of the single illustration for that fable. This is a beautiful book! This book replicates another in the collection except for two changes. First, the printing of the front cover's picture is different. The background now is variegated mixing cream and gray. The same colors were there in the other copy, but have a clear border and are not mixed.
As I wrote on the first copy, this is a bold, impressive book with very strong and simple wood engravings. Edited by M. Moscow: Mir Knigi Publishing. Krylov and other famous Russian writers: I. Dmitriev, O. Chumina, N. Yur'ina, I. Khemnitzer, A. Izmailov, V. Zhukov, and P. Copyright by Editions Auzou in France. One gets a good idea of the quality of art in this book on , which offer two scenes from "The Oyster and the Litigants.
There are twenty-two fables here. Both the cover and the title-page give special attention to "A Cat, a Ferret and a Rabbit" 32 ; it is also the most prominent element of the front cover's illustration. Apparently originally copyrighted by Editions Auzou in France. Written by Monira Sohaili. Illustrated by Andre Van Zijl. Bookman Publishing and Marketing. I had already found and catalogued this book in its earlier form as published by 1stbooks in I chanced across the book again in this more recent form, published by in by Bookman Publishing and Marketing.
To my surprise, there is no reference to the earlier publisher. As I wrote there, this book describes itself in its last pages and again on the back cover as "sensitive and nurturing stories for children four to twelve years old" For those studying fables, I think it presents a good sample case of fables that push toward compassion and encouragement rather than enlightenment about harsh realities.
Thus Webby the spider laughs at Silky the silkworm because she is a "slave to other people" 5. Silky converts Webby to thinking about others and even rejoicing over their good. Anna has to leave behind her pet ducks and fishes because of war raging around her parents' home. During the whole time of their hiding in the forest, she wonders how they are. The three return to find their home destroyed, but the ducks have three ducklings, and there are now hundreds of fishes 8! Sunflower is sad because bee, butterfly, and others do not visit her the way they do other flowers for their nectar.
Bee, butterfly, and earthworm console sunflower by saying that they enjoy her beauty; everything has its own gift in the garden of love Illustration: Cassandre Montoriol. This book is fun. It works off of La Fontaine's TH, reprinted on the back endpaper. The hare is depressed. He feels as though everyone is laughing at him. He despises La Fontaine; a clever illustration on 20 shows him shooting arrows at a picture of La Fontaine.
The tortoise has a particular way of getting to the hare. The hare's one friend during this time has been the little hedgehog Manioc. It turns out that Manioc has been kidnapped by the wolf. The animals meet to discuss how they can liberate him from the wolf's cage. Many demur, but the hare steps forward and volunteers.
He will distract the wolf into chasing him, and the mole with the senior hedgehog can liberate Manioc. The wolf sees through the hare's ploy and dismisses him. The hare gets to him when he claims that he will tell the animals that the wolf is afraid that he is not as fast as a turtle! The chase is on, and Manioc is liberated. In the book's last phase, the hare is doing interviews as a hero and seems no longer to have time for his friends -- until on TV itself he apologizes to his friends and says that, though he means to write a new set of fables, they will wait until he has some good time with his old friends.
Clever text with delightful illustrations. Gift of Kathryn Thomas, March, ' Here is a simple large-format pamphlet of eight pages presenting three fables. The first is unusual. It pits mice against cats; sometimes the enemy in this fable is weasels. The key to the fable is usually the cumbersomeness of the mice-leaders' horned helmets, but of many mice pictured on , I can see only two with helmets, and all the mice seem to be seized by the cats.
The mice's tails are very much like the spears that they hold. The second fable is AD. The ant is dripping or sweating or both. The third fable presents texts on panels hanging from trees. This story of the lion, rooster, and ass has, like the first fable, three pages. Surprisingly, the climactic third page shows no action, like the confronting or killing of the ass. I may be missing something, but it seems to have only the story-telling panel.
Here is an opportunity for dramatization missed! There are seven other pamphlets in this series, as the back cover indicates. It is unusual to find utterly blank inside covers like these. Christos Barlamos. Ekdoseis Agyra. This attractive large-format book offers four fables, each receiving about eight pages and a longish prose text. FWT presents a lively female fox who dresses up as a fashion statement after she has lost her tail. Her tight pants and short tail are noticed by even the birds and, of course, the skirt-wearing grandma fox with granny glasses.
The second fable is apparently Perry , "The Swan and his Owner. Someone bought a swan because he had heard that it was a very melodious bird. Then once, when he had guests for dinner, he urged the swan to sing for the company, but the swan remained silent. Later on, when the swan sensed that he was about to die, he sang a dirge for himself, and his owner hearing it said 'If you sing only when you are going to die, it was foolish of me to ask you to sing instead of sacrificing you. My prize for the liveliest illustration in a lively book goes to the picture here of the monkey doing her hair The climax picture is also excellent: the supposed queen is trapped and befuddled The black wolves on 38 of BW are also excellent.
The endpapers offer a clue that FC appears in Volume I, now out of print. An indication on the book's cover, which shows BW, indicates that the book has a matching CD. There is no sign of that CD here. Retold and Illustrated by Jane Wattenberg. NY: Scholastic Press. This is a large-format book somewhat in the tradition of William Wegman.
The book's title-page is actually about eight pages into the book. Each of the early pages has a single large picture of a dog in a human situation. The starting situations for Hunky-Dory and Bix on the first two pages are the same: they are looking for a job. An ad appears for a dog to guard sheep. At that point the title-page intervenes and this story of contrasts gets specific. Bix has the attitude of "Bring 'em on" towards the wolves; Hunky-Dory is cautious and wants to follow the shepherd's rules.
Rule 1 is "Never Cry Woooof! The third time proves to be disastrous for Bix; he receives no help, and the threat is real. One finds plenty of rhyme here, rapper's rhythms, and a good deal of punning. My favorite pun comes with the "Lambulance. The last page says "See Ewe. Alan Titley. Signed by Alan Titley. Belfast: Lagan Press. The author presents an engaging sense of the stories he has gathered here, all originally written in Irish and culled from three previous collections.
I find the first story offering a clue to all the others: "The Storyteller" Here we read of a Jesus-like figure "who told stories on street corners or in the fields or in the back rooms of pubs. While in fashion, he challenges people to invite to their parties "the poor, the hoboes, the junkies, the scumbags on the streets, goddam filthy immigrants.. The stories in this little volume have some of the shock value of scripture stories. One that is close to traditional fable form has the maggot closing a debate with the far-flying bird by saying that he will have seen the ground "and I will have left my mark upon it" For me, "As It is in Heaven" 69 is not only surprising but also inappropriate.
What a refreshing little book! Written by John Harris. Illustrated by Calef Brown. Los Angeles: Getty Publications. This is a lively book. Actually it is not just a pop-up. There are also levers to manipulate and gates to open. Besides, there is a lift-out moral for every fable. The most dramatic pop-up presents the fox's jaws eating the crab that strayed onto the shore.
Harris uses good story-telling in the same story. The crab uses a contemporary idiom to express that he is tired of living in the ocean "Been there, done that. In mid-sentence Harris writes "End of story. End of crab. Harris is decidedly colloquial. Thus the moral for "The Starry-Eyed Astronomer" is "Pay attention to the small stuff, even while you're thinking about the big stuff. At the left is Aesop, urging the reader to make his or her own fable by spinning the dial on the facing page and using the two animals that the dial points to on two spins.
Then the reader is to pull down Aesop's beard and find a series of morals, one of which might fit the two animal characters already chosen. Part of the fun is that lowering the beard occasions Aesop's eyes to move over to the animals on the facing page--just as the child's eyes move in the story about feeding him to the wolf. This is an ingenious and well-constructed book! Pierre Gamarra. Here are fables a la Fontaine and built from La Fontaine. The standard is two facing pages per fable, each fable with at least one colored illustration. I have tried the first few.
Most accessible to me is "Le Sanglier, l'Homme et la Montre" 10 : a boar finds a gold watch and rejects it because he cannot eat it. A poor man finds the same gold watch and sees it as his meal ticket for a long time to come. Good fun! The colored illustrations have their own rather eccentric style, not to my liking. Retold by Rashmi Jaiswal. Illustrated by P. Mumbai: Alka Publications. It is curious that the same publisher put out two Panchatantra books by the same author but different illustrators within about four years of each other.
Then again, there is yet another Panchatantra book within this series pictured on the back cover of this book! It offers 31 numbered fables on pages. There is a T of C on This collection features standard Panchatantra stories. New to me is a story prominently pictured on the book's cover: "Greed and the Strange Wheel" 16 has four friends searching for wealth.
The last of them, too greedy to want to share the others' wealth, encounters a man who like him had been searching for diamonds. This man has a wheel revolving around his bloody head. Finding this new searcher at last relieves him of his burden, and now the new victim must wait for another greedy searcher to come. On 73, a weaver with a wish to be granted is prevailed upon by his wife to ask for two more hands; the villagers think he is some evil spirit and beat him to death.
The second-to-last story involves an iron bar that is allegedly eaten by mice The cover proclaims "Illustrated in Colour," and there are one or two larger-than-half-page colored illustrations for each of the stories. Sawyer, Jr.. Illustrations by Herman Ramirez. There are six bilingual stories here.
None is really a fable. The first two stories are colorful fictional stories dealing with "Cinco de Mayo" and Mexico's Independence Day, September 16th. Each takes a small story as a window on the important events represented by the day in question. A small boy happens upon rapidly advancing enemy French troops and quickly reports to Mexican troops, so that they can seize an advantage. A small dog takes on a large wolf and acquits himself well on the very anniversary of Mexican Independence. There are four other edifying stories involving animals.
Sweetie, confronted with a choice between living like a lion or living like a lamb, chooses the latter. The lions who had presented him the ultimatum are caught in a flash flood on the way home, and Sweetie saves them. As a result, they no longer look down on him. With Pictures by Milo Winter. They have made only slight alterations in this edition.
The book is printed now not in Hong Kong but in China. As I wrote there, this is an attractive green-covered book. Its pages are slightly reduced in size from those of the classic Rand McNally editions but larger than those in the Clauss black-and-white reprint of The color reproduction work here is good. Pictures by Milton Glaser. Words by Shirley Glaser. First edition, first printing.
Paul, MN, through eBay, Jan. Yes, this race is big! It starts at the 42nd Street Library in New York and covers some twenty-three other locations, nicely identified and commented upon on the two endpapers. By the end of the book we are in Papua New Guinea. Notice that the back endpaper is nicely inverted: the world is upside down while the book is upside down! All the way, Tommy Tortoise is sure that he is beating Harry Hare, until of course he arrives back at 42nd Street..
My prize for a creative picture goes to France, where the farmers are so eager to keep their cows contented that they carry them around! Each stop gives a child something to remember from a particular place, like the men fishing on stilts in Papua New Guinea. Would the Dominican Republic want to be known for baseball? This book represents good fun with a creative concept. Augusto Monterroso, translated by R. Glasgow and Philip Jenkins. Tadworth, Surrey: Acorn Book Company.
I continue to enjoy Monterroso thoroughly. It may be that I am forgetting something, or it may be that there are several stories new to me in this edition. I think that this is now the best English-language edition of Monterroso. NY: Hyperion Books for Children. A quick reading of the flyleaf convinces me that it may be a captivating book, but that it is a fable in only an extended sense. I will look forward to reading it.
In the meantime, the proverb is excellent! Translated from the Greek by Bernard McTigue. Gherardo di Giovanni. Introduction by Everett Fahy. Afterword by H. George Fletcher. See ? Jan Thornhill. Apparent first printing. Toronto: Maple Tree Press. This book was first produced in a hardbound edition in Both story and illustration are done with care here. The worrywart hare is afraid that the world will break up. The fall of a mango interrupts her nap. When it crashes to the ground, she thinks that the world is indeed breaking up, and she starts to run.
Thornhill's paintings have a beautiful border pattern, repeated with variation of color and implementation in each picture. She may be at her best in pictures of mass movement. The best among these show all the hares rushing, then all the various animals rushing, then all the animals stopping, and then -- perhaps the best -- all the animals moving back to their habitat. This is not the first time that I have seen the lion tenderly carry the timid hare on his back as they return together to check the scene where the world was supposedly breaking up.
The front flyleaf lists several awards that the book won, especially in Canada. London: Mercury Junior: Mercury. This story starts as a visit by the town mouse to his country relative is concluding. On the way back to the city, he rests and is awakened by another country mouse, who offers to shelter him for the night. The town mouse accepts this country mouse's invitation to stay for a few days.
A broom presents a first challenge in the city, and then a cat appears. The art enjoys the play of dimensions: the town mouse has a suitcase, and the country-mouse has patches on the long underwear that seems to serve as his sleepwear. The two ride on the edge of a massive cart going to town. The detail work on the faces of the two mice is well done! Written by Natalie Hale.
Illustrated by Susie Richards. First edition, This printing, By Anna Milbourne. Illustrated by Linda Edwards. London: Usborne Publishing, Ltd. This seems to be the first book I have that was printed in Dubai. It is a large-format, heavy book of 94 pages presenting sixteen fables listed on the early T of C. Each story gets one or two partial-page colored illustrations and an appropriate ring around each two-page set of pages.
There are even some full-page illustrations, as for BF Milbourne's writing is lively. Thus in BW, the young shepherd sighs to himself "Looking after sheep is as dull as ditchwater" 6. At Zeus' wedding feast, the monkey has all the banana splits he can eat 27! Some of the storytelling here is quite creative. His key line is "I don't think I can be bothered" In FC, the crow has stolen a freshly baked pie SW is told in the better form Here the bees are first utterly stingless.
When Zeus provides them with a sting, they begin to use it against everyone for everything. Zeus, angry, limits each bee's sting to a single occurrence, and it will cost the bee's life. For writing this good, the art, though lively and colorful, is slightly disappointing. I would have hoped for more touches like the worried expression on the hare's face in TH on I cannot deny the charm of the train in which the mice ride into town in TMCM All in all, this book represents a worthwhile contemporary addition to fable versions. Anna Milbourne. London: Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Gift of Mary Pat Ryan, Jan. A good rule of thumb for cataloguing books is to make a new entry for every book that is somehow new. Well, there is very little that is new about this book. Before we laugh too loud at printing up new dust-jackets to register a four-cent increase in the price, we should realize that this edition has the warning "Not for sale outside of the USA" whereas that book had the warning "Not for sale in Canada.
Bearbeitet von Maria Ausserhofer und Martina Adami. Various artists. Bamberg: Antike und Gegenwart: C. Mary-Ann Sandifort. Illustrated by Andrea Letterie. Gift of Gert-Jan van Dijk, August, ' Here is a dear gift from a dear friend. Six stories with wonderfully lively illustrations take us into learning situations about the contemporary world. One story deals with an unnstable nest of ants, where one can even see young ants using slingshots! Another presents a squirrel who is not good in school. Do not miss the great bookmouse studying on 31! After each story there is a two-page reflection on the issue addressed by the story.
The third story has some of the best illustrations of various animals in the desert. Its lesson concerns "Coherentie" Is the fourth story about a caterpillar that is not yet ready to be transformed into a butterfly? The fifth story deals with clean water.
The final story takes to the ocean, with delightful illustrations of octopi and different kinds of fish. Gert inscribes the book "Very glad to have found some item still lacking in the famous Carlson Collection! Mit Bildern von Reinhard Michl. Hildesheim, Germany: Gerstenberg Verlag. This book is fun! I am not sure that these stories deserve the title "fable," but they are engaging animal stories with something for readers to learn from each.
And they are wonderfully illustrated. In the first story, "Geheimnisse" , all the animals of the village except one get worried because a thief is about. But the mystery is that, with all the break-ins, nothing gets stolen. Karla the cat, the only animal not to lock up her house and install all sorts of security devices, helps establish that a group of birds have been breaking into houses.
They are searching for. And mysteries are not the sort of thing that you lock up and install cameras to protect. In the second story, "Offene Rechnung" , ejected renters take matters into their own hands, build themselves good houses, and end up telling their former landlords, the rich skunk lawyer and his rat wife, that the latter are welcome "uns mal kreuzweise am Hintern zu lecken" Some of the imagination here goes into giving the characters their names and roles. The skunk Dr. Stefan Stinktier sends out notice to all those renting homes from him.
Michl's colored art work is delightful. Good examples include Hund Hektor as workman and Katze Karla as lounging femme fatale on and and Stinktier Stefan with his wife Ratte Renate on Jayne Rutledge. Here are twenty-nine fables presented across from each other on facing pages. The right-hand English page contains notes, especially on idiomatic expressions.
Each of the stories takes two pages in each language, with one line-drawing for each fable. The first story, illustrated on the cover, has monkeys trying to get "the moon" out of a well. The second fable, very apt, tells of a poor calligraphy-writing minister who got angry when his nephew could not reproduce his sloppy characters. Now even I don't know them either" 9.
These fables are wise. The third tells of a man instructed by his wife in how to make soup. After some time, he took out a spoonful and tasted it; it needed salt, and he salted the soup. Unfortunately, each time he came back, he tasted the soup from the same spoonful. Of course the soup ended up oversalted and undrinkable. Another clever fable 75 tells of two young men who found the lair of a wolf that had terrorized their village. But how could two youths defeat a wolf? They noticed two cubs and took them up separate trees with them.
When the wolf returned, they alternated pinching the cubs' ears, frustrating and wearing the wolf out until it died between the two trees. Though there are Aesopic fables here, most of these stories seem to be Chinese stories. MSA appears on 39, though the father and son are bringing the donkey home from market in this version. BW is on This is a well-produced paperback. Robert W. Second edition. I have read the first eighteen, and have at last bumped into a fable.
He got the rider and lost his freedom. The Aesopic version of this fable may help readers by giving a reason for the animal's desire: there the horse desires to avenge himself against the stag. He does get revenge but loses his freedom, as does the deer here. Even the animal fables are told as anecdotes from Buddha's life. The first two anecdotes are incomplete: they are not a good first advertisement for Lulu's publishing! The black-and-white pictures have a strange effect.
Many seem either elongated or pixelated. They are taken, apparently, from traditional Japanese artists, listed with their work in the List of Illustrations on Aesop's Fables miniature. This miniature is reproduced by a doll house expert. It contains 16 pages not including the flyleaves with 6 full color plates. It is constructed using techniques the artist has developed for miniature books.
I seem to recognize some of the illustrations more from seeing them on trade cards than from seeing them in a book somewhere. The TMCM picture near the book's center is a classic! This is surely my smallest find! Famous Stories from Panchatantra. I just wrote a few hours ago, a propos of "Selected Stories from Panchatantra," that it was curious that the same publisher put out two Panchatantra books by the same author but different illustrators within about four years of each other. It has the same author, illustrator, and length of pages. It offers 38 numbered fables. There is again a T of C on Among many old friends, I have enjoyed reading "Jackal Remains Jackal" A lioness brings up a jackal with her cubs but notices that the jackal hangs back while the cubs attack an elephant.
The lioness tells the jackal what he is and tells him that her cubs will never tolerate the company of a coward. The talkative tortoise here flies with swans The foolish monkeys blow on their non-fire with bamboo pipes La Fontaine's cunning old cat judges between the squirrel and the mouse on The curious monkey on loses his tail in the split log. Most curious of them may be the detailed presentation of the bedbug and the mosquito on the fat king's bed The most dramatic may be the crab's throttling of the crane in mid-air on Wilhelm Hey NA.
In Bildern gezeichnet von Otto Speckter. Here is a doll-house miniature of a famous edition of Hey and Specktor's fables for children. For some reason, Hey was not being acknowledged as the author of the verses. The book is beautifully made as a facsimile of a reprinting of 15, to 20, copies of this popular book. Though the colored cover announces fifty fables, this small book contains only seventeen. It is a very nicely made book!
Georg Wessermann in Stuttgart published the original. The League of Rats and Other Fables. Compiled by Eric Jackson. Plymouth, MI: Tome Press. What a curious piece! Was this really meant as the first issue of regular magazine? In any case, this pamphlet collects all of La Fontaine's fables dealing with rats and mice. We are into the world, I suspect, of dark comics here. Good fables are a gift that keeps on giving! The Tailless Fox Thai-English. Sorry that I cannot read the Thai credits.
Here a voice interrupts the tailless fox's claims to say that the speaker saw a tail in a trap and that he thinks it belongs to the speaker. The tailess fox was ashamed, so he ran away. This hilarious novel is the first in a series. El Deafo by Cece Bell Ages 8—12 Cece lost her hearing at a young age, and received a Phonic Ear, a very large and very awkward hearing aid. Cece longs to fit in and find a true friends, eventually creating a superhero alter ego — El Deafo, Listener for All. This graphic novel autobiography is both poignant and funny.
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin Ages 8—12 Suzy and Franny were best friends for years, until Franny began to drift away from Suzy and her obsession with scientific facts in middle school. When Franny drowns, Suzy is unable to accept her death. Suzy stops speaking to anyone, throwing herself instead into scientific research.
Since Franny was a strong swimmer, Suzy begins looking for a reason for her death, finally settling on a sting from a deadly Irukandji jellyfish. This sensitive exploration of the grieving process is both age authentic and poignant. The stone is stolen and sold to a prince and Lucinda sets out to get it back. A clever twist on the Cinderella story, this funny and suspenseful fantasy is also a fast-paced adventure.
What Floats in a Moat? His friend Skinny the Hen suggests the obvious solution of using the drawbridge to cross the moat the the castle, but Archie is determined to use science to figure out what will float across the moat. This enjoyable read-aloud will be relished by all young lovers of the excitement of discovery. Her parents blog is called 50 Homes in 50 States. But Griswold was recently attacked by thieves and is now in a coma, leaving the game in limbo. Then Nanny Hannah teaches her how to string the letters together to make words, gives her a dictionary, and teaks her to play Scrabble.
Funny Girl: Funniest. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall Ages 8—12 The four appealing soccer-playing Penderwick sisters Rosalind, 12; Sky, 11; Jane, 10; Batty, 4 hatch the Save Daddy plan and orchestrate a series of disastrous dates to convince him that widowed life is far preferable to remarriage. This cozy book is the sequel to The Penderwicks.
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall Ages 8—12 In this third Penderwick adventure, the three youngest sisters head off to Maine with Aunt Claire and friend Jeffrey while their father is honeymooning in England and oldest sister Rosalind is visiting a friend in New Jersey. When a flood carries her far from home, she must use all her skills to survive. Bright illustrations featuring period details capture the energy and excitement of this amazing baseball season. Fifth grader Batty is delighted when the dull music teacher is replaced by the enticing Mrs.
To earn money for lessons, Batty takes a job walking neighborhood dogs while mourning the recent death of the family dog. It takes the efforts of all her family and neighbors to figure out why Batty is so sad and clear up the misunderstanding. This fourth in the series celebrates the warmth and compassion of the blended Penderwick family. Doll Bones by Holly Black, Eliza Wheeler Ages 10—14 Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever, playing imaginative games of pirates, thieves, mermaids, and warriors. Ruling over every game of make-believe is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll who attacks all who displease her.
But now that Zach is 12 his father insists that he give up playing games and takes all his action figures to the dump. Alice and Poppy convince him to take part in one last game, a bus trip to bury the Great Queen doll, which Poppy insists is made from the bones of a murdered girl. His mother was killed by mages, and his father warns him that Magesterium, the training school for young mages, is a death trap.
Callum tries to fail the required entrance exam — the Iron Trial — but is selected to apprentice under Master Rufus along with fellow students Aaron and Tamara. As he begins the first of five years of schooling, Callum realizes how little he knows of his own family and heritage. Set in a magical version of present day America, this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy is the first in a planned series. Trolls, werewolves, and dangerous witches and wizards live deep in the forest. Years later, when he is 12, Jinx sets off with two friends to find the wizard named Bonemaster, hoping they can master enough magic to keep themselves safe.
This adventure is full of funny dialog and eccentric characters. People by Blexbolex All Ages People of all ages and from all walks of life are linked together in this creative book. A homeless person sleeping in a box is juxtaposed with a camper, a contortionist with a plumber striving to complete a job. Stunning s style silk screen illustrations contrast different people in intriguing ways. During the year, Catherine undergoes school discipline, encounters runaway slaves, loses a friend, and faces new relationships when her father remarries a woman with children of her own.
Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden Ages 10—14 The 16 short biographical stories are presented in chronological order, beginning with Venture Smith, the son of a West Aftican prince who was sold into slavery, freed himself and his family, and fought in the Revolutionary War.
Set during the Harlem Renaissance and featuring a mysterious magician from the Caribbean, this spell-binding tale is illustrated with beautifully detailed oil paintings. Her classmates teased her unmercifully, and the Parvi Pennati a Small Person with Wings who hates to be called a fairy moved out. Now 13, Mellie and her family move into an inn inherited from her grandfather. Before long Mellie finds that she has not left her problems behind.
The inn is infested with Parvi, and Mellie learns that her family must honor a thousand-year old agreement to provide a home for the Parvi. Themes of bullying and alcoholism are explored in this clever and humorous fairy story. When he discovered that the image was being used as Holocaust-denying propaganda, he decided to share his memories. Assisted by his daughter Debbie, he learned that of the 3, Jews living in Zarki, Poland before the Holocaust, fewer than 30 survived. This moving memoir gives a very human face to the horrors of the Holocaust.
When she returns for the start of the next school year, she is worried that everyone will find out. Marianna, the new girl in town, wants Amber for her best friend, and Wren is compromised by the secret she is hiding. Then Wren learns that Marianna had to ask the same questions that Wren is worrying about now. While growing up as a slave in Tennesee, Doc was sent to plantations around to state to care for sick animals.
When Doc was freed after the Civil War, he dreamed of breeding a winning race horse, but his colt was born weak. Instead of euthanzing the colt, Doc nursed the sickly colt back to health and named him Jim. Doc taught Jim to recognize letters and to count. The two traveled around the country, telling the story of how kindness saved Jim and brought them both happiness. Once part of the amazing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the engine wants to rebuild its original bodywork and takes the Tootings around the world searching for parts.
Unfortunately, a sinister villain is on their trail, determined to possess the incredible car himself. Then Liam passes himself off as his own father and wins a trip to a new theme park in China that includes new ride: The Rocket. The Rocket turns out to be just that and Liam finds himself the adult chaperone on a trip to outer space. Who knew all those hours honing his spaceship piloting skills while playing World of Warcraft would come in handy after all? This moving story of illegal immigration is told with humor.
His parents try confining him inside the house and weighting him down, but when he is eight his mother lets him float away. In his journey around the world Barnaby meets people of all ages who have accepted their own uniqueness and found happiness. While their parents are away, their grandmother holds a family meeting, and they learn their many great-grandfather made a contract with a demon named Alastor who has reawakened after many many years determined to get revenge.
Prosper is unwittingly host to the demon, and has only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm. His uncle Barnabas and cousin Nell, a witch-in-training, are his only hope of defeating the demon. Young Jack is rescued by a powerful Samurai who adopts him and trains him to join the warrior class. Since he is a foreigner, Jack is treated as an outcast at Samurai school and must use all his wit and skill to survive and succeed.
First in a projected trilogy, this fast-paced adventure set in medieval Japan is full of spellbinding bits of history, culture, and martial arts. Armed with his catapult and supplied with Oreos and Mountain Dew from abandoned stores, Jack plays video games and builds a moat. Determined to slay the monster Blarg, Jack gathers a support team consisting of his best friend Quint, reformed middle school bully Dirk, the girl he adores, and his loyal pet monster Rover. Then she discovers that an entire day has accidentally been left unscheduled.
She falls into the hole in her schedule into the Realm of Possibility where she searches for the Great Moodler, who may be able to solve her problem. Along the way she battles an army of Clockworkers and takes a daring Flight of Fancy. This whimsical fantasy celebrates the power of the imagination, creative problem-solving, and the importance of making time for your dreams and your friends.
Detailed engravings of 80 mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects are accompanied with facts about the creatures and descriptions of their habitats. Because Ada was born with a clubfoot, her mother is ashamed of her and never lets her leave the apartment, abusing her both physically and emotionally. When the Germans begin bombing London and children are evacuated to the country, Ada sneaks onto the train with Jamie. None of the villagers are willing to take the neglected siblings, so they are sent home with Susan Smith, a reclusive woman with no experience with children. Miss Smith provides the children with food, new clothing, and the security they have never know.
She also has a pony, which Ada is determined to learn to ride and earn the freedom to roam the countryside at will. They decide to share a scarf, but worry that their rituals are lame in comparison. This start of a new series follows the three girls in the summer before they begin high school as each faces unexpected challenges. Tempted by the pen and ink set James receives for his birthday, Martin draws an intricate picture for James and then reveals himself as the artist.
Before James can hide the drawing, his parents have discovered it and proclaim him a talented artist. The fast moving story and wonderfully detailed drawings will captivate young readers. But when their cat goes missing, the three brothers chase after her and discover three human skulls. Joining up with their neighbor Delilah, the children research local history and folklore, preparing for a secret return to Superstition Mountain to solve the mystery of the skulls.
This exciting novel is the first in a new series. A sinister librarian, anonymous warnings, threatening rattlesnakes, and a terrifying rock slide make this sequel as exciting as the first book in the series: Missing on Superstition Mountain. Lizzie enjoys the time she gets to spend with the animals, but her unique living situation prevents her from making close friends. Then she meets Tyler, a runaway from a foster home who has been hiding out at the zoo.
Tyler tells Lizzie what happens at night, including a strange visitor to the new Wolf Woods exhibit he suspects is making the animals sick. In return, she receives friendly reply and a warm red coat on Christmas morning. In later letters Lucy asks after Mrs. Claus and life at the North Pole along with her Christmas wishes. When she is eight, Lucy writes to her mother instead, asking if she is really Santa. The reply from her mother, published in the New York Times in , explains that she alone is not Santa, instead he is created by the power of our imaginations and our kindness to one another.
Animalium by Jenny Broom Ages 8—12 This beautifully illustrated book feels like a visit to a natural history museum. Detailed pen-and-ink illustrations resemble vintage taxonomical etchings. This first in a planned series is stunning. All Stations! April 15, The Day the Titanic Sank by Don Brown Ages 6—10 This gripping account captures the grandeur of the Titanic, the terror of the disaster, and the rescue the survivors. The watercolor and pencil illustrations capture telling details of of actions and facial expressions. The causes of the disaster are clearly explained and gripping first-hand accounts are included.
He Has Shot the President! Let It Begin Here! The taxes imposed on the American colonies eventually lead to the Revolutionary War. Told in a clear and interesting style, young readers will enjoy reading about this time in history. At first the island inhabitants are frightened of the shiny monster, but after Roz adopts an abandoned gosling she is gradually accepted as a part of the island community. This heartwarming novel examines what happens when nature and technology collide. In , Mary and her family left Illinois to settle in California. Mary cares for her younger siblings, helps move rocks and trees blocking the wagons, and endures thirst in the desert.
The worst is the final ordeal when they become trapped in the ice and snow at Donnor Pass, resorting to cannibalism in order to survive. Each puppet is beautifully photographed and accompanied with its name, motto, and poem. Illustrations and memories show a boy finding art materials during the Depression, storing art supplies in his gas mask during WWII, losing an art scholarship because of his race, and an award-winning art career. A book for parents and children to enjoy together, this book will inspire artists of all ages.
After his father died, the family moved frequently, a trial for the shy young boy. To satisfy his need for order, Peter began making lists of words. As he arranged the words into long neat rows, he felt comforted. When he began to organize his ideas into written form, Peter found that his lists helped him find just the right word to express himself. This accessible biography celebrates the man who invented the thesaurus and the joy of learning. At the age of three Felix was accidentally fused with Zyx, a hyper-intelligent being from the fourth dimension.
A risky procedure to separate them is scheduled in 29 days. Luckily Felix is supported by his loving parents, his piano prodigy older sister, and his gender-fluid grandparent who alternates between Vera and Vern. Inspired by the Los Angeles riots, this book delivers a message about racism with a light touch supported by dazzling mixed-media collage illustrations.
Now 12, and living with his loving adoptive American family, Matt is still haunted by memories of the family he left behind. A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg Ages 9—12 Set in rural Mississippi during the civil rights movement, this emotionally compelling novel shows the racism and violence endured by the African-American community through Addie Ann Pickett, a junior high school girl. Cartoon-like pen and ink illustrations and a variety of typefaces add to the exaggerated tall tale style of this delightful book.
This stunning picture book biography presents an artist fascinated by light and shadow, a loner whose works reflect his own isolation. George Bellows: Painter with a Punch! Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper, Raul the Third Ages 8—12 Lupe Impala, a beautiful girl mechanic, El Chavo Flapjack, an octopus who uses his eight arms to detail cars, and Elirio Malaria, a mosquito who does the pin striping, love working together on cars and want to open a garage together. To earn the startup money, they enter a competition to transform a lowrider into a thing of beauty.
Translations are provided for the frequent use of Spanish in this energetic graphic novel. The vibrant illustrations, created with three colors of ball point pens, draw upon Mexican folk art, tattoo designs, and cartoons. Heap House by Edward Carey Ages 10—up The Iremonger family of Filching has made a fortune from junk, and the extensive family lives in a mansion constructed from salvaged materials.
Each Iremonger possesses a birth object like a sink plug or mustache cup that they must always keep close or face death or transformation. Clod is considered strange because he can hear the birth objects speak. Orphaned Lucy Pennant comes to Heap House as a servant, and Clod finds himself falling in love as he and Lucy uncover dark Iremonger family secrets.
The 92 color photographs are neither staged nor retouched, and are spectacular examples of the wonders of nature waiting for the careful observer. Not intended for those just learning the alphabet, this beautiful book may inspire older children to search out letters in their own natural surroundings. Happenstance Found by P. Catanese Ages 8—12 Happenstance, a boy with weird green eyes, wakes up in a cave with no memories of his past life or his present surroundings.
He meets Lord Umber, who seems to know as much about our world as his own. They discover that Hap has strange powers—he can see in the dark, speak many languages, and leap high in the air. First in a new series Books of Umber , this strange tale is action-packed and surprising. Look Up! This informal and enthusiastic book encourages children to enjoy the great outdoors while being aware of the birds that live in their own backyards.
He sets off with Carl Sagan to the Southwest High-Altitude Rocket Festival in New Mexico, where he meets other space fanatics and persuades two new adult friends to take him to Las Vegas in search of his perhaps-dead father, where he learns the truth about his family. With the help of classmate Clancy Crew, Ruby ventures out to prevent the theft of a priceless jade Buddha.
This clever novel packed with puzzles is the first in a new adventure series. Ruby Redfort is the fictional heroine of Clarice Bean. Plain Alice is the bookish daughter of a sage who longs to continue in his footsteps but is kidnapped by a dragon in a case of mistaken identity. Princess Alice, heir to the kingdom of West Stahope is pursued by the treacherous Duke Geoffrey who hopes to take over the kingdom by marrying her.
Together the three fight against their dangerous foes, learning that a combination of logic and bravery is the best defense. This alternative fairy tale is great fun. Other evolutionary changes are also clearly and simply explained. Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko Ages 10—up Moose Flanagan 13 is happy when his father is promoted to associate warden at Alcatraz, but the good fortune makes the family a target. A fire breaks out while Moose and his autistic sister Natalie are alone in their apartment.
Moose is afraid it is his fault since he fell asleep, and a neighbor blames Natalie for the fire. Moose and the other Alcatraz kids band together to figure out the cause of the fire. Inmate No. A shy child, Elvis enjoyed singing in church and learned to play the guitar. In high school he was teased by his classmates because of his interest in music.
The studio loved the record and sent it to local radio stations, this launching the career of the King of Rock and Roll. Dear Mr. Henshaw, an author, when he is in 2nd grade as a school assignment. Leigh is lonely and unhappy. Henshaw writes back and encourages Leigh to keep a journal to express his feelings.
This outlet allows Leigh to slowly develop confidence in himself. When Demon is 10, his father steals him away from his human mother and sets him to work caring for the mythical creatures that reside in the stables of Olympus. Many of the creatures have suffered mistreatment by gods and heroes, so Demon has his work cut out for him.
Energetic cartoons add to the fun of this first book in the Beasts of Olympus series. Tormented by rats and chased by a cat, she is rescued by Joseph, the young assistant to John James Audubon. Joseph carries Celeste in his pocket as he helps Audubon find plants and birds to serve as models for their illustrations. A compelling mix of fantasy and fact, this book full of art captures the nature of art and artists.
This blend of horror, humor, and science fiction is the first in the W. Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine, Yan Nascimbene Ages 6—10 Vinson considers himself completely American, and is uncomfortable when his grandfather comes to visit from China, speaking to him in Chinese and calling him Ming Da, his Chinese name. Reluctantly donning a Chinese jacket for the Chinese New Year parade, Ming Da notices the respect given to his grandfather and the lion dancers he trained. Cedar 12 , her mother, and her brother Miles move to Iron Creek, Utah for the summer.
When Leo, wearing a costume, rides by on his bike, Cedar follows him to the Summerlost Shakespeare festival. She gets a job working concessions with Leo and learning about the ghost of the Hollywood actress who haunts the halls of Summerlost. I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen Ages 8—12 The aging Galileo, sentenced to house arrest, looks back at his life, describing his education, scientific discoveries, and interrogation by the Inquisition. The first person narration and explanatory style make the science and the man accessible to young readers.
Dramatic illustrations highlight his fascination with the night sky. He then uses his superpower to help a star return to the sky before using the power of friendship to cheer up Jelly. This funny graphic novel is perfect for beginning readers. Though not avoiding the cruel realities of slavery, this accessible biography celebrates determination and hope. Based on questions submitted by real children, Close talks candidly about his work. Close explains how he coped with a global learning deficit since childhood and then a collapsed spinal artery that left him nearly paralyzed at the age of Now wheelchair-bound, Close paints with a brush strapped to his arm, reveling in the excitement of creating his art.
Detailed text describes other national parks, lavishly illustrated in the style of vintage WPA posters from the s. Experimenting with one of the spells in a old book, Mrs. Abernathy inadvertently opens the Gates of Hell and allows a powerful demon through. Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper Ages 10—14 Returning from his three-month test of solitude, Little Hawk returns to his Pokanoket village to discover that diseases brought by the Pilgrims in nearby Plymouth have killed everyone except his grandmother.
White text on black pages, with braille above, explain how Thomas tastes, feels, and hears about color words. This amazing book allows young readers to experience the world in a new way. Love Me Tender by Audrey Couloumbis Ages 8—12 Elvira 13 is horrified when her father leaves home for an Elvis convention and then her pregnant mother takes the rest of the family to stay with grandmother. Perceptive and lively portrayal of family dynamics.
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins Ages 4—10 In the retelling of these fairy tales, the villains are scary and eager to eat their tasty prey. Bold and vibrant illustrations complement the slyly humorous text. Images of immigrant families from all over the world illustrate the experience of moving to a new country, working hard, making mistakes, and building a new home.
Zola knows about all sorts of problems that need fixing — lonely people, orphan children — and the two work together to create small miracles that are really ordinary acts of kindness. Her new friend Phoebe is also 13 and also has a mother who vanished. Sal convinces her grandparents to drive to Idaho in search of her mother while telling the story of Phoebe. The Trouble with Chickens: A J. Tully and retired to the country. Despite his considerable ego, J. Working against J. Fast-paced and funny, this illustrated book is perfect for readers making the transition between picture and chapter books.
The Odyssey by Gillian Cross, Neil Packer Ages 8—up This beautifully illustrated book tells the exciting tale of the ten-year journey of Odysseus returning from the Trojan War, facing storms, the man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the god Poseidon.
Meanwhile, his wife Penelope struggles to protect her virtue and her palace from greedy interlopers who try to convince her that Odysseus must be dead. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan Ages 10—14 Kasienka 12 and her broken-hearted mother leave Poland for England, searching for the father and husband that left them a few years earlier. Bullied at her new school Kasienka is only happy when she is swimming in the pool. This emotionally powerful novel is written in verse.
A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder Ages 8—12 Luna and her younger sister Willow live in a swamp caused by the mysterious damming of the river that used to flow through their village. Now the swamp water is believed to be cursed, capable of causing a wasting sickness that kills in three weeks after only one sip of swamp water. When Willow falls ill, Luna searches everywhere for a cure. Alternating chapters tell the story of water sprite sisters Perdita and Pelagia who prepare to leave the human world. In his quest to become real, Jacques joins support group called Imaginaries Anonymous, and investigates The Office of Reassignment, which claims to reassign imaginary friends when their real friends outgrow them.
He runs away to Grand Rapids, searching for the man he believes might be his father, jazz musician Herman E. Along the way Bud has all sorts of exciting adventures, narrated in his own authentic and often hilarious voice. Calloway is less than thrilled to meet Bud, but the other members of his band make Bud feel at home. He leaves for Flint hoping to find another job, leaving his wife, son Jimmy, and daughter Deza 12 behind.
Deza and her mother find a new home and cling to the hope that they will find her father. Deza makes an appearance as a minor character in Bud, Not Buddy. First known as Beetle, since she was found living in a dung heap, the girl struggles to learn the skills of her new profession. As she grows in knowledge and self-confidence, the girl finally respects herself enough to choose a real name: Alyce. Running away from the inn, Will sets out on the open road, trying to outsmart the thieves, tricksters, and con artists, and repeatedly being taken advantage of.
Will finally ends up with Master Tidball and his caravan of oddities, befriending Grace, a girl billed as a monster because of the silky hair growing on her face. Elizabethan England comes to vivid life in this lively and amusing tale. Classic tales like Cinderella , Snow White , Sleeping Beauty , and Hansel and Gretel , have a more modern feel while brief introductions describe the themes, symbolism, and contemporary relevance of the stories.
This beautiful book will appeal to readers of all ages. Luckily Amber is up to the task of negotiating between her parents and finding just the right wedding location that both Mom and Max will love. Just Ducks! She hears them when she wakes up in the morning, she watches them feed on her way to school, and she observes them through her window. Her enthusiastic commentary presents both accurate factual information and her pleasure in their personalities. Beautiful watercolor illustrations capture the sleek beauty of these wild neighbors.
Lester finds the cafeteria far too loud, is overwhelmed by the number of kids, and is targeted by a bully. But he works to make a friend, enters the science fair, and even joins a kickball game. Opening a letter addressed to his mother, Lester learns that he has been diagnosed with "autism spectrum disorder" and works to understand what that means. When given the job of mouser, Skilley strikes a bargain with Pip, the lead mouse: Skilley will protect the mice if they supply him with the tasty Cheshire cheese produced by the inn. The unlikely pair work together to restore Maldwyn, a wounded raven, to his rightful place serving Queen Victoria in The Tower.
This delightful book is beautifully illustrated. Plants, animals, and other organisms are organized by the alphabet in this beautifully illustrated book full of interesting factual information. The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint, Charles Vess Ages 8—12 Lillian Kindred, an orphan living with her beloved aunt, spends her days exploring Tanglewood Forest, befriending the feral cats and imagining how wonderful it would be if the forest were full of fairies.
One day Lillian is bitten by a snake, and the magical cats turn her into a kitten to save her life. Now Lillian must journey through the forest to negotiate with Old Mother Possum to restore the balance. Titanic Sinks! Fictional characters supplement the recollections of actual survivors, presented in the pages of a fictional magazine. Period photographs add to the dramatic effect.
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch Ages 8—12 Mirka 11 wants to be a dragon-slayer, but the entire population of her small Orthodox Jewish community opposes her, especially her brother, seven sisters, and stepmother. Gollie is small, rumpled, strong-willed, and down-to-earth. Like many best friends, the two squabble about just about anything in this early readers series debut. Three connected stories present conflicts about appearance wild socks , personal boundaries a trek to the Andes , and pets jealousy. When a squirrel is swallowed whole by a Ulysses Super-Suction Multi-Terrain X vacuum cleaner, Flora rescues him and names him after the machine.
This clever novel is a wonderful combination of realistic sadness and comedy. All he needs is a horse. When Leroy meets Maybelline, it is love at first sight, and Leroy is finally ready to ride into the sunset like the heros of his favorite Western movies. This Tales from Dekawoo Drive series opener features characters from other DiCamillo books, like the toast-loving pig Mercy.
She decides that if she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition and get her picture in the paper, her father will see it and come home. To win, Raymie has to learn to twirl a baton and to do good deeds. Her competition is Louisiana Elefante, a wispy orphan who claims to be the daughter of the famous Flying Elefantes, and Beverly Tapinski, a fierce girl who vows to sabotage the contest. Tragedies have influenced all three girls, and as the contest grows closer they gradually begin to trust and rely on each other.
Despereaux falls in love with the beautiful human Princess Pea and is banished to the dungeon. Chiaroscuro is a rat who hates the dark dungeon and longs to live in the light above. Miggery Sow is a peasant servant who dreams of wearing a princess crown herself. These four characters interact in unexpected ways in this delightful and suspenseful fairy tale. The multi-ethnic children declare that they would take care of the important things first, like making sure that everyone has enough food and a safe place to live, stressing that friendship, kindness, and generosity would be valued more than wealth if they ran the world.
They re-named themselves after the winning lottery ticket that made their dream of having a family come true, and have seven home-schooled children of various ages, races, and talents. They live unconventionally and happily in their room Toronto mansion until the estranged father of one of the parents arrives for an indefinite stay. The personality of the stubborn and conservative grandfather quickly dubbed Grumps is especially hard on Sumac 9 , who has been assigned as his personal guide. This funny story of adjusting to new situations is a winner. While waiting in a long line, a stranger gives them a free ticket and Salim boards the ride.
When his pod arrives back in half an hour, Salim is missing. Ted and Kat overcome their usual sibling friction to work together to solve the mystery. Finally she walks away from their taunts into an overgrown lot where she is bitten by a fox and meets Anders and his father, who is suffering from the effects of serving in the Iraq war. On the way home from school she meets Tansey, a mysterious young woman who seems familiar though she is dressed in old-fashioned clothes.
Tansey has come to help her daughter say good-bye and guide her safely out of this world. The comforting ghost helps Emer, Mary, and her mother Scarlett overcome their fear of death. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. But one night Stella and her little brother are out late at night and witness a meeting of the Klan, a signal of trouble to come to the black community of Bumblebee.
Stella envies the fine school buildings for the white children and dreams of becoming a writer. Her father is equally determined to vote. Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy Ages 6—12 Twenty-eight fables are retold by 26 talented graphic artists in comic format. Many of the fables are classics from Aesop, but some are more obscure. Though based on the originals, each enjoys artistic freedom as long as there is a moral at the end.
Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists edited by Chris Duffy Ages 6—12 Seventeen classic fairy tales are adapted and illustrated in comics format by seventeen different cartoonists. But eating all the chocolate in the refrigerator gets Dessert into trouble at home. Her teacher encourages Dessert to find her own way to make amends. The humorous black and white illustrations add to the fun of this book. Beautiful melding of poetry, narration, and art bring the love of music to life.
At first Carol avoids the prickly grandfather she never met, but his questions about why she chose to abandon her real name Carolina for the Anglicized Carol makes her reflect on her heritage. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert Ages 5—10 Lois Ehlert always knew she was an artist and was encouraged by her parents to make things with leftover scraps of fabric and buttons.
Art school gave her the skills to create picture books. This fascinating autobiography helps readers to create projects of their own with directions for making a bird feeder and a cat mask, and makes it clear that creating collage pictures is an art form anyone can enjoy. The Girl Who Wanted to Dance by Amy Ehrlich Ages 6—10 Clara, who longs to dance, lives with her sad father and loving grandmother who tells her that her absent mother also loved music and dance.
This haunting fairy tale compassionately addresses the irresistible artistic urge and the pain of those left behind. Chirp is content in their cozy "nest" on the beach until her mother is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, fading into a depressed shadow of her former vivacious self. Chirp finds comfort watching her beloved birds, and makes friends with Joey, a mysterious boy who lives across the street. The two create their own private world and dream of escape to a world free of sick mothers and abusive fathers.
His terrified parents buy him everything he wants, but each year Santa leaves him only a pair of socks. This darkly funny book is the perfect gift for all children whose favorite holiday is Halloween. Forest World by Margarita Engle Ages 10—up Edver 11 has lived with his cryptozoologist mother in Miami for most of his life. Sent to visit his father, who patrols the forest for poachers, in the Cuban village of La Selva, Edver is surprised to discover that he has a sister his mother left behind when she fled to America ten years earlier.
The two sibling have conflicted feelings about the mother that separated them and left Luza behind, but find a connection in their love for the natural world that both their parents protect. The two come up with a plan to lure their mother back to Cuba, accidentally creating a dangerous situation they must work together to resolve. She hates recess with all the noise and confusion, and meets with her counselor, Mrs.
Without him, Caitlin struggles more than ever. She bottle-fed the kitten and carried him in a pouch wile on photography expeditions. Gradually she begins to reintroduce the kitten she names Moto to his natural world, fostering his survival instincts with the goal of returning him to the wild. Beautiful photographs illustrate this poignant story of wildlife rescue.
One day while coming home from karate lessons, Mango finds a frightened Malayan tapir named Bambang stranded in the middle of the road. Mango takes Bambang home and feeds him banana pancakes. The two become fast friends and have wonderful adventures together. This endearing early chapter book features humorous illustrations that support the text. She only has time for reading and facts and friends just get in the way. But Livingston Flott Fly , who lives next door, an exuberant singer-songwriter, breaks through her defenses.
This engaging early chapter book featuring a friendship between opposites includes whimsical cartoon illustrations. The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer Ages 9—up Jack 11 is a scrawny medieval Saxon boy who has never been much good at anything until the Bard of his village makes him an apprentice. Jack is slowly learning to call on magical powers when the Bard realizes that Viking berserkers are about to attack the village.
They raise a fog to hide the village, but Jack and his sister Lucy 5 are kidnapped by by Ivan One-Brow and his crew. This skillful amalgam of history, myth, and humor will appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages. When her behavior grows too bad to ignore, the family takes her to a monastery for an exorcism. Assisted by Pega, a slave girl, and Thorgil, the ex-berserker, Jack journeys through the lands of hobgoblins, kelpies, yarthkins, and elves in this thoroughly satisfying sequel to The Sea of Trolls.
Louis, Missouri, at the turn of the 20th century. A widow with four children to support, Fannie successfully united her fellow garment workers and fought for better wages and working conditions. She expanded her fight to workers in other industries and was killed by coal company guards on a picket line in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania in This accessible biography of a little-known union activist is a great introduction to the history of US labor rights. The Vengekeep Prophecies by Brian Farrey, Brett Helquist Ages 8—12 For generations the Grimjinx clan has produced the most talented thieves in Vengekeep, and Jaxter 12 is determined to uphold the family tradition.
Unfortunately his first attempt results in a house fire and lands his family in jail. His family has already put their biggest con ever in motion, replacing the tapestry that predicts the events of the coming year in Vengekeep with one that portrays the Grimjinx clan as heroes. The family discovers that the tapestry is enchanted, the disasters depicted are really happening, and the Grimjinxs must destroy the tapestry before it destroys Vengekeep. His best friend Libby is the only other person in their hometown of Jankburg, Pennsylvania, who even appreciates a good show tune.
An open casting call for E. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Nate finds Broadway thrilling, but is terrified by the rehearsals. The child stars are unfriendly, and the understudies are worse. And worst of all Nate discovers that he is not the understudy for E. This funny coming-of-age story is the sequel to Better Nate than Ever. Puddles disagree on everything. And for some reason the family attracts clouds.
Told from both the human and canine perspectives, this lively and funny novel is full of quirky characters that enchant and amuse. She married a man who loved sailing as much as she did, and in served as navigator of their clipper ship The Flying Cloud on its 15, maiden voyage from New York City, around the tip of Cape Horn, and into San Francisco to deliver passengers and cargo to the Gold Rush.
This accessible biography presents a little-known female sailor at a time when only men were expected to take the helm. The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo Ages 10—14 Seventh grader Matt Stevens walks the mean hallways of Franklin Middle School in this clever and funny middle school noir. Tough guy Vinny Biggio and his gang of trigger girls and boys armed with squirt guns rule the campus until Matt decides to figure out who took down Nikki Fingers in this exciting mystery.
Sidekicks by Jack D. Though the superheroes they support are arch-enemies, the two sidekicks realize that they have much in common. When Scott realizes that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott is forced to make a choice about which side to support. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris Ages 9—12 Chris runs away from home when he is six and is raised in the forest by trolls. After spotting Marigold in her castle through his telescope, he sends a p-mail pigeon mail and they become friends. When he learns her life may be in danger, he heads off to save her.
This fast-paced fantasy, romance, comedy, and coming-of-age novel is a lot of fun. Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris Ages 9—12 This hilarious warping of fairy-tail conventions continues the story of Marigold, her new husband, her father the king, and her evil step-mother who is not as dead as they hoped.
Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel Cone were two unmarried sisters from Baltimore who fell in love with modern art in Paris. The two sisters, encouraged Leo Stein, supported beginning artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, bought their paintings, and brought them back to America. Without professional advice or counsel, trusting their eyes and instincts, the two sisters concentrate on the avant-garde.
This touching story is lavishly illustrated with reproductions of the Cone Collection and the colorful Matisse-inspired paintings by the author. The fourth of nine children in a Catholic family in a small town in Wisconsin, Mary Clare works hard to help her mother maintain some sort of order in their chaotic household, while writing letters to a Mother Superior, describing her daily life and hopes for the future.
This painfully honest novel is both funny and hopeful. Autumn is a talented wrestler but has a learning disability and struggles with reading. Adonis was born without legs but is a talented student. Autumn wants to get to know Adonis better, but he wants nothing to do with her.
She insults them until they have no choice but to fight back, despite the fact that she owns her own electric chair and subscribes to Guard Dog Lovers Monthly. The class full of underdogs unites under the leadership of Einstein, the class genius, who brings out the hidden talents of each student. Unfortunately Miss Breakbone, their terrifying teacher, also lands an extra spot. When Spider is arrested for stealing a necklace, it takes the combined efforts of the whole Dunderhead gang to identify the real thief and clear his name.
This delightful darkly comic mystery is the sequel to The Dunderheads. Each page represents a different country or culture, celebrating both our commonalties and our differences. Inside a cigar box she discovers a collection of old matchboxes, each holding a memory that the old man explains as she holds the treasures in her hand. An olive pit from his native Italy brings the memory of sucking on the pit when the family had no food, a fish bone tells the story of hard work in a cannery, and a piece of movable type represents his mastery of the written word.
Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischman Ages 9—12 Photographs and newspaper clippings enliven this sympathetic biography of the great silent film star whose career ended with the introduction of sound to movies. When Brat decides to see life outside the castle, he forces Jemmy to come with him, and Jemmy is accused of kidnapping the prince. The boys are captured by Hold-Your-Nose Billy, a notorious outlaw, and Jemmy must use all his cleverness to keep them both alive in this funny and adventurous book.
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann Ages 6—10 Little is known about the giant squid, which lives in the deepest darkest reaches of the ocean. Some giant squid are as large as a school bus, but they are rarely seen by people. The little we know about these huge cephalopods is what scientists have discovered from pieces of dead squids washed up on the shore or found by fishermen in the sea.
This fascinating book reveals what we know about giant squids piece by piece, beginning with a description of their foot-long tentacles, until the entire squid is revealed. On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming Ages 11—14 Mike Kowalski 16 discovers an abandoned Chicago cemetery where nine teenaged ghosts tell him how they died from the s to the present.
The tenth story describes the death of the narrator. A mother and her two children board the train in Omaha, leaving their old home behind to join Papa who has gone ahead to Sacramento, California to prepare their new home. Details about the construction of the railroad and the crew it takes to run the train provide background to the small family enjoying the cross-country journey.
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian Ages 6—up These humorous and witty poems and illustrations will appeal to dinosaur and word lovers alike. The facts are accurate, and the combination of poem and collage make them unforgettable. Poem Runs: Baseball Poems by Douglas Florian Ages 6—9 Upbeat poems cover the defensive positions on the field as well as batting and running.
Exuberant illustrations exaggerate the physical motions of the baseball players as they stretch, swing, bend, and run, complementing the humor and the competitive spirit of the poems. Each poem begins with a date and reads like a diary entry, combining observations about each season with personal connections. Dragonborn by Toby Forward Ages 8—12 Sam 12 is a half-trained wizard when his beloved master Flaxfield dies unexpectedly. With his dragon Starback, Sam sets out to find a way to continue his education.
This adventure story told with a touch of humor is the first in a new series. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox Ages 10—up Katherine 12 and her two younger siblings are sent away from London along with a group of classmates to keep them safe during the bombings of the s Blitz. Rookskill Castle, owned by a distant relative, is an ancient place in the Scottish highlands. But the castle appears to be haunted, and by something far more dangerous than ghosts. Kat believes that Lady Eleanor is hiding a Nazi spy, but when her classmates begin disappearing one by one she fears that the danger may be even older and more terrifying.
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee Ages 8—12 Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard 11 is visiting a strange city where it never stops snowing with her father and sister after her mother dies. The boy tells Ophelia that he was locked away by the evil Snow Queen, and recruits Ophelia to help him save the world from the Snow Queen. This re-imagining of the tale of the Snow Queen is magical. Now ten, the refugee camp run by abusive guards is the only life Subhi has ever known.
One day a girl named Jimmie appears at the bars of the camp, holding a notebook written by her dead mother. Both Lincoln and Douglass were born poor, and rose to positions of influence through their intelligence and hard work. A brief history of the war that provided the background for their friendship is efficiently presented.
Ally's daddy is a fireman, and Ally and her little brother Carter loved going to the fire station where they were allowed to sit in the big fire trucks. These are our drawings. Told in rhythmic narrative verse, this empathetic novel is a companion to The Misfits and Totally Joe. Professor Dalton Kehoe, Ph. The story of Skidboot is an all-American telling—from underdog to top dog. Dramatic illustrations highlight his fascination with the night sky.
Because of the strict exclusion laws aimed first at the Chinese, Angel Island was more a detention center than a welcome to the United States. This poignant history is interspersed with the despairing poems written on the barrack walls along with archival photographs and personal vignettes. Frustrated with reprisals for attempting to register to vote, the black community of Selma began to protest.
In January , Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In February, an an Alabama state trooper shot an unarmed demonstrator, inspiring a march from Selma to the state capital. On March 7th, law officers attacked the peaceful demonstrators. Broadcast around the world, this attack spurred the protesters to complete the march at any cost, finally completing the 54 mile walk on March 25th, arriving in Montgomery, Alabama, to the cheers of a crowd of 25, supporters. Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman Ages 10—up In this accessible biography, we first meet the Marquis de Lafayette as a strong-willed year-old defying the King of France to run off and join the American Revolution.
Though young Lafayette had never set foot on a battlefield before, he soon earned the respect of the Americans because of his bravery and drive to succeed. Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman Newbery Medal Ages 8—12 This comprehensive and accessible biography of Abraham Lincoln is enhanced by period photographs and drawings.
But the enforced conformity of the Hitler Youth repelled Hans, and he joined a banned group that read forbidden books. Sophie read a book by a Jewish German poet and got into trouble for questioning the pervasive anti-Semitism.