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  The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (Paperback) 

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles (Julie Andrews Collection)

Julie Andrews Edwards (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books

In "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles", author Julie Edwards tells a spellbinding story that takes children to magic Whangdoodleland. The Whangdoodles are almost forgotten by people, although Professor Savant believes they still exist. He and three Potter children, Lindy, Tom, and Ben, overcome many obstacles, including those set up by the Prock, Prime Minister of Whangdoodleland. They finally meet the last of the really great Whangdoodles, the king of Whangdoodleland. Along the way, they encounter many colorful characters such as the Whiffle Bird, the Swamp Gaboons and the High-Behind Splintercat. "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" is one of our favorite fantasy books. It is a great chapter book to read aloud.


  Walk Two Moons (Paperback) 

Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Emotions and Feelings

"Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech is a moving realistic fiction story for young adults. Sharon Creech's Newbery Medal award winner tells a story within a story that deals with themes of love, loss and family. The main character, 13-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, travels from Euclid, Ohio to Lewiston, Idaho with her eccentric grandparents to visit her missing mother. Along the way, Sal tells them the story of her friend, Phoebe Winterbottom. Phoebe is a girl of wild imagination. She finds mysterious messages such as "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins" on her family's doorsteps. Phoebe's mother leaves her family unexpectedly but eventually returns; Sal has to deal with painful life changes and come to terms with her own loss. The characters in "Walk Two Moons" are interesting and well developed, from the protagonist with her complex emotions and feelings to the wacky and loving grandparents. "Walk Two Moons" is a good book for teens in 8th grade and up.


  Strawberry Girl (Paperback) 

Strawberry Girl

Lois Lenski (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Farm Life, Frontier and Pioneer Life

"Strawberry Girl" is a classic children's book by Lois Lenski. In this award-winning historic fiction, a little girl named Birdie helps her family raise strawberries on a frontier farm and earns the title of "Strawberry Girl". Along the way, they have to cope with drought, roaming animals, grass fires and unfriendly neighbors. The chapter book depicts vividly what life was like in the lake region of Florida in the early 1900's. "Strawberry Girl" is a Newbery Medal and ALA Notable Children's Books award winner.


  Skylark (Paperback) 

Skylark

Patricia MacLachlan (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life

"Skylark" is a sequel to "Sarah Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan. Sarah is like a skylark and has not entirely settled down to the pioneer life. When there is a severe drought on the prairie, Sarah and the children go back to Maine to live with her aunts, while Jacob stays behind to take care of their farm. Will the family be united again? The story "Skylark" appeals to children in third grade through sixth grade.


  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Paperback) 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Full-Color Collector's Edition) (Chronicles of Narnia Series, Book 2)

C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, the first book published in the Chronicles of Narnia series (although number two of the series in chronological order), is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. This classic fantasy book tells a captivating story of four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, who enter the magic land of Narnia through a wardrobe in an old English house. It is Lucy who first looks inside a wardrobe and discovers the magical world of Narnia. She befriends a faun named Mr Tumnus who tells her that the land of Narnia is being ruled by the evil White Witch Jadis. The witch has cursed Narnia so it is always winter but never Christmas. Then Lucy's siblings also venture into the land of Narnia. They meet talking animals like Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and help the Great Lion Aslan free Narnia from the witch's reign. Unfortunately, Edmund is seduced by the White Witch's false promises and betrays his siblings. The Great Lion sacrifices himself in order to save Edmund. The wicked witch is ultimately defeated and the four children become kings and queens of Narnia. This classic tale is filled with fantastic characters, exciting adventures and battles between good and evil. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a great chapter book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  Harry the Dirty Dog (Paperback) 

Harry the Dirty Dog

Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals

With a charming tale and wonderful illustrations, Harry the Dirty Dog, written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, is one of the best classic picture books that have delighted children for decades. Harry is a white dog with black spots who doesn't like to take bath at all. One day, he runs away just before bath time and gets himself very dirty. When Harry returns home, his family doesn't recognize this black dog with white spots. Harry tries every trick he can do to show them he is Harry, to no avail. Finally, the dirty dog jumps into the bathtub and begs for a bath. Harry is recognized after he becomes a white dog with black spots again. Margaret Bloy Graham's expressive illustrations depict a lovable character that children can identify with. Harry the Dirty Dog is a great book for toddlers and preschoolers.


  Goodnight Moon (Paperback) 

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

"Goodnight Moon", written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, is one of the best books for babies and toddlers. In this classic children's book, a little rabbit says goodnight to the moon and to all kinds of familiar things in his room. Soothing words and lulling illustrations make "Goodnight Moon" a very good picture book to read with children at bedtime. Babies and toddlers will enjoy this comforting bedtime story and the gentle rhyming words.


  The Runaway Bunny (Paperback) 

The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

"The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown is a favorite classic children's book about a mother's unconditional love for her child. A little bunny tells mother bunny about imaginative ways to run away. Mother bunny comes up with equally imaginative ways to follow him. This comforting picture book appeals to preschoolers and holds interest of toddlers and kindergartners as well.


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