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Rabbit's New Rug-Judy Delton (Illustrator - Marc Brown) Rabbit just got a beautiful new rug that has large red tulips, small yellow daisies, green leaves, and light blue snapdragons all over it. Rabbit is so excited that he invites all of his friends over to see it. When Fox comes over with a jar of jam, Rabbit tells him not to walk on the rug and says that they better not open the jam because it might drip on the rug. Next, Raccoon came over. Rabbit asked him if he was molting because he didn't want hair falling on the rug. All of the animals stood in a row against the wall, admiring the rug. After some time, Rabbit's friends left. The next day, Rabbit admire his rug. He vacuumed and brushed it three times. Every day for the next week, Rabbit admired his rug. He walked around it so he wouldn't leave footprints. He didn't bake because he didn't want to get flour on it, and he didn't sew because he didn't want to get lint and threads on it. finally, Rabbit got lonely and he invited his friends over for a party. They played games and ate all kinds of treats. After his friends left, Rabbit remarked that there's nothing like old friends to help break in a new rug.
Publisher: Parents Magazine Press, New York, 1979.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Where the Wild Things Are-Maurice Sendak. Max is a boy who likes to be a little wild. His mom called him a wild things for causing mischief. Max was dressed in a wolf suit, so he said that he would eat her up. Max was sent to bed without dinner. That night, his room grew into a forest. Max sailed by boat for weeks on the ocean until he came to the place where the wild things are. The wild things called him the most wild thing and made him king of all wild things. They all had a rumpus together, but Max got lonely and decided to go home because he smelled good food. The wild things didn't want him to go, but Max sailed home to his bedroom where he found his supper waiting for him.
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Little Monster at Home-Mercer Mayer. This book is so much fun because of the illustrations. Little Monster shows the reader around his house and yard. It's fun to see monsters dressed like humans and doing things that humans do. The best part of the book, though, is this tiny little monster that follows Little Monster around. He appears somewhere, half-hidden, on almost every page. It's fun trying to spot him in the scenery.
Publisher: Merrigold Press, New York, 1978.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Other Category: Humor.




Little Monster's Counting Book-Mercer Mayer. This is an adorably entertaining book! It counts from one to twenty-one using various objects and characters. At the top of each page, a bird lays one egg at a time. On the last page, all the eggs hatch. The illustrations are incredibly creative and captivating to look at. As usual, there are little creatures hiding on many of the pages.
Publisher: Merrigold Press, New York, 1978.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Other Category: New concepts (subtraction).




Little Monster's Neighborhood-Mercer Mayer. In this book, Little Monster shows the reader around his neighborhood and introduces us to his neighbors and to people in his town. He also shows us what activities he and his family do during different seasons. Once again, the illustrations are magnificently entertaining!
Publisher: Merrigold Press, New York, 1978.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Little Monster's Bedtime Book-Mercer Mayer. This is a book of monster nursery rhymes. The rhymes are about monsters never heard of before. The illustrations are wonderfully entertaining.
Publisher: Merrigold Press, New York, 1978.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Dean's a Book of Fairy Tales- Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. This book is a collection of many well-known and a few lesser-known fairytales. Selections include Little Red Riding Hood, Mother Goose, Hop O' My Thumb, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Rumpelstiltskin, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, The Princess and the Pea, The White Cat, Little Ida's Flowers, Ole Luckoie or the Dustman, Thumbelina, The Top and the Ball, The Darning Needle, Blockhead Hans, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in the Boots, Tom Thumb, Hansel and Gretel, and Babes in the Wood. The best part of the book, though, is the intricately detailed, beautiful illustrations.
Publisher: Playmore Inc., Publishers, New York, 1977.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Hey, Al-Arthur Yorinks (Illustrated - Richard Egielski). This selection is about Al, a janitor, and his faithful dog, Eddie. They live together in a single room apartment on the West Side of town. Their home is crowded and cramped and they're always struggling to make ends meet. Eddie complained, saying that he wishes they could have a house. One morning, a large bird offers to take Al and Eddie to an island in the sky. Al and Eddie love it there--it's like a paradise ; the birds bring food to them. One day, though, they start turning into birds. Al decides that he would rather mop floors than be a bird and so Al and Eddie fly back to their old life.
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss,and Giroux, 1987.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: the Caldecott Medal .
Other Works: Sid and Sol, Louis the Fish, It Happened in Pinsk.
Other works by the illustrator: Rascal, Julie of the Wolves, Gentle Ben, Dune.
Author: Touch magic, Neptune Rising.




Owl Moon - Jane Yolen (Illustrator - John Schoenherr). This book is about when a father and his young daughter go owling. It talks about the cold and the shadows in beautifully descriptive language. The watercolor illustrations are exquisite.
Publisher: Philomel Books; New York; 1987.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott Medal.




Arrow to the Sun - Gerald McDermott. This is an adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth that explains how the spirit of the Sun was brought down to the world of men. The spark of life was sent to earth by the Lord of the Sun, where is entered the house of a young woman. In this way, the Boy was born. The Boy missed his father and so the arrow maker made him into an arrow and shot him up to the sun. The Boy had to prove to the Lord of the Sun that he is his son before his father sent him back to the earth as a rainbow, filled with the power of the sun.
Publisher: The Viking Press; New York; 1974.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Work: The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale.




Joseph Had a Little Overcoat - Simms Taback. This selection is about a man named Joseph who made his old overcoat into a jacket, the jacket into a little vest, the vest into a little tie, and the tie into a button. The illustrations are charmingly kitschy and the cutouts predict what article of clothing Joseph will make next. The best part are all the little sayings on the walls and other places in the book.
Other Work: There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
Publisher: Viking; New York; 1999. (Orig: 1977, Random House).
General Grade Level: Primary.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Other work by author: Grandmother Bryant's Pocket.




Snowflake Bentley - Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Illustrator - Mary Azarian). This book is about Wilson Bentley, a man who dedicated his life to photographing snowflakes. Some of his neighbors didn't understand why he did that, because in Vermont snow is almost as common as dirt. But Wilson Bentley's pictures of snowflakes and his book Snow Crystals were his gift to the world. (The illustrations are woodcuts).
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company; Boston; 1998.
Award: Caldecott.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Lon Po Po - Ed Young (a Red Riding Hood Story from China). This story is much like the English version of Little Red Riding Hood. The mother of 3 young girls, Shang, Tao, and Paotze, leaves her daughters at home one night when she goes to visit their grandmother. She tells them to latch the door and to keep it locked all night. But the girls open the door to a wolf dressed like a woman who says that it is their Po Po, or grandmother. Even though the wolf keeps blowing out the candle, one of the girls catches a glimpse of the wolf. The girls trick the wolf into coming outside to eat some gingko nuts, saying they will make her healthy and live forever. They say that the wolf must pick the nuts herself or lose the benefit, and so they pull the wolf up in a basket but drop the wolf three times. The third time bumped the wolf's head and broke his heart to pieces.
Publisher: Philomel Books; New York; 1989.
Award: Caldecott.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Joy.
Other Work: Yeh Shen; A Cinderella Story from China, The Emperor and the Kite, Cats are Cats (Nancy Larrick).




Smoky Night - Eve Bunting (Illustrator - David Diaz). This story is about a boy named Daniel and his mother who are at home in their apartment while people are out looting during the night because it is on fire. He looks for his cat on the way out, but can't find her. Their neighbor, Mrs. Kim's cat is missing too. Usually, Mrs. Kim's cat and Daniel's cat don't get along, but a firefighter finds them hiding together. Because of this ordeal, Daniel and his mom become friends with Mrs. Kim.
Publisher; Harcourt Brace & Company; San Diego; 1994.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Feelings Note: The illustrations are beautifully done paintings and the backdrops behind the text are very clever photographed collages. Also available in Spanish ( Noche de Humo).




One Fine Day - Nonny Hogrogian. This book is partly silly but also very endearing. A fox travels through a great forest and is thirsty when he reaches the other side so he laps up some milk that an old lady left out. She got so mad that she cut off the fox's tail. The fox cried and asked her to give him his tail back. She told him to give her milk back and she would sew his tail back on. So the fox asked a cow to give him some milk and the cow asked for some grass. He asked a field for some grass and it asked for some water. He asked a stream for some water and the stream asked for a jug. He asked a maiden for a jug and she asked for a blue bead in return. He asked a peddler for a bead and he asked for some grain. The fox began to cry and asked the miller for some grain. The miller took pity and gave him some grain. The fox was then able to give the lady some milk and she sewed his tail back on.
Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company; New York; 1971.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.

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