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Three Wishes: An Old Story
Three Wishes: An Old Story

Margot Zemach. This is a story about a couple who lived long ago and worked very hard chopping wood but did not make much money. One day, they rescue an imp from underneath a fallen tree. In return, the imp grants them three wishes and tells the couple to use them wisely. That evening, the couple is trying to decide how to use the wishes when the husband accidentally wishes for a plate full of sausages. The wife is so mad at how he wasted his wish that she says she wishes the sausages were stuck on the end of his nose. And of course, the sausages stick to the end of his nose. The sausages will not come off, so the wife uses the last wish to wish the sausages off of her husband's nose. The couple eat the sausages for dinner and are happy.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, New York, 1986.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




All Asleep

Charlotte Pomerantz (Illustrator - Nancy Tafuri). This book is a collection of poems that are meant to be read to children before bedtime. My three favorite poems are The Puppy's Song, Grandpa's Lullaby, and Grandma's Lullaby. This is a book that I would read to my kids before bedtime (if I had any).
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, New York, 1984.
General Grade Level: Primary (to read to), Intermediate (to read alone).




And if the Moon Could Talk
And if the Moon Could Talk

Kate Banks (Illustrator - Georg Hallensleben). This selection is about the moon and what it would say (if it could talk) about all the different things it sees around the world at night.
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 1998.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Artwork.




Poems Go Clang!; A Collection of Noisy Verse
Poems Go Clang!; A Collection of Noisy Verse

(Illustrated by Debi Gliori). This is a collection of poems all about different types of noises, by different authors.
Publisher: Candlewick Press; Cambridge, Ma; 1997.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Sophy and Auntie Pearl, Vol. 1
Sophy and Auntie Pearl, Vol. 1

Jeanne Titherington. This selection is about a young girl named Sophy who woke up one morning and discovered that she could fly. No one listens to her, let alone believes her, except for her great-aunt Pearl who can also fly. Sophy and her great-aunt Pearl go flying all over the city. They visit the zoo and have ice cream sundaes. No one even notices that they were gone. The illustrations are fabulous.
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, New York, 1995.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Artwork.




101 Things to Do with a Baby
101 Things to Do with a Baby

Jan Ormerod. This is a fun selection about activities that you can do with a baby. This would be a good book to read to an older sibling of a new baby.
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books: NY, 1984.
General Grade Level: Primary (to read to).
Other Category: Feelings.




Midnight Pillow Fight
Midnight Pillow Fight

Jan Ormerod. This is an interesting selection about a young girl named Polly who woke up in the middle of the night and had a pillow fight against all the pillows in the house.
Publisher: Candlewick Press; Cambridge, Ma; 1993.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Ms. MacDonald Has a Class
Ms. MacDonald Has a Class

Jan Ormerod. This selection is about Ms. MacDonald's kindergarten class and the things they do. It is set up in the form of the song, Old MacDonald, and can be sung to the tune. This would be a fun book for teachers of primary grades (especially kindergarten) to read to their students.
Publisher: Clarion Books, New York, 1996.
General Grade Level: Primary (when read to, Intermediate when reading alone).




Timothy Tall Feather
Timothy Tall Feather

Charlotte Pomerantz (Illustrator - Catherine Stock). In this selection, a young boy named Timothy asks his grandfather to tell him a story before he goes to bed. His grandfather tells him a story about a young Indian boy named Timothy Tall Feather. The funny thing is that the grandfather keeps falling asleep and Timothy prompts him to change the story, based on correct historical information.
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, New York, 1986.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Humor.




Downtown Fairy Godmother

Charlotte Pomerantz (Illustrator - Susanna Natti). This selection is about a girl named Olivia who is saving up all her money to buy a stuffed black cat with pale green eyes that she saw in the toy shop window. She wishes for a fairy godmother and a Grade C fairy godmother with huckleberry-colored eyes appears. A Grade C fairy godmother is a beginner who has limited power and this one is assigned to lower Manhattan, where Olivia lives. Olivia wishes for the stuffed cat, curly hair, and for the dishes at home to dry themselves. The fairy godmother can't fulfill any of these wishes, so Olivia asks to visit the fairy godmother's customers with her. The fairy godmother takes her on her appointments during the week and performs some pretty neat magic. One day, the fairy godmother leaves a note saying that she won't be coming anymore because she got promoted to fairy godmother Grade B in uptown Manhattan. She left the stuffed black cat with Olivia, but the funny thing is that it had huckleberry-colored eyes instead of pale green.
Publisher: Addison-Wesley; Reading, Ma; 1978.
General Grade Level: Advanced.




Half-Birthday Party

Charlotte Pomerantz (Illustrator - DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan). This selection is about a young boy named Daniel who gets excited when his six-month old little sister Katie stands up for the first time and decides to throw her a half-birthday party. He asks all the guests to bring half of a birthday present. The guests all bring clever presents, but Daniel was so busy planning the party that he forgot to give Katie a gift. He stalls for time and ends up giving Katie the best present of all--a half moon.
Publisher: Clarion Books, New York, 1984.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Happy Easter, Little Critter
Happy Easter, Little Critter

Mercer Mayer. This selection is about how Little Critter celebrates Easter.
Publisher: Western Publishing Company; Racine, Wi, 1988.
General Grade Level: Primary Other Category: Artwork.




Little Critter's the Best Present
Little Critter's the Best Present

Mercer Mayer. This selection is about Little Critter's little sister's birthday party. Little Critter gets his little sister the best present of all.
Publisher: Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc; NY, 2000.
General Grade Level: Primary Other Category: Artwork.




Chalk Doll
Chalk Doll

Charlotte Pomerantz (Illustrator - Frane Lessac). This selection is about a young girl named Rose who stays home from school one day because she is sick. She asks her mom about what it was like to grow up in Jamaica. Her mother tells her stories of her childhood and a couple of them were about the dolls she had growing up. Rose has many nice dolls but her mother only had a rag doll and a chalk doll as a little girl. Rose decides that she would like to make her own rag doll.
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott, New York, 1989.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Halfway to Your House
Halfway to Your House

Charlotte Pomerantz (Illustrator - Gabrielle Vincent). This is a collection of poems by the renowned author, Charlotte Pomerantz. My favorite poem is the one about a girl named Annabelle.
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, NY, 1993.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.

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