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Corduroy is a 1968 children’s book written and illustrated by Don Freeman. In 2007 it was named one of the ”Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.” It was one of the “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time in 2012. Freeman created a sequel in 1978 named A Pocket for Corduroy. In 2006 B. G. Hennessy published Corduroy Lost and Found as a sequel to Don Freeman’s original works.] A special 40th anniversary edition of Corduroy was released in 2008.
The book tells the story of a bear named Corduroy, displayed on a toy shelf in a department store. A girl named Lisa arrives in the store with her mother and sees the bear. She wants to buy him, but her mother refuses to spend more money and notes that a button is missing from his overalls.
After they leave, Corduroy decides to find the missing button and embarks on a trip around the department store. He goes upstairs and finds furniture. Thinking that one of a mattress buttons is the one he is missing, he pulls on it but falls from the bed, making a noise. The store guard arrives, finds the bear and puts him back in place. Soon Lisa comes back with the money she had in her bank and buys Corduroy. At home, she sews a button on his overalls. The book ends with Corduroy and Lisa hugging each other.
The following are great quotes from Between the Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, a terrific YA book.
“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s life was worth a pocket watch.”
“Faces spoke to their future. I saw courage, anger, fear, and confusion. Other faces were hopeless. They had already given up.”
“I planted hatred in my heart. I swore it would grow to be a massive tree whose roots would strangle them all.”
“Sometimes, there is such beauty in awkwardness.”
“Mother told me to feel sorry for the person, that they had been pushed over the edge of their identity.”
“‘Our sense of humor,’ said Mother, her eyes pooled with laughing tears. ‘They can’t take that away from us, right?’”
“I shut the bathroom door and caught sight of my face in the mirror. I had no idea how quickly it was to change, to fade. If I had, I would have stared at my reflection, memorizing it. It was the last time I would look into a real mirror for more than a decade.”
“My art teacher had said that if you breathed deeply and imagined something, you could be there. You could see it, feel it. During our standoffs with the NKVD, I learned to do that. I clung to my rusted dreams during the times of silence.”
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell was published in 1982 and over the years it has become firmly established as a classic for the under 5’s. To celebrate the 25th anniversary five years ago, Campbell refreshed the original artwork to give Dear Zoo an updated and fresh look, ready to delight a new generation of young readers! It is now available as a jacketed hardback edition, paperback and board book.
Rod Campbell has been writing and illustrating books for babies for over twenty years. He is best known for his classic lift-the-flap title, Dear Zoo, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Ingeniously simple, with touches of gentle humor, Rod Campbell’s books continue to be enjoyed by children, parents and teachers alike. Campbell is the creator of many brilliant novelty books for babies and toddlers including ABC Zoo, Farm Babies, Farm Chase, Farm 123 and Noisy Farm.
A child writes to the zoo for a pet. The zoo sends a series of unsuitable pets, revealed behind flaps in the form of crates and packing cases. Each animal arriving from the zoo as a possible pet fails to suit its prospective owner, until just the right one is found. Movable flaps reveal the contents of each package.
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He has never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years.
But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives delivered by an owl messenger. The letter contains an invitation to a wonderful place Harry has never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting just for him. The question is can Harry survive the encounter.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPre. A few great quotes from this adventure are:
“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
“Tut, tut — fame clearly isn’t everything.”
“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery.”
I Want My Hat Back, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011 and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book of 2012. I Want My Hat Back has been described as “A picture-book delight by a rising talent which tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.”
I Want My Hat Back is a marvelous book in the true dictionary sense. It is a wonderful and astonishing book, the kind of book that makes children laugh and adults chuckle, and both smile in appreciation. This seemingly simple story is told with considerable sophistication.
The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes in contact with whether they have seen his hat. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. Just as the bear begins to give up, a deer asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this adventure takes on the classic repetitive tale which plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor. It winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.
El Arbol generoso/ The Generous Tree tells the tale of a young boy and the tree who, literally, piece by piece, gives her life for him. Throughout the story, the tree (which is referred to by female pronouns) never hesitates to give the boy whatever he asks of her. At first she provides shade, then her fruit, next her branches, and finally her entire trunk. By the story’s end, the little boy is an old man who, after many years away, returns to the tree to use her last remaining piece (her stump) as a place to sit and rest. A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.” So begins a story of unforgettable perception. It is a moving parable about the gift of giving and the capacity to love. The story is beautifully written by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein and illustrated by Carla Pardo Valle.
Not only was Shel Silverstein one of the funniest children’s book authors, he was also one of the most subversive. Through his irresistible rhymes, poems, and drawings, Silverstein made children feel like they were being spoken to as adults; and adults the chance to remember what it felt like to be a child.
Tiger’s Destiny is the fourth book in the Tiger’s Curse Series by Colleen Houck. It was released September 4th, 2012. A smart phone tag code on the back cover links readers to the series website. Tiger’s Destiny spins a deliciously suspenseful tale of enchanted creatures, love-torn hearts, and edge-of-your-seat action as Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan take on their final challenge to break the tiger’s curse.
Houck has taken the Young Adult world by storm with her Tiger’s Curse series. The series introduced readers to recent high school graduate Kelsey who is ready to enjoy a typical summer after she takes a new job at a circus. However, there is nothing typical about her discovering that the circus’ white tiger is actually a cursed Indian prince who is almost entirely trapped in animal form.
With three of the goddess Durga’s quests behind them, only one prophecy now stands in the way of Kelsey, Ren, and Kishan breaking the tiger’s curse. But the trio’s greatest challenge awaits them. It is a life-endangering pursuit in search of Durga’s final gift, the Rope of Fire, on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. It is a race against time and the evil sorcerer Lokesh. This eagerly anticipated fourth volume is the best selling in the Tiger’s Curse series. It pits good against evil, tests the bonds of love and loyalty, and finally reveals the tigers’ true destinies once and for all.
Adventures with Buster is a warm, personal invitation to experience the relationship between a “Goldador” guide dog named Buster and the human he serves. The adventures is written by Buster’s owner, London Lake Pickett, and illustrated by Lynda Farrington Wilson. This children’s book will educate and entertain with the many experiences of the easy to love Buster and his master.
London Pickett provides an enchanting chronicle of canine companionship and the blessings that have come from all of the challenges that many would otherwise see as an adversity. Young and old will enjoy learning how a sweet guide dog and a dear blind woman take care of one another properly, responsibly and so lovingly. Pickett did a wonderful job of explaining how hard her dog works and how people who meet her can best treat Buster so as not to interfere with his important job of keeping her safe.
Buster lives with London and her husband, their three children, three other dogs, a cat and three fish in North Carolina. Buster and London received their training together at Southwestern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Florida. Buster has flown on airplanes, been to restaurants, attended church and visited schools to help teach children about what he does. There are forty commands that Buster has been taught to obey as he and London share their lives together.
Lori A. Buttery was inspired to write the Precious Series collection after having a little one of her own. The sing-song rhythmic phrasing makes the books fun for grown-ups as well as little ones. After all, inspiring little minds to read even at a very early age is what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Lori A. Buttery first wrote Soft Kisses which was illustrated by Tom Paul Fox. Next came Twilight Dreams which was illustrated by Jill Dister Greenfelder. Following this was Sleepy Little One which was illustrated by Jillian Dister. All three are Children’s Board Books which are books printed on thick paperboard. The paperboard is printed and used for both the cover and the interior pages. Board books are very durable and consequently intended for small children, who often tend to be destructive and unpredictable.
Soft Kisses was the first book in Emerald Baby’s Precious Series. Inspired by Emerald Baby’s Precious Lullabies CD, each book in Emerald Baby’s board book collection will correspond to a lullaby title off their CD. Each book is filled with vibrant illustrations for parents and children to read and share together. Other board books in the Precious Series collection include Twilight Dreams and Sleepy Little One. Parents always enjoy collecting the whole series for their precious ones. Another one is coming out soon! The complete series will be comprised of eleven books all inspired by Emerald Baby’s Precious Lullabies
Flotsam by David Wiesner won the 2007 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Janice Del Negro stated, “Telling tales through imagery is what storytellers have done through the ages. Weisner’s wordless tale resonates with visual images that tell his story with clever wit and lively humor.”
A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam, anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there’s no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted underwater camera, with its own secrets to share and to keep. A day at the beach becomes the springboard into a wildly imaginative exploration of the mysteries of the deep.
Talking about his book, Wiesner said, “When you read a book with text, you’re hearing the author’s voice. Without text, your own voice is free to tell the story. I may have been thinking one thing as I worked on the book, but the reader can think something quite different, and their version of what is going on is as valid as mine. A wordless book really becomes complete when someone reads it.”