January 2014


In This Issue

Preschool
Theme: Adventure

4-8 Years
Theme: Fun & Imagination

8-12 Years
Theme: Series





Classic Stories
for Preschoolers

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BEDTIME FOR FRANCES
written by: Russell Hoban, illus. by: Garth Williams, (HarperCollins ©1960), 32 p, Ages 3-7

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CORDUROY
written & illus. by Don Freeman, (Viking Children's Books, 1968), 32p, Ages 3-7

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HARRY AND THE DIRTY DOG
written by Gene Zion, illus. by Margaret Bloy Graham, (HarperCollins, 1956), 32p, Ages 3-7





Classic Stories
for Ages 4-8

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JUNE 29, 1999
written/illus. by David Wiesner, (Clarion Books, 1992), 32p, Ages 6-9

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THE STORY OF FERDINAND
written by: Munro Leaf, Illus. Robert Lawson, (Viking Children's Books, 1936), 72 p, 4-8 yrs

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AMOS & BORIS
written/illus. by William Steig, (Square Fish, 2009), 32p, Ages 5-8





Classic Stories
for Ages 8-12

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A BEAR CALLED PADDINGTON
written by Michael Bond, illus. by Peggy Fortnum, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1958), 144p, Ages 9-12

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THE BATTLE FOR THE CASTLE
written by Elizabeth Winthrop, (Yearling, 1996), 224p, Ages 9-12

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JONATHAN SWIFT'S GULLIVER
written by Jonathan Swift, abridged by Martin Jenkins, illus. by Chris Riddell, (Candlewick Press, 2010), 144p, Ages 7+

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IVANHOE
written by Sir Walter Scott, adapted by Marianna Mayer, illus. by John Rush, (Chronicle Books, 2004), 56p, Ages 9-13

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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
written by Lewis Carroll, illus. by Robert Ingpen, (Sterling Publishing, 2009), 192p, Ages 10+

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THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
written by C. S. Lewis, illus. by Pauline Baynes, (HarperCollins, 2004), 784p, 10+





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Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschooler age children to students in middle grades.

With the influx of new books for children flooding the market each year, old favorites are in danger of being crowded out. Generations of children are missing the opportunity of listening to classic children's literature. We have devoted a special column to a few of the classics in each age group that were written by people who never lost their love of childhood. Every child should hear these wonderful stories at least once. They are fun, full of imagination, and have endured over the years.

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Preschool: Adventures
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DINOSAUR RESCUE!
written/illus. by Penny Dale, (Noisy Crow, $15.99,
ISBN 978-0-7636-6829-7), 32p, Ages 3-6

When a pickup truck, loaded with dinosaurs, crashes through a railroad crossing with a train approaching, the Dinosaur Rescue squad races to the accident. "Rescue dinosaurs rushing. / Rushing to get there in time. / To get there in time, / before it's too late!" An assortment of dinosaur rescue vehicles (police car, fire engine, ambulance, tow truck, and helicopter) race to the emergency, and work together to ensure the safety of every dinosaur. With the emergency over and first aid administered, they head back to base in time to rest, play, and bed down. Dinosaurs and vehicles by name are featured on endpapers. For youngsters, who love dinosaurs, adventure, and emergency vehicles, this is a perfect treat.

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PENGUIN ON VACATION
written/illus. by Salina Yoon, (Walker Books, $14.99,
ISBN 978-0-8027-3397-9), 40p, Ages 3-6

Needing a vacation from the cold and snowy Antarctic, Penguin packs his suitcase, grabs his beach ball, and rides an ice flow to a tropical island. He soon discovers that sand is not for sledding, skiing, or skating. Fortunately, he meets Crab, who shows him fun times in building sand castles, playing beach ball, surfing, climbing coconut trees, and slurping coconut milk. "But all vacations come to an end. It was time for Penguin to go home." Luckily Crab decides that he needs a vacation, too, and follows Penguin home. This sweet story of friendship, fun, and beach time in winter should not be missed, as well as Penguin's old-fashioned stripped bathing suit and Crab's mittens and scarf.

Other Recommendations:

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THE ADVENTURES OF OLD BO BEAR
written by Alice Schertle, illus. by David Parkins, (Chronicle Books, 2006), 32p, Ages 3-7

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PETE AND POLO'S FARMYARD ADVENTURE
written/illus. by Adrian Reynolds, (Orchard Books, 2002), 32p, Ages 3-6

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THE STORY OF FISH & SNAIL
written/illus. by Deborah Freedman, (Viking Books, 2013), 40p, Ages 3-5

 
Ages 4-8: Fun & Imagination
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MR. WUFFLES!
written/illus. by David Wiesner, (Clarion Books, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-618-75661-2), 32p, Ages 4-8

Being a very particular cat, Mr. Wuffles passes up his regular cat toys for an interesting one resembling a tea strainer, but containing five miniature aliens. Experiencing mechanical problems after a crash landing, the little green aliens take refuge beneath the radiator. There they discover cave drawings of battles between Mr. Wuffles, ants, and ladybugs. Joining forces, the bugs and aliens find an ingenious way to repair the spacecraft, defeat Mr. Wuffles, and return home. Fans of David Wiesner will love the subtle details of the cave drawings, the master plan, and the alien/insect speech. This is master storytelling at its best.

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THE KING OF LITTLE THINGS
written by Bil Lepp, illus. by Daniel T. Wenzel, (Peachtree, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-56145-708-3), 32p, Ages 4-9

Long ago in medieval times, there lived the King of Little Things, who ruled over everything small, and his kingdom was a contented one. In another kingdom lived the greedy King Normous, who desired to conquer the world. When King Normous invades and imprisons him, the King of Little Things sends out a plea to his loyal subjects to strike and resist the invasion. "Cookies crumbled. Blocks tumbled. Ticks and tocks left their clocks. Boats listed. Words twisted. Lights unlit. Scarves unknit. And every little thing, everywhere, REFUSED TO WORK." Discover how an army of small, ordinary items defeats one greedy, ambitious, and obnoxious king. Colorful characters, opposing life styles, themes of loyalty and appreciation, and engaging illustrations will entertain readers and listeners for many hours. Endpapers feature various items to hunt for within the pages of this enchanting folk tale.

Other Recommendations:

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MILLIE WAITS FOR THE MAIL
written/illus. by Alexander Steffensmeier, (Walker Books, 2007), 32p, Ages 4-8

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HENRY & THE CRAZED CHICKEN PIRATES
written by Carolyn Crimi, illus. by John Manders, (Candlewick Books, 2009), 40p, Ages 4-8

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ARE YOU QUITE POLITE?
written by Alan Katz, illus. by David Catrow, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2006), 32p, Ages 4-8

Ages 8-12: Series
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TOWER OF FIVE ORDERS: The Shakespeare Mysteries: Book 2
written by Deron R. Hicks, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-547-83953-0), 320p, Ages 9-13

In The Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave, thirteen-year-old Colophon Letterford discovers the Letterford family treasure, consisting of manuscripts written by William Shakespeare. In this sequel, the authenticity of the treasure is questioned, Colophon's father is discredited, and the family business is taken over by an unscrupulous family member, who schemes to control the family's business. Along with her cousin, Julian, Colophon travels to London and Oxford in hopes of unraveling a series of clues to the treasure left by their ancestor Miles Letterford. What they discover is a treasure far more valuable than manuscripts. Thugs, villains, spies, suspense, and mystery surround the plight of a noble and honest family searching for their family legacy. Authors Note explains the words under each chapter heading, invented or first used by Shakespeare. The Appendix provides the context in which these words were used. Fans will enjoy the epilogue, which leads to another installment.

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THE FIELD OF WACKY INVENTIONS: A Floors Novel: Book 3
written by Patrick Carman, illus. by Chris Turnham, (Scholastic Press, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-545-25521-9), 224p, Ages 9-12

This final installment in the Floors trilogy finds Leo and Remi participating in a quirky competition for control of Merganzer D. Whippet's hotels. The top of each hotel is airlifted to the Field of Wacky Inventions and assembled into a new hotel. The contestants (all hotel managers) must wind their way up through the floors and reach the top in one piece to win the coveted prize. Although Leo faces various challenges and obstacles, help unexpectedly arrives from an orphan stowaway and her miniature dinosaurs. Flamethrowers, maniacal roller coaster rides, offbeat characters, puzzling riddles, baby ducks, mirror mazes, Flartz Fizz, and antigravity chambers make this crazy mystery thoroughly enjoyable. According to Merganzer, "Life is full of adventures we'd never take if we knew how they were going to turn out before we did them. But we're always better for having had the courage to live." Fans will be sad to leave the wacky series.
Book One: Floors
Book Two: 3 Below

Other Recommendations:

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THE 100-YEAR-OLD SECRET: The Sherlock Files: Book 1
written by Tracy Barrett, (Henry Holt & Co., 2010), 160p, Ages 8-12

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GREGOR THE OVERLANDER: BOOK ONE IN THE UNDERLAND CHRONICLES
written by Suzanne Collins, (Scholastic Press, 2003), 320p, Ages 9-12

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SPY SCHOOL
written by Stuart Gibbs, (Simon & Schuster, 2012), 304p, Ages 10 +

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