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1. Mr. Popper's Penguins
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2. The Secret Garden
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3. The Phantom Tollbooth
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4. Where the Red Fern Grows (A Bantam
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5. Miss Rumphius
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6. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
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7. Sarah, Plain and Tall
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8. A Wrinkle in Time
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9. The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar
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10. Charlotte's Web
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11. The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
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12. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
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13. The Story of Babar (Babar Books
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14. Stuart Little 60th Anniversary
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15. Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby
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16. My Father's Dragon
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17. The Twenty-One Balloons
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18. Old Yeller
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19. Johnny Tremain (Laurel Leaf Books)
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20. The Cricket in Times Square (Chester

1. Mr. Popper's Penguins
by Little, Brown Young Readers
Paperback (02 November, 1992)
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Isbn: 0316058432
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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More than 60 years have not dated this wonderfully absurd tale--itstill makes kids (and parents) laugh out loud. Poor Mr. Popper isn't exactly unhappy; he just wishes he had seen something of the world before meeting Mrs. Popper and settling down. Most of all, he wishes he had seen the Poles, and spends his spare time between house-painting jobs reading all about polar explorations. Admiral Drake, in response to Mr. Popper's fan letter, sends him a penguin; life at 432 Proudfoot Avenue is never the same again. From one penguin living in the icebox, the Popper family grows to include 12 penguins, all of whom must be fed. Thus is born "Popper's Performing Penguins, First Time on Any Stage, Direct from the South Pole." Their adventures while on tour are hilarious, with numerous slapstick moments as the penguins disrupt other acts and invade hotels. Classic chapter-a-night fun. (Ages 5 to 10) Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Popper's Is Easy reading
Mr. Popper's Penguins is an easy read for a twelve-year old boy, and I found it enjoyable. It wasn't necessarily suspenseful, but each chapter ended with a problem that needed to be solved. This book would be great to use for a book report.The characters in the story are well developed and can be compared and contrasted.It would also be a great read-aloud for little children because of the silliness in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
I loved this book when my second grade teacher read it to us over 43 years ago.My second graders love it today.There are so many extras to learn with the actual story - what life was like before television, when people traveled by train, when people went to see newsreels, when people saw trained animal acts at the theater...And they love all the funny things that happen to poor Mr. Popper and his family.They learned about Antarctica and the explorers like Admiral Drake and Captain Cook.They wrote about how they thought the story would end.Then they wrote letters back home but I don't want to give any more away.You'll fall for these lovable penguins and their family too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mr.Popper's Penguins
Mr.Popper's Penguins is the best book. and because it is old and a lot of people still read it is very amazing. I think that everyone should read it. When Mr.Popper gets a penguin by mail and then he trains them too do perforemences and when someone that goes on stage doesn't appear so they go on stage and become famouse. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Animals - General    2. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction    3. Children: Grades 4-6    4. Classics    5. Fiction    6. Humorous Stories    7. Juvenile Fiction    8. Penguins    9. Juvenile Fiction / Classics    10. Pop-up & lift-the-flap books   


2. The Secret Garden
by HarperTrophy
Paperback (30 April, 1998)
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Isbn: 006440188X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Mistress Mary is quite contrary until she helps her garden grow. Along the way, she manages to cure her sickly cousin Colin, who is every bit as imperious as she. These two are sullen little peas in a pod, closed up in a gloomy old manor on the Yorkshire moors of England, until a locked-up garden captures their imaginations and puts the blush of a wild rose in their cheeks; "It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of roses which were so thick, that they matted together.... 'No wonder it is still,' Mary whispered. 'I am the first person who has spoken here for ten years.'" As new life sprouts from the earth, Mary and Colin's sour natures begin to sweeten. For anyone who has ever felt afraid to live and love, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All Time Favorite
The Secret Garden, along with A Little Princess, also by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is one of my favorite books from childhood. I still enjoy reading this book as an adult and reliving the fairy tale of two young children who "bloom" and grow, along with the garden. The metaphor is simple, but the charm and beauty of this tale make it a classic. I can't wait until my two daughters are old enough to enjoy it. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garden
When the little, frail, ugly looking girl from India came to the manor she looked so sad.I watched her at first from a distance, as she was so cold to everyone she came into contact with.I heard one of the gardeners say that her parents had died and she now had to live here, in the Misselthwaite Manor.The Manor has miles of nothing but moor.I think it is heaven with nothing but open land to fly through.It is beautiful, but not all see it like this, especially little miss Mary.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Secret Garden
Mary Lennox ia a very dull child in the beginning but when she get sent to Misslthwaite Manor she learns about respect and there's more to life than just laying around and being lazy. She also learns about her uncle and her family's intrest's. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction    2. Children: Grades 4-6    3. Classics    4. Family - Orphans & Foster Homes    5. Fiction    6. Gardens    7. Historical - Europe    8. Juvenile Fiction    9. Orphans    10. People & Places - Europe    11. Physically handicapped    12. Juvenile Fiction / Classics   


3. The Phantom Tollbooth
by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Hardcover (12 August, 1961)
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Isbn: 0394815009
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time," Milo laments. "[T]here's nothing for me to do, nowhere I'd care to go, and hardly anything worth seeing." This bored, Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book
It was a great book because a boy named Milo has a adventure discovering a new world. He findsa dog named the Watch Dog and he makes friends with him. He is wanting to go to Dictionopolis. Travels in a little electric car. He has to go to other cities to get to Dictionopolis. He meets other people and learns some stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Totally Funny!Very Clever!
I read this book with my mom and we both loved it!This book has an interesting beginning, a strange middle and a suspenseful ending.The author put in lots of creative puns and amusing ways to use words. For example, Milo (the boy) thinks he going to meet a witch in the dungeon, but actually he meets a "Which" who chooses which words to say and which words not to say. I liked how numbers were gems and words were food.Personally, I believe that words are more valuable than numbers.I think the author just plain rocks!
5-0 out of 5 stars Magical and Metaphorical
I read the Phantom Tollbooth when I was a kid and absolutely loved it.The strange characters who all seem to control something uncontrollable (sound, color, and so on) stayed with me for years afterwards, so that when I saw it on the bargain table in the book store I decided to pick it up again.
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4. Where the Red Fern Grows (A Bantam Starfire Book)
by Laurel Leaf
Mass Market Paperback (12 March, 1997)
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Isbn: 0553274295
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Author Wilson Rawls spent his boyhood much like the character of this book, Billy Colman, roaming the Ozarks of northeastern Oklahoma with his bluetick hound. A straightforward, shoot-from-the-hip storyteller with a searingly honest voice, Rawls is well-loved for this powerful 1961 classic and the award-winning novel Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ulises Cruz Review
I really liked the book and it is a very fun interesting book to read. I really liked that it had to do with some sort of sport. I also liked it because it was book were there was all source of action. There was a little boy that lived in the hills and dream of having two coon hounds. He finally worked and saved enough money to buy himself two. He was so excited to get them that he trained them to hunt. The characters were very believable and never doubted that they were making them up. The plot was very interesting because it was about the kid entering a big coon hunt. He won the competition by treeing four coons with his dogs. The major themes of the story were when on of the Prichard brothers accidentally stabbed himself. The author used a very special way of imagery. He made everything be visual in my head. I was all into the story that I didn't want to stop reading. I didn't like by were sometimes they didn't talk about when the dogs killed the coons and how they treed them. They would sometimes leave you think what would happen next or what could of happen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Geez!
I adore this book. I wrote a reviw on what I think of it a while ago, so you could find it later. But I'm sick of all these people saing there was no action or adventure. What's up with that? And to the people who say there are lost of grammer mistakes in the book, you should check your grammer.

4-0 out of 5 stars a spectacular book
The book I read was "Where the Red Fern Grows".This story takes place in the state of oaklahoma.Thers a boy named Billy and he lives with his family.All Billy wanted was two hound dogs.One day Billy went to his grandfarthers store and his grandfarther told Billy he had to meet God half way.Billy worked til he had 25.00$.Billy got two hound dogs.He decided he name them Dan and Little Ann.Billy hunted all he could and he sold the skins for money.If you want to know the rest read this spectacular book your self. ... Read more

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5. Miss Rumphius
by Puffin
Paperback (06 November, 1985)
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Sales Rank: 8275
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A book that will put a smile on your face!
" The Lupine Lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea."
5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars!
The book, Miss Rumphius, is one of my favorite books.I love the colorful illustrations and the touching story.This story is about a woman who is called Miss Rumphius by everyone she knows.Miss Rumphius travels the world with one mission- to find a place to live and make it beautiful.I believe that this story takes place somewhere in New England, specifically Maine, because of the sceneary in the illustrations.I recommend this story for kids between the ages of 5 to adults.

4-0 out of 5 stars Miss Rumphius
Reading this book brought backmany childhood memories. I loved reading this book when I was younger. Miss Rumphius is a story about a woman who loves to travel. By the end of the book she's been to all the places that she's ever wanted to go to. In the end she gives back to the world by planting beautiful flowers everywhere. It taugh the world to give beauty to the world. It sends a great message to all kids and adults alike.
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6. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles 30th Anniversary Edition
by HarperTrophy
Paperback (23 December, 2003)
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Isbn: 0064403149
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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What on earth is a Whangdoodle? A "fanciful creature of undefined nature," it was also once the wisest, kindest, most fun-loving living thing in the world--until people stopped believing in it. When that lack of faith became widespread, the last of the really great Whangdoodles created a special land full of extraordinary creatures: furry Flukes, the sly High-Behind Splintercat, and the wonderful Whiffle Bird. But when an open-minded professor--the one adult who still believes in the Whangdoodle--joins forces with three children with active imaginations, they become an unstoppable team on a fantastic and sometimes terrifying journey to Whangdoodleland. Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I'M LOVING IT!!
This book is one of the most lovely books I've ever read!! Julie Andrews talent has yet to prevail, for the book is so iricident in it's color! My third grade teacher read this book out loude to my class, and I fell in love with it!!! Now I'm 11, and am about to rent from the libary. Please , enjoy the sensation of reading this book!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Where would we be without our imaginations?
Where would we be with out our imaginations? This novel truly makes the reader's imagination come alive. Like all good fantasies the story starts out like a realistic fiction piece. However, once the children enter the realm of Whangdoodleland the novel clearly becomes fantasy. Not all of the information in the novel is logical. For example, most adults would be suspicious of their young children spending so much time at the professor's house. However, the plot is extremely appealing to children because Whangdoodleland is described as every child's dream land, and the Whangdoodle is described as a truly fascinating creature that if real, everyone would want to see for themselves. The possibilities of Whangdoodle land not being real is displayed through the eldest character, Ben, who has a very difficult time reaching Whangdoodle land due to his lack of imagination. But, this doubtful attitude of Ben helps create the theme behind the novel that your imagination can take you anywhere and it is something that should always be used and valued no matter how old you are.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles 30th Anniv Edition
Purchased this for my 10 year old daughter - She Loved It!!!I'm thinking of reading it myself. She recommends this as a very entertaining book. ... Read more

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7. Sarah, Plain and Tall
by HarperTrophy
Paperback (03 August, 2004)
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Isbn: 0064402053
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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MacLachlan, author of Unclaimed Treasures, has written an affecting tale for children. In the late 19th century a widowed midwestern farmer with two children--Anna and Caleb--advertises for a wife. When Sarah arrives she is homesick for Maine, especially for the ocean which she misses greatly. The children fear that she will not stay, and when she goes off to town alone, young Caleb--whose mother died during childbirth--is stricken with the fear that she has gone for good. But she returns with colored pencils to illustrate for them the beauty of Maine, and to explain that, though she misses her home, "the truth of it is I would miss you more." The tale gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall is a heartfelt story about a family who lost a mother and wife. Jacob, Caleb and Anna's father, must make the decision to place an ad for a wife and mother for the best for all of them.Sarah, a young lady from Maine, returns letters back and forth to the whole family getting to know them better.She decides to come down to the prairies of Kansas from the sea for a month to see if this is a life she could become accustomed to.When the children see the yellow bonnet coming down the road, excitement was in the air along with anticipation.Would she decide to stay and marry Jacob, or would this place be too small and too far away from the sea for Sarah.
5-0 out of 5 stars great great GREAT!
The book is about the Ann and Caleb's mom dies in her sleep after having Caleb. After a few years Jacob (the dad) writes an ad asking for a new wife. And Sarah answered back, and she answered all the questions.
5-0 out of 5 stars great great GREAT!
The book is about the Ann and Caleb's mom dies in her sleep after having Caleb. After a few years Jacob (the dad) writes an ad asking for a new wife. And Sarah answered back, and she answered all the questions.
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8. A Wrinkle in Time
by Farrar Straus Giroux
Hardcover (January, 1990)
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Isbn: 0374386137
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Everyone in town thinks Meg is volatile and dull-witted and that her younger brother Charles Wallace is dumb. People are also saying that their father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time.Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable by young and old alike!
The earth is surrounded by a sinister presence - a dark, foul fog that is the tool of an ultimate evil - whose ambition is to enslave the planet with the complete removal of free will. Three magical beings, Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which - witches, angels, demigods perhaps - appear to Margaret and Charles Wallace Murry and their friend, Calvin O'Keefe, to persuade them that it is their destiny to battle this evil on its own turf and to rescue Margaret and Charles Wallace's father. Dr Murry has been missing for some months and the kids learn that he has been captured by the evil while he was "tessering", traveling time and space in the course of his scientific research.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Wrinkle in time
At first my teacher read it. She read the first chapter to us. It had me very excited to read on. So, this book taught me a lot. It kind of keeps you in suspence to.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hated it.
It seems that people either love it or hate it andI belong to the latter category.How did this become a classic???Having forced myself to read to the end I'm not going to waste anymore time - just read the other 1-star reviews - poor kids forced by their teachers to read this over-rated garbage. ... Read more

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9. The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children, No 1)
by Albert Whitman & Company
Paperback (01 June, 1989)
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Isbn: 0807508527
Sales Rank: 12463
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Boxcar Children
A wonderfully told story. Our 6 year old son can't stop listening to it! We even ordered the same one as a birthday gift for a friend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
The book "The Boxcar Children" by Gertude Werner, is a really interesting book.This is about four orphans who ran away.Their names are Henry,Jessie,Violet, and Benny.These four children ran away and came to a bakery to sleep in for the night.The owners decided to keep

5-0 out of 5 stars 1# Boxcar Children Makes a Good Read
You can find this book is the adventures. Wow! this book is amazing!
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10. Charlotte's Web
by HarperCollins
Hardcover (15 October, 1952)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A fine work of literature that can stand alongside any in English
I just reread it recently as an adult. I had this boxed set of three hardcover E.B. White books when I was a kid - Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan (which I remember as my favorite of the three, though I hardly remember it today), and Stuart Little.
5-0 out of 5 stars Charlotte's Web
I've purchased this book for my daughter who is almost 9 years old, I end up reading it before her.This book is great for growing up kids; how wonderful and variable it is to have a friend he/she can depend on and be with to share fun, sad and so so stories to one another.
4-0 out of 5 stars A classic, and for a good reason
This book, though it may seem to be just a cute story about a pig, is actually quite sad.The first time I read this book I was in first grade and I liked it, but it was only when I just recently read it again that I realized how good it really is. This book, through its simple plot, reminded me a lot about how selfless some people are and also about growing up.No wonder it's a classic; even though it's written for little kids, it can remind a lot of people about their own lives and bring back a lot of fond memories. ... Read more

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11. The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
by Viking Juvenile
Hardcover (01 October, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Pippi is an irrepressible, irreverent, and irrefutably delightful nine-year-old girl who lives alone (with a monkey) in her wacky house, Villa Villekulla. When she's not dancing with the burglars who were just trying to rob her house, she's attempting to learn the "pluttification" tables at school; fighting Adolf, the strongest man in the world at the circus; or playing tag with police officers. Pippi's high-spirited, good-natured hijinks cause as much trouble as fun, but a more generous child you won't find anywhere. Astrid Lindgren has created a unique and lovable carrot-topped character, inspiring generations of children to want to Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Female Characters Ever Created
It was very empowering for me as a child to read Pippi's adventures.Her independence, common sense, strength, resourcefulness, and compassion were a tremendous inspiration to me and continue to be very commendable qualities.I don't believe much was lost in the translation of these books because the storytelling flows superbly and is exciting, engaging, and enduring.As a youngster, my favorite elements of these stories included Pippi's horde of gold, pet horse, physical strength, fantastic adventures, and red hair.As an adult, I am drawn to the heroine's wisdom and goodness of spirit.For adults who read Pippi as a child, I recommend a revisit to her world for a fresh view of her character as well as delightful reminiscing.This is terrific reading for all ages both girls and boys.
5-0 out of 5 stars Pippi Hardbound
This is a great, well-made and glossy volume of all three books in one!With caricatured illustrations, this is a fine addition for any book collector or family!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Chililug chugger is back...
Pippi Longstocking is a lot of things.She plays with sparklers, she plays with guns, she resists arrest, flaunts her supernatural power, manhandles bothersome adults, insults them and disregards them as silly.She's self-important, arrogant, callous, rude, undignified, and absolutely perfect.Read more

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12. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
by Dutton Juvenile
Hardcover (01 October, 1996)
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Isbn: 0525457232
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When Christopher Robin asks Pooh what he likes doing best in the world, Pooh says, after much thought, "What I like best in the whole world is Me and Piglet going to see You, and You saying 'What about a little something?' and Me saying, 'Well, I shouldn't mind a little something, should you, Piglet,' and it being a hummy sort of day outside, and birds singing."Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Winning Book
The tales are lovable, enjoyable and moving, and perhaps the most important thing is that although written for kids, we adults can reflect on the way we live our daily lives. We live through the pages the feelings of all characters fear, amazement, joy, kindness, self-inflicted misery, competitiveness, good times, and most of all, positiveness and passion to enjoy and nature true friendship.We have these feelings and emotions as human beings.There are Rabbits, and Tiggers and Owls and Piglets all around us and we can barely seem to recognize them in our friends or the people we communicate with every day. Illustrations are gorgeous,an outstanding vision of life.
5-0 out of 5 stars childhood favorite
Who doesn't love Winnie The Pooh? Don't answer that. This is an excellent and charming book to use for bedtime stories for children. I grew up with it and I still love it! It endears the simplicity of life and love...and honey.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to read aloud
Just great to get back to the 'book' instead of just videos of Pooh. ... Read more

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13. The Story of Babar (Babar Books (Random House))
by Random House Books for Young Readers
Hardcover (12 September, 1937)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic to cherish
I had this Babar book as a child and could not resist buying it for my daughter, and I am so happy that I did.This book is so incredible, the pictures and colors so vibrant and the text so incredibly addictive, that your child wil carry it with her forever.I know I have.I was stunned by how much of the dialogue and how many of the pictures I remembered.This book is a reasure that you and your children will share for years to come.Some people my comment about some of the themes, but as a child they went over my head, and as an adult, I recognized how tastefully done they are.Highest possible recommendation

5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
This is such an awesome story.I can remember reading it when I was a child.My three-year-old son can't get enough of this book.Other reviewers have expressed concern with the sad parts of the story (Babar's mother killed and the elephant king dying,) but they didn't bother my son a bit.We just talked about what was happening and he was okay.This is a classic!

5-0 out of 5 stars a classic tale to share with your children
I love Babar as much for the pictures as for the story.When I read it again to my daughter, I turned to the page where "Alas, that very day, the King of the elephants had eaten a bad mushroom" and thought wow, I remember that!The resurging memory of that illustration is so keen in my mind, it's as if twenty-plus years had just fallen away.And next comes my very favorite line, for its old-fashioned text and neatness of phrase:"It poisoned him and he became ill, so ill that he died.This was a great calamity."Which is not to say that the story of Babar dwells on sad things, because it doesn't.Whatever happens to Babar he deals with it with grace and moves on.Endlessly adaptable, this is an elephant who so charms the ladies that he woos and wins Celeste in just their brief drive home.The only sticking point for some parents who are encountering this book for the first time and therefore don't have their eyes all misting over with tender rememberances of their own childhood is that Babar is chosen to be the new king of the elephants because he is considered to have "learned so much living among men".If you are trying not to teach your children that humans are above and beyond all other animals, you may not want this subtle message.Overall, I think this book is wonderful and, at the end, when he and Celeste fly away in a hot air balloon to begin their honeymoon, it is clear that the story continues.This can be taken in the vein of allowing for endless opportunity of sequels but I prefer to think of it as the beginning of your child's opportunity to answer "what happens next" and regale you with their own series of stories about the adventures of Babar, the little elephant. ... Read more

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14. Stuart Little 60th Anniversary Edition (Stuart Little)
by HarperCollins
Hardcover (17 October, 1945)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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How terribly surprised the Little family must have been when their second child turned out to be a small mouse. Apparently familiar with the axiom that "when in New York City, anything can happen," the Littles accept young Stuart into their family unquestioningly--with the exception of Snowbell the cat who is unable to overcome his instinctive dislike for the little mouse. They build him a bed from a matchbox, and supply him with all of the accoutrements a young mouse could need. Mrs. Little even fashions him a suit, because baby clothes would obviously be unsuitable for such a sophisticated mouse. In return, Stuart helps his tall family with errant Ping-Pong balls that roll outside of their reach.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mary johnson's review
I thought Stuart Little was a great book. Stuart is not a ordinary mouse, he is an adventerous mouse.The book was much better than the movie!

2-0 out of 5 stars Strange ...
What a strange little book. Much is made of the fact that Stuart's parents - especially his mother - worries about him constantly, yet when he runs off to find his bird friend, he tells no one! And Stuart is obviously gay, not that there's anything wrong with that (I'm gay ... check out the illustration on page 31) He doesn't really want to date the girl, he's more interested in his canoe ...

5-0 out of 5 stars NOT For Five Year Olds
The fact that the hero of the story is a mouse does not make this a good book for young children.The language is difficult and the humor is rather understated, i.e. "The doctor was delighted with Stuart, and said that it was very unusual for an American family to have a mouse."At its heart, Stuart Little is a comedy of manners, and the fantasy takes a back seat to the witty dialogue and neat prose.Children will enjoy it at ten and love it in adulthood. ... Read more

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15. Ramona the Pest (Ramona Quimby (Paperback))
by HarperTrophy
Paperback (01 February, 1992)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Ramona the Pest
Ramona Quimby has started kindergarten and is learning new things each day. Ramona is not only learning how to write her name but is learning life lessons.She is also making new friends.
5-0 out of 5 stars I liked this book
What a pest! This was a funny book. The author writes many good books. If you like Beverly Cleary or you like the Ramona series you should check out the Henry Huggins series.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BIGGEST PEST EVER!
It is Ramona's first day of kindergarden.Ramona loves her teacher.She wants to kiss a boy named Davy.Ramona is facinated by Susan's beautiful redish brown curls that bounce when she runs.Ramona is very funny.The story is funny.Ramona does crazy things. ... Read more

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16. My Father's Dragon
by Random House Books for Young Readers
Paperback (12 November, 1987)
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Isbn: 0394890485
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars IT WAS COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is agood funny book. If you love to laugh hard this is your book!There is a boy who is trying to save a baby dragon. The boy has to go through a lot of chaos to help the dragon! it is funny, and it will teach you a lotabout animals! This is one of the best books I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Chapter Book for Early Readers
I sent this book for "silent reading" with my 7 year old to school.She's supposed to do 30 minutes a day.I was shocked when I picked her up and she was on page 80!I asked how she did that.Well, she found the book so engaging she took it to lunch, PE and read in between doing other work.She left it in her school desk and was screaming and running back to class to get it so she could finish it.
5-0 out of 5 stars My Father's Dragon--Not just for kids
I have loved this book since I first read it as a child in the early 50's.It's whimsical, fun, charming, and totally delightful.I hung onto the book for years, until it got lost in one of my many moves.I now have it again, and love it as much at 60 as I did at 6 or 7.And lest you think that it's only for simple minded adults--think again.My usual reading fare is much more complicated.I highly recommend it for children AND adults. ... Read more

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17. The Twenty-One Balloons
by Puffin
Paperback (06 May, 1986)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic
It won a Newbery Award in 1948, and it will be obvious to any reader why it won. I don't feel qualified to say much about it, because I bet this guy's been reviewed by far better than me. But damn, there is just so much fuel for your imagination in here. He's given me much that I will remember for many years. So I strongly suggest that you Google around for some reviews of this, and then you'll be impressed, and then you'll read it, and then you'll love it forever. It's allegedly for children, but it's also the second book in my entire reviewing career that I feel like slapping the word "marvel" onto. Yeah, I marveled.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great book and a wonderful tool to expand imagination!
I had never heard of this book until a member of the AARP Bulletin Board posted that they had found it available and bought it for their grandchildren.
4-0 out of 5 stars The Twenty-One Balloons
"As an honorary member of the Western American Explorers' Club in San Francisco, I feel sincerely that I owe the first accounting of my extraordinary adventure to that illustrious fraternity." Professor William Waterman Sherman just wanted to get away from teaching arithmetic when he left on a balloon voyage for a year, but he didn't get a balloon voyage, he received a balloon disaster.
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18. Old Yeller
by HarperTrophy
Paperback (30 October, 1990)
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5-0 out of 5 stars About a boy and his dog ......................
Old Yeller Jacob J.
5-0 out of 5 stars About a boy and his dog ......................
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5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite book!
Old Yeller was my favorite book ever!It made me laugh, it made me smile, and it made me cry.I really recommend it. - Justin, age 7-1/2 ... Read more

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19. Johnny Tremain (Laurel Leaf Books)
by Laurel Leaf
Paperback (03 November, 1987)
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This story of a tragically injured young silversmith who ends up hip-deep in the American Revolution is inspiring, exciting, and sad. Winner of the prestigious Newbery Award in 1944, Esther Forbes's story has lasted these 50-plus years by including adventure, loss, courage, and history in a wonderfully written, very dramatic package. It's probably not great for little guys but mature 11-year-olds or older will find it a great adventure. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Johnny Tremain
The Granddaddy of Young Adult Historical Fiction!
5-0 out of 5 stars a boy's journey
Having read this book as a child and several times over the years of my life I find myself returning to this classic for various reasons. Each time I find myself liking him for different reasons.
4-0 out of 5 stars Wade through the dull to get to the DRAMA
I was forced to read this for school, and, for once, I'm glad that my teachers MADE me read something.
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20. The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Hardcover (01 January, 1960)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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One night, the sounds of New York City--the rumbling of subway trains, thrumming of automobile tires, hooting of horns, howling of brakes, and the babbling of voices--is interrupted by a sound that even Tucker Mouse, a jaded inhabitant of Times Square, has never heard before. Mario, the son of Mama and Papa Bellini, proprietors of the subway-station newsstand, had only heard the sound once. What was this new, strangely musical chirping? None other than the mellifluous leg-rubbing of the somewhat disoriented Chester Cricket from Connecticut. Attracted by the irresistible smell of liverwurst, Chester had foolishly jumped into the picnic basket of some unsuspecting New Yorkers on a junket to the country. Despite the insect's wurst intentions, he ends up in a pile of dirt in Times Square.Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Falls Short of Wind in the Willows
When I read Wind in the Willows, I thought no other book could match its calm, slow, elegant pace, but this book does.However, I didn't find it measuring up to Wind in the Willows as far as a literary work goes.Why not?They're both written very eloquently (although I did think Wind in the Willows had some unnecessarily advanced vocabulary) and they both had outstanding and lovable characters.What's A Cricket in Times Square missing?I looked at all of the reviews here, and couldn't figure out why I didn't want to give A Cricket in Times Square any more than three stars.Then it hit me.Location!Lack of location to be exact.
4-0 out of 5 stars the cricket in times square
this was a short but great book. i recommend it to anybody. a must-read!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Story About Friends!
There is a cricket named Chester who got lost in Times Square. He makes friends with a cat named Harry,a mouse named Tucker and a boy named Mario. Chester loves his new friends, but he misses his home in Connecticut. His friends find a way to get him back home. This book makes you think of your best friends and how much you appreciate them.
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