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Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

1593083300
January 2005
Hardcover
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Saint George and the Dragon
Margaret Hodges
0316367958
Sept 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This adaptation of The Faerie Queen features illustrations that "glitter with color and mesmerizing details," said PW. Ages 4-8. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Card catalog description
Retells the segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Aesop's Fables (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

159308062X
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
In all likelihood, Aesop was just as invented as his fantastic fables. Allegorical tales of birds and beasts, the fables are humorous, inspirational, and often astonishingly pragmatic. They expose the superstitions and customs of the Greeks, as well as their love of life and common sense. Perhaps the original treatise of self-help, Aesop’s Fables is full of advice for life,
whether it be affirming, silly, or profoundly insightful.

D. L. Ashliman is emeritus professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught folklore, mythology, German, and comparative literature at that institution for thirty-one years.
He has also served as guest professor at the University of Augsburg in Germany.


Abiyoyo
Pete Seeger
0689878257
Jan 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Abiyoyo, the popular picture-book version of a storysong by Pete Seeger, illustrated by Michael Hays, turns 15 in October. To celebrate, Simon & Schuster is issuing a special anniversary edition of the book, which will come packaged with a CD recording of Seeger performing two different versions of his work in colorful storytelling style, one from 1956, the other, a live performance captured in 1991. Inspired by a South African folktale, the story of how a father and son vanquish the giant named Abiyoyo has long been a favorite and has been featured on PBS's Reading Rainbow. In addition to the audio bonus, Seeger fans have still more to cheer about: the original hardcover (without CD) will remain in print and a sequel, Abiyoyo Returns, will be released in October as well. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business...


Peter and the Starcatchers
Dave Barry
0641650558

Hardcover
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Stone Soup
Marcia Brown
0689711034
Aug 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This old French tale about soldiers who trick miserly villages into making them a feast won a Caldecott Medal when Brown retold and illustrated it in 1947. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
First published in 1947, this picture book classic has remained one of Marcia Brown's most popular and enduring books. This story, about three hungry soldiers who outwit the greedy inhabitants of a village into providing them with a feast, is based on an old French tale.

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Aesop's Fables

0448060035
August 1947
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Salter refurbishes 58 of Aesop's fables with delicate flame-toned illustrations. Underscoring the timelessness and adaptability of the Greek storyteller's work, the British artist borrows motifs and styles from a number of the so-called cradles of civilization. In her full-page illustrations, slightly flattened perspectives recall antiquity, while the use of serial borders and of floral and geometric patterns seem specifically Middle Eastern. A fox and a stork pose with with a black-figure vase suggestive of pre-classical Athens; other pictures incorporate architectural flourishes (various types of capitals or arches) that evoke the style of an entire period. Small, color images interspersed with the text echo the facing illustrations; for spreads without full-page art, Salter produces stately framed miniatures...


Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky
Elphinstone Dayrell
0395539633
Apr 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Striking primitive illustrations aid in the retelling of this African folktale about the consequences of an overwhelming visit from Water and his people. Ages 4-8. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review
Booklist, ALA : "An African folktale is interpreted with originality and harmony."

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The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #2)
Holly Black
0689859376
May 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
In the Spiderwick Chronicles' second book, things get even more exciting--and kind of scary--for the Grace kids, as the strange faerie world hinted at in The Field Guide blooms to full life around them.

After making tentative peace with Thimbletack (a coveralled house brownie who's "the size of a pencil"), Jared chooses to ignore the creature's pleas that he destroy his great-great-uncle's mysterious tome, Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. Thimbletack warns, "You kept the book despite my advice./Sooner or later there'll be a price." Sure enough, the brownie soon sniffs out a "fell smell in the air," and the disappearance of Simon's new cat starts to make sense. And if the chapter titled "IN WHICH Mallory Finally Gets to Put Her Rapier to Good Use" doesn't get your heart racing as fast...



The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen
068815932X
Mar 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
Three-time Caldecott Honor artist and four-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, Jerry Pinkney doesn't disappoint with this lovely, old-fashioned, richly textured watercolor adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. The mother duck knew from the very beginning that one of her babies would be different from the rest... the sixth egg was large and oddly shaped. When it finally hatches that summer, she thinks the "monstrous big duckling" must be a turkey chick! Other ducks are appalled by the ugly duckling, and he is chased, pecked, and kicked aside. When he can't stand it anymore, he runs away from the pond, eventually taking refuge in the warm cottage of an old woman with a cat and a hen. Missing the delicious feeling of the water too much to stay, however, he heads out again into the wide,...


The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #1)
Holly Black
0689859368
May 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
The first book in a beautifully produced series of five, The Field Guide sets up the story of the Grace children--13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon--who with their mother move into the dilapidated Spiderwick Estate only to quickly find themselves sucked into a dark and fascinating world of faeries.

Superficially, the Spiderwick Chronicles smack of Lemony Snicket, with its "true story" setup and breathless warnings ("Go away/close the book/put it down/do not look"). But Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black owe no one for the intensely absorbing world they've created. Black certainly showed fey promise in her slightly freaky debut and DiTerlizzi has weird cred to spare, from his zany Jimmy Zangwow to countless credits for the Magic: The Gathering card game.

By combining their ample skill with...



Shadow Spinner
Susan Fletcher
0689830513
Nov 1999
Paperback
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From Kirkus Reviews
A young girl, Marjan, rescues the fabled Shahrazad from the Sultan's wrath in this exciting and thought-provoking novel from Fletcher (Flight of the Dragon Kyn, 1993, etc.). With her crippled foot, Marjan never expects to be dragged off to the palace, but that is what happens after a chance meeting with Shahrazadthe storyteller who wins her life each night with cliffhanging stories for the sultan, and who obtains a story from Marjan. Heartbroken at leaving her Aunt Chava and her Uncle Eli, Marjan confronts cruelty within the palace's lush interior, where wives and concubines can be executed at the sultan's whim, and where the Khatun, the sultan's mother, spies on everyone. Dispatched by Shahrazad to find more stories, Marjan sneaks out into the marketplace, where she eventually finds an old storyteller who tells her...


The Wrath of Mulgarth (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #5)
Holly Black
0689859406
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi pull off an impressive five for five with Wrath of Mulgarath, the satisfyingly dramatic conclusion to their series, The Spiderwick Chronicles. After the gory conclusion of the The Ironwood Tree, we don't get even a moment's reprieve before the action picks up again, in a starting chapter entitled, fittingly, "IN WHICH the World Is Turned Upside Down." Thirteen-year-old Mallory and nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon return to the Spiderwick Estate only to find their home in shambles, with trash and broken furniture scattered across the lawn and Simon's griffin chasing a "goblin" across the roof. The faerie world that the Grace kids have so slowly probed in this series has finally come home to roost. Black and DiTerlizzi pack a lot into the finale of this beautifully produced series, with...


Strega Nona
Tomie de Paola
0671666061
September 1979
Paperback
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Review
The New York Times Book Review"De Paola's illustrations aptly capture the whimsy of this ancient tale... simple line drawings clearly reveal the agony and ecstasy of pasta power, the muted colors create just the right ambiance for a Medieval village."

Review
The New York Times Book Review "De Paola's illustrations aptly capture the whimsy of this ancient tale... simple line drawings clearly reveal the agony and ecstasy of pasta power, the muted colors create just the right ambiance for a Medieval village."

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Once a Mouse...
Marcia Brown
0689713436
Sept 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
A hermit knows the magic to change a small mouse into a cat, a dog, and a majestic tiger -- and Marcia Brown's magical woodcuts bring this Indian fable to life with the mastery that won her her second Caldecott Medal.

Card catalog description
As it changes from mouse, to cat, to dog, to tiger, a hermit's pet also becomes increasingly vain.

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Touchstones
Perry Nodelman
0810825627
Jan 1987
Hardcover
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Book Description
Contains critical essays about works of children's fairy tales, myths, and poetry, covering Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, Asbjornsen and Moe, Richard Chase, Padraic Colum, the Norse myths, Walter de la Mare, the Brothers Grimm, Joel Chandler Harris, Joseph Jacobs, Andrew Lang, Edward Lear, Mother Goose, Charles Perrault, Howard Pyle, and others.

About the Author
Perry Nodelman, Professor of English, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a former editor of the "Children's Literature Association Quarterly". He has written articles and papers on all aspects of children's literature and has published "Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children's Picture Books" (University of Georgia Press) and "The Pleasures of Children's Literature" (Longman). --This text refers to an...


Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #3)
Holly Black
0689859384
September 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
The Grace kids--13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon--get to catch their breath in the third installment of the Spiderwick Chronicles, as they visit their "crazy old" Aunt Lucinda for some help in deciding the fate of the troublesome Field Guide

Fresh from near-fatal goblin and troll attacks in the previous book (The Seeing Stone, the children are torn over whether to hang onto their long-lost great-great-uncle's book or to turn it over to the menacing faeries. Thimbletack--the house brownie who's transmogrified into an angry "boggart"--has lost his patience with the kids, and he starts subjecting Jared to increasingly nasty pranks. Hoping that Lucinda might know something about Uncle Arthur's fate (or at least have some advice on how to fend off the faeries), the three children talk their mom into a...



The Dragon Prince
Laurence Yep
0060243813
Sept 1997
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"This Southern Chinese adaptation of a traditional Chinese tale gains notability through Yep's elegant, carefully crafted storytelling," said PW. Ages 5-8. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal
Grade 1-5?Yep presents a polished, touching retelling of a story he calls "a Southern Chinese version of a traditional Chinese tale." When a poor farmer falls into the clutches of a dragon, he begs each of his seven daughters to save him from death by marrying the horrifying creature. At last, the youngest consents. The dragon carries Seven (the daughters are named in birth order, following Chinese tradition) to his home under the sea. Far from being frightened, Seven is full of wonder....


Peter and the Starcatchers
Dave Barry
0786854456
August 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson have clearly taken great delight in writing a 400-plus page prequel of sorts to Scottish dramatist J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan stories. The result is a fast-paced and fluffy pirate adventure, complete with talking porpoises, stinky rogues, possible cannibals, a flying crocodile, biting mermaids, and a much-sought-after trunk full of magical glowing green "starstuff." Ever hear of Zeus? Michelangelo? Attila the Hun? According to 14-year-old Molly Aster they all derived their powers from starstuff that occasionally falls to Earth from the heavens. On Earth, it is the Starcatchers' job to rush to the scene and collect the starstuff before it falls into the hands of the Others who use its myriad powers for evil.

On board the ship Never Land, an orange-haired boy...


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