Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Curious George

By H.A. Rey

Curious George
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The mischievous monkey Curious George has delighted millions of readers for more than 50 years with his hilarious hijinks.

Rating: 4 ****

Honestly, it’s a bit antiquated. I love the monkey and how he always saves the day, even though it was him that caused the trouble in the first place, but the original story has him smoking a pipe and other oddities that aren’t acceptable these days.

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Where the Wild Things Are

By Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are
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Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things, where he is made king.

Rating: 5 *****

One of the most wonderful books ever. The illustrations alone will make your child love these cuddly, adorable monsters. Also deals with love and respect within the family as Max learns the responsibilities of being in charge.

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Corduroy

By Don Freeman

Corduroy
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Corduroy, a lonely bear in green overalls, must first find his lost button before he can be Lisa’s very own bear.

Rating: 5 *****

It’s no wonder this book has held the test of time. It is a sweet book about friendship.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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This book enables the teacher to raise the language awareness of the whole class as they follow the evolution of the caterpillar in days, foods and numbers.

Rating: 5 *****

Your child will love counting the holes in all of the eaten food.

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The Story of Babar The Little Elephant

By Jean de Brunhoff

The Story of Babar The Little Elephant
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The classic first story about literature s most beloved pachyderm. After his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar avoids capture by escaping to the city, where he is befriended by the kindly Old Lady. He becomes educated and cultured and, upon his return to the great forest, is crowned King of the Elephants.

Rating: 4 ****

This actually is a controversial story because it’s said to support colonialism.

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Madeline

By Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline

Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl’s trip to the hospital is as appealing today as it was in 1940. The combination of spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes “Madeline” a perennial favorite with children of all ages

Rating: ****

This story captures its younger listeners more than its older readers. It has a wonderful singsong rhyme that places you right into the school.

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The Little Red Hen

By Paul Gadone

The Little Red Hen
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The familiar tale of the industrious hen and lazy cat, dog, and mouse.

Rating: *****

Every child needs to know this story. A nice story to discuss helping and sharing.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
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This is a traditional telling of the favorite fairy tale about the little girl who comes upon a cottage in the woods that is home to a family of bears.

Rating: *****

Every child needs to know this story.

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Cinderella

By Barbara Karlin

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James Marshall’s Cinderella

Vain and horrid relatives, tons of laundry, and a fireplace that just never stays clean…this pooped and put-upon heroine needs a little magic in her life! Luckily for her, and for kids and delighted grown-ups everywhere, the inimitable James Marshall cast his wacky brand of enchantment upon Cinderella’s tale-complete with grinning rats, a daffy godmother, and a whole golden coachful of belly laughs! “Will take its rightful place on the fairy-tale shelves, but won’t sit there for long!”

Rating: *****

A classic tale that you can share with your children.

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Red Hen and Sly Fox

By Vivian French

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Red Hen and Sly Fox

A kind and clever hen manages to outwit the sneaky fox that hopes to make her his next dinner.

Rating: *****

You and your kids will love this modern day fairy tale. Plus the fox makes some great fun-to-read sounds.

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