Monday Children’s Book Reviews for January 10, 2011

Something different for the next few weeks – a look at some old, and not so old, children’s classics.

Part 1: Picture Books

Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack

“A little boy was hunting for a present. “Good morning, Mrs. Hen,” says Danny, “Can you give me something for my mother’s birthday?” So he asks all the animals and nothing seems right for a present until at last he meets Mr. Bear. It is fun to guess what Mr. Bear whispered to Danny, and of course the last picture shows.”                                  [JPB FLACK]

Curious George by H. A. Rey

“In this, the original book about the curious monkey, George is taken from the jungle by the man in the yellow hat.”                  [JPB REY]

Corduroy by Don Freeman

“A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has wanted most of all.”                  [JPB FREEMAN]

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

“In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room — to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one — the little bunny says goodnight.”                      [JPB BROWN]

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

“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.”                        [JPB BEMELMANS]

Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

“What’s a mouse to do when little brother and big sister take up all mom and dad’s time? Yup. Plenty of noise!”

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is a timeless tale of a little boy’s adventures in the deep, deep snow. Peter makes a snowman, makes angels in the snow and pretends to be a mountain climber.”                     [JPB KEATS]

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

“Late one Christmas Eve after the town has gone to sleep, the boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the harness of the reindeer. The gift is granted. On the way home the bell is lost.

“On Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the tree. The mother of the boy admires the bell, but laments that it is broken, for you see, only believers can hear the sound of the bell.”     [J Moving Up Van Allsburg]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

“Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days. The beginning reader may watch a hungey caterpillar eat his way to the cocoon stage, when he hibernates for two weeks to emerge as a beautiful butterfly.”                       [JPB CARLE]

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