Monday Children’s Book Reviews for February 7, 2011

Children’s Classics, Part 5: Fiction

There are so many classic children’s books! Here are the first few:

Abel’s Island by William Steig

“Abel’s place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood waters carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness — he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones — Abel can’t find a way to get back home.

“Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river — and home.”                                             [J STEIG]

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

“The carpenter Gepetto has carved an extraordinary marionette called Pinocchio out of a special piece of wood. But what a scamp that Pinocchio turns out to be! He pulls off Gepetto’s wig and races out the door in search of adventure. Pinocchio finds plenty, but he is so mischievous and so very disobedient that despite the advice of Cricket and the Blue Fairy, he always seems to land in trouble. Yet Pinocchio is also kindhearted and loving, traits that, if he can only learn to behave, may help him realize his dream of becoming a real boy. For over a hundred years, children have delighted in this tale.”                                                [J COLLODI]

Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

“Who could forget the pranks, the adventures, the sheer fun of Tom Sawyer? It’s something every child should experience and every child will love. From Tom’s sly trickery with the whitewashed fence—when he cleverly manipulates everyone so they happily do his work for him—to his and Becky Thatcher’s calamities in Bat Cave, the enjoyment just never ends.”         [J TWAIN]

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

“A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

“For over 125 years John Tenniel’s superb illustrations for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland have been the perfect complement to Lewis Carroll’s timeless story. In that time Alice has been illustrated by numerous artists, but not one has come close to matching the universal appeal of the original pictures.”                                     [J CARROLL]

All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor

“Meet the All-of-a-Kind Family — Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie — who live with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century.

“Together they share adventures that find them searching for hidden buttons while dusting Mama’s front parlor and visiting with the peddlers in Papa’s shop on rainy days. The girls enjoy doing everything together, especially when it involves holidays and surprises.

“But no one could have prepared them for the biggest surprise of all!”                      [J TAYLOR]

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

“Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.”                                       [J MONTGOMERY]

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