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|Chester, the Worldly Pig by Bill Peet
Chester longs to be a performer in the circus, but the road to stardom is rocky until someone discovers Chester's true "worldliness." "Chester is going to be a laugh-aloud choice." -- Kirkus Reviews
|Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
The shrewdest con artist west of the Mississippi during the early 1900s was 10-year-old Tom Fitzgerald, alias "The Great Brain." The stories of his exploits and schemes are told by his younger brother J.D. "A lively, funny . . . touching book written with flair." --Saturday Review
|The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.
S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
Narnia is the land of enchantment, glory, nobility--home to the magnificent Aslan, cruel Jadis (the White Queen), heroic Reepicheep, and kind Mr. Tumnus. All the magic of C.S. Lewis's Narnia, bewitching readers for almost 50 years, is captured for the first time in this splendid deluxe edition, including The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle, with fabulous illustrations hand-colored by the original Narnia artist Pauline Baynes and an insightful introduction by Narnia authority Brian Sibley.
Lewis's work has cast a spell over countless readers over the years, so that once we pick up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we don't want to stop until we've read the whole series. The Complete Chronicles makes it even easier to keep reading! The seven beloved stories have been arranged in the chronological order in which Lewis intended them to be read. Begin at the beginning, as Digory and Polly are tricked into a strange other world, which becomes, even as they watch, the great Narnia. Return again and again with four other children--Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy--who are to play such a vital role in Narnia's history. Finally, enter the whimsical land one last time to witness the end of Time, and the beginning of something new: "world within world, Narnia within Narnia." This gorgeous volume is absolutely a must-have for current and future Narnia lovers. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter, Amazon.com
|Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
It was just a test . . .
But something had gone wrong. Terribly wrong. What was to have been a standard ten-day survival test had suddenly become an indefinite life-or-death nightmare.
Now they were stranded somewhere in the universe, beyond contact with Earth . . . at the other end of a tunnel in the sky. This small group of young men and women, divested of all civilized luxuries and laws, were being forced to forge a future of their own . . . a strange future in a strange land where sometimes not even the fittest could survive!
". . . fascinating . . . ingenious . . . this a book in the grand tradition of high literature!"-- The New York Times
|Blaze and the Forest Fire by C. W. Anderson
After spotting smoke in the brush one hot summer day, Billy and his pony Blaze become heroes, when they gallop through the woods to sound the alarm. Black-and-white illustrations throughout. -- Amazon.com
|Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds
by Cynthia Rylant, Barry Moser (Illustrator)
The essence of a very special part of America is conveyed beautifully through a poetic text that projects emotion as well as information. The author speaks volumes about the place in this slim book; Moser's watercolors capture the place, people, and dogs perfectly. -- Copyright © 1991 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved
|The Tale of the Terrible Toys (Are You Afraid
of the Dark No 21) by Richard Lee Byers
Horror for younger readers; no gore, but plenty of chills! This novel is for kids of ages 9 to 12, and the first story I've written for readers that young. Given my penchant for bloodshed and general gruesomeness (at least when I'm wearing my horror-writer hat), I found it a challenge to eschew material that would be inappropriate for the target audience and still produce something scary and suspenseful. I'm pleased with the way the book turned out; I think it's got its fair share of chills, even if I didn't paint the page red. -- The author, Richard Lee Byers RLeeByers@aol.com
|The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
After the child Frith brings Philip Rhayader, a hunchbacked artist, an injured snow goose to nurse, an unlikely relationship develops between Frith and Philip. Poignant and moving, this sophisticated tale of friendship and heroism is illustrated with beautiful, impressionistic paintings. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved
|1000 Facts About Space by Pam Beasant
Why do astronauts become taller in space? Why are black holes invisible? Every page of this stimulating book is crammed with fascinating facts that are vividly presented and accompanied by dozens of colorful illustrations. With additional fact lists and an index, children are sure to find this book both appealing and accessible. Full color. -- Amazon.com
|The Complete Adventures of Curious George
by Margret Rey (Contributor), H.A. Rey, Madeleine L'Engle
Created by Margret Rey and her husband H.A. Rey, the mischievous monkey Curious George has delighted millions of readers for more than 50 years with his hilarious hijinks. After the birth of Curious George in 1941, six titles completed the series, which have since been translated into 12 languages. This wonderful 416-page collector's edition (with all seven of the original Curious George titles in one colorfully illustrated volume) features Curious George, Curious George Takes a Job, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, and Curious George Goes to the Hospital. The intrepid monkey--who represents the insatiably curious (and invariably accident - prone) soul in all of us -- captures the heart of everyone he meets. (Picture book) -- Amazon.com
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