Tag Archives: Classics

Borka: The Adventure Of A Goose With No Feathers

Borka is the youngest of six geese born to Mr. and Mrs. Plumpster.  She has no feathers, so Mrs. Plumpster knits a gray woolen sweater for her. The other geese tease her.  She is left behind when the family migrates south for the winter because she cannot fly.  She makes friends with a dog named Fowler and a boat skipper named Captain McAllister, who takes Borka on his boat.  He brings her to Kew Gardens in London where she fits in nicely because there are so many kinds of strange birds there.  She meets Ferdinand and he and Borka live there happily.  The bold, richly textured illustrations complement this beautiful classic.  This is the 55thanniversary edition, back by popular demand. mjw
Title: Borka: The Adventure Of A Goose With No Feathers
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator
: John Burningham
Publisher
: Candlewick Press. Somerville, MA
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Jonathan Cape, U.K.
Original Copyright
: 1963
ISBN
: 978-1-5362-0040-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: North London, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: North London, England
Awards
: 1964 Kate Greenaway Medal
Subjects
: Birds, Dogs, Geese, Knitting

Anne Arrives: Inspired By Anne Of Green Gables

In this first of a charming early reader series that reimagines L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Anne Shirley arrives at the farm of Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. They had adopted what they thought would be a sturdy boy to help on their farm.  Instead, they got imaginative – and outspoken – red-headed Anne-with-an-e.  This book covers the first few chapters of Montgomery’s book.  The lovely illustrations are rendered in graphite, watercolor, and colored pencil and completed digitally.  And the chapters are short enough to keep young readers’ attention. mjw
Title: Anne Arrives: Inspired By Anne Of Green Gables
Author: Kallie George
Illustrator
: Abigail Halpin
Publisher
: Tundra Books, and imprint of Penguin Random House. Canada
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77149-930-9
Hardcover pages
: 72
Age range
: 6-8
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Vancouver, British Columbia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: Maine.  U.S.
Subjects
: Farms, Foster homes, Orphans

The Little Prince 75th Anniversary Edition

This is the 75thanniversary edition of the classic story about an aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert where he encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.  This edition offers the full text of the beloved story – including a biography of the author, sketches, photos, and reviews from the first edition.  It also features a free audio download read by acclaimed author Viggo Mortensen.  The Little Prince is the most widely translated literary work of the twentieth century. mjw
Title: The Little Prince 75th Anniversary Edition
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
Illustrator
: Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Vali Tamm
Original Title
: Le Petit Prince
Original Publisher
: Editions Gallimard. Paris
Original Copyright
: 1943,1946
ISBN
: 978-1-328-47975-4
Hardcover pages
: 224
Age range
: 10-12
Genre
: Fantasy, Fiction
Book setting
: Sahara Desert
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Subjects
: Airplanes, Fables, Fairytales, Pilots, Planets, Princes, Roses

Snow

Walter de la Mare’s gentle poem has illustrations of a family preparing for Christmas, done in screen prints with a limited, muted palette.  The family decorates their home, goes to bed, and waits for Santa Claus to arrive.  The children wake up to presents, going sledding, and making a snowman.  The text is perfect for the illustrations.  The book makes a beautiful winter bedtime story. mjw
Title: Snow
Author: Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
Illustrator
: Carolina Rabei
Publisher
: Faber & Faber
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House. London
Original Copyright
: 2014.  The poem “Snow” was first published in Peacock and Pie in 1924
ISBN
: 978-0-571-31219-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5 up
Genre
: Poetry
Author’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Moldova
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Christmas, Santa Claus, Snow, Weather

Swan Lake: A Retelling Of The Classic Ballet By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The ballet, Swan Lake, the tragic love story of Odette, a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, is reimagined in beautiful black, white, and red charcoal illustrations in this over-sized picture book version of the classic tale.  The story is briefly summarized at the beginning of each of the three acts. It is a story of first love, good and evil, and betrayal and loss. mjw
Title: Swan Lake: A Retelling Of The Classic Ballet By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Author: Anne Spudvilas
Illustrator
: Anne Spudvilas
Publisher
: Allen and Unwin Book Publishers.  Sydney, Australia
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-74331-845-4
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 10-14
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Murry-Darling riverscape in Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Wentworth, Australia
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Australian
Illustrator’s residence
: Wentworth, Australia
Subjects
: Ballets, Birds, Dance, Fairytales, Love, Magic

Mary Poppins

Based on the original 1934 novel by P.L. Travers, this picture book version has beautiful soft pastel and colored pencil illustrations that take readers back to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane in London to meet Mary Poppins and the Banks children.  There is a tea party on the ceiling, a visit to the night zoo, and a trip to the star shop.  This is the perfect introduction to everyone’s favorite nanny. mjw
Title: Mary Poppins
Author: P.L.Travers (1899-196), adapted ny Amy Novesky
Illustrator
: Genevieve Godbout
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
:  1934
ISBN
: 978-1-328-91677-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book, Fantasy
Book setting
: London
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born and raised in Quebec
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal
Subjects
: Fantasy; London, England: Magic: Nannies

One Fun Day With Lewis Carroll: A Celebration Of Wordplay And A Girl Named Alice

 

This wonderful picture book is part Lewis Carroll biography and part word game. Nonsense words and phrases take readers through Carroll’s fantasy world. Along the way readers learn about Carroll’s life as a mathematician and his friendship with the Liddell family and the real Alice. The frabjous illustrations breathe new life into the famous characters. A glossary explains the words and ideas invented by Carroll and reveals that nearly two hundred of them appear in the Oxford English Dictionary. A closing note gives more information about Carroll. mjw
Title: One Fun Day With Lewis Carroll: A Celebration Of Wordplay And A Girl Named Alice
Author: Kathleen Krull
Illustrator
: Julia Sarda
Publisher
: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0544348233
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain 
Subjects
: Authors, Books, Charles Dodgson, Language, Literature, Imagination, Wordplay

Bambi: A Life In The Woods

 

This is an exquisite new collectible edition of the classic story.  Bambi lives in a woodland thicket.  He and his family and friends discover the wonders and the dangers of the woods.  Superb oil paintings feature gold foiling.  The story inspired the beloved 1942 Disney film. mjw
Title: Bambi: A Life In The Woods
Author: Felix Salten (1869-1945)
Illustrator
: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Publisher
: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Whittaker Chambers
Original Publisher
: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 1928
ISBN
: 978-1442-9345-2
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: San Francisco, U.S.
Subjects
: Deer, Forest

The Wind In The Willows

Sebastian Meschenmoser’s expressive artwork brings a new look to Kenneth Grahame’s classic story about Rat, Mole, Toad, and Badger. More than one hundred watercolor vignettes and twelve full-page oil paintings bring life to the adventures of the lovable characters in pastoral Edwardian England. mjw
Title: The Wind In The Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)
Illustrator
: Sebastian Meschenmoser
Publisher
: North South
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag. Zürich, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 2017 (1908)
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4295-3
Hardcover pages
: 220
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Illustrated Fiction
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Germany
Subjects
: Automobiles, Badgers, Boats, Folktales, Moles, Rats, Toads

The Three Musketeers

This beautifully illustrated adaptation of the classic French novel by Alexandre Dumas will introduce young readers to Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and their friend D’Artagnan, whose dream is to become one of the king’s elite guardsmen the Musketeers. In seventeenth century France, they learn that loyalty and friendship are the most important values. “One for all and all for one!” Vibrant watercolor effects enhance this ambitious retelling. mjw
Title: The Three Musketeers
Author: Benedicte Riviere.  Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas
Illustrator
: Camille Andre
Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Les Tres Mousquetaires
Original Publisher
: Auzou Publishing. Paris, France
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-4326-0
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 8 up
Genre
: Picture Book, Historical Fiction
Book setting
: France
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris, France
Subjects
: Action, Adventure, France, History, Louis xiii, Swordsmen

The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils

nilsNils teases an elf, is bewitched, and is turned into a thumb-size Thumbletot. He makes friends with a wise goose named Martin and together they travel all over the provinces of Sweden. The book was originally a commission from the Swedish National Teachers Association in 1902 to be a geography reader for the public schools. The story is still popular in Swedish culture. The text is simple and playful and the glorious illustrations incorporate intricate papercut pages. mjw
Title: The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils
Author: Selma Lagerlof (1858-1940), adapted y Kochka
Illustrator
: Olivier Latyk
Publisher
: Words and Pictures, an imprint of Quarto Publishing, CA
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Swedish
Original Title
: Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige
Original Copyright
: 1906
ISBN
: 978-1-91027-719-5
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: Sweden
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Adapter’s ethnicity:  born in Lebanon
Adapter’s residence:  France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Strasbourg
Awards
: Selma Lagerlof was the first female to win the Nobel Prize in Literature
Subjects
: Ducks and other waterfowl, Europe, Geese, Fantasy, Sweden

The Blue Jackal

The Blue JackalLittle Juno, the jackal, was puny, lean, and hungry. The bigger jackals teased him and would not share their food. The big village dogs chased him, too, until he found safety in the dyer’s shed, where he fell into a vat of indigo dye. Juno, now with blue fur, terrified all the other animals, and they declared him their king. He banished the jackals and then had no more hunger or worries until his true identity was discovered. This is a retelling of a story from the Panchatantra, a collection of Indian fables from the 3rd century, BCE. The illustrations were inspired by the traditional white paintings in rice flour on a mud base of the Warli tribe of western India. An informative historical note is included. mjw
Title: The Blue Jackal
Author: Shobha Viswanath
Illustrator
: Dileep Joshi
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books.  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Karadi Tales Company.  Chennai
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5466-7
Hardcover pages
: 34
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: India
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: India
Subjects
: Fables, Folklore, Folk tales, Legends, Myths, Stories in rhyme