Tag Archives: Classics

A Child Of Books

a-child-of-booksThe young girl is a child of books. She uses books and their words to go on adventures. On a journey after she crosses a sea of words, she meets a young boy at his house. The two go on an exploration into the worlds of words. The word artwork is amazing in this picture book. The background and landscape are made of words from classic novels and lullabies and the main characters interact with the text throughout the story. Moreover, the endpages of the book are packed with titles and authors of several classics of children’s literature. Readers can use the book as a game of trying to find quotes and classic titles on each page. This is a brilliant picture book that all bibliophiles must read.  ema

Title: A Child Of Books
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator
: Sam Winston
Publisher
: Candlewick Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9077-9
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range: 4 and up
Genre
: Picture Book
Authors’ ethnicity: Irish
Authors’ residence
: Brooklyn, New York
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: London
Subjects: Books, Classic Books, Readers, Words

Peter Pan

peter-panPeter Pan is a mischievous and free-spirited young boy who can fly and who never grows up. He kidnaps three ordinary children, Wendy Darling and her two brothers, and the adventures begin. They fly to Neverland and interact with the Lost Boys, fairies, pirates, mermaids, Indians, and Captain Hook. Enchanting, delicate paintings bring the classic story to life. mjw
Title: Peter Pan
Author: J.M. Barrie (1860-1937)
Illustrator
: Silke Leffler
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Title
: Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up
Original Copyright
: 1904
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4259-5
Hardcover pages
: 176
Age range
: 9 up
Genre
: Fiction, Fantasy
Book setting
: England
Author’s ethnicity
: Scottish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Austria
Illustrator’s residence
: Lake Constance at the border of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Subjects
: Fairies, Flying, Neverland, Pirates

Mrs. White Rabbit

The wife of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland describes her busy day and her children in her diary. Beatrix, the eldest, wants to be a supermodel and refuses to eat. There are two pages of 100 ways to cook carrots, but not one will do. The twins are wise and thoughtful boys sitting on their chamber pots. Betty is concerned about starting school. Little Eliot insists on wearing a bunny costume for Halloween and the baby cries all day. The wonderful detailed illustrations make the book. We see Alice’s foot, a portrait of John Tenniel, the Cheshire cat, the Caterpillar, Humpty Dumpty, and much more. Look for mad prices at the hat shop and Lewis Carroll’s photograph of the real Alice Liddell in the window of C. L. Dodgson Photographer. This modern twist is perfect for fans of the Alice books. mjw
Title:  Mrs. White Rabbit
Author: Giles Bachelet
Illustrator
: Giles Bachelet
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for young Readers. Grand Rapids, MI
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Madame le Lapin Blanc
Original Publisher
: Editions du seuil
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5483-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 6-10
Genre
: Fiction, Fairytale, Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Alice in Wonderland, Characters in literature, Diaries, Fairytales, Folktales Housewives, Humor, Rabbits

The Sleeper And The Spindle

the sleeper and the spindleSnow White meets Sleeping Beauty in this dark and definitely different adaptation of several classic tales. On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out with three dwarf companions to rescue a princess. Also, there is a sleeping plague sweeping the land and the queen wants to get to the bottom of the magical curse. They encounter cobweb-covered sleepers on the way to the castle tower, where they find the sleeping princess, who has been there for 70 years, and an old woman. The queen’s kiss wakes the princess. Here, the story veers off course again to a nontraditional, but satisfying ending. Intricate ink drawings with touches of gold bring all the twists and turns in the mash-up fairy tale to life. mjw
Title: The Sleeper And The Spindle
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator
: Chris Riddell
Publisher
: Harper Collins
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Bloomsbury
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-06-239824-6
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 13 up
Genre
: Picture book, Fairy tale, Fantasy
Author’s ethnicity
: Originally from England
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s residence
: Brighton, England
Awards
: 2016 CLIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Subjects
: Adaptations, Fairy tales and folklore, Myths and legends, Princesses, Queens, Quests, Science fiction, Sleep

The Wizard Of Oz

Wizard of OzThis picture book adaptation of the classic Oz story tells about Dorothy and her little dog Toto after they get swept away by a powerful cyclone to the Land of Oz on the other side of the rainbow. Elements from the original that may not be familiar, such as the bear-tiger Kalidahs, are included. Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman whose limbs are made of cans of salmon, corn, and chile con carne, and the Cowardly Lion. Together they search for the great Wizard and a way back home, a brain, a heart, and courage. This beautifully illustrated edition is a perfect introduction to L. Frank Baum’s story and a fresh take on the classic made famous by the 1939 movie musical. mjw
Title: The Wizard Of Oz
Author: Anouk Filippini, adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)
Illustrator
: Elodie Coudray
Publisher
: Anzou Publishing.  Paris, France
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Susan Allen Maurin
Original Title
: Le Magicien d’Oz
Original Publisher
: Anzou Publishing.  Paris, France
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-2-7338-3942-9
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 8 up
Genre
: Picture Book, Fantasy
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Fairytales, Fantasy, Folktales, Magic, Witches, Wizards

La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes For Los Niños

la-madre-gooseClassic nursery rhymes are creatively reimagined in this bilingual picture book. The softly colored illustrations are absolutely adorable. Rhymes in this book include: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, “This Little Piggy Went to Market”, and other classics. This is perfect for teaching both English and Spanish. English Language Learners whose primary language is Spanish will be familiar with Spanish words while learners whose primary language is English will benefit from learning a second language. The book has a helpful glossary with definitions of Spanish words translated into English. It also includes explanations of how to pronounce the words. A great resource for teachers teaching the English or Spanish language to young students. ema


Title: La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes For Los Niños
Author: Susan Middleton Elya
Illustrator
: Juana Martinez-Neal 
Publisher
: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English and Spanish
Original Copyright: 2016
ISBN: 978-0399251573
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book and Nursery Rhymes
Authors’ ethnicity: American
Authors’ residence
: California
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Peruvian
Illustrator’s residence
: Arizona
Subjects: Bilingual, Nursery Rhymes

The White Cat And The Monk

The White Cat and the MonkA monk seeks knowledge in his manuscripts. His white cat, Pangur, seeks a mouse. As the night turns to dawn, the cat leads the monk to the truth he has been seeking. Beautiful, medieval-like watercolor and ink artwork illuminates this story about human-animal companionship and the pursuit of joy. The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem “Pangur Ban.” An author’s note explains more about the poem. This book is perfect for kids and adults. mjw
Title: The White Cat And The Monk
Author: Jo Ellen Bogart
Illustrator
: Sydney Smith
Publisher
: Groundwork Books/House of Anansi Press.  Toronto
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-555498-781-8
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Poetry
Author’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Author’s residence
: Ontario, Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Born in Nova Scotia, Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto, Canada
Awards:  2016 New York Times Best Illustrated Books List
Subjects
: Books, Cats, Europe, Monks, Stories in verse, Truth

The Frog Prince

the-frog-princeIn this retelling of the classic fairytale, The Princess and the Frog, the prince and princess are great friends. The two have no worries in sight except the fact that a grumpy fairy placed a curse on the prince. The prince cannot have too much fun or misfortune will strike. Lovers of fairytales will enjoy noticing familiar fairytale characters in this beautifully illustrated story. The illustrations give a whimsical quality that sets the tone of how magical the gift of friendship can be. ema

Title: The Frog Prince
Author: Ulf Stark 
Illustrator
: Silke Leffler
Publisher
:  Kvack
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: Swedish
Original Publisher: TITEl Books AB for IKEA
Original Copyright: 2014
ISBN: 802-817-65
Hardcover pages
: 29
Age range: 4-9
Genre
: Fiction Picture Book
Authors’ ethnicity: Swedish
Authors’ residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
Subjects: Fairies, Fairytales, Magic, Princes, Princesses, Retellings

Peter And The Wolf

peter-and-the-wolfPeter goes into the meadow with his friend the bird, when a duck waddles in and argues with the bird. Next, a fierce cat tries to catch the bird. Grandfather warns Peter about the wolf that may be in the meadow and Peter watches the wolf appear and eat the duck. Quick-witted Peter devises a plan to capture the wolf and help the hunters take the wolf to the zoo. This favorite Russian tale that children know because of Prokofiev’s music is stunningly illustrated with eccentric geometric shapes, vibrant colors, and innovative die cuts. mjw
Title: Peter And The Wolf
Author: Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Martin West (English text)
Illustrator
: Kveta Pacovska
Publisher
: Mineditions, Michael Neugebauer Publishing, Ltd.
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Peter und der Wolf
Original Publisher
: Michael Neugebauer Publishing, Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-988-15955-6-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Russian – Prokofiev
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Czech
Illustrator’s residence
: Prague, Czech Republic (Czechia)
Awards
: 1992 Hans Christian Andersen Medal
Subjects
: Grandfathers, Music, Wolves

Princess Sylvie

princess-sylvie-elsa-beskow-booksPrincess Sylvie persuades her father to explore the woods outside of the castle gates. The woods enchant the royal family as they delve into new surroundings. Along with her dog Oskar, Sylvie meets a rabbit and a bear that live in the woods. New friendships are formed as the adventure continues. This classical fairytale is filled with vibrant watercolor paintings that add realistic detail to the timeless story.  amo
Title: Princess Sylvie
Author: Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)
Illustrator
: Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)
Publisher
: Floris Books
Copyright
: 2012
Original Language
: Swedish
Original Title
Sessalätts Äventyr
Original Copyright
: 1934
ISBN
: 978-0-863315-813-1
Hardcover pages
: 28
Age range: 3-6
Genre
: Fairytale, Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Subjects
: Bears, Dogs, Kings, Princesses

Emily Of New Moon

UnknownYoung orphan Emily Starr is raised by her aunts Elizabeth and Laura Murray and her cousin Jimmy at New Moon Farm on Prince Edward Island. Her dear friends are Ilse, Teddy, and Perry. Tomboy Ilse’s father ignores Ilse because of a terrible secret concerning her mother. Teddy is a gifted artist and Perry has the makings of a great politician. Emily doesn’t always get along with stern Aunt Elizabeth because she doesn’t understand Emily’s need to write. Emily is a wonderful heroine with a deep love for beauty in nature and art, a strong loyalty to her friends, a thirst for knowledge, and an impassioned dedication to her writing. Similar to the more famous Anne of Green Gables series, the Emily novels are Emily of New Moon (1923), Emily Climbs (1925), and Emily’s Quest (1927). Emily was the author’s favorite character. mjw
Title: Emily Of New Moon
Author: L.M. Montgomery (1874-1942)
Publisher
: Virago Press, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, London
Copyright
: 2013
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: McClellan and Stewart
Original Copyright
: 1923
ISBN
: 978-1-84408-988-8
Paperback pages
: 416
Age range
: 8-12
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Lived on Prince Edward Island, Canada
Subjects
: Aspiration, Child authors, Foster homes, Orphans, Romance

Tales From The Brothers Grimm

Tales form the Brothers grimmNine favorite fairy tales are brought to life by Herbert Leupin’s brightly colored, bold illustrations which he created from 1944 to 1949. Leupin was one of the most important international poster designers. Among his famous designs, still known today, is the Milka chocolate purple cow. Stories included in this collection are The Brave Little Tailor, Hans in Luck, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, The Wishing-Table, Puss in Boots, The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, Sleeping Beauty, and Mother Hollymjw
Title: Tales From The Brothers Grimm
Author: Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm
Illustrator
: Herbert Leupin (1916-1999)
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books, an imprint of NordSud Verlag. Zurich, Switzerland
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Marchen der Bruder Grimm
Original Copyright
: 1812
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4228-1
Hardcover pages
: 160
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Fairytales, Folktales, Picture Book, Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swiss
Subjects
: Fairytales – Germany, Folklore