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Handbook of Nature Study

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Handbook of Nature Study: Introduction
by Anna B. Comstock
This first section of the Handbook of Nature Study  explains what nature study is, what its benefits are, how to conduct the lessons, and how nature study is related to other subjects in the curriculum. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Fish
by Anna B. Comstock
A close study of the goldfish introduces the reader of the third section of Handbook of Nature Study to the parts of the fish, and its manner of locomotion, feeding, and breathing. The remaining chapters describe the appearance and habits of the fish a child is likely to encounter as he fishes in local streams or ponds: the bullhead, the common sucker, the shiner, the brook trout, the sunfish, the stickleback, and the johnny darter. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Reptiles
by Anna B. Comstock
Snakes and turtles form the subject of the fifth section of Handbook of Nature Study. After discussing the general habits of snakes and dispelling widely-held misconceptions, three common nonpoisonous snakes are examined in detail: the garter snake, the milk snake, and the water snake. A short discussion of turtles follows, along with recommendations on caring for turtles in aquariums and brief descriptions of seven common species. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Insects
by Anna B. Comstock
The seventh section of Handbook of Nature Study introduces a wide assortment of familiar insects including butterflies, moths, bees, and grasshoppers. The initial chapters orient the reader to insect development and basic insect anatomy, while subsequent chapters feature individual species. Instructions are provided for making insect aquariums and ant nests that afford opportunities for close observation. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Wildflowers
by Anna B. Comstock
After an introduction to plant study, section nine of Handbook of Nature Study profiles the woodland wildflowers that bloom in early spring, including hepatica, trillium, bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, and violets. Next the summer flowers of open fields are presented, with special lessons for study of a composite flower and the study of a weed. The close examination of familiar flowers, such as goldenrod, milkweed, daisies, asters, and dandelions, deepens the reader's understanding of his local flora. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Flowerless Plants
by Anna B. Comstock
The study of flowerless plants in the eleventh section of Handbook of Nature Study leads off with two species of ferns, followed by lessons on how the fern bud unfolds and the fruiting of the fern. Cursory treatment is given to horsetails and moss before mushrooms and other fungi are presented in greater depth. The reader learns about puffballs, bracket fungi, morels, and stinkhorns, with special focus on the conditions under which they thrive and the manner in which they propagate. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Earth and Sky
by Anna B. Comstock
In the thirteenth section of Handbook of Nature Study the reader is introduced to the rocks and minerals that are common on the surface and the role that water plays in changing the landscape. An examination of the components of the soil follows, along with experiments that help the reader understand the characteristics of the different types of soil. Next comes a substantial segment on weather. Moving to the heavens, a guide to the constellations of summer and winter is presented, together with lessons on the sun and the moon. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Birds
by Anna B. Comstock
The second section of Handbook of Nature Study introduces bird study by examining the features of a bird familiar to most children, the hen. The lessons encourage the reader to think how the body, wings, eyes, beak, feet, legs, and feathers of each bird are suited to protect it and to assist it in getting its living. Subsequent chapters feature familiar birds of field, forest, and stream, with questions that stimulate careful observation. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Frogs and Toads
by Anna B. Comstock
In section four of Handbook of Nature Study the life histories of frogs and toads are presented, along with the ways they are similar, and the points on which they differ. Much emphasis is placed on the life cycle from egg to tadpole to adult, and the reader is encouraged to set up a tadpole aquarium, following the instructions provided, so he can observe the development firsthand. A final chapter describes the salamander and his habits. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Mammals
by Anna B. Comstock
Beginning with the small wild animals that children encounter around their homes, section six of Handbook of Nature Study describes the characteristics and habits of rabbits, mice, woodchucks, squirrels, raccoons, and chipmunks, among others. Then the narrative proceeds to domesticated animals, starting with the dog and cat, and continuing with the goat, sheep, horse, cow, and pig. Every chapter includes suggestions that guide observations. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Invertebrates
by Anna B. Comstock
A variety of the other invertebrates that children are likely to come in contact with are examined in section eight of Handbook of Nature Study. First come two that are intimately associated with the land: the garden snail and the earthworm. Next the crayfish, an inhabitant of still water in brooks and ponds, is considered. Lastly, creatures of the air, daddy long-legs and spiders, are treated in greater depth. The reader learns both how spiders care for their eggs and how they spin their webs. Three different webs are described in detail: funnel webs, orb webs, and filmy domes. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Cultivated Plants
by Anna B. Comstock
The tenth section of Handbook of Nature Study opens with the flowers of spring, first those that grow from corms and bulbs, and then the others. Continuing on through the year, it describes the flowers in the order of blooming. The section concludes with a discussion of clovers and cotton as important field crops, and strawberries, corn, and pumpkins as food crops of particular interest to children. Ages 6-18

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Handbook of Nature Study: Trees
by Anna B. Comstock
The twelfth section of Handbook of Nature Study provides a thorough survey of the nature of trees, beginning with a general introduction to trees, outlining the parts of their structure and describing the ways that they grow. Readers learn how to make leaf prints and how to engage in tree study during all three seasons of the school year: autumn, winter, and spring. In the subsequent chapters, seventeen different trees or tree families are introduced with special focus on the apple tree. Ages 6-18

Geography & Grammar

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Elementary Geography
by Charlotte Mason
Introduction to key concepts in the study of geography, beginning with the Earth's basic orientation, its hemispheres, and the imaginary lines for measuring latitude and longitude. The reader then learns about the earth's motion in relation to the sun and how a country's location affects its temperature and the rotation of seasons. The final topics covered are the fundamentals of map-making and descriptions of land and water features. Carefully selected poems accompany the text. Ages 6-9

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Mary's Grammar
by Jane Marcet
An engaging introduction to grammar through the conversations Mary shares with her mother. Stories are interspersed periodically to enliven the short lessons on grammar. The author of this book, Jane Marcet, was a prolific writer in the first half of the 19th century. Her success lay in her ability to explain complex concepts in simple language to a broad audience, to adults as well as to children. In her works for children, she guides the youthful reader to discovery, prompting her to be observant and engendering in her a thirst for further knowledge. Ages 7-10

Legends

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The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
by Howard Pyle
Howard Pyle here retells and illustrates classic stories revolving around King Arthur, Merlin, Sir Pellias, and Sir Gawain. Moved by the honor and nobility of these legendary figures, Pyle conveys his stories with reverence and illustrates them with vivid imagination and impressive detail. The first half of the book focuses on Arthur himself; Pyle shows readers how Arthur won his crown, his sword and his queen. The second half of the book relates the stories of his distinguished companions named above. Ages 11-15

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Rip Van Winkle
by Washington Irving
One day, colonial villager Rip Van Winkle, to escape his shrewish wife by going hunting in the Catskill wilderness, sets off with his dog Wolf. On spotting a strange-looking man, dressed in old Dutch garb, carrying a keg up into the mountains, Rip follows him into the midst of a band of men, clad in old-fashioned suits, drinking and playing ninepins. After a night in their company he falls asleep, only to find when he awakens that his gunstock has rusted, his beard is a foot long, and his dog is gone. Follow Rip down into the village and experience all that has happened there in his absence! Ages 10-14

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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
by Howard Pyle
This masterful rendering of the Robin Hood legends transports you into the heart of the Green Wood, so you hear the lilt of the Merry Men as they sing, and join with them in their merry adventures. The pictures are vivid, full of the sturdy ring of the times, yet showing the tenderness of these stout hearts, the goodness and kindliness to all in trouble, the fearless wit and clever justice meted out to the selfish rich! Outlaws? Aye! but honest-hearted men for all that. Ages 10-12

Readers

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EVERYDAY CLASSICS: Primer
by Franklin T. Baker
The EVERYDAY CLASSICS: Primer offers a variety of classic folk tales, nursery rhymes, and simple activities sure to delight young children. Beautiful illustrations by Maud and Miska Petersham bring each story to life in full color, making the process of learning to read a more enjoyable experience. Ages 5-7

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EVERYDAY CLASSICS: Second Reader
by Franklin T. Baker
This third volume of the EVERYDAY CLASSICS series offers children a delightful collection of fables, fairy tales, and poems. Selections from Æsop, Grimm, and Andersen are included along with fairy tales from the Russian and Norse traditions. Groups of poems from Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, Lewis Carroll, Eugene Field, and others are placed at intervals in the text to give variety to the child's reading. As in the other volumes of the EVERYDAY CLASSICS series, beautiful full color illustrations by Maud and Miska Petersham adorn the text. Ages 7-9

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EVERYDAY CLASSICS: First Reader
by Franklin T. Baker
This First Reader in the EVERYDAY CLASSICS series, offers a variety of stories, poems, and songs, at a slightly higher level than those in the EVERYDAY CLASSICS: Primer. Like the Primer, this book is filled with beautiful full color illustrations, but the stories it contains are longer and the vocabulary richer. Music notation accompanies the songs, so that young readers can learn the melodies with which they are not already familiar. Ages 6-8

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READING-LITERATURE: Fourth Reader
by Harriette Taylor Treadwell
The Fourth Reader has been made essentially the book of myths and legends because it is held by the authors that these stories represent the next step in the development of the child's interests in literature. In this book the child reads eighteen of the best myths and legends, including some from Greek, Norse, German, Austrian, and American sources. The poetry is selected with the same care as in the earlier books, with special reference to the child's feeling for rhythm, love of animated nature, and enjoyment of fun. Ages 9-11

Fiction for Younger Children

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The Little Lame Prince
by Dinah Maria Mulock
A modern fairy tale, beautiful in spirit and unusual in theme and setting. Relates the story of little Prince Dolor and his magic cloak, telling how, with the help of the fairy who is godmother to all children, he learned to endure affliction with cheerfulness and fortitude, and eventually came into his own. Ages 7-9

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Peter Pan and Wendy
by James M. Barrie
It was all because the dog Nana (nursemaid to the three Darling children) had been banished to the kennel, that Peter Pan was able to entice Wendy, John, and Michael to fly away with him to Neverland, a magical place where no one ever grows old. There they befriend the Lost Boys, rescue the Princess Tiger Lily, and are captured by the pirates at the behest of their fearless commander, Captain Hook! Miraculously, they overcome the pirates and steer the ship toward home, bringing the Lost Boys with them. Though Peter accompanies them on their flight back, he chooses to return to Neverland, where he can remain a boy forever. Ages 7-10

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
When young Alice follows a peculiar White Rabbit down a magical hole, she begins a curious adventure in an unforgettable imaginative world. What a strange place Wonderland is! Magic potions make Alice grow and shrink as she encounters such bizarre and memorable characters as the Mad Hatter, the talking Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and the impatient and ill-tempered Queen of Hearts. Danger always lurks around the corner, though, in Lewis Carroll's classic novel filled with playful language and literary flair. Ages 7-10

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The Princess and the Goblin
by George MacDonald
A marvelous tale of how the princess and Curdie, with the help of the great-great-grandmother, overcome the wicked goblins of the mountain. In the sphere of fantasy, author George MacDonald has few equals, and his rare touch of many aspects of life invariably gives to his stories a deeper meaning of the highest value. Ages 7-10

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The Princess and Curdie
by George MacDonald
Sequel to The Princess and the Goblin in which Curdie travels to Gwyntystorm, the capital city, with many adventures along the way. There he finds a group of corrupt courtiers plotting to seize the throne. With the aid of Lina, a curious monster, and forty-nine other strange animals, he clears the palaces of these conspirators, eventually marrying the princess and becoming heir to the kingdom. In the sphere of fantasy, author George MacDonald has few equals, and his rare touch of many aspects of life invariably gives to his stories a deeper meaning of the highest value. Ages 7-10

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The Story of Doctor Dolittle
by Hugh Lofting
In this novel, Hugh Lofting introduces the memorable English doctor, John Dolittle, who knows how to speak with his animal patients! When Dr. Dolittle learns of a monkey epidemic in Africa, he plans to voyage there, despite his own financial problems. The Story of Doctor Dolittle relates the many dangers and delights of this exciting expedition. It also features many extraordinary animals, including the unforgettable two-headed pushmi-pullyu. Ages 7-9

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My Father's Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Elmer Elevator has always dreamed of flying. One day, when he offers some milk to a stray cat, he learns about the Wild Island, where a dragon is held captive at the end of a long rope. In this Newbery-winning novel by Ruth Stiles Gannet, the first in a trilogy, Elmer sets off from home to find this magical island. There he encounters a number of wild inhabitants, including boars, lions, tigers, mice and gorillas, that he must outsmart in order to rescue the captive dragon. Ages 7-9

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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
by Margaret Sidney
Written by Margaret Sidney, this delightful novel tells the story of the spirited Pepper family. When Mr. Pepper passed away, Mrs. Mamsie Pepper was left with five children to raise in their little brown house. Though the Peppers are poor and hardworking souls, they keep their spirits up and take much joy in life. When Phronsie Pepper is kidnapped, a young man named Jasper King comes to her rescue and the two children's families become quite close, eventually resulting in a change of fortune for the Peppers. Ages 7-9

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Pollyanna
by Eleanor H. Porter
This popular novel by Eleanor H. Porter introduces a memorable young heroine whose exceptional optimism allows her to find the good in any situation, no matter how dreary, difficult, or unpleasant it may be. When Pollyanna moves to her Aunt Polly's house in Beldingsville, Vermont, her bright outlook on life is put to the test. Over time, her sunny disposition, along with her 'glad game,' brightens the lives of many, including her austere Aunt. When unexpected tragedy befalls her, though, and she falls into uncharacteristic despair, it takes the encouragement of others to restore Pollyanna to her former state of gladness. Ages 8-10

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A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
When Sara Crewe is transported from India to Miss Minchin's Select Seminary at the age of seven, she quickly gains star pupil status and wins her way into the hearts of the younger girls. A reverse in her father's fortunes, however, results in the loss of her comfortable existence there. She is sent to the attic and relegated to the position of servant girl. Only her imagination and resourcefulness carry her through this time of trial. Her generosity to others, even as she is starving herself, eventually brings about a happy turn of affairs. Ages 8-10

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Understood Betsy
by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Nine year old Elizabeth Ann has been pampered by her aunts in the city, but when she is sent to live with her Putney cousins on a farm in Vermont, she encounters a whole new set of expectations. 'Betsy' rises to the occasion, growing in independence and resourcefulness, while at the same time winning her way into their hearts. Ages 8-11

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Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll
In this sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, our young heroine discovers another fantastic world, not down a rabbit hole, but on the other side of her family's mirror. Through the looking glass, everything works differently; Alice finds, for instance, that books are printed in reverse and can only be read in a mirror! Chess pieces and nursery rhymes come to life, here; imagine what Alice must think when she encounters Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty, and the Lion and the Unicorn! When the Red Queen challenges Alice to a sweeping game of chess that spans the checkered countryside, Alice makes her way through this imaginative world, meeting both new and familiar characters as she goes. As always, Lewis Carroll writes with great whimsical style, weaving such poems as 'The Walrus and the Carpenter,' and 'Jabberwocky' into the narrative. Ages 7-10

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The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
In this unforgettable story of the adventures of the lovable Toad, Ratty, Mole, and Badger, the exhilaration of venturing abroad—whether that means messing about in boats with Ratty and Mole or racing motor cars in the case of Toad—is contrasted with the pleasures of home, the sharing of companionship, and the offering of hospitality. The tale culminates in their joining forces to take back Toad Hall, ensuring a setting for their continued fellowship. Ages 7-9

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Heidi
by Johanna Spyri
The well-loved tale of Heidi, the young Swiss mountain girl, whose joyous nature transforms the lives of all those around her. Brought as an orphan to the Alm Uncle's rude Alpine hut, Heidi soon softens his heart and comes to delight in gamboling on the mountainside with Peter and his goats. But her aunt procures for her a position as companion to the ailing Clara, so she reluctantly leaves behind her primitive life and sweeps, like a breath of fresh air, into the sophisticated city home. Her love for the Alpine pastures is so strong, however, that she grows ill herself for want of the bracing mountain air. On her return home, she brings joy to the Alm Uncle and the grandmother and quickly regains her vitality. Ages 8-10

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The Water-Babies
by Charles Kingsley
When a young chimney-sweep named Tom falls into a river, he dies, becoming a water-baby. In the course of his adventures, Tom befriends other water-beings and learns many valuable lessons from insightful fairies. Kingsley's narrative incorporates Christian themes as well as social commentaries. As Tom improves himself, he gains an opportunity to rejoin the human world. Ages 7-9

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The Story-Teller
by Maud Lindsay
Within the pages of this volume are the stories told by a traveling Storyteller—a man who, after miles of journeying, comes to town in olden times around special holidays such as Christmas or Mayday or All Hallow's Eve to share with everyone the stories he has collected. The stories here tell of princes and kings, of magical holiday events and children who must wander through Enchanted Forests full of goblins and other creatures. Each story is accompanied by either a beautiful full color illustration or the sheet music to a song that the family can learn together, making this a wonderful volume to share with readers of all ages. Ages 6-8

Science

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Field, Forest, and Farm
by Jean Henri Fabre
Often considered the father of modern entomology, Jean Henri Fabre makes science accessible in Field, Forest, and Farm as Uncle Paul discusses a variety of scientific topics with his band of attentive nephews. These discussions introduce readers to soil and soil-enriching substances, to plants and their various parts, as well as to insects and several different bird species. Uncle Paul also teaches his listeners about plant cultivation and plant-care, offering a full picture of how various life-forms affect and interact with each other. Ages 9-12

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The Earth and Sky
by Edward S. Holden
This introductory astronomy volume, written in a conversational style, inspires a child to make his own observations and then reflect on them. He is first shown how he may deduce that the earth is not flat, and is, in fact, round. Then the reader is encouraged to observe the moon's phases and is shown how to do it, leading him to wonder why the bright part of the moon changes its shape from night to night. Once he is put in a position to solve that problem, he is invited to consider the motion of the stars and learns that the earth turns round once in every day. Ages 8-10

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Four American Inventors
by Frances M. Perry
Stirring accounts of four of America's greatest inventors: Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney, Samuel F. B. Morse, and Thomas Edison. Emphasis is placed on their formative years and how the skills they acquired then enabled them to meet the challenges they faced later, both in developing and manufacturing their inventions and in achieving widespread public acceptance of them. Ages 10-12

Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss

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Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—In the Meadow
by Lisa M. Ripperton
The first of two fairy tale anthologies for 5 year olds, each containing 36 stories specially selected for their literary merit, ethical soundness, and child appeal. All the well-known nursery tales are included, along with a smattering of less familiar stories. Attractive illustrations, many in color, accompany most of the tales. Ages 4-5

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Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Into the Woods
by Lisa M. Ripperton
The first of two anthologies of the best fairy tales for seven year olds, compiled by Lisa M. Ripperton. Of the 36 fairy tales included in this anthology, 3 come from Andersen, 6 from Grimm, 7 from Howard Pyle's The Wonder Clock, and 4 from Lang. The remaining 16 tales in this collection were selected from a wide variety of sources for their appeal to children of this age. Ages 7-9

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Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Across the Lake
by Lisa M. Ripperton
The first of two anthologies of the best fairy tales for nine year olds, compiled by Lisa M. Ripperton. Of the 36 fairy tales included in this anthology, 4 come from Andersen, 3 from Grimm, 5 from Pyle, 3 from MacManus, 2 from Wilde, 3 from Granny's Wonderful Chair, and 5 from The King of the Golden River. The remaining 11 tales in this collection were selected from a wide variety of sources for their appeal to children of this age. Ages 9-11

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Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Around the Fire
by Lisa M. Ripperton
The first of two fairy tale anthologies for 6 year olds, each containing 36 stories specially selected for their literary merit, ethical soundness, and child appeal. This volume includes over a dozen well-known Grimm stories suited for this age, as well as fairy tales from the English, French, and Scandinavian traditions. A few stories from other regions round out the collection. Attractive illustrations, many in color, accompany most of the tales. Ages 6-8

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Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea
by Lisa M. Ripperton
The first of two anthologies of the best fairy tales for eight year olds, compiled by Lisa M. Ripperton. Of the 36 fairy tales included in this anthology, 2 come from Andersen, 5 from Grimm, 4 from Howard Pyle's The Wonder Clock, 6 from Lang, and 7 from Arthur Ransome's Old Peter's Russian Tales. The remaining tales in this collection were selected from a wide variety of sources for their appeal to children of this age. Ages 8-10

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Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Between Two Worlds
by Lisa M. Ripperton
The first of two anthologies of the best fairy tales for ten year olds, compiled by Lisa M. Ripperton. Of the fairy tales included in this anthology, 3 come from Andersen, 3 from George MacDonald, 4 from Frank Stockton, 2 from Laurence Housman, 2 from Washington Irving, and 2 from the Arabian Nights. The remaining tales in this collection were selected from a wide variety of sources for their appeal to children of this age. Ages 10-12

Adventure

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Stickeen: The Story of a Dog
by John Muir
In this exquisite essay, John Muir relates a death-defying experience he shared with a dog named Stickeen on an Alaskan glacier and reflects on the insights it offered him. Of his companion, Muir writes: 'At first the least promising and least known of my dog-friends, he suddenly became the best known of them all. Our storm-battle for life brought him to light, and through him as through a window I have ever since been looking with deeper sympathy into all my fellow mortals.' An absolute must for dog lovers. Ages 10-14

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Adrift on an Ice-Pan
by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
In Adrift on an Ice-Pan Wilfred Thomason Grenfell recounts a near death experience and the miraculous rescue that saved his life. The incident takes place in Labrador in 1908 as Dr. Grenfell sets out with his team of sled dogs to treat a medical emergency sixty miles south of his home. Traversing a stretch of frozen ice, Grenfell finds that it is not as solid as he had believed; suddenly stranded, the team floats helplessly on their ice-pan, surrounded by frigid water. Through quick-thinking by Grenfell and heroic efforts by his rescuers, Grenfell does make it off the ice-pan alive. Adrift on an Ice-Pan is a true story of faith, sacrifice, and survival. Ages 11-14

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The Story of My Boyhood and Youth
by John Muir
Born in Scotland where learning was beaten into him and Saturdays spent in the wildness of the moors were his greatest delight, John Muir emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 11. Upon arrival in Wisconsin, he and his brother worked hard with their father to build a dwelling and establish a farm, but with the little free time they had, they explored the wildlife of prairies and lakes. Working from dawn to dusk gave Muir no time to study, so when his father granted him permission to get up early, he started rising at 1 A.M. to study and work on inventions. Learn more about his adventurous boyhood by reading this stirring account of his life and times in both Scotland and America. Ages 10-14

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Boy Life on the Prairie
by Hamlin Garland
An engaging and exciting account of life in the Iowa countryside shortly after the end of the Civil War. Young Lincoln's days are filled with hard work on the farm and sometimes dangerous encounters with the local wildlife, including rattlesnakes and wolves. But life is also filled with joys, such as trips to the county fair and Fourth of July celebrations. Drawn from Garland's own life experiences, this book is the perfect guide to anyone wondering what life on the prairie was like when it was first settled. Ages 12-15

Animal Stories

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The Adventures of Reddy Fox
by Thornton Burgess
Granny Fox tries her hardest to keep young Reddy Fox out of trouble, while teaching him all a fox needs to know. But, despite Granny's efforts, Reddy would be destined for a sorry end, were it not for the help of his friends on the Green Meadows, every time he finds himself in a predicament. The first volume in the Bedtime Story-Books series. Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Peter Cottontail
by Thornton Burgess
Dissatisfied with his own name, Peter Rabbit changes it to Peter Cottontail, with almost disastrous consequences when Reddy Fox arrives on the scene. But with the assistance of a large cast of forest animals, Peter escapes and successfully evades the predatory Reddy Fox again and again, using one trick after another. As winter draws near and other animals make their preparations, Peter must once again learn to be content with his lot in life and not try to be something he is not. Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Mr. Mocker
by Thornton Burgess
When Uncle Billy Possum's friend, Mr. Mocker, comes up from the south for a visit, his presence causes great confusion around the Briar-patch. First Sammy Jay keeps hearing his own voice, then Sticky-Toes thinks he is going crazy, and Peter Rabbit is equally confused. It is not until Bobby Coon overhears a conversation between Mr. Mocker and Uncle Billy Possum that a plan is hatched with Old Mister Buzzard to expose the mischief-makers, who make amends for the trouble they caused. Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse
by Thornton Burgess
Poor Danny Meadow Mouse! It seems that everywhere he turns in the meadow someone is hunting him—first Reddy Fox, then Old Granny Fox, and then finally Hooty the Owl, who swoops in and catches Danny Meadow Mouse in his talons. A narrow escape brings the frightened mouse to the Old Briar-Patch, where he takes up residence with Peter Rabbit. Together, the two of them must learn to be content with what they have and to help each other out of trouble. Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel
by Thornton Burgess
Chatterer the Squirrel has to rethink the location of his home when Shadow the Weasel returns to the Green Forest. Though he manages to find a new place to live, the change brings all sorts of surprises, and Chatterer ends up with a much bigger adventure than he bargained for! Chatterer must deal with danger, imprisonment and other trials on his way to finding his place in the world. Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad
by Thornton Burgess
Old Mister Toad is in a hurry! But why? Nobody knows, so all the animals set off looking for him and find him singing in the pond. Peter Rabbit never knew Old Mr. Toad could sing! Quickly, all the animals learn why they should heed his song, and in time, Peter Rabbit learns many, many things that he didn't know about Old Mr. Toad and his children. But Mr. Toad has things of his own to learn, too, and dangers to watch out for! This collection of stories details his many adventures at the Smiling Pool and in the Green Forest. Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Johnny Chuck
by Thornton Burgess
With the coming of spring, Johnny Chuck is dissatisfied. Giving his home to Jimmy Skunk, he sets out to see the world. But, after an unexpected encounter, he sets aside his travel plans, only to settle down and found a 'school' in the old orchard. The second volume in the Bedtime Story-Books series. Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum
by Thornton Burgess
When Reddy Fox and Jimmy Skunk see Farmer Brown's boy carrying Unc' Billy Possom by the tail, they believe him to be dead for sure. But even as his woodland friends mourn for him, Unc' Billy Possum is actually alive and well! In fact, he'd just been playing dead to fool his captor! When Reddy Fox and a handful of troublemakers plot to spoil the surprise party that Peter Rabbit has planned for Unc' Billy, the other woodland animals outsmart them and manage to save the day! Join Unc' Billy Possum as he enjoys a series of woodland adventures and nearly ends up in the hands of Farmer Brown's boy again. Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Jerry Muskrat
by Thornton Burgess
Farmer Brown's boy has put traps around the Smiling Pool and the animals who swim there are abuzz about the danger! When Jerry Muskrat gets his tail caught, a convention is called to address the problem. Under the guidance of wise old Grandfather Frog, the animal friends restore safety to the Pool and confound Farmer Brown's boy. No sooner is that problem solved, however, than a greater threat confronts them! Jerry Muskrat notices that the Smiling Pool is shrinking and before the animals know it, there is hardly any water left at all. Follow Jerry Muskrat and his friends as they get to the bottom of this unfortunate event! Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Grandfather Frog
by Thornton Burgess
After Old Mr. Toad pays a visit to the Smiling Pool, Grandfather Frog decides to venture out and see the world. But the world is full of more adventures and dangers than Grandfather Frog had bargained for, and with the help of some of his animal friends, it is all Grandfather Frog can do to make it back! Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Sammy Jay
by Thornton Burgess
Of all the mischievous creatures in the Green Forest, Sammy Jay is perhaps the most mischievous. His vanity and tendency to steal are well-known to the other creatures including Peter Rabbit and Chatterer the Red Squirrel. But as Chatterer learns, Sammy Jay has his good sides as well; he can warn the others of danger, and because he can fly, he tends to see more than everyone else does. Just don't cross him, or you'll be sure to become a victim to his tricks! Ages 5-8

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The Adventures of Buster Bear
by Thornton Burgess
Farmer Brown's boy, Little Joe Otter, and the residents of the Green Forest have to adjust when a new animal, Buster Bear, comes to live there. Is he a fearsome beast or a friendly neighbor? An enemy or a local hero? In this collection of stories, everyone struggles to understand the ways of this unexpected newcomer, as he learns to find his place among them. Ages 5-8

Jungle Books

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The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
Swift-moving, exciting stories of the life and law of the jungle. The first three chapters focus on Mowgli, an abandoned 'man-cub' raised by wolves. Another features Rikki-tikki-tavi, a mongoose pitted against a cobra. A lively poem penned by the author accompanies each of the seven tales. Ages 8-12

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The Second Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
Continues the story of Mowgli begun in The Jungle Book with happenings in the time of Mowgli's maturity, when he shows increasing wisdom in helping to rescue his birth-parents, disposing of an ill-fated weapon, and leading the Jungle People in their rout of the Red Dogs. The last Mowgli story ends with his leaving the Jungle People to return to his own. Three other stories are interspersed among the Mowgli stories, two of them about villages in dire circumstances saved through the efforts of extraordinary individuals. Ages 8-12

Kindergarten

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Frederick Richardson's Book for Children
by Frederick Richardson
Frederick Richardson's illustrations bring to life ten traditional children's stories, including 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and 'The Bremen Town Musicians.' Each story introduces a new collection of animal and human characters, whose clever and spirited interactions with each other delight children of all ages. Ages 4-6

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Mother Goose
by Frederick Richardson
Over a hundred nursery rhymes, pleasingly depicted in vibrant full-page illustrations by Frederick Richardson. The text of the rhyme is inset within each scene. The detailed pictures feature people in all walks of life as they engage in their everyday activities and occupations in country lanes and cottages in a rural setting of yesteryear. Ages 3-7

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The Toy Shop
by Maud Lindsay
Once upon a time on a quiet street in an old city there was a Toy Shop. And there was never a day that some one did not stop to look at the shop window. One day it might be filled with bright balloons that were like great colored lights; and the next with jumping-jacks. Each chapter in this book relates the story of one of the toys in this shop of long ago: why it was chosen, the occasion of its purchase, the child who received it, and the imaginative play the toy inspired. What child wouldn't want to hear about these toys and imagine himself as the recipient! Ages 4-6

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The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
Margery Williams' beautiful story of a toy rabbit who becomes real through his love of the child that owns him. Originally looked down upon by more expensive toys, the velveteen rabbit becomes the boy's constant companion. One day, the boy falls ill with scarlet fever, and all of his possessions, the rabbit included, are to be burned. When the toy sheds a real tear, however, a magical fairy appears and transforms him into a real rabbit, at last. Ages 5-8

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Old Old Tales Retold
by Frederick Richardson
Seven classic children's tales are here retold and graced with beautiful illustrations by Frederick Richardson. Stories include The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, and The Three Bears, among others. Follow along as these animal and human characters interact with each other and learn from their experiences. Ages 4-6

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When Grandfather Was a Boy
by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The sight of an old chimney prompts Grandfather to begin telling John stories of olden times when he was a boy. He relates encounters with wild animals, including squirrels, geese, and chipmunks, and tells of many humorous incidents in family life, both on holidays and in everyday life on the farm. Through his engaging stories, Grandfather brings the pioneer era to life for John, as well as for children of today. Ages 5-7

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The Story Garden for Little Children
by Maud Lindsay
Maud Lindsay has an extraordinary gift for making delightful stories out of ordinary events that help very young children make sense of their surroundings. Each chapter in this collection presents a simple story, depicting a child actively engaged in the world, whether that is gathering wild fruit, saving pennies to buy a tool, or helping to make biscuits. All the stories are illustrated and many include an engaging rhyme to move the story along. Ages 4-6

History & Historical Fiction

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Unknown to History
by Charlotte M. Yonge
In the spring of 1568, a babe was plucked from the wreckage of a vessel off the coast of England by Master Talbot, a captain in Queen Elizabeth's service. He and his wife adopt the young lass to replace a daughter of their own so recently lost. The small gold cross and scroll of unusual writing found among her swaddling clothes, together with the marks branded on her shoulder blades, indicate she is no usual babe. The Talbots christen her Cicely and raise her as their own until the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots takes a fancy to her. Follow the fortunes of Mary and Cicely as their destinies intertwine, accompanied by lots of intrigue, deceit, and questions of identity in this fictional narrative. Ages 10-14

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Our Young Folks' Josephus
by William Shepard
Flavius Josephus was a Roman historian from the first century AD who wrote a number of very important manuscripts that provide much of the historical information that we rely on to this day about the first millennium of human civilization. This book adapts the accounts from two of Josephus's most important documents, translating them into a thoroughly readable narrative suitable for the young student of history. Beginning with the story of Abraham, it blends stories familiar from the Old Testament with stories of historical figures known from other contexts, such as Alexander the Great, offering a sense of how the historical world of the Bible blended together with the history of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Ages 8-12

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The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain
This classic novel from Mark Twain follows the adventures of two very different boys who switch clothing and are subsequently mistaken for each other! One of the boys, a poor beggar named Tom Canty, suddenly finds himself mistaken for Edward Tudor, heir to the throne of England, while the real heir must face a series of trials among the underprivileged people of the streets. Before the mistake is uncovered, both boys learn a great deal from walking in the other's shoes. Ages 11-14

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Puck of Pook's Hill
by Rudyard Kipling
A collection of fantastical short stories about the history of England, narrated to two children by the mischievous Puck, a mythological figure familiar to many from Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Puck leads off with a story set just prior to the Norman Conquest of England, and concludes with a tale from the time of the Magna Carta. In between are stories from the Roman and Viking eras, providing an informative look at the early development of England as a nation, told through the lens of historical fantasy by a master storyteller. Ages 10-12

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Master Skylark
by John Bennett
A Stratford lad, stolen away by the master-players of Lord Admiral's troupe of actors, is transported to London, where his singing charms even Queen Bess and wins for him the title Master Skylark. Through the twists and turns of an engaging plot in which Shakespeare himself plays a part, a vivid picture of life among the Elizabethan players emerges, furnishing context for subsequent reading of Shakespeare's plays. Ages 10-12

Biography

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Luther: The Leader
by John Louis Nuelsen
John Luis Nuelsen's detailed biography tells the story of the great Church reformer Martin Luther from birth to death. Readers are introduced both to the circumstances of Luther's remarkable life as well as the major tenets of his belief, the basis for his protest against the Catholic Church and the foundation that he lay for Lutheranism and the Protestant Church. Told in a clear style, Nuelsen's account is a great introduction to the life of one of the most important figures of the Western tradition. Ages 11-14

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Ludwig van Beethoven
by George P. Upton
An engaging account of the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. The young Beethoven is introduced as a brilliant but melancholy child, learning to play piano from his father and going on to be celebrated in the European courts. The highlights of his early life, including his early encounter with Mozart, are told here. The troubles of his later life, including his deafness, are mentioned in a final chapter but not recounted in detail. Ages 8-12

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The Story of My Life
by Helen Keller
The remarkable autobiography of Helen Keller, who was rendered deaf and blind by a childhood illness, yet learned to communicate and express herself with the help of a dedicated teacher named Anne Sullivan. This inspiring story of perseverance relates the obstacles its author encountered and break-through moments she achieved on her way to becoming an influential member of society. Ages 10-12

Nature

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Jack's Insects
by Edmund Selous
When Jack receives a book on insects for his birthday, Maggie wishes one could get 'into' a book. And so they do, experiencing adventures with insects of all sorts as they 'travel' through the book. Along the way they encounter a butterfly with a grievance, extraordinary caterpillars, a hungry spider, a distinguished musician (a katydid), as well as fireflies, locusts, grasshoppers, wasps, bees, and more. Each animal is brought to life so vividly through the story that the reader unconsciously absorbs the details of its existence: its physical characteristics, its habits and preferences, and its interactions with other animals. Ages 9-11

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The Seasons: Autumn
by Jane Marcet
This autumnal volume of The Seasons follows young Willy and his mother through a variety of seasonal experiences. Curious and full of wonder, Willy questions his mother about each new thing he encounters. Throughout this book, she teaches him many valuable lessons. He learns about the harvest of grains, how windmills work, how steam-boats run, how trees grow and leaves fall, how shadows are cast, and how money is made from metals found deep within the earth. Ages 5-8

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The Seasons: Winter
by Jane Marcet
Snow falls and young Willy heads out to play in it! After his mother teaches him how to bundle up, Willy learns all about snowballs: how they are made and why they melt. His father shows him the pleasures of sliding on frozen water, but Willy observes how dangerous it can be, as well. In this volume of The Seasons, Willy is taught about the sun's rising and setting, discovers how tea is made, and learns how to feed a sparrow. Ages 5-8

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Little Mitchell: The Story of a Mountain Squirrel
by Margaret Warner Morley
From the time the days-old gray squirrel is rescued by the Lady, he is her constant companion. She names him Little Mitchell because she found him fallen from the nest on the flank of Mt. Mitchell in the mountains of North Carolina. Tucked in her jacket or carried in a box, he travels to Boston, by wagon, car, and train, encountering all sorts of adventures along the way. Once in Boston he continues the mischief-making that puts smiles on the faces of young listeners lucky enough to have this book read to them. Ages 5-8

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Buz
by Maurice Noel
The secret world of bees is opened up to young readers in this exciting narrative account of the life of Buz. The novel opens as Buz is born. As she matures into a full-grown bee, she learns about the various roles that bees play to keep the hive running smoothly. When she begins to venture out from the hive to gather pollen, adventures abound as she encounters other creatures in the wider world. This swiftly-moving novel is both informative and delightful, a wonderful introduction to the fascinating and surprisingly complex lives of these remarkable insects. Ages 9-11

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The Bears of Blue River
by Charles Major
Balsar, a pioneer lad, enters manhood at the age of 13 when he encounters a great bear while fishing on the river and proves his mettle. This book, full of harrowing adventures, great danger, and many acts of valor, tells of Balsar's subsequent encounters with bears, wolves, Indians and the legendary one-eared 'demon' bear, offering a dynamic portrait of the daily life in Indiana during the 1820s. Ages 7-10

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Tommy Smith at the Zoo
by Edmund Selous
There is something special about Tommy Smith—everywhere he goes, animals talk to him! On a family vacation to London, Tommy goes to visit the zoo, and discovers that the lions, penguins, ostriches, bears, boars and other animals are very willing to come forward and tell him about themselves. Tommy's natural curiosity guides each conversation with questions, and by the end he has learned about the things the animals eat and how they live. This imaginative presentation of animal behavior is as informative as it is fun to read. Ages 7-9

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The Lay of the Land
by Dallas Lore Sharp
A series of nature sketches, whose topics range from muskrats building for winter to buzzards nesting in the swamp, written in a way that encourages in the reader the habit of close observation. That the substance for most of the essays comes from personal observation of a small tract of land over a number of years illustrates how much can be discovered through regular observation in all seasons. In the final chapter he urges readers to adopt a similar practice. Ages 12-15

Fiction for Older Children

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Lad, A Dog
by Albert Payson Terhune
Lad, 'an eighty-pound collie, thoroughbred in spirit as well as in blood,' is an unforgettable dog. Devoted to his Master and Mistress, he protects them from intruders and thieves, saves a visiting child from a snake, and makes them proud when he wins tops prize at the dog show. In all instances, Lad shows himself to be the epitome of loyalty, honor, and courage. Readers of all ages enjoy the adventures of Lad, through all its ups and downs. Ages 10-12

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Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell
Told from the horse's perspective, this narrative relates the life experiences of Black Beauty, from his earliest days through old age. Born on a farm and raised by kind masters, Black Beauty enjoys a wonderful start in life. When sickness befalls his mistress, however, the family must leave their home and Black Beauty is sold. So begins a long and arduous journey through the hands of many masters. Blessed with a fine temperament and with perseverance, Black Beauty finds the strength to endure many grievances, and the grace to appreciate kindness when it is shown to him. Ages 9-11

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Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
This classic novel relates the remarkable adventures of the title character. Opposing his family's desires for his future, Robinson Crusoe sets sail in 1651 and embarks on a life of travel. On his ventures, he experiences shipwreck, encounters pirates and cannibals, and learns to survive on an island, where after long years he saves and befriends a man named Friday. Robinson's life takes many twists and turns before he sees his homeland of England again. Ages 10-14

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The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Walled in and locked for years, the secret garden becomes the setting for the transformation of Mary, an ill-tempered child, and Colin, a sickly boy. Coached by Dickon, a young lad at home on the moor, Mary and Colin bring new life to the neglected garden, and, in the process, restore themselves to a robust state of health, putting color in their cheeks and liveliness in their steps. Ages 8-10

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Kidnapped
by Robert Louis Stevenson
When young David Balfour loses his father, he learns of his wealthy uncle, Ebenezer, and sets out to visit him. Ebenezer holds secrets that could change David's fortune, but disinclined to reveal them, he arranges for his nephew to be kidnapped by the captain of a ship. This classic novel follows David on his long journey home as he saves a life, befriends a traveler, survives a shipwreck, witnesses a murder, flees capture, and undergoes numerous other trials before finally returning home to confront his uncle. Ages 11-14

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Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
Dickens' classic tale of a poor young orphan named Oliver Twist who undergoes arduous trials and tribulations on his way to a happier life. As a half starved child, Oliver is apprenticed to a coffin-maker, but a bad beating sends him running off to London. When he falls in with a company of thieves there, however, his troubles are compounded! Oliver meets a host of colorful characters along his way, and when an uncanny resemblance is observed between the boy and an old portrait, we begin to suspect that the mystery of his parentage may yet be uncovered. Ages 12-18

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Anne of Green Gables
by L. M. Montgomery
A story of an irresistible orphan whose amusing frankness and friendly, impulsive manner bring warmth and joy into the staid provincial home of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on Prince Edward Island. Under strict discipline, softened by genuine affection, Anne develops sufficient restraint and judgment to carry her through the difficulties in which she is continually involved by her exuberant imagination. Ages 10-14

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Five Children and It
by Edith Nesbit
When five British children discover a temperamental sand-fairy in a gravel pit, they are granted a series of wishes, but learn how troublesome it can be to get exactly what you wish for. They wish for beauty and become unrecognizable at home; they wish for riches and end up with outdated currency; they wish to fly and get stuck atop a bell tower! Their wishes get them into trouble and into dangerous situations, too. This is the first book in a three volume series. Ages 10-12

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The Railway Children
by Edith Nesbit
When their father disappears under mysterious circumstances, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis leave London with their mother and settle in a country house beside the railway. Entertained by the trains and their passengers, the children form friendships in the station that ultimately assist them in solving the mystery of their father's disappearance and bringing him back to the family. Ages 10-12

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
Mark Twain's masterful story of a mischievous young boy and his engaging exploits. Tom lives in Missouri with his Aunt Polly and half-brother Sid and he's always up to something. Who else could trick his friends into whitewashing a fence for him, or find a way to eavesdrop on his own funeral? When Tom Sawyer and his friend Huck Finn witness a murder in the town graveyard, their adventures take a perilous turn. Follow Tom Sawyer as he pursues the love of Becky Thatcher and crosses paths with the murderous Injun Joe! Ages 10-12

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Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
When Captain Billy Bones dies in an inn called the Admiral Benbow, the innkeepers' son, Jim Hawkins, discovers a treasure map in the dead man's trunk. Intent on discovering the treasure, Jim and his acquaintances set out to sea, but not all their crew can be trusted. In fact, many of them are pirates! In Treasure Island, Stevenson weaves a classic tale of adventure and excitement, creating such memorable characters as Long John Silver and Ben Gunn. Ages 10-14

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Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates
by Mary Mapes Dodge
Set in Holland, Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates relates the experiences of its title character, who dreams of winning an ice-skating race. Weighing this opportunity for personal gain against opportunities to help those around him, though, Hans finds that his loved ones come first—and his generosity just might save his father's life! Facing his difficult decisions with honor and nobility, he brings out the best in others. Though written by an American author, this novel offers a vivid depiction of 19th century Dutch life. Ages 10-12

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The Cricket on the Hearth
by Charles Dickens
The sprightly Dot Perrybingle and her steady John, Tilly Slowboy and her infant charge, the sweet blind Bertha and her misguided father, even gruff Tackleton and the young lovers themselves, are not so responsible for this homely yet artistic story as the kettle and the cricket—although to which of these the credit belongs remains a matter of doubt since each insists the other began it. An excellent introduction to Dickens, showcasing his colorful characterizations and engaging narrative. Ages 10-12

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The Peterkin Papers
by Lucretia Hale
Lucretia Hale's tales of the Peterkins, originally published in newspapers in the 1860s and 1870s, are here collected in book form. The stories tell of incidents in the life of a family of foolish individuals whose unusual and often silly solutions to the problems they face make for fun and humorous anecdotes. Ages 8-10

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Penrod
by Booth Tarkington
The heart of boyhood revealed with rare humor and sympathy in the pranks, mishaps, and triumphs of Penrod Schofield. A book for parents as well as for boys. Ages 12-15

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Rilla of Ingleside
by L. M. Montgomery
On the eve of her 15th birthday Rilla Blythe is looking forward to having a good time with an endless round of parties and dances. But her dream is shattered when World War I begins, and the glen boys start to enlist one after another to fight across the sea. Rilla takes on new responsibilities in a way no one expected, including working for the Red Cross and raising a war orphan she brought home in a soup tureen! The four long years of the war force Rilla to grow up quickly, transforming her into a sensitive, thoughtful, and capable young woman, much wiser in the ways of the world. Ages 10-14

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The Story of the Treasure Seekers
by Edith Nesbit
The Treasure-Seekers is the first novel about the six Bastable children—Oswald, Dora, Dickie, Alice, Noël and H.O. After their mother dies, their father falls into depression and the family's business starts to falter. The children, recognizing the signs of their fallen fortune, resolve to help by finding treasure in whatever way they can—by digging for buried treasure, becoming bandits, rescuing a princess or wealthy gentlemen, publishing poetry, editing their own newspaper and more! Join them in their earnest attempts to help in whatever way they can, learning important lessons and working to support each other along the way. Ages 10-12

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A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
In this timeless Christmas story, a stingy old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened to the spirit of Christmas through a series of mystical experiences. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the miserable ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, who heralds the arrival of three more spirits: the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. As Scrooge encounters each spirit and witnesses the visions they present, his hardened heart melts, and he emerges from the experience a changed man, able to embrace the world with joy, compassion and generosity. Ages 10-18