Classic Picture Books
Paddington, the most endearing bear from Darkest Peru, first charmed American audiences forty years ago. Now a new generation will surely be won over by Paddington's particular brand of preposterous humor and gentle satire.
A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck — all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages.
A peddler walks from town to town, selling the caps he proudly balances in a stack on his head:
"First he had on his own checked cap, then a bunch of gray caps, then a bunch of brown caps, then a bunch of blue caps, and on the very top a bunch of red caps."
George, a small African monkey, is taken from his jungle home to live in a big city Zoo. Along the way, sailors save him from the sea, angry firemen put him in jail, and stolen balloons fly him high above the city — all because he is a curious little monkey!
Praise for Curious George
Enter the world of Little Bear. Children will be entranced by Little Bear's trip to the moon, his birthday party, and his wishes and adventures. Meet Little Bear, a friend to millions of children. And meet Mother Bear, who is there whenever Little Bear needs her.
When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain. This classic story about the Little Blue Engine who says "I think I can, I think I can" continues to be a popular favorite.
Lyle the crocodile is perfectly happy living with the Primms on East 88th Street until irritable Mr. Grumps next door changes all that by putting Lyle in the zoo. He experiences a change of heart when the crocodile saves him from a fire.
Praise for Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
In an old, vine-covered house in Paris live 12 little girls. They wear wide-brimmed hats and matching yellow outfits, and walk in two perfect rows. Madeline is the smallest girl, and the most daring. She's not afraid to touch a mouse or go near a tiger in the zoo.
The New York Times describes Robert McCloskey's Caldecott Medal-winning book as "one of the merriest picture books ever." Young children will delight in the story of a mother duck's search for the perfect place to lay her eggs, as well as her loving protection of the brood once they are hatched.
Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders! But there is also danger and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how — with ingenuity and teamwork — they can overcome any danger.
This classic Chinese legend tells the story of a boy who nearly drowns in a well because his brother cannot pronounce his very, very long name fast enough for an old man to save him. The lovely drawings capture the beauty of rural China.
Praise for Tikki Tikki Tembo
The Velveteen Rabbit, a stuffed toy, waits in the nursery for a child to call its own. The other toys also wait for the day the boy will pick them for a playmate. As time goes by, Rabbit grows weary and worries that it will never be chosen.
George and Martha: not, as one might think, the first president and his spouse, but two hippopotamuses created by the singular talent of James Marshall. For the past quarter century, these stories have entertained, intrigued, and delighted readers of all ages.
Since it was first published in 1902, Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit has become one of the undisputed classics of children's literature — so classic, in fact, that generations of children have grown up thinking of it as a traditional folktale. But the exciting story of the mischievous rabbit and Mr.