|Danny and the Dinosaur, by Syd Hoff, illus. by Syd Hoff
|This is the first Syd Hoff book I ever read. There are many
illustrations of things other than the dinosaur that make this book one that you can
look at again and again. It is a cute little story that would fit well in any child's
|The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, by Katherine Paterson, illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon
|This story is a Japanese legend of how two mandarin ducks repayed
the kindnesses of two humble servants who had a heart to do right. A warlord's servant
is accused of a crime he did not commit, but the servant humbly accepts punishment
because, though he did not actually commit the crime, he secretly wished he did. This
story is artfully illustrated in an oriental style that is very interesting to look
at and discuss with your children.
|One Was Johnny, by Maurice Sendak, illus. by Maurice Sendak
|This is a clever little rhyming and counting book. This book and
Chicken Soup With Rice are cute, quick, little simple books; easy to read and
fun to share with your child. A good addition to your library.
|Chicken Soup With Rice, by Maurice Sendak, illus. by Maurice Sendak
|This book and One Was Johnny are both funny, little
rhyming books by Maurice Sendak (also Where the Wild Things Are). This
book goes through each month telling how that month is perfect for chicken soup with
rice. If you have trouble getting your children to eat soup, try reading them this book.
|Jack Kent's Fables of Aesop, by Jack Kent, illus. by Jack Kent
|The preface to this book says that Jack Kent borrows freely from
Aesop's Fables, translated by V. S. Vernon-Jones (London: W. Heinemann, 1912);
however, I enjoy the flavour of the words Jack Kent has chosen in his telling
as well as the flavour of the V. S. Vernon-Jones version. The illustrations are all
Jack Kent--very colorful and clever and fun to look at. The morals to each fable are
worded in such a way that they stick well in young minds: "A crust in comfort is
better than a feast with fear."