More Fables of Aesop, by Jack Kent, illus. by Jack Kent
This book and its predecessor--Jack Kent's Fables of Aesop-- are excellent books to have in your child's library. I am partial to the stories in the first book; however, both books have their charms, and all of the tales teach valuable lessons if you take time to discuss them with your children.

55 pages

Older Brother, Younger Brother, by Nina Jaffe, illus. by Wenhai Ma
This book has beautiful watercolor illustrations to go along with this well-told Korean folktale about two brothers who learn about the things that really matter in life.

30 pages

The Monster at the End of This Book, by Jon Stone, illus. by Mike Smollin
The first time I read this book, I laughed out loud! The best way to read this book is out loud, with your child. You must try your best to make your voice sound like Grover on Sesame Street, and you must put your whole self into pretending to try to keep your child from getting to the end of the book--because THERE IS A MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK! (but it's really very safe. Trust me.)

24 pages

Julius, by Syd Hoff, illus. by Syd Hoff
This book is illustrated in Syd Hoff's soft, unique style. In this story, Davy and his father are in Africa looking for a gorilla to bring to the circus. On their way, they see giraffes, lions, and elephants. Finally, they find Julius, a charming gorilla who is more than happy to return with them to be in the circus. Julius gets lost for a while, but Davy knows just how to find him!

64 pages

Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears, by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Arthur Howard
I enjoy many of the Mr. Putter and Tabby books. The stories and illustrations are colorful and well-painted. In this story, when his pears are ripe, Old Mr. Putter and his old cat Tabby want to pick the pears; however, old age has made picking the pears by climbing up and down the ladder a painful prospect. So, clever Mr. Putter has a wonderful plan that works out better than he could ever have imagined!

40 pages

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