Mr. Putter & Tabby Bake the Cake, by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Arthur Howard
Mr. Putter and Tabby want to bake a cake for their neighbor for Christmas. After realizing that he knows nothing about baking, Mr. Putter goes to the store where a friendly salesperson sells him everything he will need. He bakes all night long to try to get the cake just right. Read the book and find out how his cake turns out.

40 pages

Mouse Soup, by Arnold Lobel, illus. by Arnold Lobel
A mouse caught by a weasel has to think quickly to avoid being eaten. He tells the weasel that the soup will taste better with stories in it, and proceeds to tell the weasel four tales that are meant to add flavour to the soup. While he is telling the stories, the mouse thinks of a way to excape. Read the stories and find out how the mouse avoids becoming mouse soup.

64 pages

Janey, by Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by Ronald Himler
This book is a poem told from the perspective of a young girl whose best friend has moved away. The images the words paint are often very familiar images which lend the work a universal appeal. If you can feel the feelings of emptiness the young girl feels, you will be able to enjoy this story with your children.

24 pages

D'Aulaire's Norse Gods and Giants, by Ingri d'Aulaire, illus. by Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
This book, and d'Aulaire's Greek Myths, are very interesting books to examine. I can remember checking this book out of my elementary school libarary again and again. I do not read all of the stories with my children, and I usually modify portions of the stories depending on which of my children I am reading to. I make this available to my children as a means of recognizing allusions to this material from other literature.

160 pages

Airplanes and Trucks and Trains, Fire Engines, Boats and Ships and Building and Wrecking Machines, by George Zaffo, illus. by George Zaffo
I found this book at a used bookstore. It is an incredibly amazing storehouse of mechanical information about all kind of trucks, trains, airplanes, ..., everything a little boy would want to see and know about heavy machinery! My son would sit and look at this book hour after hour. If you can find this, it is worth picking up!

182 pages

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