The Hungry Thing, by Jan Slepian/Ann Seidler, illus. by Richard E. Martin
The Hungry Thing wants shmancakes and tickles and feetloaf, but no one knows what he means! What can the townspeople feed The Hungry Thing before he begins to devour their entire town? Read the story to help them solve the mystery! This story had my children laughing out loud as they helped the townspeople solve each mysterious food The Hungry Thing wanted.

30 pages

Hey, Little Baby!, by Nola Buck, illus. by R. W. Alley
A big sister wants to teach the new baby all of the wonderful things she herself can do! This book is illustrated by R. W. Alley who did Paddington Bear, and is done every bit as well as--and I think better than--that book. The story is bouncy, rhyming and fun to read. This is another good addition to your library if you have children and a new baby.

20 pages

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst, illus. by Ray Cruz
I have this book in English and Spanish, and it is every bit as funny in both languages! I have seen this book used by motivational speakers to break the ice with their audiences. Everyone can identify with poor Alexander who wants to "move to Australia" every time something goes wrong in his life--which is pretty often. In the end, his mother tells him, "Some days are like that--even in Australia." This is an excellent book to have in your collection.

28 pages

Humpty Dumpty's Bedtime Stories, by Various, illus. by Kelly Oechsli
This book is a wonderful collection of stories and poems with illustrations that fit each one like a glove! I like almost every story in this book, and many are well worth sharing with your children again and again! I read from this book when I need a quick story that I know my children will enjoy even if they have heard it before.

72 pages

All By Myself, by Mercer Mayer, illus. by Mercer Mayer
Many of Mercer Mayer's Little Critter books are very good books to have in your own collection. This one was one of the first we bought for our first child, and it has served us well through three more little ones. All By Myself is a theme most small children can easily identify with as they learn to become more independent in getting themselves ready for various activities. As usual, Mercer Mayer's illustrations are excellent for little eyes.

24 pages

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