Plain Girl, by Virginia Sorensen, illus. by Charles Geer
The Amish are sometimes called the Plain People, and this is the story of a ten-year-old Plain Girl, Esther, who is forced to go to public school by the state authorities. In the public school, Esther meets a very kind little girl named Mary who becomes her friend. Mary wears pretty clothes, and Esther begins to wonder why she herself must wear plain clothes while her best friend may wear anything she wishes. This is a story of a young girl's search for answers, and her ultimate realization that parents have good reasons for the things they teach their children.

151 pages

Jack Kent's Happy-Ever-After Book, by Jack Kent, illus. by Jack Kent
I found this book up at a library sale. I have many Jack Kent books in my children's library, and I was very pleased to be able to add this one to it. This book is a larger size, and includes Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, all drawn in Jack Kent's inimitable style! If you can find this for you children's collection, it is well worth your time to read it with them!

61 pages

Pete Pack Rat and the Gila Monster Gang, by Robert Quackenbush, illus. by Robert Quackenbush
Although I have not liked all of Mr. Quackenbush's stories, this one was very entertaining and fun to read with my children. I have several Robert Quackenbush books in my children's library and this is one that my three-year-old really enjoys right now. Pete Pack Rat leads a group of deputies on a mission down an abandoned mine to rescue Sheriff Sally Gopher from the infamous Gila Monster Gang. If you can find this story for a good deal somewhere, it is a good one to add to your collection.

64 pages

The Lady Who Saw the Good Side of Everything, by Pat Decker Tapio, illus. by Paul Galdone
As the title of this book implies, the story recounts the life and adventures of a little old lady who is able to see beyond her circumstances to the "good side" of what happens in her life. Illustrated by Paul Galdone, who wrote and illustrated the story The Wise Fool, this is another good story to read with your children.

30 pages

Moon-Watch Summer, by Lenore Blegvad, illus. by Erik Blegvad
This is the story of Adam and his little sister, Jenny. Adam and Jenny go to visit their grandmother during the week that the Apollo 11 astronauts are supposed to land on the moon! Adam wants to watch the moon landing on television, but Grammie only has a radio he can listen to. Although the moon landing seems like the most important thing in the world to Adam, he learns that there are other things in life that need his attention more. This is a good story for older children (9 years and up)

63 pages

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