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The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar & Six More Seven stories of fantasy and fun by the fantastic Roald Dahl: The Boy Who Talked With Animals – in which a stranded…


Award winning book by E.B. White tells the tale of an unlikely friendship between a pig and a spider. The classic book has been in many classrooms for years because of its lovable characters, and relationships between animals and humans.

The Arable family has a litter of pigs, one of which they deem a runt.  Fern, the eight year old daughter, is determined to save the pig.  She convinces her father to let her take care of the pig.  She names the pig Wilbur and treats him as sweetly as a doll.  However, they run out of room for Wilbur and sell him to their Uncle, who has a farm nearby.


Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings is an essential  picture book.  Written and illustrated by McCloskey, it won the 1942 Caldecott Medal for illustrations.

The book is still popular and has been constantly in print since its first publication.  In fact, Boston has dedicated small statues to the ducks.

The story of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard is set in Boston, Massachusetts.  Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are looking for a place to settle their family.  They search all over Boston, looking at all of the famous places, like Beacon Hill.  Unfortunately, there is something wrong with each place.


South by Patrick McDonnell is hands down, a book that should be on every child’s bookshelf.  It is a quiet and  powerful tale of friendship with beautiful illustrations.

McDonnell is well known for his cartoon illustrations of Mutts and The Gift of Nothing.  I was unfamiliar with him but picked up this picture book, South, on a recommendation.

It is just perfect and nostalgic, all at once.  The book has no words (save for the sign declaring South).

The plot line is that the character Mooch the cat helps a lost bird.   The illustrations begin with a flock of singing birds flying away and one sleeping bird gets left behind.  Mooch discovers the bird and and points the way south, when the bird wonders why she is alone.