Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Two Classics

There are many wonderful new books for children, but there's something to be said for the classics. Two of my favorites, shown above, never cease to delight and are so much fun to read aloud to children.

"The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf with lovely illustrations by Robert Lawson, was first published in 1936. (That's 73 years ago, but whose counting!) I love the "message" of peacefulness and acceptance in this story, but I also love the humor.

"Caps for Sale", by Esphyr Slobodkina is a mere 71 years old, published in 1938. While the illustrations in this book are not my favorite, (can't they update the color palette so that the red hats and the brown hats and the blue hats and the grey hats, are really those colors?), the story is simple and funny.

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