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Books by Children’s Authors Born in May – Book Suggestions – 05/02/13

Posted on: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

This week’s blog listed various events in the month of May including several authors born in May.  Our book suggestions this week are for three of those well known authors.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Mar 9, 2013) is for kids in grades 4 and up, younger for reading aloud, but really for kids of all ages.  “As Mark Evan Swartz comments in Oz: Before the Rainbow [BKL O 15 00], L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz “occupies a unique position in the cultural fabric of this country.”  Editor Peter Glassman (Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration) calls the story “quintessentially American.”  Yet it has a universal appeal–which may account for its translation into many different languages.  Although children are often first introduced to the Land of Oz by the classic 1939 movie, the original novel and its many sequels have enchanted both young and old over the years.  Published for the centennial, several new books commemorate the beloved story. Readers unacquainted with Oz are sure to find a pleasing version; readers who already know the story will find something to delight them all over again.  In Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, Peter Glassman presents art and words from children’s book authors and illustrators who are big fans of Oz and here pay homage to ‘the enchanted land that inspired them and helped shape their imaginations.’”  Review from Amazon.

The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose: A Treasury of More Than 300 Classic Nursery Rhymes by Arnold Lobel is for kids age 3 and up.  “The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose (1986), originally published as The Random House Book of Mother Goose, appears here in a complete and unabridged edition with more than 300 nursery rhymes, all illustrated in Lobel’s distinctive style, whether he is winking at the audience (as in “Three blind mice,” when he reveals that the trio can see) or acknowledging the sky’s starry splendor in “Hey diddle, diddle.”
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.”  Review from Amazon.

Magic Tree House #49: Stallion by Starlight by Mary Pope Osborne is for kids age 7 – 10.  “If kids get hooked on Magic Tree House, they’re hooked on reading!  This is one series that kids, teachers, librarians, and parents all agree on.  A perfect blend of magic, adventure, history, science, danger, and cuteness—the topics range from kid pleasers (pirates, the Titanic, pandas) to curriculum perfect (rain forest, American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln) to seasonal shoe-ins (Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving).  Magic Tree House #49 features Jack and Annie heading back to ancient Greece and an adventure with Alexander the Great when he was a child and his famous stallion: Bucephalus.”  Review from Amazon.

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