Thank you Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. It has great short character-building stories. Verdi by Janell Cannon, and anything by Patricia Polacco. Also — I completely agree with you about Rainbow Fish — such a creepy book and there are so many better books out there that teach the value of sharing items or talents with others.
Thanks for sharing this list!! Thanks for the list. I was so thrilled that Eduardo, the Horriblest Boy in the World was on your list! Thank you for the wonderful list! I believe he truly learned life lessons from his stories. Another favorite was Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester, where my son learned to be kind to others no matter how different. He is 13 now and befriends everyone who seems to be a little different from everyone else…makes me proud! Thank you for compiling this — I love this list — it includes many favourites but also many new-to-me books.
I was wondering if you would consider putting the subject along with the title in the case of books covering specific issues — it would be helpful to know at a glance which books were on bullying or generosity or unconditional love etc rather than clicking through to 75 reviews and full descriptions. Great List! But also some of the littler messages sprinkled throughout. An absolute fave at our place! It is a board book…. Features lots of farm animals for awesome sound effects as well. Also now standard baby shower gift.
Seuss should have made the list. And the No David! I LOVE this list! Thank you for putting the time into it — I look forward to reading several selections that I have not heard of before. What a wonderful way to open the doors to the discussion on empathy and how we treat others, with young children. My first graders learned a great deal from this discussion every year. Milo and the Magical Stone is a book that I read with my students every year. It was followed with great discussions about choices and giving back.
Leo the Late Bloomer reminds us that everyone can and will succeed, in their own time. It gives us grace and allows us to learn and grow at our own pace. Salt in his Shoes reminds us of the benefits of hard work and dedication to a goal. I hope someone finds these additional books useful. Your list may just be picture books, but The Hundred Dresses….
Love that Book! Love Love you Forever, too! Still sing that to my 19 and 22 year olds! LOVED it! I am doing a follow up post based on suggestions and reading and re-reading a bunch. Love The Gruffalo and it will have a prominent place on the follow up! I love that you have The Paperbag Princess on your list! Not only Tacky, but any of the Helen Lester Books are wonderful for kids tripping along through youth — with topics including speech delay, self-confidence, bullying, lying, and more, presented in humorous and simple language.
I buy it for everyone close to me that becomes a new parent. My son came home with a book today from the media center that I think goes well with this discussion. You can never really undo the damage you may cause by spreading a rumor—it teaches how very powerful words are. She is a brat and those books are not allowed in my house.
The books teach bad behavior. A braty main character does not equate with a how to lesson on misbehavior. Children relate to the mis-steps and braty reactions but in my experience reading that book children correct her and recognize it all as the wrong choice. I think when we assume kids will see bad behavior and immediately choose to act like that we are underestimating our children.
Use books like this as a launch pad for discussing choices, consequences and how we should behave. When we dismiss these books we are missing possible opportunities to connect and teach. It is a book about following your dreams even when people tell you it is impossible and about being different like a boy in an all girls dance class. It is about a dinosaur who wants to be a ballerina. Not sure if you can get them anymore but i was raised with the Serendipity books and any one of them is great for building character.
It is a book written by Madonna. Great list! I would definitely add The Gruffalo which was a favourite of all 4 of my kids when they were little. And Ferdinand the Bull which some other commenters havealso mentioned. Another one I would add to the list is The Elephant and the Bad Baby, which is a delightful little English book about an Elephant and a Bad baby who go for a gallop around witht he bad baby asking for things but never saying please. In the end the Elephant teaches him the error of his ways and he learns to say please all the time.
In this book the main character feels left out when his mother has more children and he turns invisible. He learns that of course he is loved even though his mother is busy with thenew babies. This was a really goodbook for my eldest of 4 , as he related very much to the main character, and gave us an opportunity to discuss those feelings. Thank you Georgia for the suggestions, I am adding them to my list of books to review in a follow up post! The original Thomas the Tank Engine stories by Rev W Awdry were written to be character stories and lessons as well — perfect for kids who love trains!
It is about a little boy who goes to find memories for a neighbor who has lost her own. If you are looking for books to add to this list- that would be a good one! I could never get through the book with out a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. It encourages us to find our own music and believe in ourselves. As a mother of a child with autism, that message is especially appreciated in our house!
I am a little staggered that there is not a single Dr. Suess book on your list. I would love to start more books. But honestly, when I go to the library I can feel overwhelmed. Here is our list of different book themes and reviews — I would start with something is is interested in. We have so many themes I hope there is something for him. I have five books on hold at the library to start with. And five more to start when we are done with those. I saw other posters mention it, but one of our favorites is the giving tree. That tree has a lot to teach about selflessness, loyalty, and unconditional love, and that boy could certainly open up discussion on ungratefulness and taking things for granted.
I like how you phrased that. The Giving Tree has sparked a lot of discussion in comments and I will be adding it to my list of reader suggested in the follow up. I like your take though, much like how I love books with naughty behavior, I think they teach as cautionary tales. I read it to my sister as a child, then to my children. I had been looking for it for years to read to my nephews and grandchildren and my son finally found me a copy on the web. It is a book of questions: Who are you?
Would you like to play a game? Then ends with: When you comb your hair each day, do you grin that special way? Does your face smile back at you? Does it copy what you do? Or do you have a silly name, like Pickleoodleschmooglebane? I had a hard time dealing with problems that arose, either with other children at school or just plain bad luck. These books helped.
I have a serious emotional connection to Alexander. My kids and I really enjoyed this story. Thank you — I am noting all the suggestions for a follow up. This sounds right up my alley! This book became one of my favorites while reading it in the bookstore and and after reading it once to my godson, became a favorite of his as well.
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A uniquely illustrated story about patience, cooperation, forgiveness, perseverance, finding beauty in the not-so-beautiful places, and nurturing life where we find it. The specks in the earth are protected by me! You must be patient and then you will see!
Thank you so much. I will be adding this to the list of reader suggested books for the follow up. I will mention it in the follow up though. What is your favorite thing about it? It is a great story about being yourself even when others try to tear you down. He ends up helping everyone around town and by the end he is also able to help his family. Louis under a chair. I love it and every child I ever read it to did too. Glad it made the list!
A commenter left a note and I brainstormed another and fixed it from my phone at swim lessons. Just found your list through Pinterest — what a wonderful collection! A wonderful book about friendship. Probably my fave picture book right now. I need to grab it again and read it to my littlest. Thank you Wendy — I will add those to list of reader suggested books to add to a follow up! Anything by Patricia Polacco! Her books include a message and usually a first hand account behind one of the characters.
It is a great message about bullying and overcoming a learning disability. Many of them are focused around becoming educated. I highly recommend them! The Bible has wonderful character building stories…. I love the joy of reading a book and smelling and hearing the crack of being the first one opens a book. And some of these comments crack me up! I feel like some of you on here are too sheltering. They are not too young to deal with these issues…… 5 year olds deal with bullies, three year olds encounter death, Four year olds deal with identity problems.
What better way to face these issues head on than with a book? But I will leave the rest of that to my follow up. This is a great list; I read many of those books in my classroom and with my own children. Kevin Henkes is one of our favorites. We also love to read Peach and Blue about friendship. I teach second grade and would also recommend Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco-every year as I read it, I cry…the kids love and relate to the book; they feel a connection after finding out that Mrs. Kelly these are great suggestions!
I could have put every single Henkes book on here, I just connect so well to him and his characters. I think every one has a valuable message. It delivers such a great message! One of my favorites. Two more that are must reads…. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen…teaches bravery and patience…. Owl moon is fantastic thanks for the reminder.
I will add the other to my must read list and it might turn up in the follow up post, thanks. Oh, Allie! I just read the sweetest book called Pete and Pickles. Have you read it? The message is one of unconditional love and had me in tears! No but I will add it to my must read list. So beautiful. Thanks for the rec Marnie! We read it so often that I ended up making the main passage into a song that I would sing to him.
He is nine now, and he has even surprised my by writing that message to me as a note that he hid in my work bag. I love that no matter what happens, how many changes or life passages they each pass through, the strong bond and love between the mother and the son endures. That book will always hold a special place for me!
Oliver Button is a Sissy is one of my favorites about doing what makes you happy without worrying about what others think. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is an entertaining story about being happy with what you have. I will add her to the list for my ever growing follow up post. Sometimes books slip under my radar. I hope you found a few new ones for you too! And reaffirms to kids that moms and dads have plenty of love to go around.
How about The Gardener? Think it sends an important message about facing adversity with a positive attitude. Love your list. Thanks for all you share! Love how it shows the humanity of everyone — we all have something good in us. I LOVE all the suggestions — we own a lot of these and the rest are on our never ending list. Any suggestions for books geared towards children of single moms with no fathers in their life? Let me think about that Sarah. A Chair For My Mother has no dad in it… let me dig through my archives tonight! The Dr. Suss chat was interesting too, along with the Rainbow Fish comments.
Love that the list has sparked so much debate. Also we like The Day Lois Got Eaten, all about ingenuity, problem solving and protecting those close to you in this case your siblings. But when they get there, she sees that all families are different. My daughter loves this book!
Each story delivers its own little message, and reading them is like being wrapped up in a warm blanket. I loved reading them with my mom around 40 years ago, and now my kids love them too. The main character starts off sort of spoiled and demanding, but ends up realizing the value of being a good friend. Thank you for your comments very thoughtful! Two books that I think could definately be added to this list is Something Beautiful and Strega Nona.
I loved the list and have a few written down to add to check out at the library. Thanks for giving great suggestions. The Hundred Dresses is a wonderful, thought-provoking book, especially when you start to talk about bullying, and fitting in, and being thankful for what you have. Cierra — not sure if you have read the comments I know there are a lot but there is a good discussion about it in there with differing opinions. I will address it in the follow up. The Room of Wonders by Sergio Ruzzier is one of our favorite books. It is sad but he finds his happiness in the end and learns his lesson.
It teaches kids their actions make a difference, even their silence. We LOVE books!!!!! Woolbur is a young sheep who does things his own way and ignores criticism until everyone joins him. Great story!!! Is it a book on bad grammar? I love Patricia Polacco. Thank You, Mr. Falker and Thundercake are two of my favorites. The intergenerational themes, poignant relationships, and rich language and illustrations make her books a feast for the mind, soul, and eyes. Thank you for your great list of books! My kids and I have loved the sweet simple example of being good friends.
It is one of my favorites. Great list, thanks for sharing. My own son asks for it from time to time, even though it makes him sad, and I never look forward to reading it because the subject is about the last thing a parent wants to dwell on. Ok now I Have to read that too. I love that so many books have such a strong reaction positive or negative with people. I have been putting off the follow up post to this one because the list is getting so long but I want to read each with at least one of my kids.
This story sounds like it would put my son into hysterics. No Matter What by Debi Gliori — Our parents love us not matter what we do, or if we loose our tempers. It also talks about how it takes time and effort to mend broken feelings. Both my kids favourite book. This book talks about how life may not be as you planned but it can still be fulfilling and you can make new plans. Definitely not for young children although my kids love the artwork. Have you Filled a Bucket today? I use it in my Kindergarten classroom and it would be even more meaningful for older children. Focus is on individuality.
Thank you so much for compiling this list! I am printing it out and plan to read all the ones I have not read yet. I appreciate your work! Thank you for this great list! Do you have any suggestions for books concerning practicing? My 3 year old is having a hard time with this concept. It changes the attitudes of my first graders every year! It is truly amazing! Amazing Grace Yes, We Can! I definitely agree that, The Giving Tree is a a character builder. It is a book that means a lot to me. I even gave a copy to my dad for his birthday one year.
Letting kids know they have the whole world at their fingertips for TPYG,and The Lorax teaches some great environmental values. Everything we do has a consequence, and a single act of compassion can start a wave that goes beyond our immediate scope. Brian hugs his mom, and she in turn makes their favorite breakfast. His sister is in a good mood after spending extra time with mom, and helps her teacher in the morning.
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The teacher says something nice to the principal, and so on. The kindness spreads from one little act of kindness to the entire community. I read it once a month to my first graders. The First Forest, by John Gile teaches forgiveness, as well reward and punishment- amazing book. These are all books I have read to my son basically from birth on, there is no need to dumb down literature to children. Wow what a great list! I just completed a long term sub position as a guidance counselor. I am surprised by some of your selections.
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I respectfully disagree. This list and blog is targeted at children 5 and under and I think that these books are spot on for the age group. As far as The Giving Tree and Rainbow Fish are concerned I simply do not like either of those books, but have never argued that they are not good cautionary tales. This list is very much a subjective list and many of the titles include lessons about what not to be. I encourage you to read through more of our book reviews and you will see that I agree very much with your view that kids need to be exposed to what not to do.
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Just a little note…. Princess Smartypants is by Babette Cole, not Brenda. Lots of love and Happy Reading x. Very good list and great comments! Social istic propaganda — cleverly disguised, of course. The first three are even good for upper grades and yet they are all picture books. Sophies Masterpiece … Giving and helping the less fortunate Mole Music … Believing in yourself and never giving up Why … How small arguments escalate and can become war I Call My Hand Gentle … The many ways we can use our hands for good.
Hi, as a teacher from the UK who is passionate about books I loved your list as so many books I ve never even heard of? This is a great list and I as enjoyed the different opinions of so many people. They each a quite a personal library to share with their children someday and each one has a special memory. I would like to add:. Any of Paticia Polacco books She is one of my favorite authors and my children have gotten several of her books to mark special occasions for me!
I love the multicultural, family feeling I get with each of her stories. Just Plain Fancy is one of my favorites. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. What better lessons to teach our children than to explore and do something to make the world more beautiful. A little boy to soften the hurt from a gruff but talented man. Wherever You Are my love will find you, by Nancy Tillman. It just says what every parent should say to every child and what every child should always hear. The clown gives everything he has. It does have a sad ending. And Strega Nona make a terrible mess into a celebration.
Momma Do You love me? Joosse Motherly love and a child testing that love…In my opinion much better than the Robert Munch book. Pete and Pickles by Berkeley Breathed Many adventures and an unlikely friendship. Both work through challenges together. I want to weigh in on The Giving Tree. I have always thought of that story as a parent being the tree. Parents willingly give life to their children and will do anything for them.
My sister read it to her son and new daughter-in-law on their wedding day. One of my favorite books is The Quiltmakers Gift. I read this to kids at school every year. The message is amazing. Another favorite is the George and Martha series by James Marshall. The pictures are hilarious. I also love the Mr.
Putter and Tabby series, and the Poppleton series.
Sweet characters and stories in each of these. Being from the UK many of the books on the list and subsequently suggested are unknown to me but I am definitely going to see if our local library has or can get as many as possible as my 3 children are huge book lovers. A book we love is The smartest giant in town by Julia Donaldson. It teaches a great lesson with a fun story and wonderful illustrations. Thank you so much for the title- I would love to hang out in a library in the UK and read new titles!
I think The Little Engine That Could is a great one because it can still be relevant and inspirational for kids. Gentle, but unafraid to show sadness, this story shows a young weta native NZ insect trying to find where his Old Huhu has gone. I read this one out loud to my class every year!
Very thought provoking and definitely one that needs discussion with your child when you read it…. Hello, Thanks for putting out this list of books. Reading to and with your children can help them build character. They are called the Can Do Duck books.
Maybe some of the parents here have read them. Ducktor Morty. I would like to add, Spagetti in a Hotdog Bun…… having the courage to be who you are…. I teach in grades It was one of my favorites as a child and I made sure my girls had it too. It teaches that beauty is more than what you can see from the outside. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde is pretty amazing too but a real tear-jerker. Another beautiful book is one called The Boat about a man and his animals separated from his community by fear and distrust until a storm, a boat and a boy change it all — the illustrations are incredible too as is the language.
Going to follow your blog now. Great post. Great list, thank you! Or Have You Filled a Bucket? No but they have been mentioned by so many. I have been trying to compile all the suggestions for a follow up. Thank you for this list! Rainbow Crow as retold by Nancy Van Laan. My daughter and I love this book and read it at least once a week. Stead, about a shy cello player who learns to share her music with the moon; Nine Months by Miranda Paul, illus. Versify launches with The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. Inkyard Press meets up for Nexus by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg, the sequel to Zenith , following a crew of girl pirates trying to save a faraway galaxy; The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter, first in a romantic, action-packed trilogy that recasts fairy tales with take-charge heroines; Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid, about a brokenhearted online magazine writer who decides to capture the last months that a couple spends together before their planned break-up at the end of the summer; The Voice in My Head by Dana L.
Davis, featuring a teen girl whose terminally ill twin sister decides to pursue medically assisted euthanasia; and Beneath the Skin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, a contemporary fantasy that builds from the world of the Dark Elements series. Kane Press ushers in spring with Save the Cake! Carolrhoda gets crafty with Be a Maker by Katey Howes, illus. James, about African-American cowboy Fletcher, and the title he earned when a white man unfairly walked away with a championship; Seventh Grade vs. Darby Creek offers second chances with the Do-Over series, about teens mysteriously getting the opportunity to change a decision they regret, which includes The Accident by Glasko Klein and The Cheat by Sarah Richman; Escape!
Graham, leading off the Reality Show series, featuring kids competing in reality shows; and Off Road by Raelynn Drake, new to the extreme-sports-themed To the Limit series. McGinty, illus. Kear, a multi-platform brand designed to show girls how to convert their ideas into businesses; Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra, starring Saira, the youngest M. Ramos Jr. Odd Dot logs on for Code This Game! Tor Teen views a solid spring line-up with Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok, the story of a year-old daily morgue columnist in Paris who has visions of a serial killer and his victims; The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons, in which Brynn learns that she was recruited to her elite school because of her skill at conning rich kids out of their money; Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter, a YA novel about dark faeries; and Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro, about two Latin-American siblings who brave enemies and the dangers of a desert-crossing to reach a land of promise.
Wednesday says a prayer for Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan, the first installment of the Something Dark and Holy trilogy, featuring a gothic fantasy world setting and a heroine inspired by Joan of Arc. Owlkids claims top bunk with Camp Average by Craig Battle, first in a middle grade series about a group of kids that fight back against a hyper-competitive, sports-focused summer camp director by losing at every game they play; My Cat Looks Like My Dad by Thao Lam, which uses comparisons to show that family really is what you make of it; Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History by Alison Matthews-David and Serah-Marie McMahon, providing historical anecdotes and chilling stories of how the fashion industry has harmed over the years; and Love You Head to Toe by Ashley Barron, in which human babies are compared to a variety of newborn animals.
Peachtree Petite has seasons in the sun with Spring Babies and Summer Babies , which round out the quartet of concept board books in the Babies in the Park series by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illus. Morris, which tells the story through comics-style illustrations of how a girl learns to appreciate her lovably lazy cat; Life Sucks by Michael I.
Bennett and Sarah Bennett, providing advice to teens and tweens about how to deal with the inevitable unfairness of life; What Was Stonewall? Dial lets its fingers do the talking with High Five by Adam Rubin, illus.
Cherry, illus. Dutton puts its work gloves on for Dig by A. Razorbill predicts the future with Tarot by Marissa Kennerson, kicking off a fantasy series that reimagines the tarot as an invention of the year-old daughter of a tyrannical king; We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler, the intergenerational story of two teenagers—Victoria, who joins the circus in , and her granddaughter, Callie, who leaves the circus 50 years later; When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry, following a group of teens who find themselves dealing with unexpected powers after a cosmic event in their hometown; Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh, sequel to Reign of the Fallen and featuring the exploits of a necromancer; and The Haunted by Danielle Vega, in which two teenage ghost hunters discover the grisly truth about a haunted house and the ghosts seeking revenge there.
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Rosen, illus. Sticker removal mark from spine and homemade? See Solved Mysteries for details the book doesn't cover! Two children enter the New York subway and suddenly find themselves in a time tunnel that takes them back three hundred years to New Amsterdam where they watch history in the making and compare colonial and modern ways of life.
This is on the Solved Mysteries page. Caroline Emerson, The Magic Tunnel. Thank you for your comments on TheMagic Tunnel, one of my two favorite childhood stories. The mysterious adventure of the storybook children transported from then-present day New York to New Amsterdam via the underground system captivated me and in hindsight, greatly contributed to my own move to New York in , to find adventure, mystery, and, of course, magic.
I'm pretty sure this is it. It has your Jupiter poem on page 64 , but it's copyright The cover is dark blue with a picture of a man covered in stars. It has cool deco-ish illustrations by Luxor Price. Roy Rockwood, Great Marvel series , A long shot, but a series running concurrently with Tom Swift was the Great Marvel series. Some of the earlier titles in the series are available in full text at Project Gutenberg, so they can be checked easily.
It would appear the mystery is solved - I can't imagine that poem showing up in more than one book! Now I have to find a copy!! Thanks so much!!! Lewis, The Silver Chair. I think this might be the one you are looking for. Tolkien, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Has to be too easy. There were 4 books in the original series, published late 's - early 's. A youth gets caught up in a war between the people of his world,including elves, dwarves, etc. While following the dwarves to safety after a battle, he finds armor and weapons that turn out to be enchanted.
His friend is apprenticed to a magician hence the title of the book. Brooks, Terry, The Sword of Shannara, It's a long shot, given the date, but there are elves, dwarves, a magic sword and high adventure! It is neither C S Lewis nor Tolkein. I have just finished reading Sword of Shanarra and can rule that one out.
I have acquired the Feist: Magician Apprentice, and this one looks promising. Raymond Feist, Magician: Apprentice , is definitely the one. My thanks for solving this mystery. The two children in it enter other worlds through a doorway in the attic which connects their houses, and one of the worlds has a red, dying sun. R8 is definetely The Magician's Nephew. The book G5 isn't remotely like The Magician's Nephew. I know the book being refererred to in R It's The Magician's Nephew , the first book in C.
Lewis 's Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the series. Lewis , and is part of the Narnia series. I actually loved these books as a child and recently re-read them, and the plot described in R8 is the same as in The Magician's Nephew. All the Narnia books are worth a second look.
The Chronicles of Narnia. Macmillan, Complete series of seven books. Book Club hardback editions from the sixties see image. Magoose's Grocery , 's. I know this book well. This was a Parent's magazine book club book. H The Magpie's Nest, which shows up in many collections. Here's Joseph Jacobs' edition. I'm not sure which edition you're looking for or if indeed you remember one in an anthology, which broadens the scope considerably. But this is certainly the folk story you're looking for. There are some little differnces, but the general plot line is the same The island and the teacher I agree with the person who thought the answer might be " The Magus" by John Fowles.
Just to give a few more details that might help, the protagonist is Nicholas Urfe. The old man is Conchis. The daughters are Lily and Rose. And there is another woman, who is in the end Nicholas's true love, named Alison. This book was made into a film as well. Conchis, a wealthy estate owner. John Fowles, The Magus. The affair gets more serious than Nicholas can stand, so he leaves her to take a position as an English instructor at the Lord Byron School in the Greek island of Phraxos.
Bored, depressed, disillusioned, and overwhelmed by the Mediterranean island, Nicholas contemplates suicide, then takes to long solitary walks. On one of these walks he stumbles upon the wealthy Greek recluse Maurice Conchis, who may or may not have collaborated with the Nazis during the war and apparently lives alone on his island estate. Inez Irwin, Maida's Little Shop. She makes friends in the nieghborhood, one of whom turns out to be her nanny's grandson from Ireland.
Only I think the diamond was in a necklace Emberley, Ed. This sounds like it could be any of the many drawing books by Ed Emberley. This definitely matches the description, although there may be others as well. I adored this book--you really could make a whole little world, without any particular drawing talent. Have you looked at the Ed Emberly drawing books? There are many and they are in the right time frame. Ed Emberley, Make a World. From description, most likely this one of his many books. Finally back in print. It's one of my favorite gifts for children in elementary school--this book, a big blank book, and a set of markers, with the invitation to "make a world.
My favorite is a child who made an atlas of his "planet. Not sure who was the solver but, I thank you!!! I saw the inquiry about a book with the saying "hay foot, straw foot, left foot, right foot. The author is Jan Margo. All I remember about this book is a little boy who would march around with a paper hat on his head and chant "hayfoot, strawfoot" as he marched.
One I read around about a little boy who would march around with a paper hat singing "Hayfoot, Strawfoot. His sergeant, also a country fellow, asks him if he can tell hay from straw. Of course he can, any durn fool can do that! So Sarge ties a wisp of hay to one foot and straw to the other, and drills him by calling 'hay-foot, straw-foot' instead of 'left, right, left'. His only companions are a dog named Brogla an her puppy Rags. I was enquiring about a book my family read 30 years ago.
It was about a dog named "Rags" who loves his owner, a rancher, very much but is not appreciated by his owner because he is not pure-bred. At one point, the owner's two dobermans? Just after Rags runs off, a boy on the ranch runs up to the owner and tells him the other two dogs started the fight and crying tells him how much Rags loves him. The owner is unable to find Rags no matter how much he looks for him. Finally, they meet in a blizzard and Rags almost dies getting the owner to safety.
Then while Rags is dying the owner lays down with him and tells him over and over how sorry he is and Rags finally gets better. Bannon, Laura. Make Room For Rags. Houghton Mifflin, Illustrated by Vee Guthrie. When the small dog Rags appeared at the farmhouse in the middle of a storm, the family knew they would have to make room for her, for a short time, anyway.
Danny hoped that the place could be permanent, but the more Rags teased the kittens and chased the chickens, the slimmer the chances seemed to be. The description sounds exactly like a book that my teacher read to me in 6th grade, approximately, It was about a man kept in a box in Vietnam and I think the local boy helps him escape to a cave.
Dunn, Marylois, The Man in the Box, I am enjoying rereading it very much. I read that story over and over in eighth grade ! It made me want to learn fencing, though I never did. I keep thinking it is Richard or Robert somebody. If anyone can track down the literature textbook it is in, that would help me solve an earlier book stumper I sent in about a boy named P. This description sounds just like a short story I too had to read for an English class in junior high! The point is that he does this so that the other students won't learn to look up to the arrogant, conflict-loving fencer and come to think of him as the "better" fencer, but instead realize that a peace-loving person could still be the better fighter if need be.
The only problem is, Googling "A Man of Peace" coupled with "short story" doesn't yield any results, so perhaps I've got the title wrong. I'm still thinking about that fencing story now it's driving ME crazy! It was about a fencing master dedicated to the art of fencing who has a student who only fences for the brutality he can put into his game. Nimoy played one of Mr. Faulkner's students. The story was later remade starring James Mason in Mr.
Faulkner's role. Faulkner directed the fencing in this one, and doubled for Mason. This time, the bad fencing student was patterned more along the line of James Dean, as Dean was the reigning "delinquent" at the time. It looks like the story I remember may also have been made into a tv drama.
But I don't know if this is related to the solution sought by the stumper poster, or if it will help the detective work. Lawrence Williams, A Man of Peace , The textbook is out of print, but I was able to find numerous used copies. Someone on one of my loops heard about our query and emailed me. They said this is definitely the book. Looks charming! Thanks anyway!! First Edition, Hardcover "A man who lives at the edge of the woods discovers that he need not rely on the store for a supply of good things to eat. F53 food on trees sounds like H6 hungry walk.
H6 hunger walk: a bit more on the suggested story by Krasilovksy - "A story about a man and his cat who live at the edge of the woods and buy everything to eat from the store. When his friends goes on vacation and he runs out of food, he finds he can live on the garden food he finds in the woods. The cover of the book is white, though, not yellow, with a picture of a plump balding man with a hat and apron, flipping pancakes while his cat looks on.
He's saved and learns his lesson though when it rains and he puts everything outside to get clean at once. What a great site Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Scholastic, , 4th paperback printing, Trade paperback size, some wear, but a clean copy. A man wakes up one day without his head. He carves out substitutes from vegetables - I remember a parsnip and perhaps a pumpkin. But everyone laughs, so he rejects the vegetables.
He carves a head out of wood, and that's better, but he still wants his head back. So a young boy, who is making a ball out of tightly wound rags says he can get the head back. He hits the man with the ball, and the man wakes up with his head back. Story is about a man who wakes up without his head, tries a bunch of things as substitutes including a parsnip, which for whatever reason is etched in my memory. Possibly published by Bobbs-Merrill, since my dad used to work for them and get books through them.
More on the Solved Mysteries page. Paul Gallico, The Man who was Magic, The title isn't "Adam", but the protagonist's name is, and the plot fits. Searching on Google will get you several synopses. I'm pretty sure about this one. Adam appears in the heroine's life and goes to a magicians' convention or similar. He scrambles and unscrambles an egg, and makes a wooden staff burst into bloom white roses.
The other magicians turn him away About a writer who's being sued because of the similarity of one of his characters to a woman named Bibbsy Dibbs. It's written in the form of letters. Bethany House A long-running series with Christian values. The first book is set in , when Mandie is 12 and her father has just died. She runs away to the city and finds her Uncle John, discovering that he and her father are half-Indian. Her father's friend, Uncle Ned, is full Indian.
Lois Gladys Leppard, Mandie series. These sound like the Mandie series, published by Bethany House. Probably more than 30 titles in the series by now, and still in print as far as I know. They're sort of Nancy Drew-type mysteries with an inspirational twist. Set in the NC mountains, although Mandie travels a lot in her adventures.
Lois Leppard, Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. I am positive that you're looking for the Mandie books. The series starts with Mandie and the Secret Tunnel. In that book, Mandie's father dies and she leaves her stepmother and stepsister to find her father's brother. Her Uncle John a Native American who was a friend of her father's, helps her.
She eventually finds her uncle and her birth mother, whose name is Elizabeth. Mandie also has a boyfriend-type character whose name is Joe. This is a mystery series. In later books, Mandie does go to boarding school and eventually, on a trip to Europe. There are twenty-some books in the series. Julie Edwards, Mandy. Could this be Mandy? It sound a lot like it. I'm sure you'll get several other responses to this one, but O20 definitely sounds like Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. Edwards, Julie Andrews, Mandy , , reprinted Really, what does Mandy have to worry about? So it comes as a surprise even to Mandy when a small restlessness begins to grow in her.
This lonely ache sets her to wandering farther afield, and leads her to a startling and wonderful discovery over the orphanage wall--a very old, very small, seemingly abandoned cottage. Embarking on a clandestine domestic fantasy involving gardening tools and soap flakes, Mandy finds herself being less than honest about where and how she's spending her days. Holding her secret closer and closer to her heart, this imaginative dreamer inadvertently endangers her reputation--and her life. There isn't a cottage, but she does get into an off-limits garden and lovingly fixes it up.
And she is orphaned. Julie Andrews may be under Julie Edwards , Mandy. The story is similar to that of "The Secret Garden" but without so much death. I haven't looked at it lately, but it was a favorite of both mine and my sister's. Her 10 year-old daughter also loved it.
Julie Edwards , aka Julie Andrews, Mandy. Wow, a stumper I actually know, and a book I love! You're describing Julie Andrews's first book for children. Hope you enjoy it now as much as you did as a child. This reminds me of a book that I have been looking for too. Is there some kind of windowseat with old curtains that she curls up in and reads while she looks out over the delapidated yard?
Edwards, Julie, Mandy. I think she wrote it for her daughter. I just unpacked my copy from childhood books. Julie Edwards, Mandy, This is a wonderful book, written by the actress Julie Andrews writing under her real name Edwards husband is Blake Edwards. Mandy the orphan finds a deserted cottage in the woods with one room covered in seashells all over the walls and ceiling. She fixes up the house and restores the neglected garden, and ultimately is adopted by the family who owns the land and cottage.
It's a wonderful story. This fits the description, but I seem to recall from another stumper here or elsewhere that there was another book with a similiar theme. Worth taking a look at Mandy, though. Mandy is rescued from her cottage when she falls ill, and eventually is adopted by the family whose estate it's on. From the flyleaf: "For ten-year-old Mandy, the old stone orphanage on the outskirts of the pretty village was the only home she remembered Then one day, when Mandy climbed over the high orphanage wall to explore, there it was--a tiny deserted cottage in a clearing in the woods.
Here at last was her very own, very secret home. She would tidy it up and plant a garden. All through the spring, summer and fall, Mandy worked for--and sometimes "borrowed"--the little things she needed for it. And to guard her secret, she even lied A girl goes exploring and finds an abandoned cottage. She cuts overgrown folliage back and starts tending to the garden. She steals some soap to clean the dusty place. The fireplace or maybe all the walls in one room are decorated with shells. See Solved Mysteries. Dandelion Cottage. This is a book about a little girl who fixes up an old house.
Don't know if it's the same one or not. I am not positive that this is the right book, but the part about the deserted cottage is correct, and I believe I remember a room lined with shells. Julie Edwards aka actress Julie Andrews , Mandy. This is of course Mandy, by the actress Julie Andrews writing under her pen name.
It's on the Solved pages with more descriptions. A great book. Julie Edwards Andrews , Mandy, s. My favorite book of all time! Mandy climbs over the wall of the orphanage and finds this cottage. Lucky for her, it is owned by a wonderfully nice rich couple who discover her one stormy night when she is tending to her cottage but falls very ill.
They take her in and eventually surprise! This one is also a previously solved stumper that i noticed a few days ago. This could be the book Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. Mandy is a girl who lives in an orphanage. She goes exploring on the property next door and finds an abandoned cottage. I believe it has been reissued. Julie Andrews Edwards, Mandy. I have the book on tape read by Julie Andrews Edwards. I believe the book was published in See entry in Solved Mysteries page. She discovers a secret little house and a secret garden and spends time re-doing them both.
I'm almost sure the name Marnie is involved somewhere because that is my middle name. This book was probably not published after because I read it before that date. If you can help, I'd be really grateful! Andrews, Julie, Mandy. How about Mandy instead of Marnie. Ten-year-old Mandy feels lost among the thirty children who live in the old stone orphange.
She dreams of a home of her own, a place where she belongs. When Mandy climbs over the high orphanage wall to explore the outside, she is lucky enough to find a tiny deserted cottage hidden in the forest. With a few "borrowed" items, the cottage becomes a refuge. To guard her secret, Mandy even lies — but when she falls terribly sick, no one knows where she is.
No one, that is, except for a special admirer she didn't know she had. This is probably the book you're looking for Robinson's book "When Marnie Was There," about a lonesome little girl who meets a girl named Marnie, whose real nature remains unexplained? Mandy is an orphan who finds an abandoned cottage in the woods. She cleans up the cottage and brings tools to work on the garden. Julie Edwards, Mandy A wonderful book about a ten-year-old orphan who one day climbs over the wall and discovers a small cottage and garden.
She keeps them a secret, cleaning them and creating a private refuge from the orphanage. Edwards, Julie Andrews, Mandy. Description: "Longing for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret home in a deserted cottage in the village of St. Martin's Green. All through the spring, summer and fall, Mandy worked for--and sometimes 'borrowed'--the little things she needed for it Sounds very similar "Longing for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret home in a deserted cottage in the village of St.
Perhaps you've read them both and are remembering bits of each as one book? When Marnie Was There , maybe? Originally published in , and republished several times since. I think that M is on your Solved Mysteries page. Could you be thinking of Mandy, by Julie Edwards Andrews where orphan Mandy discovers an abandoned cottage and spends a lot of time there? Plot line sounds like the book you are thinking of. Except for the name, this sounds a lot like Mandy It was about a lonely and unhappy girl that climbs over a stone wall and into a forest area where she finds an abandoned cottage.
She spends each day sneaking away over the wall to it, and cleans and sweeps it up and plants a garden, I think they were roses. I can't remember much more than that about it. I hope you can help me because it is driving me crazy. Edwards, Julie Andrews , Mandy. Mandy is an orphan who discovers the cottage in the woods and sneaks away to fix it up. Too obvious, but still. If, instead of climbing over the wall, she might have found a key and gone through a doorway, this could be the one you're looking for.
Mary, with the help of her sickly cousin, Colin, and new friend, Dickon, restores the overgrown garden hidden behind a wall on her uncle's estate, at the same time transforming herself and Colin from miserable, lonely, spoiled children to happy, healthy ones. John, Rainbow Garden.
This wouldn't be Rainbow Garden , would it? A very slightly edgy Christian novel. Single mom realizes daughter Elaine isn't having much of a life in London flat, sends her off to North Wales to board with minister's family. She's shy, gruff and somewhat snooty. The minister's younger children Robin and Frances are nice, but the two older ones Peter and Janet are covertly nasty to her -- they don't even realize it themselves -- because she's not Christian. While exploring alone, she finds a beautiful forest and an abandoned cottage with a garden which she undertakes to fix up.
And this, as Spike Milligan said, is where the story really starts! It's been a year and a half since I posted this question regarding a book that I couldn't remember the title of or the author's name. I'm so happy!! I just wanted to thank you sooooo much for helping me figure that out, I couldn't have done it without you. Illustrated by Judith Gwyn Brown. Harper Collins, , , Another suggestion, though the Munro Leaf seems more likely. Robert Louis Stevenson, The Manse. This book looks likely! Judd, Frances , Mansion of Secrets. A Kay Tracey Mystery.
Abandoned house is filled with secret rooms and passages. Manwolf Fantasy novel or set in Middle Ages in Europe. I read the book in or It starts from the POV of a woman in a village where a knight visits. The knight has a facial disfigurement so he keeps his face covered. She leaves with him and ends up sleeping with him. Rest of book follows their son.
Updated: My brother got it from his middle school library so I think it was a young adult book. I went there but they do not have records from that long ago anymore. At one point the son, now a man, gets thrown into a cage and set in the middle of a town. Everyone gathers and starts to throw things at him.
I borrowed it from the library and read it and yes it is the book. Thank you so much for helping me locate it. It has been bugging me for a couple months now. I love the site and now know if I have any more book questions where to go to get them answered. P81 - Think this is Paul Gallico's Manxmouse - potter makes a mouse without a tail by mistake, which comes to life. Gallico, Paul, Manxmouse. Potter overtired and possibly drunk makes mouse with large ears but not enough clay for tale - somehow comes to life and has adventures.
Thankyou so much for the reply, you truly are a genius! If you do happen to find a copy I'd definitely be interested. Could this be Patricia B. Ardley , Mr. Hedgehog London,? I haven't had any luck tracking down info on Mr. Hedgehog , but appreciate the tip. Lifton, Betty Jean, illus.
NY Norton This fits for date and is an Asian folktale. The plot is similar, except it is foxes. Perhaps there is another version with hedgehogs, or badgers? However, Chio forgets what animal to be and chooses a chicken instead. They are happy and again pass on to become people again and live happily ever after, until the next life. Instead several things go wrong and they end up as a rooster and a chicken.