In the Land of Twilight
Hardbound, Large Format
Illustrated by Marit Tõrnqvist
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Goran has an injured leg and gets bored spending so much time in bed. When his mother turns out the light at dusk, however, Mr. Lilyvale knocks on the window and takes him to the Land of Twilight. Goran and Mr. Lilyvale walk and fly around Stockholm while people from the daytime world are asleep.
Goran drives a trolley and a bus. It doesn’t matter that he has a bad leg in the Land of Twilight. They eat candy that grows on trees in the park, play with bear cubs, and meet a moose. They even visit the King and Queen in the royal palace. At the end of each night’s journey, Mr. Lilyvale takes Goran home just before his mother comes and turns on the light.
This delightful story about the power of the imagination is set in a magical version of Stockholm and painted in beautiful twilight tones.
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales
Retold by Theresa Breslin
Hardbound, Large Format
Illustrated by Kate Leiper
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This beautiful volume is simply one of the finest folklore collections and most alive retellings ever committed to paper, all the better for being enhanced by truly beautiful illustrations that capture the magic, warmth and wonder of these tales. Theresa Breslin has managed to convey each tale in its own voice, while making her telling of it immediate and personal. You can almost hear the fire crackling as she beckons you to come closer and listen.
Here are funny tales, moving stories, and enchanting fairy tales. Soar with the goshawk, dive with selkies and battle with the stoorworm, as each story is brought to life with Kate Leiper's exquisite illustrations that brim with otherworldly beauty.
A wonderful gift, this is a truly stunning book to be treasured for a lifetime and will be enjoyed by parents and grandparents as well as children.
Ages 4 and up, with the understanding that not all of the stories are suitable for the very young, but some are.
Blueberries for Sal
Hardbound, large format, with dust jacket.
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Blueberries for Sal of my all-time favorite children's books. We read it when our children were young so many times that I had to repair the binding to hold the pages together. There's not a much better fate than that for a book, falling apart from so much love.
Out in the rural countryside, Mother and Sal go to Blueberry Hill to gather blueberries to can for the winter. Sal picks her blueberries and drops them one by one, kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk, into her small tin pail. She wanders off, picking and eating more than a bit of what she picks and comes upon a mama bear who is also gathering berries to prepare for the coming winter. Meanwhile, Sal's mother happens upon a little bear, eating along the berry bushes. One does wonder, will the mothers take the right child home?
Of course, in this warm and wonderful story, everyone finds who they are looking for and both parents and their children head to their homes, filled with blueberries and love. The sweet pictures carry this warmth on every page.
Unbeatable for ages 4 and up.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Story and Pictures by Virginia Lee Burton
Complete, unabridged story presented as a 6.75"x 7.5" sturdy board book.
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I think this classic story, one which I grew up with and then shared with my own now-grown children, has a special meaning for our very modern, fast-paced times. Here is a portrait of a wholesome parternship between a human being (Mike) and the machine that allows him to earning a living building things that help other people (Mary Ann, the steam shovel). As they work together canals, roads, and skyscrapers are built that allow people to do an share with each other. But then new, faster machines come along it looks as though Mary Ann is destined for the scrap heap. But Mike and Mary Ann's other friends transform this looming sad fate into a joyous reinvention of Mary Ann's purpose, carrying Mike into a new, still-helpful life as well.
Children have loved this book for almost 80 years for its warm-hearted way of showing how the modern world doesn't have to be a heartless one. I think the time has come for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel to be dusted off and read again to a new generation that needs to hear its story.
Very highly recommend for ages 3 and up.
Just So Stories
Unabridged - all 12 stories included
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Kipling's Just So Stories were among my most favorite books when I was growing up. First, my mother read them to me, then, just as soon as I was able, I would get the book from our library and read them to myself. From start to finish, they always brought laughter, giggles, and wonder that such tales could be told. They even inspired me to make up my own Just So Stories - I regaled my cat with them for days and days on end (not that the cat ever bothered to wake up from his nap to listen, but nonetheless . . .). I just loved them - still do, in fact, and can think of no happier book to share with children.
For children ages 6 and up.
Carl Larsson's Home, Family and Farm
Paintings from the Swedish Arts and Crafts Movement
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What a delightful surprise to find a documentary with such compelling paintings and descriptions of life at Spadarvet for Carl Larsson in his family. Despite not having a "story" in the traditional sense of the word, I find that my children and I are reaching for this book again and again to be transported to the nineteenth century life. We examine all of the details in the pictures, notice what the children are doing, the things in the rooms or the ways they spent their time, captured and recorded in Carl Larsson's beautiful watercolor paintings. I can't recommend them highly enough.
From the publisher:
Carl Larsson is one of Sweden's best-loved artists. His stunning watercolours of his home, family and farm from the end of the nineteenth century are acclaimed as one of the richest records of life at that time. The paintings in this book are a combined collection which depict Larsson's family -- his wife Karin and their eight children -- his home in the village of Sundborn, and his farm, Spadarvet. The accompanying text provides a fascinating insight into Larsson family and farm life, and his painting techniques. Today, over 60,000 tourists a year visit Sundborn to admire Larsson's home and work.
96 pages, 58 color plates, 11 1/2" x 8 1/4", 2014.
Paintings from a Bygone Age
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Another gift for the heart by Carl Larsson. Larsson himself had a very difficult home as a child and thus loved all the more the good home he and his wife created for their own family. These paintings are symphonies of that love and a beautiful, warm addition to any home.
From the publisher:
Carl Larsson is one of Sweden’s best-loved artists. His stunning watercolours of his home and family from the end of the nineteenth century are acclaimed as one of the richest records of life at that time. The paintings in this book all depict Larsson’s home in the village of Sundborn in west Sweden, where he lived with his wife Karin and eight children for many years. The accompanying text provides a fascinating insight into Larsson family life, and Carl’s painting techniques. Today, over 60,000 tourists a year visit Sundborn to admire Larsson’s home and work.
32 pages, 15 color plates, 11 1/2" x 8 1/4", 2006.
The Story of the Snow Children
Sibylle von Olfers
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Poppy is gazing out of the window at the snow when, all of a sudden, she sees that the snowflakes are really little Snow Children dancing and whirling in the garden. Soon, they whisk her away to the Snow Queen’s wintry kingdom.
From the author of The Story of the Root Children, here is another classic children’s story with beautiful illustrations.
The Story of the Root Children
The Story of the Root Children
The Last Little Cat
Drawings by Jim McMullan
Softbound - sweet illustrations
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Meindert DeJong, a Newbery Award-winning author, published The Last Little Cat nearly four decades ago. Now it is back in print to delight us all.
The last little cat was born in a kennel, surrounded by dogs and dog cages and dog noises. The little cat was always half cold and half hungry - until the day it fell into the cage of hte old, blind dog.
Then, for a while, the last little cat was warm, and the last little cat was well fed. But how could such a small cat know that the barn doors are closed at night and that there are people in the world who do not want to help a helpless kitten?
This story of how the last little cat found a home, not just any home but a perfect home, is one that any child will love. It can serve as an early "long book" reader (late 2nd grade, or thereabouts, depending on ability) or a warm and loving "read-to-me" (age 4 and up). A true book for the heart.
The Velveteen Rabbit
NOTE: This edition is out of print. New editions are on their way!
Illustrated by William Nicholson
Original Edition - paperbound
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A story great enough to last a child a lifetime! A gift of love from a child carries life itself to his favorite stuffed bunny.
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real. It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But those things don't matter, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
A. A. Milne
Contains: When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six, Winnie-the-Pooh, and The House at Pooh Corner
Original Illustrations by E. H. Shepard
Hardbound, dust jacketed
Boxed Set - 4 volumes
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Before Disney Studios turned Winnie-the-Pooh into a characature of himself, these stories, illustrated with warmth and love by E. H. Shepard, filled children's and parent's heart with a glowing delight. Fortunately, the originals are still in print and you can discover them, too.
These are the books I grew up on and still love. Whenever I reflect on any of them, I break into a smile and (I'm told) am inclined to begin humming or singing. This is what I hope your children will find, also - a lifetime of delight. Whether they are captivated by such dancing poetry as "James James Morrison Morrison; Weatherby George Dupree; Took good care of his mother; Though he was only three." or whether they giggle their way through Pooh and Piglet's attempts at capturing a Heffalump, it is my belief that such joy will last them a lifetime. "Sing Ho! for the life of a bear!" An essential classic.
The Giving Tree
40th Anniversary Edition with Story CD
Includes Full Story on CD - Delightfully read by the author!
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It’s probably a good idea to read The Giving Tree first - before looking at the photo of the author on the back of the jacket. Shel Silverstein is one of those people who enjoys presenting the world with a clear invitation to see beyond the surface - in this case beyond his hard-core rocker exterior - and into. . .well, we think Shel is probably the warmest hearted, delightfully creative, generous children’s author on the planet. If you haven’t already read this classic, you are in for a treat. We won’t tell you the story so you can discover it yourself, but we will give you a hint: The Giving Tree in the story is exactly like Shel, without the rough exterior. Ages 3 and up for read-aloud; age 7 for read-alone; adults for a gentle reminder of what life is really about.
The Chronicles of Narnia - Complete - Boxed Set
Complete Boxed Set
C. S. Lewis
$45.00Add a review
Our children went to Narnia more times than we can remember and lived and played in that realm for years. It is a wonderful, invigorating journey, filled with high adventure, good friends, and the Beauty that is Truth. We are happy to reintroduce our favorite set: boxed with each story as a separate book. It has been out of print for too many years, and it is lovely to see it return.
For children of all ages, especially ages 5 and up.
The Apple Cake
Nienke van Hichtum
Illustrated by Marjan van Zeyl
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A rich and beautiful story, this one. An old lady sets off to market to buy some apples for her cake, taking a basket of plums to trade along the way. As she travels, she meets one person after another to whom she gives what she has brought and from whom she receives a gift in return. At last, it is too late to reach the market - besides she no longer has the plums to trade! How she comes to have apples for her cake is a story that will inspire warm faith in the goodness of the world. A warming, inspiring story for ages 5-8. Includes a recipe for a delicious apple cake!