Wonderful Stories

Hoglet the Spineless Hedgehog

Allyson Marnoch

Softbound

Illustrated by Lorraine Ward

$11.95

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Mrs. Hog had already noticed that the fourth baby was the last to do everything. He seemed to be smaller than the rest, but what worried her more than anything was that he had no spines.

Hoglet is a problem hedgehog! With no prickles to defend himself, he needs to overcome his lack of spines and find somewhere safe and warm to hibernate for the winter. Hoglet is a small hedgehog with a big attitude, but will he survive the worsening weather and other wild creatures of the woods?

A heartwarming tale, set in the Scottish countryside, of one little hedgehog’s attempts to conquer adversity with politeness—and a certain amount of luck! This delightful and charmingly illustrated book will appeal to young and old alike.

(Ages 6–10)

Catie Copley

Deborah Kovacs

Hardbound, dust jacketed, filled with charming watercolor illustrations

Illustrated by Jared T Williams

$17.95

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This is a warm and wonderful true-life dog story, sure to make children and adults smile and set off to find a dog to hug.

Catie Copley has a very special job - she is canine ambassador at a big, beautiful hotel in Boston. She lives with Jim, who also works at the hotel, and spends her days in the lobby, sleeping, greeting people, chasing balls, and sleeping some more.

People are always coming and going, and sometimes they require her special skills - such as a really great sense of smell and a dog's-eye view of the hotel - to help them out. When a guest at the hotel loses her favorite bear, Catie knows that her moment of canine glory has come. Not only must she cheer up Tess, but she also has to sneak away to find the bear somewhere in the maze of back rooms before Tess has to go home.

The adventures of Catie Copley are based on the real-life experiences of a small black labrador, originally trained as a guide dog. She had a career change and is now a member of the guest services team at the storied Fairmont Copley Plaza, where she shares her unique breed of hospitality daily.

A portion of the proceeds from this book benefit the Association for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Ages 7 and up.

Catie Copeley's Great Escape

Deborah Kovacs

Hardbound, dust-jacketed, filled with warm and lovely watercolor illustrations

Illustrated by Jared T. Williams

$17.95

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Another delightful, heartwarming tale of Catie Copely, the true-life Canine Ambassador.

Catie Copley is a black Labrador retriever who lives an unusual life as Canine Ambassador at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston. Her job includes welcoming guests, taking them for walks, and helping Jim at his job as the hotel's Chief Concierge. Santol, who trained as a guide dog, just like Catie, is her canine counterpart at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada.

Catie, a very lady-like dog, is surprised when, one day, a large, furry, black-and-white intruder snatches her toy lobster and runs away with it. She is taken aback, but once she gets to know the rambunctious Santol they become firm friends. When Jim drives Santol back to Canada, Catie is very excited to go too.

This is Catie's first vacation and her first time in a strange city where they speak a different language. Santol introduces her to a famous goat, a friendly horse, a clumsy juggler, and intriguing new foods and smells. Catie finds that there is a lot of opportunity for adventure... maybe a little too much adventure.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book in America will be donated to NEADS / Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, based in Princeton, Massachusetts. Since 1976, NEADS has trained more than 1,000 service dogs to assist deaf or physically disabled individuals.

Ages 7 and up.

The Tyger Voyage

Richard Adams

Illustrated by Nicola Bayley

Hardbound, dust jacketed, large format

$15.95

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This is one of the most delightful children's books I've come upon in a while.  Richard Adams (better known as the author of Watership Down), has created a fantasy that will have everyone in the family smiling and chuckling from beginning to end.  To add to the fun, the entire story is told in humorous rhyming quatrains, matched perfectly by Nicola Bayley's superb paintings.

A gentleman tyger and his son set sail in a rather dubious boat into the timeless unknown.  Together they roam across the seas, through jungles, past ice-covered mountains and erupting volcanoes to be rescued at last by a troupe of gypsies.  Eventually they return in triumph to Victorian England with many an extraordinary tale to tell.

Just right for anyone age 7 and up.

The Tenth Good Thing about Barney

Judith Viorst

Illustrated by Erik Blegvad

Softbound

$6.99

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I found this book at our veterinary's office while I was waiting with our bird, Chipper, for an appointment.  Fortunately for me, the doctor was running a bit late, so I was able to read the whole book.  After drying my eyes, a smile lingered, and I knew we had to offer this gem to others.  It is just that good, and it is a beautiful book to share with any child who has lost an animal friend.

Barney the Cat dies on a Friday, leaving the small boy who is his friend very sad.  The boy's mother and father create a special funeral for the cat and ask the boy to think of ten good things about Barney so that he can tell them at their backyard ceremony.  But the boy can think of only nine . . . until he discovers the tenth while talking to his father, and begins to understand.

Very highly recommended.

Cat, What Is That?

Tony Johnston

Softbound

Paintings by Wendell Minor

$9.95

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In answer to the question, What is a cat?, Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor have created a a loving and lovely tribute to our feline friends in clever, teasing verse and minutely observed paintings. These playful meditations invite us to explore the many moods and passions of tabbies and calicos, animals whose familiarity belies their everlasting mystery. From a tiny gray kitten eyeing a goldfish to a fat marmalade lolling on the sofa, here is a panorama of pleasures for any cat lover.

For cat lovers of any age - a sweet, warm book to share with young and old.

In the Land of Warminess

Treska Lindsey

Interior spiral bound - large format

$16.00

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A long, long, long, very long time ago lived Tiny One, a little boy whose father had a great deal of trouble being happy.  As a result, whenever other dads played with their children, or said, "Wowee!" when their kids chopped wood, Tiny One's dad just sat in his cave blowing smoke rings.  When Tiny One showed his dad owls, foxes, even field mice taking loving care of their children, his dad just mumbled, "Ho-hum."

But the one day Tiny One wandered into the Land of Warminess, a place where the Woollymoms lived.  When they found Tiny One and heard about his sad father and how sad Tiny One's life was, they gathered round, creating warminess everywhere and setting things right.

This is a beautiful story about the nature of love, about happiness and about how to find it and make it your own.  I can hardly wait to share it with my grandchildren!*

*When I do share it with them (they are not quite old enough yet), I will be doing a wee bit of bowdlerizing.  I plan to call the Woollymoms "Woollywarms."  I don't think it is only dads who get too sad to be happy and enthusiastic with their children, and it is certainly not only moms who create warmth in a family.  But I do think this is a beautiful story, filled with love and power.  And I hope that many, many children get to hear it and love it as I do.

Sarah and Simon and No Red Paint

Edward Ardizzone

Hardbound, dustjacketed

Lovingly illustrated by the author

$17.95

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Here is the story of two children, Sarah and Simon, whose father is a painter, and who live with their parents and baby brother in a big room called a Studio. Their father is talented, but unacknowledged, and so the family is poor, though very happy. When the story opens, the father is painting his masterpiece. Sarah and Simon are good little helpers and spend their time doing chores and visiting their favorite place in town: the old second-hand bookshop with its kind owner. Soon the masterpiece is almost finished, except for the bit of red paint needed to complete it, and even the dealer agrees to buy it if it were finished the next day. But there is no more red paint, and no more money left with which to buy it. So Sarah and Simon set out to help their father, and to their surprise, end up reconciling their family with an estranged uncle and restoring the family fortune as well—all with the help and kind solicitation of the bookshop owner…

This is the sort of story that comes along only once in a while.  It is sweet yet geniune and forthright, insightful yet just right for children.  And it is beautifully illustrated and warmly told.

Highly recommended for ages 6 and older.

Edward Ardizzone, born in 1900 in French Indochina, became a war artist during World War II. He illustrated more than twenty children's books including classics by Dickens, Mark Twain, Dylan Thomas and Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda series.

Findus Moves Out

Sven Nordqvist

$22.00

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Every day at four o'clock in the morning, Findus the cat likes to jump up and down on his bed. He wakes Farmer Pettson, who tells him to stop. Because cats really need their early morning exercise, Findus decides to find a house of his own where he can jump and bounce when he likes. But jumping on beds is one thing – living without Pettson is quite another….maybe they can come to a compromise?

Another really dear tale of Findus and Pettison - very highly recommended!

Findus Goes Camping

Sven Nordqvist

Hardcover, large format

$22.00

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Findus is back and headed for the great outdoors with Farmer Pettson.  The fun and delight continue with the newest of Findus's adventures.

Old man Pettson was looking for a bag of fishing floats in the attic.  Findus jumped on a large green canvas sausage, which bounced him downstairs.  "Why do you have such dangerous sausages lying about in the attic?" scolded Findus.

"That's a tent," Pettson said.  He started to dream how much fun it would be to camp by the lake and grill fish over the fire as the sun set . . .

That's not exactly how things turn out.  But Findus, Pettson and the hens try camping -- in the garden.

Wonderful!

Pancakes for Findus

Sven Nordquist

Hardbound, Large Format

$22.00

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Farmer Pettson was a little odd - or at least that's what his neighbors said. But he went about his life happily, working on his farm and enjoying the company of his cat, Findus.

Findus had three birthdays each year - because it was much more fun that way. And on every birthday, Farmer Pettson made Findus a big stack of pancakes.

But one birthday, it seemed to Findus that he was never going to get his pancakes - first Pettson had to find some eggs and clean them, then he had to fix a punctured bicycle tire, then find his keys and distract a bull. When all this was done, he then had to bike all the way into town for some flour. Findus was getting pretty tired of waiting . . . and then the fun began in earnest!

Delightful!

Ages 4-8.

Findus and the Fox

Sven Nordqvist

Hardcover, large format

$22.00

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Findus the Cat is one of my all-time favorite "book friends."  It's hard for me to imagine a child who wouldn't fall head over heels in love with Findus the moment they meet.

There's a hen-hunting fox on the loose. But Farmer Pettson and his quirky cat Findus agree that foxes should not be killed—they should be tricked. Farmer Pettson and Findus come up with an unforgettable plan that leads to an explosive, unforgettable night.

(Ages 5–8)

Where Is My Sister?

Sven Nordqvist

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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How does one keep up with a sister who is disappearing all the time? She says that the world is so big, there are so many fantastic new things to see...and then suddenly, she’s gone.

But little brother might know where she is. He knows her best. And if you like, you can help him. Search through the landscapes of her dreams, in places you've never seen or even imagined before.

In this magnificent picture book, printed in a special, extra-large format, Sven Nordqvist invites you on a balloon journey through a fabulous fantasy world. The sister is hidden on each richly illustrated spread. Can you find her? This is an art book for both children and adults—with stunning pictures, a poetic text, and subtle art historical references.

(Age 3 and up)

Flash the Sheepdog

Kathleen Fidler

Softbound

$12.00

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When I was young, I think I must have read every single dog story available, from the classics like Lassie Come Home to modern stories like Champion Dog, Prince Tom and much more. I loved dogs then and now and think there is indeed something very special about the bonds human beings and dogs can form, and about the nature of the various breeds. Fascinating stuff, great for growing up on.

Flash is a book I would have loved at that time, a terrific story that combines all sorts of knowledge about dogs, sheep, farms and life itself. I so enjoy knowing that children in our day can be introduced to the joys of rambling along the hillside with a good dog at one's side.

*****

Tom Stokes is an orphan. His sister is going to America to get married—but where can he go? They remember an uncle and aunt they scarcely know living in the borders of Scotland. After the city bustle of London, Tom finds his uncle's farm barren and lonely. How can he adjust to such a life? Help comes in the form of a sheepdog puppy, and his loneliness is quickly forgotten as Tom realizes the dog is his to love and train—maybe to be a champion!

And so begins his adventurous and challenging life on the hill farm with his new friend Elspeth and sheepdog Flash. Then his sister writes that Tom can come and live with her in America, and he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life...

(Ages 6-9)

The Cat Who Decided

Margaret Forrester

Softbound

$11.95

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Why doesn’t anyone want the mixter-maxter kitten? The little striped cat is on a journey—sent from the farm to the city and passed from owner to owner. No one seems to love him just as he is.

Finally, he moves into the tall house in Edinburgh and finds his name—Mac— and life gets more interesting. He makes friends with two musical ladies next door and discovers he likes Bach, as well as cat treats. He has many adventures as he explores. Then, just when he begins to feel settled, unsettling things start to happen. Will he ever find someone to love him for always?

A sweet tale for ages 6–8

Goldie at the Orphanage

Martha Sandwall-Bergström

Illustrated by Eva Stålsjö

Hardbound

$14.95

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Shipwrecked as a baby, Goldie goes to live in an orphanage where her golden hair gets her into trouble. Then a new girl called Lotta arrives and Goldie starts to have more fun, until the time comes for them to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. What will happen to the two friends now that Lotta is going away with a stern older couple, while Goldie is to go with a kindly farmer?

The lively illustrations bring out the warmth and vivacity of Goldie. This story is sure to enchant children ages 6-8

The Swiss Family Robinson

Johann D Wyss

Unabridged

Softbound

$4.99

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Here's a story that can bring an element of adventure and fantasy to the "house building" theme of the Waldorf third grade. Between the ninth year (age 8) and about age 10, children experience a sense of uncertainty when they look about the world. A lot is changing for them, and one of the biggest changes is that they now feel separated from the world in a way that is new to them.

The themes of the Waldorf third grade answer that uncertainty by focusing first on the Old Testament stories of wandering in the desert followed by the entry into the Promised Land and the ultimate "house building," that of the Temple in Jerusalem. Then, house building and farming become more concrete and personal within the theme: often, actually houses are built, garden plots tended and books such as Farmer Boy are read.

It is somewhere during or after this second half of the year that a book like Swiss Family Robinson can be a real treat. Here is a family who is shipwrecked and must start from scratch with no one but themselves on a desert island. Their resourcefulness and adventures are just the ticket for any child during this time. I can remember nearly devouring the book when I was about nine - I must have read it three or four times that year. Even the parts that are a bit far-fetched (how did Mother manage to put everything they'd need into that one bag, anyway?) make perfect sense to a child (after all, doesn't God always provide?), and the characters are all admirable and vigorous.

This is another favorite from my own childhood - I hope your children enjoy it as much.

Puck the Gnome

Jakob Streit

Softbound

$15.00

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Written by master storyteller, Jacob Streit, Puck the Gnome is one of the most delightful children·s stories to appear in quite awhile. Puck is a hard-working fellow whose one foot faces forward while the other faces backward (something many of us can relate to, I suspect). Streit's delightful tale illuminates the world of the hard-working gnomes through the courage and antics of the one who's literally coming and going at the same time. The moral insights, wisdom, humor, and true goodness found in Puck·s adventures will delight both children and adults. The illustrations by Georges Feldmann are truly magical.

Comet in Moominland

Tove Jansson

Softbound

$7.99

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When Moomintroll learns that a comet will be passing by, he and his friend Sniff travel to the Observatory on the Lonely Mountains to consult the Professors. Along the way, they have many adventures, but the greatest adventure of all awaits them when they learn that the comet is headed straight for their beloved Moominvalley.

It's more than 40 years since Jansson's Moomintrolls first appeared. I found the writing and invention as appealing as ever. She has a thistledown touch.

- Michel Landsberg, The Washington Post Book World

Moominland Midwinter

It's a brave new world for Moomintroll!

Tove Jansson

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$6.99

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Everyone knows that Moomins sleep through the winter. But this year, Moomintroll has woken up early. So while the rest of the family slumber, he decides to visit his favorite summer haunts. But all he finds is this strange white stuff. Even the sun is gone! Moomintroll is angry: whoever Winter is, she has some nerve. Determined to discover the truth about this most mysterious of all seasons, Moomintroll goes where no Moomin has gone before.

Moominpappa at Sea

Anchors aweigh for adventure!

Tove Jansson

Softbound

$7.99

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Even the Moomin family need a change of scenery sometimes, so they're off to live in a lighthouse on a tiny island. As Pappa, Mamma, Moomintroll, Little My, and the icy Groke discover their new home - facing wind, wave, and weather of all sorts - they also discover surprising, and surprisingly funny things about themselves.

Moominpappa's Memoirs

Moominpappa tells all!

Tove Jansson

Softbound

$6.95

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At last it can be told! The true story of Moominpappa's youth - his triumphs, his tribulations, and his momentous meetings with the Joxter and the Muddler (the fathers of Snufkin and Sniff, respectively), and, of course, Moominmamma.

Moominvalley in November

Tove Jansson

Softbound

$5.95

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Remembering the geniality of Moominpappa and Moominmamma, six lonely friends find their separate ways back to the loving household. But the Finn family Moomintroll is gone, and the November gloom of the visitors deepens. Although none of the six is a sociable creature, they more or less put up with each other, and, perhaps recalling the warmth of the family, they eventually learn how pleasant communal life can be.

"The highly subtle narrative is frequently pure poetry."

- The Horn Book

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The Table Where Rich People Sit

The Table Where Rich People Sit

Byrd Baylor

Illustrated by Peter Parnall

$6.99

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Mountain Girl can see that her family is poor - and she can see that her parents aren't even sensible enough to notice. So, she calls a family meeting to discuss the problem. As her family sits around their homemade (from discarded lumber) kitchen table, her parents say they are rich. They begin to count up the value of the things they have. How much is it worth to be able to see the sky all day and feel the wind and smell the coming rain? Or to watch a cactus bloom or to sleep outside under the stars? After a while, Mountain Girl begins to realize that money may not be a important as she thought. A wonderful story that beautiful shows the difference between freely-chosen simplicity and poverty - ages 7 and up.