The Runaway Bunny
Margaret Wise Brown
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"Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, "I am running away." "If you run away," said his mother, "I will run after you. For you are my little bunny." And so begins one of the best young children's books of all time. For no matter where the little bunny can think to run, his mother shows him that she will always come after him, always be waiting for him. This book is pure warmth between two covers. My children loved this story long after they had outgrown it - yours will, too.
English Language Edition
Can be paired with Spanish Language Edition
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This is one of the all-time warmest stories every written for children - one that still catches my heart strings even though it has been years since my children and I basked in its glow.
Lisa is a girl who lives with her mother in a big-city apartment. One day while she and her mother are shopping in a big department store, she spots Corduroy, the cuddliest of stuffed bears, on a shelf and falls in love with him. Her mother can't afford to get him for Lisa just then, so she bids a sad farewell to her dear Corduroy. Corduroy is sad too, and decides to go on an after-hours hunt through the department store in search of a button to replace the one missing on his overalls. His adventures and Lisa's return will captivate you and your children. And, if you're anything like me, they'll live in your heart a long, long time.
Spanish Language Edition
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Identical to Corduroy, but with text in Spanish.
The Lonely Lake
(Der Einsame See)
An English/German Dual Language Story of the Seasons in the North Country
Charming pen and ink drawings by the author
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Arnold Zimmermann was not only the husband of master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann, he was a wonderful teller of stories and lover of nature. His many children's books delighted our own children years ago -- it's a warm pleasure to be able to offer them to a new generation of young people.
The Lonely Lake/Der Einsame See is much more than an interesting way to experience English and German together. It is a sensitive and engaging observation of the life that guides and animates Nature through all the seasons. With simple yet evocative prose, Zimmermann shares with us the events large and small as they occur among nature's inhabitants and guests at the lonely lake. What he has accomplished in this gentle and warm telling is reminiscent of the Burgess Nature Stories, but there is something in Zimmermann's tale that I have always missed in Burgess -- a real sense for the Love that underlies all Life; a sense of the sheer Majesty of the natural world.
This is a book that would work equally well as a nature study or a German text -- what a lovely way to integrate the two!
For those teaching German (or wanting to learn it!), I would place the prose at an 'early intermediate' level. Here's a sample, first in English and then in German to help you judge for yourself:
Toward evening, which came early now, the storm abated. The dark clouds slid down the horizon and let the stars come out.
A Brightness appeared behind the steep hill in the North and spread upward, covering half the dome of the night sky. and now it condensed into green-golden curtains which silently folded and unfolded, sending strong beams of white light to the very top of the sky.
The northern lights were playing their silent, intricate ballet which is a a prelude to the dance of the little spirits of the North that sweeps over hills and woods and streams and lakes.
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Gegen Abend, der jetzt frueh kam, liess der Sturm nach, die dunklen Wolken glitten ueber den Horizont hinunter und liessen die Sterne erscheinen.
Eine Helligkeit erschien hinter dem steilen Huegel im Norden und erstreckte sich aufwaerts ueber die Haelfte des naechtlichen Himmelsdomes.
Und nun verdichtete sich diese Helligkeit in gruen-goldene Vorhaenge die sich schweigend falteten und wieder entfalteten. Intensive Strahlenbuendel weissen Lichtes schossen bis zum Himmelsdach.
Die Nordlichter brachten ihr stummes, durchwobenes Ballet zur Schau, das Vorspiel zum Tanz der kleinen Geister des Nordens ist, der ueber Huegel und Wald und Fluss und See fegt.
Arnold Zimmerman is also the author of The Tale of Alain.
Frog and Toad are Friends
When my son was having difficulty reading in second grade, his teacher suggested I get him a copy of Frog and Toad Are Friends as an enticement for him to learn this skill. It worked! Frog and Toad Are Friends is such an engaging, warming story that it pulled him right along into the world of the written word. Whether they're telling stories, taking walks, or writing letters, Frog and Toad always help each other out, just like all best friends. There are five great stories about their adventures in this book - each of them written for young readers in grades 1-3.
Days with Frog and Toad
Good friends like Frog and Toad enjoy spending their days together. They fly kites, celebrate Toad's birthday, and share the shivers when one of them tells a scary story. Here are five funny stories that celebrate friendship all day, every day. A great way to introduce boys and girls to reading - grades 1-3 level, approximately.
The Woman Who Outshone the Sun
La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol
A duel language book
From a poem by Alejandro Cruz Martinez
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The Woman Who Outshone the Sun is a Mexican legend of Lucia Zenteno, a beautiful woman who arrives in a mountain village with an iguana at her side and hair so glorious it outshines the sun. How the villagers react to her extraordinary presence - and how she responds to them - form this story, beautifully retold in both English and Spanish. For reading to children in their mother tongue, ages 4-5 and up. For children to practice English or Spanish as a second language, at the end of the first year of instruction to the middle of the second year.
Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas - La Abuelita Fine y sus sombrillas maravillosas
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Illustrated by Geronimo Garcia
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Grandma Fina is one of those people blessed with eyes that see only what is wonderful - including the torn and tattered yellow umbrella she uses to shade herself from the sun. As she walks down the street, she greets her children and grandchildren and neighbors, who always love to stop and chat with her. But everyone of them secretly thinks that Grandma Fina's yellow umbrella is not wonderful and needs to be replaced. On her birthday, she receives a new umbrella from each of them - what will she do with so many umbrellas? The answer is a warm and joyous delight, sure to be loved in your child's mother-tongue by anyone over 4. As an early reader in Spanish as a second language, it is suitable for the second or third year. As an early reader in English as a second language, it is appropriate for the third year. A great story whenever it is read!