Good Books for August
BOOK: AGES 3-6
Little Trains by
Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (HarperCollins,
In the spirit of the classic Goodnight Moon with its cozy
and lovingly-rendered sense of security, a streamlined train puffs
off to the west with a tiny toy train as its faithful echo. Adorable
bouncing rhyme with simple art is sure to please.
BOOK: AGES 4-8
Terrifically Tough Tooth by
Charlotte Middleton (Putnam, 32 pp., $12.99)
Tabitha is tormented with her wobbly tooth. Her dangling dilemma
seems unresolvable until she finally sneezes ferociously. A powerful
rite of passage in a child’s life portrayed with empathy and humor.
Dick King-Smith, illustrated by Jill Barton (Candlewick Press,
Spoiled Princess Penelope demands none other than a pig for her
eighth birthday. Fortunately, such a gift comes with an amiable
pig keeper determined to teach the inept royal personages manners
and common good sense.
Charming fantasy for character education.
Henrietta McCall, illustrated by Dave Antram (Fast Forward Series,
Watts, 32 pp., $26.50)
Fantastic ‘split’ visuals—half-leaf pages with changing scenes—illustrate
the ancient Egyptian preparations for burial from the embalming
and dressing of the deceased to the ritualistic funeral processions
and the resting of contents within their tombs.
Vasquez is a media specialist at Orange Brook Elementary School
in Hollywood, Florida. She was formerly a children’s librarian
for the New York Public Library.
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