Tag Archives: classic children’s books

Beauty and the Beast and the Books

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Beauty and the Beast was a special Disney movie for me.  How could a future librarian not enjoy a story about a book collection bringing two unlikely characters together?

I’ve talked to a number of patrons in the past few days who are very excited about the new live action version of the movie starring Emma Watson.  Hermione is definitely a factor.  For those fans, I would like to bring a little-known DVD to your attention:

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Ballet Shoes was a BBC TV movie based on a book by the same name by Noel Streatfeild.  Three adopted sisters pursue careers in ballet, acting, and aviation.  The book was originally published in the 1930s, but remains a favorite and is still in print today.

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Beauty and the Beast also came out about the time that I discovered Robin McKinley, who writes wonderful fantasy novels with strong female characters.  Her book Beauty is an older title but still a great choice for an older kid or young teen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Birthday on the Prairie

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Author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born 150 years ago on February 7, 1867.  You can read a couple of reflections at the New York Times and Shelf Awareness.  Stay tuned for a special program about Laura Ingalls Wilder this summer!

Some writer!

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/496699113/496755024

James Herriot at 100

Author James Herriot would have been 100 years old this year.  He wrote beloved stories about his experiences as a country veterinarian.  Most of these were published as books for adults, but you can also find picture book versions and collections of stories for children.

Oscar, Cat-About-Town by James Herriot
Ruth Brown, illustrator
Nobody knows why a stray cat keeps sneaking away from his new home until he begins turning up at social events all over the village.

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James Herriot’s Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children
illustrated bu Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett
A collection of the author’s stories for children, including “Moses the Kitten,” “The Market Square Dog,” and “Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb.”  The collection is also available as an audiobook with a slightly different title.

Curious George is 75!

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Did you know that the first Curious George book was published 75 years ago?  Kids still love the curious little monkey.  Here are some photos from our Curious George storytime last month: https://flic.kr/s/aHskJbWZmZ

 

Roald Dahl specials

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Have you ever tried to drink a chocolate river?  You can at our Interactive Family Movie on Sunday, September 18.  When you enter,  you will receive a goody bag with treats to enjoy during the movie.

Saturday, September 24 is our big Roald Dahl Turns 100 Celebration.  You can stop in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for special activities:

You can also bring (or buy) a lunch and enjoy a movie at 12:30 that day!

No registration required; all Roald Dahl programs are drop in to the limit of the room.

Beatrix Potter at 150

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When Ms. Wendy wrote recently that the Winnie-the-Pooh stories hold her mother’s voice, the stories and voice I thought of were my grandpa reading the tales of Beatrix Potter.  Somewhere between 3 children and 4 grandchildren he memorized Peter Rabbit, although I enjoyed the stories most when I could look at the beautiful pictures.

You can find a special display in the library of books by and about Beatrix Potter, to mark 150 years since she was born.  Here are a couple of recommended books about her from the children’s collection:

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My Dear Noel: The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter by Jane Johnson
A letter from Beatrix Potter to a young friend who is ill marks the origin of her famous tales.

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Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of the Borrowed Guinea Pig by Deborah Hopkinson and Charlotte Voake
A neighbor lets a guinea pig model for Beatrix Potter, but the unfortunate pet does not survive an attempt to eat her art supplies.

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Beatrix: Various Episodes from the Life of Beatrix Potter by Jeanette Winter
This simple biography of Beatrix Potter, best known for writing The Tale of Peter Rabbit, includes excerpts from her published letters and journals and reveals why she drew and wrote about animals.

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Beatrix Potter by John Malam
This short biography of Beatrix Potter is especially notable for its photographs and examples of Potter’s writing and drawing.

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Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner
An appealing picture book biography illustrated in a folk art style

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Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box by David McPhail
An introduction to Beatrix Potter as a child features illustrations by another artist known for cuddly-looking animals