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Thursday, February 25, 2010



Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gag
Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling
Minn of the Mississippi (also by Holling) -- could get lost in the illustrations to these books for hours.
The Story of Ferdinand the Bull (don't remember the author)
Stuart Little (E.B. White)
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (first book I read by myself)
-A Little Golden Book (I think) called "The Cold-Blooded Penguin" about a penguin who wanted to live in the tropics
-All of Albert Payson Terhune's books about the Sunnybank collies: "Lad,A Dog," "Lad of Sunnybank," etc.
-Misty of Chincoteague and others by the same author (Marguerite Henry.) Helped that my sister had a Chincoteague pony.
-Walter Farley's "Black Stallion" books
-all the books about "Silver Chief, Dog of the North"
-Animal Farm (read it in second grade -- had NO idea of the politics, just liked the idea of animals taking over)
-Walden (read it in third grade -- made me want to go live in the woods -- as long as I could come home for dinner;-))
--any and all books about turtles, lizards and snakes
-- Nancy Drew books
--Rosemary Sutcliff's books, especially "Eagle of the Ninth" and "Knight's Fee"
-- Perry Mason books (wrote to Erle Stanley Gardner in 4th grade and still have his very nice reply)
-- The Secret Garden (Burnett)
-- The Enormous Egg (Butterworth)

A lot of these still make wonderful read-alouds to kids today.

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