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A family guide to classic novels, contemporary fiction, myths and legends, science fiction and fantasy, folktales, Bible stories, picture books, biographies, holiday stories, and many other books that celebrate virtues and values.
When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor, he is rewarded for his honesty.
In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by.
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.
Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.
A widow sends her child into the forest to protect her from an approaching war. The girl is led by her guardian angel past menacing cliffs and chasms to the house of Saint Joseph with whom she lives for three days. Before she goes back to the village, Saint Joseph gives her a rosebud as a symbol of her return to paradise
When the emperor is imprisoned in a high tower, his smallest daughter, whom he has always ignored, uses her kite to save him.
Two rascally weavers convince the emperor they are making him beautiful new clothes, visible only to those fit for their posts, but when he wears them during a royal procession, a child recognizes that the emperor has nothing on.
A child praises God for the beauty of nature.
As she is preparing a special angelfood cake for her mother's birthday, a girl is surprised by three angels who have dropped in for a taste.
A young Tewa Indian describes the homes, customs, work, and strong communal spirit of his people.
In Zemach's spritely retelling of a Yiddish folk tale, this Caldecott Honor book depicts the pandemonium that ensues when, acting on his rabbi's advice, a poor man moves his farm animals into his already overcrowded hut.
Having once had his heart broken, Jack keeps it in a bucket safe from harm until one day a young maiden asks him to solve a riddle which teaches him the true meaning of love.
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
Wilde's classic tale tells of a once selfish giant to whose previously forbidden garden Spring would not return until he opened it to Christ, who appears in the guise of a little child.
A retelling of a traditional Indian tale in which a discontented stonecutter is never satisfied with each wish that is granted him. After each of his wishes is granted, the stonecutter is surprised to find that he is still discontented. As a rich merchant, he longs to be an even richer king; as the wind, he longs to be an immovable mountain. Finally, he realizes that stone by stone, even a mountain is nothing compared to a stonecutter,'' and having become a stonecutter again, he is truly happy.
The author recalls growing up in her grandparents' home in the Appalachian Mountains before the days of television and other modern conveniences. Rylant uses the same setting in Miss Maggie.