Fiction, paperbacks, book boxes for kids this year
by Leanne Italie Corace. classic stories.
Board book versions of Little * The Owl and the Pussycat (Kids
Box sets of popular series, off-kil- Pea, Little Hoot and Little Oink, all Can Press, $16.95) by Edward Lear
ter encyclopedias and beloved clas- packed with life lessons on dinner, and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch.
sics in special editions make books bed and cleaning up. Babies might Ink-and-watercolor interpre-
a good way to take the edge off all not care but toddlers will. Good for tation of Lear's text portrays
the electronic games and plastic slightly older kids, too. the lovers from opposite
toys that wash ashore for kids at the Also: sides of the track in a disap-
holidays. * Board book ver-
And there's the price tag. sions of Goodnight
Children's and young adult book Moon, We're Going
sales were up in the early part of the on a Bear Hunt,
year, according to the American Brown Bear, Brown
Association of Publishers, and book Bear, What Do You
sellers see a glimmer of hope for the See? and The Very
holidays. Hungry Caterpillar.
"What I'm hoping is that this hol- Any person who had
iday season will not be as bad as the a baby shower proba-
last one in which there seemed to be bly received one or
a lot of people pulling back and more of these clas-
scaling back really rapidly," said sics, but they get bat-
Michael Norris, a senior analyst for tered and go missing.
the media and publishing research AGES 4-8
firm Simba Information. "Parents * Peter Rabbit
understand the value of a book." Naturally Better
Some suggestions: Classic Gift Set
AGES 0-3 (Penguin, $19.99)
* A Pop-Up Book of Nursery original and author-
Rhymes (Simon & Schuster, $26.99) ized editions by
by Matthew Reinhart. Beatrix Potter.
Look for this gem in the Little With color illustra-
Simon Classic Collectible Pop-Up tions in editions
series to avoid serious sticker shock small enough for lit-
over a far pricier limited edition. tle hands: The Tale of
Intricate paperwork with multiple Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Mr. proving world. They shed
pops per page. Fifteen rhymes in all. Jeremy Fisher, The Tale of Tom masks and sail away to find
* The Nursery Rhyme Book: Kitten and The Tale of Jemima happiness among a more
Remember the Rhymes of Yesterday Puddle-Duck. accepting crowd.
(Scholastic, $9.99) illustrated by * Jan Brett's Snowy Treasury Also:
Anne Anderson and Lisa Jackson, (Penguin, $29.99 * The Lion & the Mouse by
compiled by Helen Cumberbatch. Richly illustrated with four of Jerry Pinkney. No words with
Portable classics for new or other- Brett's most memorable stories set lush illustrations of popular
wise sleep-deprived parents who in chilly Switzerland, the Ukraine, Aesop fable. $16.99.
need help conjuring ALL the words Denmark and the Arctic. Included: * Creature ABC (Chronicle,
to Little Miss Muffett or Twinkle, Gingerbread Baby, The Mitten, The $19.99) by Andrew
Twinkle, Little Star. Nearly 100 Hat and The Three Snow Bears. Zuckerman. Elegant, simple
rhymes. * Aesop's Fables (Sterling, alphabet using wildlife pho-
* A Children's Treasury of Poems $16.95) retold by John Cech and tography on stark, white back-
(Sterling, $12.95) illustrations by illustrated by Martin Jarrie. grounds.
Linda Bleck. Bite-size animal parables, accom- * Fancy Nancy:
Oversized board book merrily panied by sweeping folk-art style Splendiferous Christmas by
illustrated with work of Robert illustrations that are far more fanci- Jane O'Connor. New story.
Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, ful than fearsome. Each animal $17.99.
Edward Lear and more. Nineteen story includes the life lesson Aesop * Wink: The Ninja Who
poems. intended. Wanted to be Noticed by J.C.
* How Do Dinosaurs Love Their * Winnie the Pooh Deluxe Gift Phillips. Boyish take on being
Cats (Scholastic, $6.99) by Jane Box (Dutton, $99.95) by A.A. Milne proud of who you are. $15.99.
Yolen and illustrated by Mark with one volume by David * Yummy: Eight Favorite
Teague. Benedictus. Originals illustrated by Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins.
Delightful look at caring for kit- Ernest H. Shepard and new sequel $18.99. Big, bold illustrations.
ties with dinosaurs that are nurtur- by Mark Burgess. * Alice in Wonderland
ing, lovable and not at all scary. Nicely illustrated hardcover box (Templar, $24.99) by Lewis
* A Little Books Boxed Set set of five volumes, including Carroll, box edition with
(Chronicle, $19.99) by Amy Krouse Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, unique illustrations from fan-
Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen the first authorized sequel to the tasy artist Rodney Matthews.
Parenting Gift Book
Chicago Defender • ChicagoDefender.com
• December 9-15, 2009
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