The Jolly Christmas Postman

 

Cover of "The Jolly Christmas Postman"

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1991

The Jolly Christmas Postman

text by Allan Ahlberg

illustrations by Janet Ahlberg

Little, Brown and Company: 1991

32 pages

Age: 4+

Interests: mail, Christmas, nursery rhymes

Also by these author/illustrators: The Jolly Postman (or Other People’s Letters), The Jolly Pocket Postman, Each Peach Pear Plum, Burglar Bill

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Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse

by Ursula Moray Williams

originally published by George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1938

253 pp. – 19 chapters

Age: (read to) 4+ ; (independent reading) 7+

Interests: horses, toys come to life, travel, adventures, pirates, circus

by the same author: Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat, The Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse

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The Red Book

The Red Book

by Barbara Lehman

Houghton Mifflin, 2004

32 pp.

Age: 4 +

Interests: wordless books, mystery, travel, books

Also by this author: Museum Trip, Rainstorm, Trainstop, The Secret Box

To Read Next: Flotsam, other puzzling books

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1979

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

by Paul Goble

Simon & Schuster, 1978

32 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: horses, First Nations legends, folktales

Also by this author: Mystic Horse, The Great Race of the Birds and Animals, Star Boy, Death of the Iron Horse, Buffalo Woman, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, Song of Creation, and many others

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Rapunzel

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1998

Rapunzel

by Paul O. Zelinsky

Dutton Children’s Books, 1997

32 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: fairy tales, princesses, witches, magic, romance

Also by this author/illustrator: Rumplestiltskin, The Wheels on the Bus

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Song and Dance Man

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1989

Song and Dance Man

Karen Ackerman, text

Stephen Gammell, illustrations

Alfred A. Knopf, 1988

30 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: family history, grandparents, song and dance, theatre

Other books on family history: They Were Strong and Good, Grandfather’s Journey

Next: pull out the old family photos!

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Ox-Cart Man

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1980

Ox-Cart Man

Donald Hall, text

Barbara Cooney, illustrations

Viking Press, 1979

38 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: history, farming, country life, self-sufficiency, seasons, American history, New England, folk art

Also by this illustrator: Miss Rumphius

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The Woodcutter’s Duck

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1972

The Woodcutter’s Duck

by Krystyna Turska

Macmillan, 1972

32 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: folktales, Poland, country life, ducks, kindness to animals, pets

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Duffy and the Devil

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1974

Duffy and the Devil

text by Harve Zemach

illustrated by Margot Zemach

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973

36 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: folktales, Great Britain, country life, magic, fairy tales

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Why I Don’t Hate the Rainbow Fairies

Fairyland is home to seven colorful sisters. Together, they are the Rainbow Fairies! They keep Fairyland dazzling and bright. But when evil Jack Frost sends them far away, the sisters are in big trouble. If they don’t return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be gray forever!      (blurb for the first series-of-7, The Rainbow Fairies)

The Rainbow Magic books are an addictive, seemingly endless series of early chapter books, written to a precise and repetitive formula, and certain to drive parents up the wall. Amazingly bland and devoid of character development – the two heroines are interchangeable – this franchise should incur my wrath and derision. And it did, at first.

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