The Trumpeter of Krakow

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1929

The Trumpeter of Krakow

by Eric P. Kelly

Age: 8+

Interests: medieval history, Poland, Krakow, adventure, action, religion, science

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Roller Skates

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1937

Roller Skates

by Ruth Sawyer

Age: 8+

Interests: strong girls, history, New York City, city life More

The Post Office Cat

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1976

The Post Office Cat

by Gail E. Haley

Age: 4+

Interests: cats, history, London, post office

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When Jessie Came Across the Sea

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1997

When Jessie Came Across the Sea

Amy Hest, text

P. J. Lynch, illustrations

Age: 6+

Interests: history, ship, travel, immigration, American history, New York City, sewing, romance

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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

by Chris Riddell

Macmillan, 2007

171 pp.

Age: 6+

Reading Level: 8+

Interests: mysteries, adventure, travel, strong heroines, fashion, clever plans and maps

Next: Ottoline At Sea, Ottoline Goes to School

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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2004

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

by Mordicai Gerstein

Roaring Brook Press, 2003

34 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: history, biography, street performers, New York, circus

Next: another book about tightrope walking – Mirette on the High Wire; another true story of daring – The Glorious Flight

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City Lights (1931)

City Lights

Black & white, Silent

Released: 1931

Rated: G

Length: 87 min.

Age:  6+           commonsense.org sez:  8

Scary factor:  Guns are brandished, especially during burglary, but more for comedic effect – no harm is done.

Violence:  General slapstick knock-about humour. The Tramp is (cleanly) knocked unconscious in the boxing ring.

Questionable behaviour: drinking and drunken behaviour (including reckless driving) for humour; smoking cigars; wealthy drunk friend is suicidal in several instances

Interests: silent movies, history, city life, love story, money and class

Next: The Gold Rush, Modern Times, Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior

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Madeline’s Rescue


CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1954

Madeline’s Rescue

by Ludwig Bemelmans

New York: Viking Press, 1953

50 pp.

Age: 2+

Interests: Paris, poetry, dogs, boarding schools

Also by this author: Madeline, Madeline and the Bad Hat, Madeline and the Gypsies

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Charley, Charlotte and the Golden Canary

Charley, Charlotte and the Golden Canary

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1967

by Charles Keeping

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967

31 pp.

Age: 4 +

Interests: birds, cities, London

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Clown

by Quentin Blake

London: Jonathan Cape, 1995

29 pp.

Age: 3 +

Interests: toys, clowns, city

Also by this author: All Join In, Mister Magnolia

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