Eloise

subtitle: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

Kay Thompson, author

Hilary Knight, illustrator

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955

65 pp.

Age: 5 and up        (read full review: some may find content alarming!)

Interests: New York, hotels, room service, strong girls, bad behavior

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Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2002

Bob Graham, author and illustrator

Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2002

29pp

Ages: 3+

Interests: fairies, city life, family, magic

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The Little House

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1943

The Little House

Virginia Lee Burton

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942

40 pp

ages 2 +

Interests: machinery, cars, construction, country living, the seasons, and what life was like long ago…

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Make Way for Ducklings

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1942

Make Way for Ducklings

Robert McCloskey

New York: Viking Press, 1941

62 pp

ages 2 and up

Interests: birds, ducks, public parks, Boston

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Mary Poppins (1964)

Mary Poppins

Rated: G
Length: 139 min.
Age: 2 and up.

[ Commonsense Media sez: 6 and up! However they also say: “Parents need to know that this is a fine movie for children of any age.”  I suspect the age 6 is recommended primarily for full plot comprehension, ie. the business at the bank, the suffrage movement, etc. ]

Scary factor: Nonexistant. A movie with no jeopardy! No violence! No villain! The only potential trouble spot, and one which bothered my daughter, was when dotty old Admiral Boom shoots fireworks at the chimney sweeps (none are hit, it’s all colour and noise). My daughter’s alarm, however, was due to a previous experience with noisy fireworks. We simply muted the sound during that scene until she decided she wasn’t scared anymore.

Interests: song and dance, magic

Next: for song and dance, how about the That’s Entertainment compilations, full of great sequences from MGM musicals. For more Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke, Sound of Music or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, though they’re more suitable for older audiences.

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