Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

Gay-Neck

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1928

Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

Age: 8+

Interests: birds, India, jungle, animals, war, religion, Buddhism More

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A Story A Story

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1971

A Story A Story

an African Tale retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley

Atheneum, 1970

32 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: folktales, Africa, animals, gods

Also by this author/illustrator: The Post Office Cat

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Once a Mouse…

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1962

Once a Mouse…

subtitle: A Fable Cut in Wood

by Marcia Brown

Simon & Schuster, 1961

30 pp.

Age: 4 +

Interests: mice, animals, folktales, India, magic, art, philosophy

Also by this author: Stone Soup, Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper

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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1976

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

by Verna Aardema

illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon

New York: Dial Books, 1975

28 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: jungle animals, African folktales, mosquitoes

Also by this author: Who’s in Rabbit’s House?, Oh Kojo! How could you!

Also by these illustrators: Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

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Horton Hears a Who (2008)

Rated: G

Length: 86 min.

Age: 6 and up            Commonsense Media sez: 4 +

Scary Factor: One scene of Horton trying to cross a rickety swinging bridge above a chasm had my daughter (4) climbing the walls and whimpering. Also the vulture Vlad is rather creepy – he is made goofy through his dialogue, but this will be lost on younger viewers who will just find him threatening. Mob descending on Horton at end is rather intense, caging him and tossing the speck into boiling oil! Situation milked for optimum suspense.

Violence: treated as humour: Mayor gets stapler stuck in his head… twice; one animal character is drop-kicked; much fall-down slapstick stuff

Language: very harsh and sarcastic; a lot of name-calling: ‘moron’, ‘idiot’, and ‘boob’ (repeated many times, the ultimate insult levelled by the town council against the mayor: my daughter was still giggling about it days later)

Interests: elephants, jungle, Dr. Seuss

Next: Dr. Seuss books
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Jumanji

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1982

Jumanji

Chris Van Allsburg, author and illustrator

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981

28 pp.

ages 4 +

Interests: board games, jungle creatures, magic and mayhem

By the same author: The Polar Express, Zathura (another magical board game story)

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My Father’s Dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett, author

Ruth Chrisman Gannett, illustrator

New York: Random House, 1948

87 p

ages 4+    (chapter book)

Interests: jungle animals, maps, travel adventure, dragons

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