The Making of Man

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1960

The Making of Man

by Ian Wolfram Cornwall

Age: 10+

Interests: science, biology, evolution

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Collected Stories for Children

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1947

Collected Stories for Children

by Walter de la Mare

Age: 8+ (read to); 11+ (independent reading)

Interests: folk tales, fairy tales, animals, magic, romance, fairies, spooky stories, adventure, travel, cats, monkeys

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Aladdin (1992)


Rated: G
Length:  90 min.
Age: 6 and up         Commonsense Media sez: 6 +

Scary Factor: villain Jafar is creepy and evil; the huge lion creature guarding the treasure is truly frightening; it devours a thief at the beginning, though this is not seen; in one scene Aladdin nearly drowns; villain’s magic in the climax at the end is pretty scary and huge – turning into an enormous snake and then an even bigger genie

Action: Aladdin is continually fleeing guards with swords – played for laughs but may be stressful; the scene when Aladdin’s in the cave is pretty heavy action-and-danger-wise (Indiana Jones-esque)

Bad Behavior: when the sultan is imprisoned Jafar’s parrot tortures him by force-feeding him crackers – this might be disturbing, or maybe just disturbing for adults!; Genie smokes a cigarette at one point

Sex: all females are scantily clad; a few kisses

Racism: many stereotypes of Middle-Eastern peoples and lifestyle; heroes sound American, while bad guys have Arabian accents

Language: very slangy; also name-calling: “stupid” “dumb” “idiot”

Interests: Arabian legends, magic, desert, folk tales, other cultures

Next: picture books of 1001 Arabian Nights, old movies like The Thief of Bagdad

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Caps For Sale


subtitle: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Esphyr Slobodkina, author and illustrator

New York: HarperCollins, 1968 – originally published 1940

40 pp

Age: 2 and up           (also good for beginning readers: 6+)

Interests: monkeys, folktales

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Gorilla

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1983

Anthony Browne

London: Julia MacRae, 1983

29 pp

Age: 4 +

Interests: gorillas, single parent families

Also by this author: Zoo

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