Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2004

Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver

retold by Martin Jenkins

illustrated by Chris Riddell

Age: 8+ (read to); 10+ (independent reading)

Interests: travel, ships, strange lands and customs, satire, adventure, humour, politics, philosophy

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The Giver

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1994

The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Random House: 1993

179 pp.

Age: 10+

Interests: science fiction, dystopia, morality, questioning authority, freedom

Next: the rest of ‘The Giver Quartet’: Messenger, Gathering Blue, Son

More science fiction: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l’Engle, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, The Martian Chronicles or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Also by this author: Number the Stars, Autumn Street, The Silent Boy

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And a follow-up list…

Oh, and now I’ve found a follow-up 5 More Children’s Books for Grown-ups on the same site. (brainpickings.org) This list is much more interesting and wide-ranging. Pinocchio for example. I read it several months ago and haven’t figured out how to write about it yet.

Children’s Books for Grown-ups

Here’s an interesting list I came across today: 5 Children’s Books for Grown-ups, c/o brainpickings.org.

Pretty good list, although I am fairly certain that the last quote comes not from L. Frank Baum’s book but from the excellent 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

It is making me think of doing a list of 5 Children’s Movies for Grown-ups… except that it seems like every children’s film made in the last fifteen or so years was actually made more for the parents than the kids…

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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Grasshopper On the Road

Grasshopper on the Road

by Arnold Lobel

New York: Harper & Row, 1978

57 pp. – 6 stories

Age: 5+

Interests: insects, differing viewpoints, philosophy

Also by this author: Frog and Toad books, Fables

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