The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

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The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

by Cynthia Rylant

illustrated by Preston McDaniels

Age: 4+ (read to); 6+ (independent reading)

Interests: animals, cats, dogs, mice, ocean, boats, weather More

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Call it Courage

CallitCourageNEWBERY MEDAL WINNER : 1941

Call It Courage

by Armstrong Sperry

Age: 10+

Interests: survival, boats, ocean, sea creatures, storms, Polynesia, islands

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The Wheel on the School

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1955

The Wheel on the School

by Meindert DeJong

Age: 8+

Interests: birds, ocean, Holland, cooperation, helping others, adventure, small towns, country life

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Sam, Bangs & Moonshine

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1967

Sam, Bangs & Moonshine

by Evaline Ness

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966

36 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: cats, imagination, tall tales, storms, ocean, storms, pets, single parent

Other books illustrated by Evaline Ness: All in the Morning Early, A Pocketful of Cricket, Tom Tit Tot

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz  (aka The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

by L. Frank Baum

original illustrator W. W. Denslow

first published 1900

158 pp.  (in New York: Sterling, 1999) –  24 chapters

Age: 5 +

Interests: magic, witches, adventure, travel, tornadoes

Also by this author: 14 Oz sequels, of varying quality

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Tim All Alone

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1956

Edward Ardizzone, author and illustrator

London: Oxford University Press, 1956

46 pp

3 +

Interests: adventure, ships, ocean, storms, travel

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Time of Wonder

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1958

Time of Wonder

Robert McCloskey, author and illustrator

New York: Viking Press, 1957

63 pp

ages 4+

Interests: nature, ocean, storms, cottage life, boats

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Ponyo (2009)

Rated: G
Length:  101 min.
Age: 4 and up.

Scary Factor: typhoon and tsunami, storm at sea mitigated by sight of little girl happily running on top of the waves!; entire island is submerged in huge flood, but no casualties

Intense scenes: twice Sosuke thinks his fish is dead (briefly); after floods Sosuke finds his mother’s car, eerily empty, and starts to cry, but finds her soon after

Language: mother calls the oddball wizard a “freakshow”; she also calls her husband a “Jerk!”; the wizard calls humans as a species “filthy” and “stupid” (which is justified)

Interests: ocean, sea creatures, magic, nature, spirits, boats, fish, wizards

Next: BOOK: The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen); MOVIES: My Neighbor Totoro, Finding Nemo (a little scarier), The Little Mermaid (a lot scarier)

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