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Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

By Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Published by Harper Collins, 1962
A little girl and her friend Mr. Rabbit try to figure out a good present for her mother’s birthday.
Great for small children (pre-k) learning to identify colors and object that match those colors.
Awards: Caldecott Honor
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Chicken Soup With Rice

By Maurice Sendak
Published by Harper Collins 1962
Sendak illustrates this sweet little poetry book, with a poem about each month of the year– all about chicken soup with rice.
Great for kids ages 5-7 learning their months of the year.
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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We’re All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy

By Maurice Sendak

Published by Harper Collins 1993

Another classic from Sendak, who takes two traditional Mother Goose rhymes and ingeniously blends them together with illustrations to create meaning and a new interpretation.  The book ends up being a commentary on homelessness and other social problems, and in the book, the homeless children end up taking care of themselves as best as they can.  A grim topic with a lighter edge, you never feel like there is no hope.

A great book for using with middle and high school English students regarding poetry interpretation as well as using for talking about social issues in the media in social studies and current events classes.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Outside Over There

by Maurice Sendak

Published by Harper and Row, 1981

A young girl is in charge of her little sister, and when she isn’t looking, her sister is kidnapped by faceless little gremlins and taken to a fantastical place.  The girl tracks them down before her sister can be married off, devises a way to extract her sister, and bring her safely home.  

Great book for all ages.  The creepy dark quality is possibly more appropriate for older elementary kids. Speaks to the responsibility that the older sibling often feels for the younger, especially when the parents seem absent.

Awards: Caldecott Honor Book

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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A Very Special House

By Ruth Krauss

Illustrated By Maurice Sendak

Published by Harper Collins, 1953

This sing-song book is a story of an imaginary house that a little boy wants for himself, filled with funny and fantastical creatures and silly rhymes. My little son loved this book and laughed aloud while we read.

Great for all young children.

 

Awards: Caldecott Honor

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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