Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures

Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures by Heinrich Hoffmann

Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures by Heinrich Hoffmann

Struwwelpeter (Slovenly Peter) is an illustrated collection of humorous children’s poems describing ludicrous and usually violent punishments for naughty behavior. Hoffmann, a Frankfurt physician, wanted to buy a picture book for his son for Christmas. Not impressed by what the stores had to offer, he instead bought a notebook and wrote his own stories and pictures. While Struwwelpeter is somewhat notorious for its perceived brutal treatment of the erring children.

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Christmas Holidays at Merryvale

Christmas Holidays at Merryvale by Alice Hale Burnett

Christmas Holidays at Merryvale by Alice Hale Burnett

“Toad” Brown, his brother, and their friends have a jolly time at the Christmas holidays. They daydream at a toyshop window, chop down a Christmas tree in the woods, have a grand snowball fight, and plan a surprise for a friend in this tale of early 20th-century small-town life.

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The Golden Scarecrow

The Golden Scarecrow by Sir Hugh Walpole

The Golden Scarecrow by Sir Hugh Walpole

Toying with the distinctions between reader and narrator, author and character, imagination and perception, Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole’s The Golden Scarecrow, in nine chapters, presents nine stories of nine children, united by location, more or less. A tenth story of a tenth life, divided into Prologue and Epilogue, provides a different sort of unity. These gentle and horrible tales of the weird may seem suitable for young readers, then again, they may not.

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The Marvelous Land of Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Marvelous Land of Oz is the second of the Oz books. It follows the adventures of the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and Tip. The Emerald City has been taken over by the Army of Revolt, and our adventurous friends need the help of Glinda the Good to return it to its rightful ruler.

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It’s Like This, Cat

It’s like this, cat by Emily Neville

It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Neville

Winner of the prestigious John Newbery Medal literary award.

It’s Like This, Cat is the story of a young man, Dave Mitchell, and how he grew to maturity, helped along indirectly by a stray cat that he brought home from Crazy Kate, the neighborhood Cat Lady. Dave lives in New York City with his lawyer father and his mother, who has bouts of asthma brought on by family strife. The cat, named “Cat” lives a wild life that brings Dave in contact with a future friend and girl friend. Dave’s adventures take him throughout areas of New York City, and the reader is treated to descriptions of famous city landmarks. With Dave’s new cat-related experiences comes an increased appreciation for his parents and deepening care for his new friends.

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The Tale of Buster Bumblebee

The Tale of Buster Bumblebee by Arthur Scott Bailey

The Tale of Buster Bumblebee by Arthur Scott Bailey

Buster Bumblebee and his family move into a new home. Excitement and buzzing abound. Buster meet a strange fellow called a carpenter bee, way too many chirpy crickets, and even finds his own long lost sister. Later in his adventurous life, Buster learns of another kind of Bee, a Raising Bee and how much food is available for everyone there. All in all, this tale will bring smiles and grins to listeners young and old as it tells of Buster Bumblebee, a young bee with a lot to learn but a heart of gold.

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Makers of Many Things

Makers of Many Things by Eva March Tappan

Makers of Many Things by Eva March Tappan

How are friction matches made? How do rags and trees become paper? Who makes the dishes on our tables? This children’s book explains the origins of everyday items in an entertaining and informative way.

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