davidgordon's Summer Reading List - 2013
The gentle rhyming and gorgeous, tissue-paper collage illustrations in this classic picture book make it a dog-eared favorite on many children's bookshelves.
Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch") is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Big Anthony is supposed to look after her house and her magical pasta pot, but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.
Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. "Fuzzy goes where I go," said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. When school started, Owen's mother knew just what to do, and everyone was happy, even Mrs. Tweezers.
The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.
This Dr. Seuss classic features Sam-I-am as he tries to convince an acquaintance that green eggs and ham is, indeed, a delectable meal to be savored everywhere and every way.
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.
Emily Elizabeth has the biggest, reddest dog on her street, and his name is Clifford. He's so big that when he runs after cars, he catches them in his mouth, and his doghouse is bigger than Emily Elizabeth's house. Children love the idea of the things you could do and the fun you could have with a giant dog. This first book in the series will not dissapoint.
"This is George. He lived in Africa. he was a good little monkey, and always very curious." With these words, H.A. and Margret Rey introduced the world to Curious George, and the world has loved him ever since. The tales of this cheerful and resilent little monkey have kept generations of readers enthralled and entertained.
The literacy rate in Farmer Brown's barn goes up considerably once his cows find an old typewriter and begin typing. To the harassed farmer's dismay, his communicative cows quickly become contentious. Soon the striking cows and Farmer Brown are forced to reach a mutually agreeable compromise, with the help of an impartial party: the duck.
"A told b, and b told c, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'"--which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit.