Wise & Wonderful Childrens Books

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You're never too old to appreciate these books. Philosophical, metaphorical, and timeless classics.

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This story is a warm, wonderfully wise, and strikingly simple story about a leaf named Freddie--how Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow. As Freddie experiences the changing seasons along with his companion leaves, he learns about the delicate balance between life and death.

Availability: The fall of Freddie the leaf : a story of life for all ages / Leo Buscaglia.

This story is a warm, wonderfully wise, and strikingly simple story about a leaf named Freddie--how Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow. As Freddie experiences the changing seasons along with his companion leaves, he learns about the delicate balance between life and death.

Something's missing in this book... can you tell me what it is?

Availability: Once upon a rainy day / Édouard Manceau ; translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou.

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As an artist creatively incorporates her slipups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which 'mistakes' can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress.

Availability: The book of mistakes / Corinna Luyken.

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"The whimsical story a man who has spent his life delivering the messages found in ocean bottles and the day he receives a message that turns out to be a party invitation"--

Availability: The uncorker of ocean bottles / written by Michelle Cuevas ; illustrated by Erin Stead.

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An essential classic. The original book is whimsical, silly and somewhat dark at times.  Children will love hearing about the pirates and fairies while the somewhat sophisticated language and wonderful humour that makes it appealing to adults as well.

Availability: Peter Pan : a classic illustrated edition / by Sir J.M. Barrie ; compiled by Cooper Edens.

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Poor Thidwick's generosity proves the adage that no good deed goes unpunished, and soon everyone, from a tiny Bingle Bug to a huge bear, is taking advantage of our antlered hero. With Seuss's rhyming text and endearing illustrations, this beloved story about a kindhearted moose and the bullies that make a home on his horns is an ideal way to introduce children to the invaluable concept of self-respect.

Availability: Thidwick, the big-hearted moose; written and illus. by Dr. Seuss.

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When Stellaluna is just a baby fruit bat, she is orphaned and taken in by a kind mother bird. One day, she rejoins her own kind and discovers that although she and her adopted bird family are different, they can still be friends.

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Who can forget the refrain of the determined little engine who refuses to give up until she has pulled the train full of toys over the mountain? "I think I can" becomes part of every child's vocabulary.

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Everyone's favorite elephant returns in this timeless, moving, and comical classic in which we discover that "a person's a person, no matter how small." Thanks to the irrepressible rhymes and eye-catching illustrations, young readers will learn kindness and perseverance (as well as the importance of a good "Yopp") from the very determined--and very endearing--Horton the elephant.

Availability: Horton hears a Who! / by Dr. Seuss.

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Natalie Babbitt tackles the subject of life and death through the eyes of Winnie. When she meets the Tucks, she thinks they’re a normal family until she learns their secret of immortality. The Tucks are in hiding after being ridiculed and treated like witches after their village learns they stopped aging. The novel teaches acceptance of morality by explaining what truly matters in life, regardless of differences.

Availability: Tuck everlasting / Natalie Babbitt.

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There’s hardly a more profound reflection on human truth than Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, charmingly written and beautifully illustrated in a way that sweeps you into a whirlwind of childhood imagination and in the process gently lands you on the deepest truths of existential philosophy.

Availability: The little prince / written and drawn by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ; translated from the French by Katherine Woods.

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It’s a rare talent to capture profound insight in linguistic minimalism and simplicity. And hardly any literary figure does it better than A. A. Milne does in the iconic Winnie-the-Pooh books.

Availability: Winnie-the-Pooh / A. A. Milne ; with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard.

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