Caraboose the Tooth Fairy Moose (Createspace, 2012)
Caraboose is a overall wearing moose that takes over for the tooth fairy when she goes on vacation. Written by Lynn Swanson.
This illustrated children’s book helps children to think about the different facets of time. All children can relate to the given examples for seconds, minutes, hours, weeks and months. Written by Hazel Hutchins and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton.
Warning: This is not your typical “princess” story! Princess Paulina’s father gave up his throne to become a wood-carver and the princess is struggling for a purpose in life. When she hears that Prince Drupert is seeking a wife, she finds herself in a competition to become his bride. Because the other princesses are more of the traditional princess, Princess Paulina realizes how ridiculous the competition is. After a cooking competition, she invents pizza. What’s a girl to do now? Well Paulina opens a successful pizza restaurant and tells Drupert to take a hike.
The Princess and the Pizza was written by American children’s author Mary Jane Auch and illustrated by her husband Herm Auch (as all of her books are).
Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is an English novel by author George Eliot, first published in eight installments (or volumes) during 1871 to 1872. Middlemarch is a fictitious Midlands town and is comprised of several distinct and intersecting stories with a huge cast of characters. The novel refers to many historical events including the 1832 Reform Act, the beginning of railway and the death of King George IV.
Villette was an 1853 novel written by English author Charlotte Bronte, published under her psuedonym Currer Bell. After a family disaster, Lucy Snowe travels from England to the fictional French city Villette to teach at a all-girls school. There she is drawn into adventure and romance. Villette was Bronte’s fourth novel and a re-working of her debut novel, The Professor, which was actually published posthumously in 1857. Technically Jane Eyre was Bronte’s first published work in 1847.
This rhyming story for children recounts the fun four friends have after turning a boring summer day into a watermelon seed spitting adventure that grows to include the whole town. Then the mayor shows up. Will the fun be spoiled?
Peter Spit a Seed at Sue was written by American author Jackie French Koller and illustrated by American John Manders.
A band of dancing, prancing monkeys explain hands, fingers and thumbs to beginning readers. Written by Al Perkins and illustrated by Eric Gurney, Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb is a classic children’s storybook.
Author Dianne Hales penned a celebration of the language and culture of Italy in La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World’s Most Enchanting Language. From her first trip to Italy where she “non parlo Italiano,” she chronicles the 25 years she spent of her life immersing herself in the study of Italian and the country itself.
I adore the Little Golden Books! I used to have quite the collection. A classic in the series was Scuffy the Tugboat (which I had). Scuffy is a tugboat who wishes for “bigger things” than just sailing in a bathtub. The Man with the Polka Dot Tie (who owns a toy store) and his son take Scuffy to a small brook and the current carries Scuffy away. The brook turns into a stream into a small river into a large river and Scuffy is soon overwhelmed by the size of things around him. As Scuffy is about to sail into the ocean, he is rescued by the Man with the Polka Dot Tie and his son and Scuffy is returned to his bathtub which happily pleases Scuffy.
Scuffy the Tugboat was written by American author Gertrude Crampton and illustrated by Hungarian-American illustrator Tibor Gergely.
Arrested and imprisoned in a small Swiss town, a prisoner begins I’m Not Stiller with that proclamation. He claims his real name is Jim White and he has been jailed under false charges and the wrong identity. To prove he is who he claims to be, he confesses to three unsolved murders and recalls and recounts an adventurous life in America and Mexico among cowboys and peasants. He is consumed by the morbid impulse to convince, though no one believes him.
I’m Not Stiller has been recognized as “one of the major post-war works of fiction” and a German masterpiece of literature. I’m Not Stiller (German title: Stiller) was written by Swiss author Max Frisch who was born and died in Zurich. The question of identity was a recurring theme in the work of Frisch.