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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

March 2013


The Little House

The Little House

written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton


A country cottage becomes more and more unhappy as the city grows up around her– until the great-great-granddaughter of her original owner comes to her rescue. Winner of the 1943 Caldecott Medal.





A Pocketful of Cricket

A Pocketful of Cricket

by Rebecca Caudill, illustrated by Evaline Ness


Jay is six and lives with his parents in an old farmhouse. Every afternoon, Jay walks out to the field to drive the cows home from pasture. He finds things on his way home. One day he finds a cricket and decides to keep him as a pet. He even brings him to school on the first day, but Cricket's fiddling "Chee! Chee!" gives his presence away. An evocative tale of a simpler time that would make a fine bedtime story. A 1965 Caldecott Honor Book.






Caps for Sale

Caps for Sale

written and illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina


Taking a nap under a tree filled with silly monkeys may not be such a smart idea for a cap salesman!





The Caboose Who Got Loose

The Caboose Who Got Loose

written and illustrated by Bill Peet



Katy Caboose is tired of being at the end of a very long train, going to the same places over and over again. She longs to be free to explore the world she can only see from the back of her freight cars. Rhythmic text like the sound of a train on a track takes you on Katy's journey to freedom.







written and illustrated by Leo Lionni


A simple, unassuming tale of a little mouse who sits quietly collecting words and colors instead of rushing around gathering food to sustain his family all winter. When the food runs out, it's Frederick, the dreamer and poet, who warms the hearts of his fellow mice, and feeds their spirits during the darkest winter days. A 1968 Caldecott Honor Book.





The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson


Ferdinand is a bull who prefers sitting quietly under a tree-- just smelling the flowers-- to jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. He is no coward-- he is simply a very peaceful creature. In a show of bovine irony, the one day Ferdinand is most definitely not sitting quietly under the tree (due to a frightful bee sting), is the same day that five men come to choose the "biggest, fastest, roughest bull" for the bullfights in Madrid.








written and illustrated by Don Freeman


This classic picture book tells the story of a teddy bear named Corduroy who lives on a shelf in the toy area of a large department store. When a girl named Lisa wants to take him home, her mother declines as she doesn't want to spend more money, and there is a missing button on the bear's overalls. First published in 1968, Corduroy was voted one of the top 100 picture books of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal. It is a charming story-- illustrating both determination and friendship-- that will appeal to young children.






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