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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

November 2009


These stories about families make great Thanksgiving-time reads!



The Seven Silly Eaters

The Seven Silly Eaters

by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Marla Frazee


A family of picky eaters surprise Mom on her birthday in a rhyming story that begs to be read aloud. Hoberman, the current Children's Poet Laureate, lives in Greenwich and just spoke at Perrot in October!


-Mrs. Jaromek




Owl Babies

Owl Babies

by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson


The owl babies want their mama, but cannot find her anywhere!!

-Mrs. Kennedy






written and photographed by Susan Kuklin

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Children from fifteen families talk about the ups and downs of their lives, accompanied by photos. A wonderful celebration of diversity, but there are also lots of fun anecdotes from the interviewees-- a brother and sister talk about a crayfish they caught (and released, of course), two brothers muse about space travel, a girl and her twin brother talk about their secret language.




Love You Forever

Love You Forever

by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw


Love You Forever...Siempre Te Quiere...Je T'Aimerai Toujours... is a sentimental story written by Robert  Munsch, and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. This book has been translated into many languages-- with its universal theme of the unconditional love between a parent and child.  It begins with a mother rocking her baby son, and ends when the son is grown, and lovingly cares for his older mother. This gentle description of the cycle of life appeals to new parents and old parents--  and their children.  Originally conceived as a song, Love You Forever is a beautiful bedtime lullaby.

-Mrs. Weicher



The Doll People

The Doll People

by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, illustrated by Brian Selznick


A family of porcelain dolls (who have lived in their hours for 100 years!) are upset to find a new family of plastic dolls moving in, and, on top of it all, they do not follow the rules!




Little Women

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott


The classic story of how the March daughters manage to enjoy their lives while suffering the hardship and poverty of growing up in New England during the Civil Waris a timeless read-aloud that should delight the next generation as much as it did the last.




A Book

A Book

written and illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein


This is a story about a different kind of family. This family lives inside of a book. Mother, Father, Brother and even the family pets all know what the book is about and what their roles are in the story. The little girl in the book wonders what her story could be and searches through the pages to discover it. She asks many colorful characters along her journey. We all wonder what our place is within our family, and who we want to be when we grow up. The illustrations are great. The characters are drawn from the point of view of the reader, which adds a unique perspective to the book. Enjoy reading it with your family.




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