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What We're Reading: 5 Classics Every Kid Should Know

Book ReviewsMegan PeronaComment

We like to feature the newest favorites we have on our shelves, but sometimes it's good to curl up with an old favorite. A story you remember all the words to, and you want your kids to know all the words too. Here are 5 of our favorites (maybe they're yours too!)

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, ages 6+  $18.99

If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer,
A wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er,
A magic bean buyer...

Come in...for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll find crocodiles who go to the dentist and tiny girls who eat whole whales. And, did you know that turtles actually have really long legs and run all over the place at night? Silly and profound, these poems deserve to be dear to another generation of children.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, drawings by Robert Lawson, ages 3+  $17.99

In Spain lives a big and strong bull whose name is Ferdinand. Unlike the other young bulls, Ferdinand does not like to fight. He would rather sit in the shade of his favorite cork tree and smell the flowers. But, what happens when he travels to Madrid to be the ferocious star of a bullfight? This classic tale of a peaceable bull has been a favorite of children for more than fifty years.  Calm, silly and sweet. If you ask us everyone needs a little more "Ferdinand" in their lives.

Curious George by H.A. Rey & Margaret Rey, ages 4+  $16.99

The treasured classic where it all began! Join George and the man with the yellow hat as they leave the jungle, board a ship, and sail to the big city for some fun and funny adventures! A true gem, beloved by children and adults since 1941.

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry, ages 2+  $15.99

Planes, trains, automobiles...and pickle trucks! This classic point-and-look-story is full of all kinds of vehicles - both ordinary and very silly. A great book for little ones to look through. There is a story, but the plethora of images on each page is the real reason to read this one. 

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, ages 3+  $18.99

Mrs. Mallard has decided today is the day. Her brood of eight fuzzy ducklings are going to travel from their small island in the Charles River to the Boston Public Garden. But, the ducklings can't fly, so how will they get there? Mrs. Mallard doesn't make a fuss. She sets off at a proud waddle. The citizens of Boston will just have to make way! The New York Times called this story "one of the merriest picture books ever...told in very few words with a gravity that underscores the delightful comedy of the pictures."