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1. Book 509

No Fighting, No Biting!, by Else Holmellund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, 1958, HarpersCollins. 

This book is almost as enchanting as the Little Bear series.  Probably because no matter how adorable the baby alligators look when created by Maurice Sendak, they just don't have the cuddliness of a bear cub.  A side effect of this book is that my seven-year-old son will point to our two older cats when they are tussling and say, "No fighting, no biting!"  I'd say he fully understands the story.

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2. Book 508


In our house we strive for lofty ideals, elegance, and gentility.  But sometimes there just have to be farts.  Especially if you have a seven-year-old boy.  And I MUCH prefer a book of the recorded sounds over the real item.  I am also grateful that this isn't a scratch-n-sniff book.

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3. Book 507


The First Thanksgiving, by Linda Hayward, illustrated by James Watling, Random House, 1990.


This is a solid book for first grade readers.  It is not exactly interesting.  It is not exactly complete in information.  It is not exactly entertaining.  And the illustrations are not exactly brilliant.  But kids can read it on their own and understand most of it.



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4. Thomas' Third 701st Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was Beethoven music.  It was scary, because it was low, like the rumble of a gray-cloud storm.  And it was sad, like the rain that falls, and disappears back into the rivers. And it was beautiful, like a thunderstorm at night.
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The End.


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5. Thomas' Third 697th Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a floating mustache.  The mustache floated into Thomas’ room, and landed on the white rabbit.  The rabbit turned into a magic white rabbit.  And he was French.

The End.


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6. Thomas' Third 612th Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a star.  The star looked like a shoe.  The star looked like a dancing and kicking shoe.  The star danced across space and kicked Jupiter right out of its rings.  Now the star is the ringmaster.

The End.


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7. Thomas' Third 547th Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a mustache of light.  It was caught in the bottom of the curtain.  It was very cool.  And it was very funny.

The End.


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8. Thomas' Third 523rd Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He wanted to learn to speak Egyptian.  So he could talk to the pyramids.

The End.


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9. Thomas' Third 478th Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a wandering octopus.  The octopus wandered out of the Atlantic Ocean.  The octopus wandered into Thomas’ house, and then it disappeared.  Thomas went looking for the octopus.  He found it in Daddy’s room, reading eight books. 

The End.


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10. Thomas' Third 458th Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was magic in the world.  But, over time, the magic began to leak out.  You need magic in the world.  You need magic to make cuckoo clocks walk.  And you need magic to turn roads into islands that sail on the sea.  And you need magic to hear the song the stars sing every night.  You need magic because magic comes from the heart, and not from the head.  You need magic because, without magic, the world seems sad.

The End.


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11. Thomas' Third 369 Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was lightning from the moon.  The lightning melted the stars, and the stars dripped into the ocean.

The End.


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12. Thomas' Third 316th Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a fountain of bubbles.  The bubbles grew up from the water, and floated in the air.  They were wish bubbles.  Inside every bubble was a little rainbow.  Inside every bubble was a little wish.  Thomas caught a wish bubble.  And Molly Kitten caught a wish bubble.  And Thomas and Molly wished to go to London so that they could live inside the Big Ben clock tower.

The End.


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13. Thomas' Third 271st Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had lunch with a penguin.  Named Pip.  It was a picnic.

The End.



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14. Thomas' Third 258th Story -- Illustrated


1.         Once upon a time, there was an electrical storm.  The electrical storm struck the moon with lightning.  When the storm struck the moon, all the bones of the moon showed.

The End.


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15. Thomas' Third 175th Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  Thomas caught a star.  Thomas caught a star and he put it in a jar.  He wanted to save it for later.  He wanted to have jars of stars, and dishes of wishes.

The End.


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16. Thomas' Third 171st Story -- Illustrated


1.  171.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  Thomas had a great day.  Thomas had a great day because he was on top of a cloud.

The End.


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17. Thomas' Third 137th Story -- Illustrated


1.137.     Once upon a time, there was a lighthouse.  It was for the whole world.
The End. 


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18. Thomas' Third 97th Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He wanted to be a rocket-driver.  He wanted to be an astronaut rocket-driver when he grew up.  So he could go into outer space.  And so he could see the world from outer space.  Because the world is very beautiful from outer space. 

The End.


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19. Book 503


Exploring Landscape Art with Children, by Gladys S. Blizzard, Charlesbridge, 1996.


We used this book for my son's first grade Art class.  He loved all the beautiful pieces of Art, and the landscapes chosen were a good representation of different styles of Art. 



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20. Book 502


Sheep in a Jeep, written by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple, published by HMH Books, 1986.


This book is excellent for teaching young readers about ending rhymes, because:

1.  Emerging readers can read it.
2.  Emerging readers want to read it (repeatedly)
3.  The listening adults don't mind hearing it (repeatedly)

And such fun artwork!



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21. Book 501


The Water of Life, by the Brothers Grimm, first published in 1812.


This is such a good story, but it doesn't often make it into Grimms Fairy Tale collections.  Maybe because of its length?  Anyway, this story has everything:  action, suspense, deceit, peril, gold, and a beautiful princess.





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22. Book 505


Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book, Charlesbridge, 2016.

The whole series of Ralph Masiello's Drawing Books is a great way to teach young artists the basics of drawing.  This book in particular, the ocean book, is wonderful for kids like mine who are fascinated by ocean life and would live in an aquarium if they could.  The instructions are straightforward and easy to follow, and my seven-year-old son feels a sense of accomplishment when he completes a drawing.


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23. Book 504


101 Dalmatians, Disney, Bendon, 2013


For a few months my then six-year-old son was on a 101 Dalmatians kick.  He found this book in a thrift store, so we bought it.  And he loved it -- until we read the original story.

This book is a good introduction to the story of the 101 Dalmatians, but don't miss the original book by Dodie Smith.



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24. Book 506


Whaddayamean, by John Burningham, Crown Publishing, 1999.


I almost didn't pick this book up at the library some weeks ago.  I thought the title was rather silly.  The cover art, however, intrigued me, so I opened the book up to read it.  Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down.  I loved it so much, in fact, that I went out that day and bought a copy for myself. 


This book is fantastic!  And with this book, John Burningham has become one of my few favorite children's author/illustrators. 



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25. Thomas' Third Fifth Story -- Illustrated


1.     Once upon a time, Mommy was like a book.  She had a storybook scarf.  And she had storybook gloves.  Mommy looked like a book.  Mommy looked like a book because she was a librarian.

The End.


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