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Memorable children’s books

“Tibet Through the Red Box” by Peter Sis. In this true story, the author learns the secrets of his father’s life in Tibet through diaries and keepsakes kept in an enigmatic red box. This acclaimed story will be performed in a stage version by the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra in January 2005.

“The Umbrella” by Jan Brett. Yet another gorgeously illustrated work by Jan Brett. Her latest book is about a young boy exploring the Costa Rican rain forest. When he sets down his umbrella, it soon becomes a sanctuary for an assortment of colorful forest animals who are introduced one by one in the story.

“Train of States” by Peter Sis. Each page of this book is illustrated with a train car depicting a state, including state flowers, animals, important people, mottoes and historical notes. A great book for kids and adults to share together and a fun way to introduce children to geography and history.



“I’m Still Here in the Bathtub” by Alan Katz. This book features goofy new lyrics to sing along to the tune of favorite childhood songs. Even if kids don’t feel like singing along, they will enjoy the outlandish illustrations and reading through the “brand new silly dilly songs.”

“Old Coyote” by Nancy Wood. A sensitive, powerful story about an old coyote who knows he doesn’t have long to live. He says goodbye to his loved ones, his forest friends and his home, then makes a final journey into the starry night. “Old Coyote” is a beautiful book about saying good-bye; the story and illustrations are touching and inspirational.




“The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales” by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. A 2004 Caldecott Honor book featuring 10 bizarre and funny interpretations of fairy tales. Kids and grown-ups will enjoy the oddball humor in titles such as “The Really Ugly Duckling,” “Chicken Licken” and “Little Red Running Shorts.”

“Chestnut” by Constance McGeorge. Chestnut is a draft horse who pulls the delivery wagon in a small town. When Chestnut’s driver falls asleep before an important delivery day, faithful Chestnut does the job all by himself. A delightfully illustrated story, especially for horse-lovers.

“Howler” by Michael Rosen. “Howler” is the name given to the new baby by the family dog, who narrates this story from a dog’s perspective. This adorable book, filled with lovable illustrations, tells what happens when the new baby gets more attention than the family dog.

“You’re All My Favorites” by Sam McBratney. When three baby bears wonder which one is really their parent’s favorite, Mommy and Daddy bears come up with an answer that makes everyone happy. An adorable, heart-warming story by the author of “Guess How Much I Love You.”

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Compiled by Kim Carrow of Odyssey Books, 989 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The phone number is 477-2856.


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