The Little Red Hen

by Anonymous

Little Golden Book of The Little Red Hen

Little Golden Book of The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen was one of many books I loved as a child. I guess I was impressed with the red hen's determination.

She knew what needed to be done, and every step of the way she gave the other barnyard animals a chance to redeem themselves.

I always felt that she would have enjoyed her bread much better if she could have shared it with the other animals.

I learned that if you want something done and no one is willing to help, then very often you have to do it yourself. I also learned how being lazy can cause one to miss out on a lot.

I have two grandchildren, and I wanted them to enjoy some of the books I enjoyed as a child. One of the first books I purchased online for them was The Little Red Hen.

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Fortunately

by Eric Van Raepenbusch
(Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)

Fortunately, by Remy Charlip

Fortunately, by Remy Charlip

My favorite book from when I was a little boy was "Fortunately," by Remy Charlip. It was one of those books that I had to check out every time I went to the library with my Mom and my sister. I can still remember where the book was located on the shelf. Once I found the book, I would plop myself down right on the floor to read it.

Fortunately, this book was quite funny. Unfortunately, much trouble comes to Ned, the little boy in the story. Fortunately, Ned is lucky and clever enough to get out of the trouble. Unfortunately, he gets stuck in this pattern of events. Fortunately, everything ends up well in the end.

Eric Van Raepenbusch is a stay at home dad, a former teacher, and the creator of the children's book blog Happy Birthday Author.

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Beatrix's Bunnies

by Anonymous

An early Peter Rabbit cover

An early Peter Rabbit cover

An early Peter Rabbit cover
A coloring book version (full text) of The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies; The Tale of Peter Rabbit

I was always an obedient child -- up to a certain age of course. I never liked getting punished. I always related with Flopsy and Mopsy.

Peter's adventure was entertaining, but I could never see myself deliberately disobeying my mother in that way.

Also there was something very comforting about having blackberries and cream before bed.

However, looking back, I never could have guessed that I would have a son very much like Peter. It was one of the many books I read to him as a child. Perhaps it was Peter's adventure that appealed to him.

It was also one of the first books I purchased for my grandaughter, who loved the story so much that before she could read, would recite it to me just by looking at the pictures.

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You can download ridiculously inexpensive, full text, coloring book versions of nearly all of Beatrix Potter's books (including The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies) from the Beatrix Potter section of our Download Store.

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Everyone Knows What A Dragon Looks Like

by Caroline
(Florida)

Gorgeous cover by Mercer Mayer

Gorgeous cover by Mercer Mayer

This was by Jay Williams. Illustrated by Mercer Mayer.

I learned not to judge people by their appearance. I learned that even if you were small and poor you could still make a big difference.

It is out of print*. I have a copy which cost me about ten times the original price. It's well illustrated and has a great message.

I loved this book.

Webmaster's note: Good news, Caroline! It appears that Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like is back in print and available at Amazon!

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The Grouchy Ladybug

by Gabe Ferreira
(Alameda, California USA)

The Grouchy Ladybug

The Grouchy Ladybug

If you don't like to read, this short story with a happy ending will surely put a smile on your face. The Grouchy Ladybug, by Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is entertaining and a fun read for all ages. It's about a grouchy ladybug, who picks a fight with everyone she meets, and learns the value of respect. A great read for adults and children. A book that will be treasured for many years to come and will inevitably be shelved next to the classic children's books we all love to remember.




Webmaster's note: Speaking of ladybugs, one of this site's favorite books is Ladybug Girl.

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