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I grew up on these books. If the only version of Pooh you know is from Disney, I beg of you to read the originals, with the original illustrations. Please. The language is fantastic, and will quite possibly add phrases to your family’s lexicon. The illustrations are just right, without the cutesiness of the Disney version. The books of poetry are also good, but the original two books of stories ought to be part of any child’s storybank, and any adults who missed out the first time still have the chance to catch up. Then, play a game of Poohsticks.

Author: A.A. Milne

Illustrator: E.H. Shepard

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SilverLandsTitle: Tales from Silver Lands

Author: Charles Finger

Illustrator: Paul Honore

Newbery 1925

I will admit to some trepidation about this book when first I picked it up.  The author traveled to South America to collect the fairy-tale equivalents of the people of the “Silver Lands.”  The fact that he did this in the 1920s made me nervous (see my post about Dr. Dolittle.)  Instead, I found a wonderful collection, told with respect and honor towards the people whose stories they were.  I would highly recommend having a copy of this on your shelf next to H.C. Anderson and the Grimms.  However, don’t read it straight through.  These are to be savored individually.

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Voyages_of_Doctor_DolittleTitle: The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle

Author/Illustrator: Hugh Lofting

Newbery 1923

Well, I loved it and would recommend it as a rollicking good silly adventure that a certain kind of kid around age 8 or 9 would love. But… the African Prince is on board to serve food. The “Red Indians” are too ignorant to raise their babies correctly. The monkey can travel because he looks so much like an African. You see the problem. I think that, with a long conversation about the book being old, you could read it with a kid. But not in a classroom – you can’t have that conversation with 25 kids at once.

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