A mongoose battles two devious and deadly Cobras, that are bent on destroying a human family that had saved him from drowning.
One of the all time great children's stories, Rikki Tikki Tavi tells of an Indian mongoose rescued by a British family. He overhears two Cobras planning to make the walled family garden safe for their hatchlings —by killing his benefactors! Rikki, in justice & loyalty to the family, determines to defeat the deadly cobras. For a children's story, the war of wits & agility that ensues is remarkable and compelling.
This simple story is literary art for children at bedtime: every child should have a 'life' on their own Maggie B.
Maggie Barnstable dreams of her own delightfully decorated boat. On board she happily scrubs and organizes, cooks favorite meals, and entertains little brother James. When an evening storm arises she confidently "battens the hatches", they then sit down for a delightful evening meal. The Maggie B. is a cozy bed time story, selectively and imaginatively presenting a child's self-made haven of personal pride and comfort.
Preferring human over mermaid values, Ariel puts her soul in the control of a treacherous sea-witch to become a human maiden so she can earn Prince Eric's love.
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, is fascinated by the human world. Defying his rules, she falls in love with a seagoing prince even saving him from a shipwreck. Longing to be in Eric’s world she trades her voice to a Sea-Witch to gain legs. If she fails to win Eric’s love, the witch will take her soul. In a treacherous gamble to steal Triton’s power the disguised witch uses Ariel’s voice to distract the Prince.
A little girl wants to be as dynamic as the wind, and we see the fun things to know about wind.
A young girl notices how the wind zooms down hillsides, races through streets, and scatters seeds. It helps birds, butterflies and baby spiders soar. It snaps sheets and flags, drives rain and sailboats and more. "I want to play like a windy day." she thinks. Asch's bright illustrations mix depth and two dimensional objects in a way some may find surreal. He successfully makes the wind seem like a mischievous little girl, entertaining and benevolent.
Harold's world is a blank slate through which he learns to draw his own experiences, with a purple crayon.
Toddler Harold draws his way into a moonlit stroll in a world of his own design. Unexpected events –a too scary dragon, a tumble into water and getting lost– combine to make his walk exciting yet ultimately it remains a matter of his own design. Although he, literally, draws every scenario with his purple crayon, and saves himself from their difficulties. it is clear that the metaphor is not about whim, so much as design.
A little boy pretends to be the heroic captain of his ocean going craft –a wooden crate with an apron sail– keeping his crew safe through terrible storms, even rescuing lost souls.
Baby Ben saves crewman mouse, fights off a marauding fish, rescues a struggling rooster, navigates through a whale's cavernous mouth, recovers his ship and crew when capsized by a storm, and resists a dark monster from the deeps. All the while, he sets a confident example to his frightened crew, "Mouse, Giraffe, and Bunny too." The frumpy illustrations convey the imaginary adventure well. A similar adventure, that some might say is more for girls, can be found in The Maggie B.
A mysterious sylph –a seamstress– instills beauty and a romantic view of life into the lives of austere villagers, via their pockets! [Image showsvillagers surprise at her arrival.}
Wafting from 'wherever', the sylph proved a seamstress. Fancier than the town wished, she grew bored with their taupish cotton. With tincture and texture she slipped motifs of embroidered fantasy into the pockets of functionaries and farmers; romance was rekindled. In her husband, one wife saw "a buccaneer holding pink shells, black pearls and a sword." Pockets evinces the ecstasy in aesthetics, and shows us verse in prose -a delight for embryonic elocutionists.
Thanks to an ugly little warthog, both the plain and the beautiful jungle animals learn that the physical trappings of beauty are not as important as cooperation and considerate behavior.
Ngiri, a small, ugly Warthog, was sick of being teased. Wise Nyumbu, an old Wildebeest, lent him magic bongo drums and Ngiri drummed up a change. What happened was quite unexpected. Traits of one animal had been randomly attached to another, except to Ngiri. After several attempts the whole community was in an uproar. What would they do on the day of the Grand Parade? Terrific art, with hidden characters, add to this book's value.
Told in rhyme, Benny uses his imagination to hide in miniature, and his parents play along.
Told as a delightful poem, Benny imagines how well he could hide if he was mi-nute. His parents struggle to find him as he hides in the wall picture, in his father's pocket, on the clothesline, in his toy car, or with his toy animals. The clear and nicely colored illustrations show that miniature Benny is not easy to find, and your child will enjoy pointing him out. Benny's parents search and search, until...
Ignoring his father, Walter's bouncing causes him and his bed to fall through many floors –until he wakes up and hears Delbert bouncing above him!
This is a fun fantasy about consequences. Walter ignores his father's admonition against bouncing on the bed. Walter's bouncing crashes him through floor after floor. He passes through the homes of a number of tenants, each with their interesting activities. They join him in a heap at the bottom. When Walter wakes he realizes his friend Delbert in the apartment above, is awake too!