Sunday, February 19, 2012

Classic Books to Read-Aloud


Adventures of Pinocchio, by C. Collodi, illustrated by Attilo Mussino. Macmillan.
The adventures of this little mischievous puppet are as popular in this country as in Italy, where they all began late in the nineteenth century.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by John Tenniel. Macmillan.
Nobody, child or adult, has ever regretted Alice's curiosity when she spied a rabbit taking a watch out of his waistcoat pocket, and so followed him into a series of very famous adventures.

A treasury of fairy tales, including selections from the Arabian Nights, and Washington Irving's story of Rip Van Winkle, all given new life by Rackham's great illustrations.

The classic story of the Christmas spirit, which is read aloud in many, many homes on Christmas Eve.

English Fairy Tales, by Joseph Jacobs, illustrated by John D. Batten. Putnam.
A famous folklorist collected these ageless English fairy tales. The sequels, with fairy tales from other countries, are:
And other “colored” fairy books...

The Favorite Uncle Remus, by Joel Chandler Harris, illustrated by A.B. Frost. Houghton.
A splendid collection of the ever-popular Uncle Remus stories.

Hans Brinker, or the Silver States, by Mary Mapes Dodge, illustrated by G.W. Edwards. Scribner.
A classic story about Holland and the adventures of Hans and his sister.

Heidi, by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Agnes Tait. Lippincott.
The tender story of a little girl and her friends in the Swiss Alps.

It's Perfectly True, and Other Stories, by Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Paul Leyssac, illustrated by Richard Bennett. Harcourt.
A fine translation of great Andersen's tales, especially recommended for reading aloud.

Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated by J.M. Gleeson. Doubleday.
Beloved tales of how the whale got his throat, the came his hump, the leopard his spots, and how other animals came by their names.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, by Howard Pyle, illustrated by the author. Scribner.
There have been many versions of the stories about Robin Hood the outlaw, but the ones by Howard Pyle are the best.

Peter Pan, by James M. Barrie, illustrated by Nora S. Unwin. Scribner.
The story that will never grow old of the little boy from Never, Never Land who never grows up.

Here, among other stories, is the classic “Rip Van Winkle.”

The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann Wyss, illustrated by Harry Rountree. Macmillan.
The classic story of a shipwrecked family.

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. Scribner.
The greatest pirate story of all time, and a must for every home library.

1 comment:

  1. Did you see "My Boy Jack" on PBS? It was about Rudyard Kippling's son and WWI. So sad!