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Subject: Wanted:Beautifully Illustrated Children's books for gifts Any suggestions?
Date Posted: 2/20/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I have some gifts to give in the next few months. Ages from 2 to ahem..well adult. I'm interested in beautifully illustrated hard cover books with great story lines for the kids. A moral message or lesson would be cream. The adults...I can ask. Dolly



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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 6:06 PM ET
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Anything illustrated by Jan Brett or Mary Azarian; a great children's author is Natalie Kinsey-Warnock. My kids love her books. There are subtle messages, not bash you over the head and she has different books for a variety of age ranges. Deb

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 8:13 PM ET
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I would also recommend Jan Brett.  Her illustrations are beautiful.  One of the favorites in our Kindergarten class is The Mitten.

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Date Posted: 2/20/2009 8:34 PM ET
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I enjoy the Henry (Thoreau) tales by D. B. Johnson.  One is called Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, and another is Henry Works.  The illustrations are wonderful, somewhat abstract, cubist maybe, but full of plants and animals.  I also got a kick out of How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.  And I agree about Jan Brett.

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 8:39 PM ET
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Tomie DePaola has some great books too, for the younger ones. Deb

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 8:59 PM ET
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Oh my gosh, there are so many beautiful books out there, but I just bought  "King Bidgood's in the bathtub" , it is funny and the illustrations are incredible-it's not a newly published book, but easy to find..for just good stories, you can't beat author Cynthia Rylant-she has many great ones, good stories, we LOVE her Henry and Mudge books, and the "Mr. Putter" series...

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 2:11 AM ET
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Jan Brett is fabulous.  Another one with beautiful pictures would be Animalia by Graeme Base, check it out.  My kids are grown but I keep that book on my shelf.

Subject: Ladies! You have outdone yourselves!
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 9:22 AM ET
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Ladies, Thank you so very much for all of the wonderful suggestions! Some of the books I have already including King Bidgoods in the Bathtub which several of my children have enjoyed for years. The Mitten by Jan Brett is one of our favorite Christmas books. But the others I had not heard of and I am thankful to be educated. Just for my two cents in case others are looking for the same sorts of books I would like to suggest The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomy, The Christmas Lamb by Max Lucado The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg The Silver Swan by Michael Morpurgo(the illustrations are out of this world! ), Grandfather's Christmas Tree by Keith Strand and the two Little Bo books by`Julia Andrews Edwards. Last but not least because it is hard to find good books for boys in this area I would recommend The book of Dragons by Michael Hague.  I have so much enjoyed this topic! Thank you! Dolly

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:02 AM ET
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When I was little I had a book called Poppyseed.  The pictures were beautiful and had a great lesson about not judging somone befor you get to know them.  I don't know if it is still in print, but is worth checking out.