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Books in Picture Puffin series

  • Brothers of the Knight

    Debbie Allen, Kadir Nelson

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Dec. 31, 2001)
    Debbie Allen's contemporary retelling of the classic tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses with illustrations from Kadir Nelson! Reverend Knight can't understand why his twelve sons' sneakers are torn to threads each and every morning, and the boys aren't talking. They know their all-night dancing wouldn't fit with their father's image in the community. Maybe Sunday, a pretty new nanny with a knack for getting to the bottom of household mysteries, can crack the case. This modern, hip retelling of the classic tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses bursts with vibrant artwork and text that's as energetic as the twelve toe-tapping Knight brothers themselves. "A funky, fresh adaptation." —Publishers Weekly"This is a high-flying alternative to the tale's usual dainty renditions." —Kirkus Reviews
  • Sister Anne's Hands

    Marybeth Lorbiecki, Wendy Popp

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Nov. 29, 2000)
    "An African American nun challenges the beliefs of her second-grade students in this thought-provoking picture book set in the 1960s."--Publishers WeeklySister Anne’s hands are brown, and Anna’s hands are white. It’s the early 1960s, and Anna has never seen a person with dark skin before. At first she is afraid of her new second-grade teacher. But Anna quickly finds that there’s no reason to be scared. Sister Anne is wonderful. She likes jokes and she makes math and reading fun. But then someone sails a paper airplane to her, with a cruel message written on its wings. Sister Anne’s wise way of turning a painful incident into a powerful learning experience has a profound impact on Anna and her classmates. This moving, timeless tale is perfectly illustrated with luminous, glowing paintings. “With humor and understanding, Lorbiecki writes about a young girl’s coming to terms with racial differences and about the pain that ignorance can cause.”—The Horn Book
  • The Donkey's Dream

    Barbara Helen Berger

    Paperback (Puffin, Oct. 1, 1999)
    The little donkey who carries Mary, mother of Jesus, on the long road to Bethlehem, has fantastic dreams along the journey that culminates in the birth of Christ. Reissue.
  • Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge

    Mem Fox, Julie Vivas

    Paperback (Puffin, Dec. 1, 1987)
    Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge is a small boy who has a big name - and that's why he likes Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper becasue she has too. So when he finds Miss Nancy has lost her memory, Wilfrid determines to discover what memories are so he can find it for her. A perennial classic, perfect for reading aloud.
  • Poor Carl

    Nancy Carlson

    Paperback (Puffin, March 1, 1991)
    Carl's big brother doesn't think it would be easy to be a baby, but he also realizes Carl is lucky to have someone to play with and protect him
  • Strega Nona: Her Story

    Tomie dePaola

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Sept. 11, 2000)
    Tomie dePaola serves as "biographer" to his delightful Italian sorceress, Strega Nona, in this beautifully drawn prequel. The tale begins with little Nona's birth on a dark and stormy night, and ends where the original Strega Nona picks up-with Strega Nona taking on the bumbling, knock-kneed Big Anthony as an apprentice. This winsome story is illustrated throughout with Tomie dePaola's warm and sunny watercolors! "dePaola does a splendid job of working this sparkling tale into the Strega Nona canon." -Publishers Weekly
  • Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella

    Alan Schroeder, Brad Sneed

    Paperback (Puffin Books, May 8, 2000)
    I reckon ye heard o' Cinderella, but lemme tell you a story 'bout a sweet li'l thing named Rose? Set in the Appalachian Mountains and told in a lilting dialect that just begs to be read aloud, this is a unique and lively adaptation of the traditional Cinderella story. Complete with an enchanting protagonist, a glass slipper, and a fairy godmother who just happens to be a hog, Smoky Mountain Rose is a joy to read again and again.
  • Play with Me

    Marie Hall Ets

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Sept. 30, 1976)
    A Caldecott Honor BookOut in a meadow, a little girl just wants to play, but the animals keep running away. Until she sits still by the pond, and they all come back to her. Teaching patience and gentleness this classic story is wonderful for children of all ages.
  • Thy Friend, Obadiah

    Brinton Turkle

    Paperback (Puffin Books, July 29, 1982)
    A warm friendship develops between a young Quaker boy and a seagull on old Nantucket.
  • The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring

    Lucille Clifton, Brinton Turkle

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Aug. 15, 1992)
    In the middle of the city, two young friends set out to find Spring. Their search ends in a most unlikely but utterly convincing discovery.
  • Play With Me

    Marie Hall Ets

    Library Binding (Paw Prints 2007-06-28, June 28, 2007)
    A little girl goes to the meadow to play, but each animal she tries to catch runs away from her--until she sits still by the pond, and they all come back.
  • Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book

    Muriel Feelings, Tom Feelings

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Aug. 15, 1992)
    A Caldecott Honor BookMoja Means One introduces children to counting in Swahili with helpful pronunciation keys, while presenting East African culture and lifestyles through an easy-to-understand narrative and vivid illustrations. “Magnificient, full-page drawings throb with the feeling of East African life.”—Child Study AssociationLook for the Caldecott Honor Book and companion title: Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book