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HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child's First Collection Hardcover – October 15, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1st edition (October 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060080949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060080945
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well-loved books and stories come together in a batch of fall compendiums. The HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child's First Collection offers 12 enduring tales (their covers make a stamp-sized border on the cover) in one handsomely designed keepsake edition that preserves the feel of the original volumes. The anthology contains Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, illus. by Clement Hurd (1947); Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (1955); William's Doll by Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by William PŠne du Bois (1971); and the more recent Pete's a Pizza by William Steig (1998), among others. Editorial commentary, suggestions for sharing the book with children and brief biographies of authors and illustrators are included after each story. Ages 4-8.
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This book is a BARGAIN and I would recommend purchasing any of the books included in the collection, but you can save a ton of money by just buying this one!
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This book is a wonderful collection of classic children's stories!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Hugo & Grace on April 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Publisher Harper Collins really lives up to its name. I was so impressed with the carefully chosen picture books they compiled. There were so many children's books and I wanted to find the best ones for my child and I did with this book! There are 12 unabridged books in this book and the picture quality is EXCELLENT. The paper is glossy stock grade and the pictures are just beautiful. Good Night Moon looks much better in this book compared to its individual board book and hardcover versions in this book. Baby Says is another picture book that is mainly a pictorial but was perfect for my infant who was able to comprehend the story. Her reactions were just amazing. There is another picture book out there called "The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury" and it does not compare. A good majority of the books in their book is abridged, the paper quality is like any other and, although the book is large in its dimensions, the pictures were shrunken down quite a bit because they put multiple pictures per page on some stories. In addition, some of their book choices were great but a lot of them weren't unlike Harper Collin's book. They really chose only the best. I only wish they came out with another volume. This book contains two books appropriate for infants, Goodnight Moon and Baby Says. The rest of the books will grow with the child.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on April 11, 2008
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This is the kind of book that should sell itself -- a collection of classic children's stories. At a time when going to the children's section of any bookstore can be overwhelming, it's a relief to find something like the Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics. It takes away all the guesswork by being filled with over a dozen stories that are already tried and true, stories that are proven entertainment to a wide variety of children. And they're all in one book (though it's a heavy sucker, to say the least). The contents are as follows:

Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Crictor by Tomi Ungerer
A Baby Sister for Frances written by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Leo the Late Bloomer written by Robert Kraus, illustrated by Jose Aruego
William's Doll written by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by William Pène Du Bois
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie written by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
George Shrinks by William Joyce
Baby Says by John Steptoe
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Pete's a Pizza by William Steig

In addition to these timeless stories, the Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics contains short author and illustrator biographies (such as what other books they've done) and useful ideas for sharing the story further with children (like concepts to discuss). And all proceeds from the purchase go to First Book, which donates books to needy families. It's a win-win situation, and not only for you and your children, but for others as well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill Tang on November 27, 2002
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This is a dictionary size collection of 12 picture book classics, including the good old "Goodnight Moon" first published in 1947. It is definitely a treasure worth a place in your child's library. As soon as your child graduates from board books, this is the book to give him. The royalties of this volumn goes to a noble cause; this makes the purchase so much more worthwhile.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with many great stories. My child loves it. We have had it for a week and we read it 3 times a day. The size of the book is amazing, it is huge and the pictures are wonderful...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. King on December 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my daughter's favorite books- definitely a great collection. Personally, I would have rather bought the books individually because this book is so big and heavy (almost 5 pounds!). It is really hard to read in our laps in our cozy chair because of the heft and size, but my daughter insists on reading it, so we move to the floor to read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Doty on June 4, 2008
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I bought this book for my 4-year-old granddaughter and within the first week we had read through it completely and at least half of it twice. It's a great compilation of top-notch classic picture books and in a quality presentation. It's a little too heavy for a child to cart around with him or her, but should be a favorite at story time. All the books inside are full sized with reprinted original illustrations.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Darla on May 11, 2011
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Re: Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics

No complaint about the choice of stories. I was just disappointed with the quality of the paper on which they are printed. My little three year old wants to just sit by himself, after we read, and look at the pictures. But, as gentle as he tries to be in turning the pages, they inevitably tear. Then he feels badly, and It's hard to see his pleasure diminished, often ended, by this happening.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Writing Mom on September 25, 2007
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This is a great collection of classic stories all in one volume - at an unbeatable price. My two year old daughter loved acting out "Pete's A Pizza" as I read the story. We reach for this collection of stories a lot.
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