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Children's Books with Profound Depth

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The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian
The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian
"This is one of the greatest, even if little read, children's book. A rich allegory about the power of beauty and a magnificent coming-of-age story."
Westmark (The Westmark Trilogy)
Westmark (The Westmark Trilogy)
"The Westmark series draws on Alexander's war experiences and teaches the effects of war and violence. It presents a coming-of-age, teaches about democracy, and the power of love to conquer all."
Abel's Island
Abel's Island
"Steig helps the reader to realize the joys of life."
Dominic (Sunburst Book)
Dominic (Sunburst Book)
"Steig once again encourages a love of life and everything in life while taking on its tougher facets like death and injustice."
Missing May (Yearling Newbery)
Missing May (Yearling Newbery)
"Anyone, adult or child, who has ever lost a loved one should read this beautiful novel."
The High King (Pyrdain Chronicles)
The High King (Pyrdain Chronicles)
"The Prydain Chronicles present great stories with humor and adventure. They also depict the struggles of growing up, the effects of violence, and the effects of love."
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Full-Color Collector's Edition)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Full-Color Collector's Edition)
"Another beautiful allegory and one of the best in the series."
The Pushcart War
The Pushcart War
"The Pushcart War shows the absurdity of war. The story is hilarious and all-around entertaining."
Babe: The Gallant Pig
Babe: The Gallant Pig
"There's something about pig books. This book teaches about prejudices and it teaches about triumphing over diversity."
Silent To The Bone
Silent To The Bone
"A page-turner with a lot going on beneath the plot."
The Door in the Wall
The Door in the Wall
"My first favorite book. I started reading after this. It's a great historic novel about overcoming a disability."
Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!
Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!
"Great insights into parental-teen relationships."
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
"A delightful tale. This has the greatest and most satisfying flashback in children's literature."
Good Night, Mr. Tom
Good Night, Mr. Tom
"The most touching story I have ever read. It is an English classic which should be read over here."
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
"One of the best of a great children's authors. This is the beautiful story about a relationship between a brother and sister."
The Tale of the Despereaux
The Tale of the Despereaux
Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)