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The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud Hardcover – September 14, 1998
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Believe it or not, 44 complete read-aloud classics and future classics--from Goodnight Moon to Stellaluna--are packed in this remarkably svelte, positively historic anthology. Flipping through the 308 pages of The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury is like browsing a photo album of beloved friends and family. The familiar faces of Curious George and Ferdinand the Bull peer earnestly from the pages, and scenes from Madeline and Millions of Cats resonate as if you just experienced them yesterday. Think of the advantages of carrying this book on a vacation instead of a suitcase of single titles! (Your kids can always revisit their dog-eared hardcovers when they get home.)
This impressive collection of concept books, wordless books, picture books, and read-aloud stories was artfully compiled by longtime children's book editor and publisher Janet Schulman. Stories are coded red, blue, and green to designate age groupings from baby/toddler books such as Whose Mouse Are You?, through preschool books such as Where the Wild Things Are, to longer stories for ages 5 and older such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The reason the book isn't bigger than Babar is because many of the illustrations from each story were reduced or removed to fit the anthology's format. (Leo Lionni's Swimmy, for example, takes up 5 pages total, compared to its original 29 pages.) Brief biographical notes that are surprisingly quirky shine a little light on the 62 authors and illustrators, and an index helps, too, for the child who likes one story best. We love the idea of being within easy reach of a Star-Belly Sneetch, a William Steig donkey, and a Sendak monster at all times, and we're sure your little bookworms will, too. (Click to see a sample spread from The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury, compilation copyright © 1998 by Janet Schulman, illustrations © renewed 1997 by William Steig.) (All ages) --Karin Snelson
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 4-Forty-four selections fill this shiny, heavy compendium, gathered to encourage parents to develop the reading-aloud habit. Most are well-known picture books, but there is a short story by Joan Aiken, a chapter from Winnie the Pooh, and stories from books in beginning-to-read series. Goodnight Moon, a small set of Helen Oxenbury's board books, a Berenstain Bears entry, and other short pieces for the very youngest children are mixed with Stellaluna, The Stinky Cheese Man, Madeline, and older and newer favorites quite disparate in size and design. Some appear in spacious spreads, similar to their original formats. Others are compressed with great chunks of text and few pictures or several pages of the original full-length version stacked on a single page, diminishing details, colors, or the delicious moments of humor, drama, or innuendo. Gone are most of the illustrations for Millions of Cats, and Richard Egielski's Tub People have lost their unique patina and pose in these minuscule renderings. Though much is lost in the translation, the treasury does indeed offer an eclectic variety of good stories, and many children might encounter new favorites here. Concluding biographical notes on the authors and illustrators, a listing of the stories by three age categories, an index, and acknowledgments of original publication details complete the package.
Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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My chief complaint though is the formatting. the stories are spread out in such a way that you'll have page 1 and 3 of a book on the left side and page 2 and 4 on the right. It was very confusing to me until I realized what was going on. Not only does it make reading the stories a little awkward, but it also upsets the pace of the illustrations. I'm using this book to read to my daughter at night, but I won't be giving it to her to read since I don't want any weird reading habits forming.
As a companion to the original books though this book is a god send. I can hand the book to my daughter and let her read along in her own book as I read from the Treasury book. (any weird reading habits I have are fully engrained by now). There are no loss of illustrations that I've found so far, and there is even a small icon on the pages that let you know the reading level of the book you're reading.
The "too long didn't read" version is this book is a great companion book, but shouldn't be used on it's own unless you're reading it to someone. So 3 1/2 stars as a stand-alone products and 5 stars as a book companion.
All of the original text is in the stories except for two of the stories - AMELIA BEDELIA and PETUNIA - and they are condensed. What has been cut out of the book are many of the original illustrations. And in most cases, the illustrations that remain are greatly reduced in size.
To me, this is a good way to find out which books are your children's (or grandchildren's) favorites and then you can purchase a full copy. This book allows you to browse.
The stories in the book are wonderful. And the illustrations that ARE included are colorful and greatly add to the stories.
One thing I really appreciated was that each story is color coded so you can match it up to the reading level of the child. Red is for youngest, blue is for preschool, and green is for stories told mainly by text rather than having a lot of pictures.
At the beginning of each story, there is the name of the author, the illustrator, original publishing date and sometimes a note of interest about the story.
The stories are a perfect length for bedtime reading, some very brief, some longer but none too long. The reading difficulty ranges from raw beginner to advanced; there will likely be something for your child's skill level. A couple of the stories aren't terribly interesting, but we just naturally avoid those and 95% of the rest of the selections are pure gold. So far, this is my most highly recommended children's book.
The stories do not include all the pictures from the original books, but it's a great value for the money. No way I'd be able to get all these books for this price, and cutting out some of the pictures didn't ruin the stories. My husband and I passed a nice evening reading the stories to each other and remembering our childhoods.
I highly recommend this book, and we'll be purchasing it for our niece's "library."