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Books Every Young Child Must Read- (Vol II)
By Educate Private

‘Chicken Little’ – Laura Rader

An acorn falls onto Chicken Little’s tail and she exclaimed “The sky is falling!” Journey with her and her friends on their way to find the king and warn him. A lovely story with great rhythm, rhyme and repetition. The beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.

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‘Elmer’ – David Mckee

A story about Elmer the elephant, who is fed up of being different, and hatches a plan to be just like the other elephants. However he is still recognised by his playful nature. The subtle message is that it is OK to be different. The first in the series, this is guaranteed to get your children hooked on this lovable elephant.

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‘Green Eggs and Ham’ – Dr Seuss

The main character “Sam-I-Am” follows the narrator around asking him to sample a dish of green eggs and ham. The narrator continues to refuse, even in a variety of different locations, from a box, to a car, to a tree and train. Eventually the narrator tries the green eggs and ham and finds that he does like them after all. A classic, with fun repetition and rhyming.

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‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ – Lynley Dodd

Hairy Maclary, the terrier, goes on adventures, accompanied by his other animal friends who include the dachshund Schnitzel von Krumm. He often runs into his nemesis, the tomcat Scarface Claw. The story is written in verse and has a comforting rhythm, until Scarface turns up.

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‘The Moomins and the Great Flood’ – Tove Jansson

The Moomins and the Great Flood offers an extraordinary glimpse into the creativity and imagination that launched the Moomin books. Moominmamma and young Moomintroll search for the long lost Moominpappa through forest and flood, meeting a little creature (an early Sniff) and the elegantly strange Tulippa along the way. Tove Jansson illustrates her first ever Moomin adventure with stunning sepia watercolour and delightful pen and ink drawings.

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‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ – Judith Kerr

This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago. Now a new generation will enjoy this beautiful reformatted edition!
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

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‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ – Margery Williams

A stuffed toy rabbit (with real thread whiskers) comes to life in Margery Williams' timeless tale of the transformational power of love. Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy (as he is called) will choose him as a playmate.

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‘The Tale of Tom Kitten’ – Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Tom Kitten is set in the cottage garden Beatrix created herself at Hill Top, the farm she owned near the village of Sawrey. Tom and his sisters look so smart in their new clothes. When their mother sends them outside while she waits for her visitors, she couldn't possibly guess what kind of mess they are going to get themselves into!

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‘Rapunzel’ – Grimm - Paul O. Zelinksy (illustrations)

This is a retelling of the famous children's fairy tale, probably first presented in 1634, of a young woman with exceptionally long hair who is kept prisoner in a tall tower by a sorceress. The book, beautifully illustrated by Zelinsky (who attempted to follow the styles of 17th century art) won the 1998 Caldecott Medal for best illustrations in a children's book. Zelinsky also did considerable research to retell this story as close as possible to the original sources, including those of the Grimm brothers.

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‘The Elephant’s Child’ – Rudyard Kipling

An inquisitive little elephant is always getting in trouble for asking too many questions. One day he asks “What does the Crocodile have for dinner?” his relatives spank him, but the Kolokolo told him to go to the Limpopo River to find out. On his way he meets an array of animals, who all spank him when he asks what the crocodile has for dinner. When he reaches the river the crocodile grabs his short trunk and tries to pull the elephant into the water. His trunk eventually stretches to the length they are today. A fable that shows that inquisitiveness may get you in trouble but in the end you will be better off.

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