Thanks for the list. I have six year old granddaughter living with me and am always looking for new books for her.
I'm glad you found it helpful! For a six-year old I might also recommend M. Sasek's This Is.. city series, Tony Wolf's Woodland Folk series (sadly out-of-print, but you can still find used copies online) and good ol' Aesop's fables. I also recently discovered the wonderful books of taiwanese illustrator/author Jimmy Liao—my favorites are The Starry Starry Night and The Sound of Colors. A bit hard to find in translation, but worth tracking down.
Dear Melanie C, I saw your message and thought 'Spinner the Winner' might interest you. Eco-tainment for kids aged 5-10; Plucky wind turbine saves the day. http://bit.ly/U1chnw. 5-star reviews, great illustrations; recommended by Kid Wind Project (Minnesota). Story helps parents and teachers to introduce renewables in a fun way. Coloring book too, for younger readers. Free sample chapters at http://spinnerthewinner.wordpress.com/ Best wishes, have a breezy day! Mike (Baku, Azerbaijan).
Dear Alice, would you like a copy of 'Spinner the Winner' to review? Eco-tainment for kids aged 5-10; Plucky wind turbine saves the day. See http://bit.ly/U1chnw. 5-star reviews, great illustrations; recommended by Kid Wind Project (Minnesota). Story helps parents & teachers introduce renewables in a fun way. Coloring book too, for younger readers. Best wishes, have a breezy day!
I cry every time I read that book
Love You Forever or The Giving Tree? They make me want to cry too, because I think of my parents and all they did for me. I think this is the natural emotion. Almost no one is deserving of his or her parents. Maybe the best we can do is to have children of our own and pay it forwards. :)
Received the book Love You Forever from an Aunt when my son was born and it is still a touching story 4 years later. I didn't understand the attachment my Aunt had for the story at first but have grown to appreciate it over time.
I had The Giving Tree growing up, and I took two messages from it:
1. As long as we ask, the environment will keep giving and giving until there is nothing left to give.
2. The way we see and relate to the natural world or cherished things can change as we get older. Instead of valuing them for their inherent qualities, they becomes symbols or embodiments of something else - ie. we don't see the tree anymore, we see the money value that we've come to assign to it.
The parent-child relationship never occurred to me (maybe because I don't have dependents yet), but it does fit very well.
I hate the Giving Tree. People sigh and say "how sweet". To me it glorifies how some people will take from a woman (or mother), and take, and take, and take until there is nothing left. And the woman allows it to happen and keeps giving until there is literally nothing left. It's completely dysfunctional. Of all the great children's books out there, I cannot understand why this would make anyone's list.
I would add my favorite bedtime book: "Time for Bed" by Mem Fox. Gorgeous illustrations with charming, loving, rhyming text. Our family memorized the book, since we read it every night. It made bedtime routine that much easier when we were away from home, to recite the story together.
I'm a teacher & a parent, and it must have taken me at least 12-15 tellings of "Love You Forever," before I could get through it without tears!
Great list. I loved a lot of these books as a child and still do! Have you read Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger? That's a beautiful one too.
It's a good list as far as it goes, but I would have added at least one by Eric Carle or Tasha Tudor. And there are others.
I always thought The Giving Tree was about unconditional love. And yeah, it made me cry, too.
Thank you for this list. I am constantly looking for new books to read with my kids, and something I would enjoy too.
My favorite picture books are anything from Graeme Base. His Animalia, a alphabet picture book, is filled with pictures of things with the same letter--most of which a child won't get. His other books are just as good. And how can you leave off Where the Wild Things Are? The best picture book ever.
I am a teacher and have read the book The Giving Tree to my students. We all felt that the tree was talking like a parent to the little boy. I really like the book The gIving Tree. It really made me feel how thankful I am to my parents and how much they have done for me.
I hope that you all can look at my book - Have you Ever Been Afraid of Animals? I wrote it last year and got a lot of reviews. Check it Out!!!! It's on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.