Introduce your child to beloved chapter books and series and connect them to generations of reading for pleasure. It’s all here in Stevenson’peterson math for kids classic, with a rousing introduction from best-selling author Mary Pope Osbourne.
When Jim Hawkins finds Billy Bones’ old pirate map showing a small island marked with a red cross, he knows that a fortune in gold lies waiting for him. After the sudden death of her parents in India, Mary Lennox is sent ‘home’ to England, and the Yorkshire estate of a distant relative. Sad and lonely, her only interest lies in a secret garden, abandoned after a tragic accident. The land is all-important to the Logan family.
But it takes awhile for Cassie and her three brothers to understand just how lucky they are to have it. Tommy and Annika have always wished someone would come to live in the ramshackle house next door, and one day, someone does: Pippi Longstocking, an irrepressible nine-year-old girl with a unique way of doing things. Soon the three are inseparable friends. This quirky fantasy story reveals how a restless and precocious ten-year-old boy learns to appreciate the ordinary things in life after he embarks on a wondrous journey. Milo is in a deep blue funk. Nothing and no one capture his interest. Second to the right and straight on ’til morning — that’s the way to Neverland, an island filled with adventure and hidden danger.
It’s home to beautiful mermaids and fairies, as well as dastardly pirates ruled by the evil Captain Hook. When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and under-appreciated flying baby dragon, he packs his knapsack with supplies and stows away on a ship headed for Wild Island. A blast of wind, a house-rattling bang, and the beloved magical nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives in the Banks home. Quicker than she can close her umbrella, she takes charge of the Banks children — Jane, Michael, and twins John and Barbara — and changes their lives forever. Meet the Littles, a family like any other but with a few tiny differences!
They live in the walls of the Bigg family house where they get everything they need. In return they make sure the Bigg house is always in good repair. Little Women is an American classic, adored for Louisa May Alcott’s lively and vivid portraits of the endearing March sisters: talented tomboy Jo, pretty Meg, shy Beth, temperamental Amy. Laura Ingalls likes her little house in the big woods, which she shares with Ma and Pa, and her two, sisters Mary and Carrie. Winter is coming, and their log house is snug and warm. But the big woods are becoming crowded. Everyday, they hear the thud of an axe on a tree, and Pa wants to leave.
James Fenimore Cooper was the most popular American writer of his day, but today he is best known for The Last of the Mohicans. First published in 1961, James and the Giant Peach remains a favorite for young readers decades later. In it, young James Henry Trotter loses his parents and is forced to live with his evil aunts. Luckily, he is given magic crystals, which he accidentally spills on his aunts’ decrepit peach tree. Karana, an Indian girl, lives happily with her people on the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
It is an island in the Pacific that gets its name from its beautiful shape from above it looks like a dolphin lying on its side, “with its tail pointing toward sunrise,” sunning itself in the sea. When Omri’s big brother has no birthday present for him, he gives Omri an old wooden medicine cabinet he’s found. The cabinet doesn’t seem like much of a present to nine-year-old Omri, until he deposits inside it another present he receives for his birthday: a miniature plastic Indian. A beautiful retelling of this timeless classic. Heidi is the perfect introduction to classic stories for younger readers. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends.