Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Idea! Grand Parents & Dead Heads!!!

Monkey and the Engineer

by Jesse Fuller

Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.95

The story of the Monkey and the Engineer is from a song by the famous blues artist and composer Jessie Fuller and has long been covered by the Grateful Dead (in their many incarnations). While this makes the book particularly attractive to "Dead Heads" - this story stands solidly on its own.

This delightful telling of the tale takes us on a fun ride...with colorful illustrations by David Opie that captivate your heart and release your imagination. Children of all ages will enjoy this entertaining story!

It has been said that "the blues" is the folk music of America - I really appreciate the history. The story of Jessie Fuller that is beautifully told in the back of the book helps to make this book relevant to children, teens and adults alike.

I hope that this is just the first in a long series of books based on the songs of the great "blues" Masters! Bravo!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

What Book Got You Hooked? The Votes Are In!!!

Although voting has ended, visitors to the What Book Got You Hooked? Web site can still make a donation to help provide brand new books to children in need as well as share their favorite books and memories.

The Nancy Drew series
Green Eggs & Ham
Little House on the Prairie series
Charlotte's Web
Cat in the Hat
Little Women
The Boxcar Children
The Bobbsey Twins
Black Beauty
The Dick & Jane series
Go Dog Go!
To Kill a Mockingbird
Goodnight Moon
Gone With the Wind
Anne of Green Gables
Curious George
Black Stallion
Harry Potter series
The Secret Garden
The Bible
The Pokey Little Puppy
The Giving Tree
A Wrinkle in Time
The Little Engine That Could
The Hobbit
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Hardy Boys series
Hop on Pop
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Velveteen Rabbit
Are You There God? It's me Margaret.
The Babysitters Club series
Pippi Longstocking
Amelia Bedelia
The Hatchet
Ramona Quimby books
Island of the Blue Dolphins
The Wizard of Oz
The Outsiders
Winnie the Pooh
Treasure Island
Horton Hears a Who
Love You Forever
Old Yeller
Call of the Wild

Though voting for the 2008 campaign has closed, you can still share the memory of the book that got you hooked. Your response may be shared along with your name on the "Your Favorites" page.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What Book Got You Hooked?

In less than five days, What Book Got You Hooked? “ the campaign that celebrates the impact of unforgettable children's books“ will come to an end.

Together, you've shown us that the impact of children's books cannot be overstated -- whether it was Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, or Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.

In fact, it turns out even bestselling authors can still remember the books that got them hooked.

For Judy Blume herself, it was the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace:
"My mother bought me the first three books in the Betsy-Tacy series when I was 9 or 10, and from the start, I was hooked. I wanted to jump inside those books and live at Betsy's house. Some characters become your friends for life. Some characters you never forget. Thank you, Maud Hart Lovelace, for making me into a lifelong reader."

Join us in making sure children everywhere get the chance to know the joy of great books. Help us create lifelong readers by making a donation of $10 or more today.

Be sure to check back next week for a list of the Top 50 books that got YOU hooked, as well as the announcement of the state to receive 50,000 new books for kids in need through the What Book Got You Hooked? campaign.

It's all thanks to you.

All best wishes,
Kyle Zimmer
President, First Book


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