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Skyfyre
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0 posted 03-19-2002 01:19 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Hello, fellow poets, and well met!

(Erm, a little bleeding-over from Severn's "overturned" post, I'm afraid, but I vow to do no swooning ... ahem)

You may or may not know that my daughter and son will soon have their birthdays (Damian on March 28th and Kahlan on April 5th).  Damian was easy enough to shop for; he spewed forth the name of the last 10 toy commercials that caught his eye, and I chose the least breakable of them, case closed.

Kahlan, however, shocked the underpants off me by asking for -- be sure you're sitting down for this -- books. (Hmm maybe a swoon here?  Nope, nevermind)  She's going to be 7, is reading on a 3rd-4th grade level, and has a vast and rich imagination that would be the envy of any writer of fiction, albeit her writing skills need a bit of polish ... :P

At any rate, I find myself at a loss for which books to get her.  I don't really have any concept of the standard reading levels, so "3rd-4th grade level" is about as enlightening to me as "red herring and boiled potatoes level."  Wandering around the children's section in the bookstore for hours on end does not appeal to me, nor does it present itself as a viable solution.  Would someone care to help me out by offering some appropriate titles?

The obvious qualifiers would be a decent story line, maybe even rhyming text (making rhymes is one of her favorite games), clever illustrations, and perhaps a moral or two for her to ponder when she's done.  I don't want anything Disney or other classic fairy tale stuff because she's either seen the movie, heard them read, or owns them already.

Thanks in advance,

Linda
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Linda, my 10 year old granddaughter has a favorite male author, and dang if I can remember his name, but I will check on it tonight...he has several books out, and I am sure your daughter would enjoy them!  I'll b back!
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2 posted 03-19-2002 02:03 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

The Caldecott Awarded Books always have a high standards and usually very impressive illustrations and content.
Some of these sites have books listed by age and so on. Hope they help. good too see you here
http://www.kcts.org/kids/children/selecting/caldecott.asp
http://www.eagerreaders.com/
http://www.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/lists.html
http://www.nypl.org/branch/kids/lists.html
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3 posted 03-19-2002 03:09 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Or you could check for James Thurber, American satirist. "The 13 Clocks" and "The Wonderful O" are nicely illustrated, and written on the 5th or 6th grade level, but with messages for any age.
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I have always loved and admired the Madeline L'Engle series that begins with A Wrinkle in Time. . . these books had a profound effect on me. . . and showed me that the world is bigger than even we could imagine. . .

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Hi Linda, here's an author my kids loved: Brian Jacques.

Here are some links that may be useful. Good luck!
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/entertainment/html98/book_20000209.html
http://www.redwall.org/
http://www.expage.com/page/raptor0330
Bec
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6 posted 03-19-2002 07:26 PM       View Profile for Bec   Email Bec   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bec

Hi Skyfyre...

You might be able to ask Kahlan's teacher for suggestions. I'm sure s/he would be able to reccommend something appropriate for her.

Hope this helps.

Bec

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7 posted 03-20-2002 02:57 AM       View Profile for Erin   Email Erin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Erin

When I was younger I read alot of different books but the ones I really liked were the Chicken Soup and Taste Berries books!!!
Skyfyre
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8 posted 03-22-2002 11:35 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions.  I'll be walking into the bookstore a little more prepared.  

Linda
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Beverly Cleary was always my favorite author as a child. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 is an excellent book.... so is just about anything she's done.

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and you were in the wrong place
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