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A School Library Journal Best Book
A never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children’s story is brought to life by Philip and Erin Stead, creators of the Caldecott Medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee.
In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished . . . until now.
Plucked from the Mark Twain archive at the University of California at Berkeley, Twain’s notes now form the foundation of a fairy tale picked up over a century later. With only Twain’s fragmentary script and a story that stops partway as his guide, author Philip Stead has written a tale that imagines what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work.
Johnny, forlorn and alone except for his pet chicken, meets a kind woman who gives him seeds that change his fortune, allowing him to speak with animals and sending him on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. In the face of a bullying tyrant king, Johnny and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.
Illuminated by Erin Stead’s graceful, humorous, and achingly poignant artwork, this is a story that reaches through time and brings us a new book from America’s most legendary writer, envisioned by two of today’s most important names in children’s literature.
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
"Will capture the imaginations of readers of all ages"—USA Today, ★ ★ ★ ★ (out of four stars)
★ "Samuel Langhorne Clemens himself would be proud."—Booklist, starred review
★ "A cast of eccentric characters, celestially fine writing, and a crusade against pomp that doesn't sacrifice humor."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Completing a story penned by arguably America's greatest author is no easy feat, but the Caldecott-winning author-illustrator (and husband-wife) team proves more than equal to the task. . . . A pensive and whimsical work that Twain would applaud."—Kirkus, starred review
★ "The combination of Twain’s (often sarcastic) humor and “lessons of life,” a touch of allegory, and Stead’s own storytelling skills result in an awesome piece of fantasy."—School Library Journal, starred review
★ "Beautifully understated and nuanced illustrations by Erin Stead add the finishing flourishes to this remarkable work."—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“drawn with a graceful crosshatched intelligence that seems close to the best of Wyeth.”—Adam Gopnik, The New York Times
"Twain and the two Steads have created what could become a read-aloud classic, perfect
Eccentric Aunt Josephine poignantly ignores a stranger knocking at her door as she tells her niece Sadie the story of her time in the jungles of Peru, cataloguing amphibians for the scientific team of Admiral Rodriguez. When the admiral's son was suddenly swallowed by a giant frog, Aunt Josephine gave chase in a journey which took her around the world.
In the tradition of Philip Stead and Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell's previous collaborations Special Delivery and The Only Fish in the Sea, this is a story full of rambunctious fun and sensationally appealing artwork.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Did you hear about little Amy Scott? She got a goldfish for her birthday and then just threw it in the ocean! That doesn’t seem right.
I guess Sherman and Sadie will have to go save little Ellsworth (every fish deserves a proper name) on their own. They’ll need:
Twenty-one pink balloons
A bucket of paint
Appropriate headwear in case of weather—good or bad
Don’t worry. Ellsworth is in good hands now, but what ever happened to little Amy Scott?
Join Sadie (Special Delivery) on another adventure in The Only Fish in the Sea, a delightful picture book by Philip C. Stead and Matthew Cordell.
A Neal Porter Book
Sadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company.
She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train, and an alligator to get to her aunt's home. Along the way she meets an array of interesting characters, including an odd postal worker and a gang of bandit monkeys, who all help her get where she is going.
This eccentric and hilarious story from Philip C. Stead, the author of the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee and illustrator Matthew Cordell will surprise and entertain from beginning to end.
This title has Common Core connections.
The author used to live in the busy city where there were buses and trains, and people waiting for buses and trains.
Now he lives in the country and jubilantly takes us on a tour of his home, pointing out all the animals that share his space. There are stuffed bears and quilted chickens. His dog Wednesday watches cranes, frogs, and dragonflies live their lives. Coyotes and chipmunks come and go, and the world around where he lives is full of life, until winter comes, and there is nothing but snow.
Uniquely structured, All the Animals Where I Live is a picture book from Philip C. Stead, one of our most innovative author-illustrators, that is a meditation on life and moments big and small that shape our individual worlds.
"Es un día muy agradable", dijo Vernon.
Puercoespín, estuvo de acuerdo. "No recuerdo un día tan agradable como este".
"Excepto tal vez ayer", ofreció Zorrillo.
Los protagonistas de Un hogar para pájaro regresan en este nuevo libro dividido en tres pequeñas aventuras.
Vernon la rana y sus amigos, Zorrillo y Puercoespín, van de pesca y hacen el jardín, todo con mucho encanto y buenas dosis de paciencia.
Gentilezza e coraggio, capricci e tirannia si impastano in una storia leggera che dall'umorismo iniziale via via assume una tensione avventurosa irresistibile.
Escrito por uno de los autores más importantes de la historia, este tesoro de la literatura es un cuento imaginado para tiempos pasados y futuros.
Una noche de 1879, Mark Twain les cuenta a sus hijas una historia antes de dormir: John, un chico muy pobre se come una flor mágica y adquiere la habilidad de hablar con los animales. Con sus nuevos amigos, John se embarca en una peligrosa aventura para rescatar a un príncipe que ha sido raptado. ¿Qué pasa cuando el héroe se encuentra a la entrada de una cueva protegida por dragones?
De la historia original quedó sólo el esqueleto en forma de notas en el diario de Twain. Por eso, más de un siglo después, cuando éstas fueron descubiertas, se les encargó su reconstrucción a dos gigantes de la literatura infantil: Philip y Erin Stead. El resultado es un hermoso y original libro ilustrado que toca temas como la caridad, la bondad, la tiranía y la valentía.