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The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson (1958)

My husband, son and I just returned from a trip to Paris, so The Family Under the Bridge seems like a natural book choice right now.  But you don’t have to have EVER visited Paris to love this story — … Continue reading

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Ellen Tebbits & Otis Spofford by Beverly Cleary (1951 & 1953)

Ellen Tebbits and Austine Allen are best friends and love spending every possible moment together — despite the constant teasing from their dance teacher’s son, Otis Spofford.  Everything is right with their world until one day they decide to dress … Continue reading

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Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark (1953)

What happens to humanity when alien Overlords take over Earth and eliminate both war and poverty?  Sounds like Utopia, right?  But not everyone agrees.  Without challenge and strife does mankind stop progressing? And what if after 100 years of alien … Continue reading

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The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White (1970)

The Trumpet of the Swan is the fanciful story of Louis, a young, mute swan, who yearns to have his unique voice heard in the world! With the help of his father and a young boy named Sam Beaver, Louis … Continue reading

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The Best-Loved Doll by Rebecca Caudill (1962)

What is Betsy to do when a birthday party invitation asks her to bring her best doll for a fun competition? Betsy owns a dozen dolls.  Each is beautiful in its own way.  How will she ever choose? The Best-Loved … Continue reading

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Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (1953)

Brighty of the Grand Canyon is based on the adventures of a small burro who lived in the Grand Canyon in the early 1900s.  Brighty wandered the colorful cliffs, made friends with the tourists and even helped Teddy Roosevelt’s expedition … Continue reading

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The Mushroom Planet series by Eleanor Cameron (1954 – 1967)

Wanted:  A small spaceship about eight feet long, built by a boy, or by two boys, between the ages of eight and eleven.  The ship should be sturdy and well made, and should be of materials found at hand.  Nothing … Continue reading

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