“Good Books for Little Friends,” Friend, Feb. 2000, 31
Brave as a Tiger by Libuse Palecvek The little tiger was named Fang because tigers are supposed to be brave. But when he heard a noise, he hid in the tall grass. Then his mother became very ill, and he had to face a raging storm and a dangerous river twice in order to get the doctor.
Never Ride Your Elephant to School by Doug Johnson An elephant at school? Think about it! Then read this book and laugh and laugh. The very funny story is illustrated with very funny pictures.
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad by Nadine Bernard Westcott (adapter) This classic camp song has fun illustrations, and a brief history and simple melody at the end.
More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby The beautiful art and few words express the intense longing of young Booker T. Washington to read—and the joy he feels upon learning the sounds of the alphabet.
The Emperor’s Garden by Ferida Wolff The people of the village got along well with each other—until they built a garden for the emperor. Then each wanted to name the garden for the part he had built. Almost as if to punish them for their pride, a monsoon flooded the garden. When the emperor came, they were ashamed for him to see it. But he was as wise as he was old.