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My Shelf: books from the shelf


Re-reading books from my shelf

Welcome to my new series My Shelf where at least once a month I’ll blather about at least one of the books from my shelf. I say at least because once schools starts back up I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep.

I’m doing this as a last hurrah for many books since I’m really trying to downsize the clutter in my life. To kick off my new series I’m sharing 5 books from my childhood 1.

Here’s Pippa!, Moss Gown, Twelve Dancing Princesses, FernGully, & Spiders

Here's Pippa! Twelve Stories for Reading Aloud or Reading Alone

Here’s Pippa! Twelve Stories for Reading Aloud or Reading Alone by Betty D. Boegehold

This 1989 Bullseye book is actually to separate Pippa books in one. So if you’ve read Pippa Mouse or Here’s Pippa Again then you’ve at least some of the 12 short stories.

A bonus was finding this awesome bookmark from my childhood.

From the back of the book:

“Every day little Pippa leaves her cozy mouse house to play with her woodland friends: Ripple Squirrel, Weber Duck, Gray Bird, and Cricket… These 12 lively stories about an irresistible little mouse are the perfect read-aloud treats for storytime– and wonderful fare for the youngest independent readers.”

My GoodReads Review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

These 12 short stories follow along the everyday adventures of a cute and cuddly mouse. In the first story readers quickly realize that Pippa is a smart, fearless mouse who isn’t afraid to build things. Other stories show she’s far from perfect but the way she gets in and out of trouble is enjoyable for those listening, reading on their own for the first time, or rereading all over again.

The characters that pop up throughout the stories all have their own personality and I find the slightly dangerous Fox one of my favorites.

The illustrations by Cyndy Szekeres are classic and cute and really help keep the little ones attention. This is one of my childhood books that I’ve kept and always have ready to read whenever babysitting.

Moss Gown by William H. Hooks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my favorite stories ever! I still remember how entranced I was when my mother gave it to me over twenty years ago! ( Wow, I feel so old now!)

I love how this story blends King Lear and Cinderella with a Southern twist and that it is based on a story the author heard growing up. Oral storytelling at it’s finest.

The “fairy godmother” doesn’t give Candace at pumpkin carriage or glass slippers but like Cinderella she goes to the ball by turning a moss gown into a shimmering one.

Her sisters are just as evil as stepsisters and as in King Lear they manipulate their father who only learns of it far too late.

One of my favorite parts of the book is the author’s note at the end. It’s a timeless classic that anyone no matter their age will enjoy.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Twelve Dancing Princesses Retold by Freya Littledale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I couldn’t find this version of the twelve dancing princesses on here and even the reviews on Amazon seem to be about other versions.

It gets a 4 star for me, mainly because of the illustrations by Isadore Seltzer. The story itself is an easy reader type, one of the many I got through Scholastic in my school years, and it leaves the reader with questions as well as answers at the end.

Rereading it as a semi-adult the princesses seem cruel as they laugh about the men who lost their heads over them but that’s no different from any other version I’ve read. But I loved the trees!

(view spoiler)[Plus, I have to look up about the enchanted princes they danced with in this version it hints they continue to be under a spell. (hide spoiler)]

Overall another childhood book that I enjoyed reading then and now.

Fern Gully

Ferngully by Diana Young

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story follows Crysta a fun loving, rule breaking fairy as she learns more about the magical rainforest she calls home and the dangers that threaten its existence.

I can’t remember if I saw the movie or read the book first but this story has always been one of my favorites (and not just because Christian Slater did the voice of Pips in the movie).

Caring for the Earth and the harm we can inflict on it is a strong lesson. One I feel children should be exposed to at a young age. That doesn’t mean this story just shoves it’s enviromental message save the rainforest on you but is an adventure that is fun and easy to read.

Should I admit my final project in Sociology last year was on deforestation?  Or that my first attempt at fan fiction at 10 was a sequel?!

Spiders (Books for Young Explorers) by Lillian Bason

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes, I’m a girl and was given this book as a child as a gift. A gift that I Ioved. While spiders still make me scream being able to look at them up close without them landing on me or biting me was very cool. Each page has at least one spider on it and it gives basic information about the kinds of spiders, where they live, what they eat and how they spin their webs.

I got the book in 1990 and know they’ve made newer books full of cutting edge photography that are probably amazing but growing up I found this book for young explorers awesome.

I tried to get one of my young boy cousins to read this a few years ago.  I remember screaming and running feet.

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