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NURSERY: Good Books Program Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades.
NURSERY: The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, giants and dwarves, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres-these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and all times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. The Blue Fairy Book was the first volume in the series and so it contains some of the best known tales, taken from a variety of sources: not only from Grimm, but exciting adventures by Charles Perrault and Madame d'Aulnoy, The Arabian Nights, and other stories from popular traditions. Here in one attractive paperbound volume-with enlarged print-are Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltzkin, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, Trusty John, Jack the Giantkiller, Goldilocks, and many other favorites that have become an indispensable part of our cultural heritage.
NURSERY: The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

In addition to such familiar favorites as Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, The Ratcatcher (The Pied Piper), and Snowdrop (Snow White), The Red Fairy Book contains a wonderful collection of lesser-known tales from French, German, Danish, Russian, and Roumanian sources. A tale from Norse mythology recounts the old story of Sigurd and Brynhild; tales by the great Madame d'Aulnoy include Graciosa and Percinet and Princess Rosette; lesser-known tales from Grimm's collection include The Three Dwarfs, Mother Goose, and The Golden Goose. All in All, this collection contains 37 stories, all narrated in the clear, lively prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang's generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as his irst-rate literary abilities makes his collections unmatchable in the English language.
NURSERY: The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Tales of fearless younger sons, changeling animals, treacherous step-mothers, giants and dwarves, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres-these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and all times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day that they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of boys and girls, as they have also brought pleasure to the many parents who have read these unforgettable classics to their children. The Yellow Fairy Book is a wonderful collection of tales from all over the world. There are such familiar old favorites as the Story of the Emperor's New Clothes, The Tinder-Box, How to tell a True Princess, and the Nightingale. Many tales come from Hungary, Poland, and Russia, and there are German, French, and English stories, too.
NURSERY: The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit - all 23 stories by Beatrix Potter
Price: $49.95

This deluxe volume brings all Beatrix Potter's twenty-three Peter Rabbit tales and verses together in one book. The texts are complete and unabridged and all the original illustrations, both colour and black and white, are included. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published to enable them to be read in the proper sequence for, although each story stands on its own, several are linked together by events and characters. Beatrix Potter's tales were often connected with real places, people or animals so each story has a brief introductory note about its history. The revised edition of the Complete tales, published in 1997, includes other material in addition to the twenty-three "Original Peter Rabbit Books". Two early narrative picture sequences, Three Little Mice and The Rabbits' Christmas Party, demonstrate the rich and detailed style of Beatrix Potter's finest illustrative work. And there are two  charming little stories, The Sly Old Cat and The Fox and the Stork, which were originally intended to be worked up into books but for one reason or another remained unpublished.  The World of Beatrix Potter, presented here in its entirety, is as appealing now as when it was first created at the turn of the century, and this beautiful classic volume is a book to treasure for a lifetime.
NURSERY: A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Price: $25.95

Here is a delightful look at childhood, written by master poet and story-teller Robert Louis Stevenson. In this collection of sixty-six poems, Stevenson recalls the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to waiting for the lamplighter, to sailing off to foreign lands in his imagination. Tasha Tudor's watercolor paintings evoke a simpler time in the past, and celebrate two of the things she loves most - children and nature. Her talents are the perfect match for these inspiring poems, making this a handsome gift edition that will be cherished by families for generations.
NURSERY: The Language of Flowers by Kate Greenaway
Price: $12.95

The Language of Flowers is a guide to the meaning of all flowers. Also contains many illustrations by the author.
PRESCHOOL: Good Books Program Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Good Books Program Preschool Study Guide Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades.
PRESCHOOL: The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Price: $49.95

In 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh, a collection of stories about a rather stout, somewhat confused bear, was published in England and America. The enchanting tales of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Chirstopher Robin, and the others were an immediate success, and firmly established A.A. Milne, already an acclaimed dramatist, as a major author of children's books. Winnie-the-Pooh was followed in 1928 by a second collection, The House at Pooh Corner, which continued the adventures from the Hundred Acre Wood and introduced bouncy, lovable Tigger. Ernest H. Shepard's brilliant illustrations were based on real toys owned by Milne's son, Christopher Robin. The artist visited Cotchford Farm, the Milne country home in Sussex, where he sketched the child, the stuffed animals, and the surrounding countryside. The world of Winnie-the-Pooh is as popular today as when it was first created. Winnie-the-Pooh has appeared in twenty-one languages, amoung them Hebrew, Afrikaans, Esperanto, and Latin. This deluxe volume brings all of the Pooh stories together in one full-color, large-format book. The texts are complete and unabridged, and all of the illustrations, each gloriously recolored, are included. Here are the beloved stories of Pooh stuck in Rabbit's doorway, of gloomy Eeyore and his nearly forgotten birthday, of playing Poohsticks on the bridge, and so many more. Elegant yet simple, whimsical yet wise, this classic edition is a book to savor and treasure.
PRESCHOOL: The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Underground lands where the sun shines, wolves disguised as rams, giants and dwarves, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres-these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day that they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of youngsters, as they have also brought pleasure to parents who have read these classics to their children. In the Lilac Fairy Book, a large number of the tales-including a variation on the beauty and the beast story called "Brown Bear of Norway"-are from Irish sources; the Welsh Mabinogion provided the Arthurian legend of "The Winning of Olwen"; and other tales are from the more exotic traditions of India, Portugal, Brittany, Scandinavia. All in all, this collection contains 33 stories, all narrated in clear, lively prose. Not only are Lang's collections generally considered to contain the best English versions of the standard stories; they are also the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as a first-rate editor makes his collections unmatchable in the English language.
PRESCHOOL: Complete Book of Nonsense Poems by Edward Lear
Price: $19.95

Nonsense Poems by Edward Lear is the complete book of "nonsense" by Edward Lear. It also includes "An Edward Lear Alphabet" and "The Quangle Wangle's Hat" by Edward Lear.
PRESCHOOL: The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

The Pink Fairy Book contains 41 tales from Japan, Scandinavia, Sicily, Africa, and the Catalonian tradition. They range from such familiar stories as Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow-queen" and "The Fir-tree" to virtually unknown tales of the Tanuki, an unforgettable Japanese creature; of the strange labors demanded by a generous troll; of the cruel treatment given lovely maiden Bright-eye; and of many other people and happenings that are different enough to captivate young imaginations, but familiar enough so that boys and girls everywhere will listen and understand.
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PRESCHOOL: The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

Flying dragons that kidnap princes transformed into white foxes, monsters and magicians, giants and dwarves, ogres and fairies-these are the companions who thrill boys and girls of all lands and times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of youngsters, as they have also brought pleasure to parents who have read these classics to their children. The Olive Fairy Book includes unusual stories from Turkey, India, Denmark, Armenia, the Sudan, and the pen of Anatole France. But all of the stories are told in the common language of the fairy tale, and their heroes-the Green Knight who is saved by a soup made from nine snakes, the lovely Dorani who flies every night to fairyland, the king who understands the language of the animals-will be welcome to children and grown-ups alike.
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PRESCHOOL: The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $18.95

Bewitched and haunted forests, chests of gold coins magically gained, giants and dwarves, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres - these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day that they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of boys and girls, as they have also brought pleasure to the many parents who have read these unforgettable classics to their children. In The Violet Fairy Book, we hear strange and exotic tales from the far corners of the earth - Japanese, Serbian, Lithuanian, African, Portuguese, Rumanian, and Russian. But they are told in the common language of the fairy tale, and their events will be familiar to children and grown-ups alike. A magical dog called Schippeitaro helps his Japanese master; a man outwits a dragon in a Rumanian tale; and a Swahili story tells about a youth who visits the King of Snakes.
PRESCHOOL: Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales
Price: $19.99

Translated by Erik Hougaard, this is the only version available in trade paperback that presents the fairy tales exactly as Andersen collected them in the original Danish edition in 1874. His notes accompany the text.
KINDERGARTEN: Good Books Program Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Our Good Books Guide comes with a full-color front cover, Answer Key for each guide, True/False questions, and Essay questions to encourage young writers, and a synopsis of each book. Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades. “What I have to say about the selections in these guides draws from my childhood memories and adult reflections as well as my conversations with Quinn and Senior. None of the age and literature categories used in the Academy Good Books grade list are absolute. Think of the Good Books (grade levels) as notes of music with the freedom to work up and down the scale as you see fit.”
KINDERGARTEN: The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault
Price: $21.95

The fairy tales of Perrault--stories that are known and loved around the world--are now available in this scintillating paperback edition, with twenty-six stunning illustrations by Gustave Doré. The superb translation by Christopher Betts exactly captures the tone and flavor of Perrault's world, and the delightful spirit of the originals. In addition to the classic prose tales--including The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Little Red Riding-Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, and Hop o' my Thumb--this new translation adds Perrault's tales in verse: a long poem on the subject of Patient Griselda; the notorious Donkey-Skin; and the comic Three Silly Wishes. Bett's introduction deftly illuminates why in Perrault's hands these humble fairy tales have such great imaginative power, showing how they transmute into vivid fantasies the hidden fears and conflicts by which children are affected--fears of abandonment, conflicts with siblings and parents--and resolve so satisfactorily the problems experienced by children while growing up. The volume also includes appendices on related tales and selected variants, a bibliography, chronology, and notes.
KINDERGARTEN: The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Old witches in cloaks of gold, giants that turn into dwarves, tears that become birds, monsters and magicians, ogres and fairies - these are the companions who thrill boys and girls of all lands and times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of youngsters, as they have also brought pleasure to parents who have read these classics to their children. The Orange Fairy Book delves into the oral traditions of Rhodesia, Uganda, and the American Indian; the traditions of the Punjab of Jutland; and such familiar European sources as Hans Christian Andersen (The Ugly Duckling) and Madame d'Aulnoy (The White Doe) for its 33 stories. But it is not important that the lad climbing the tree to a cloud kingdom is an Indian brave rather than Jack, or that the giant-killer Makoma is African. The events are familiar favorites with children the world over. All the tales are narrated in clear, lively prose. Not only are Lang's collections generally considered to contain the best English versions of the standard fairy tales; they are also the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as a first-rate editor make his collections unmatchable in the English language.
KINDERGARTEN: The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Princess Rosanella, The Three Bears, giants and dwarves, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres - these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and all times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day that they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of boys and girls, as they have also brought pleasure to the many parents who have read these unforgettable classics to their children. In this Green Fairy Book, the third in the series, Lang has assembled stories from Spanish tradition, Chinese tradition, a few of the most entertaining creations penned by the Comte de Caylus, stories by Sebillot, Fenelon, Kletke, and Mme. d'Auldoy, and, of course, some of the best-loved tales from the Brothers Grimm. Here in one attractive paperbound volume with enlarged print - are The Blue Bird, Sylvain and Jocosa, Prince Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla, The Three Little Pigs, The Half-Chick, and many other favorites that have become an indispensable part of our cultural heritage.
KINDERGARTEN: Complete Tales of Uncle Remus
Price: $39.95

After the first book appeared in 1880, Joel Chandler Harris was deluged with letters from readers all over the country asking for more stories of Brer Rabbit and his friends--so for the remaining years of his life he collected and wrote them. Richard Chase, noted folklorist and author of Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales, compiled and edited the volume after Harris's death, and his occasional footnotes and word definitions contribute to our understanding of the dialect. Chase's belief in the importance of folktales and Harris's work is summed up in his foreword: "These tales grew up in the soil of our nation. They came from the soul of a people. They endure."
KINDERGARTEN: The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $19.95

It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. The Wicked Wolverine, Wali Dad the Simple-hearted, giants and dwarves, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres-these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and all times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day that they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of boys and girls, as they have also brought pleasure to the many parents who have read these unforgettable classics to their children. The Brown Fairy Book is a delectable assortment of adventures from all over the world. Sotries came from Persia, Australia, Africa; others originated in Brazil, India, New Caledonia and other lands. One tells of a witch who used a magic ball to steal children (Ball-Carrier and the Bad One); another takes pace at a time when birds were men and men were birds (Pivi and Kabo); a third deals with the magic world of gnomes and water nymphs (Rubezahl). Exotic tales from far-away places, the stories here are different enough to captivate the young imagination; familiar enough so that boys and girls everywhere will listen and understand.
KINDERGARTEN: Treasury of Mother Goose
Price: $24.95

A complete collection of old and familiar nursery rhymes - rhymes that stay alive from generation to generation because they move in lively rhymes. The words of these old favorites roll easily from the tongue, whether they be full of wisdom, humor or just plain nonsense. Many are fine poetry and serve as an important introduction to our literature. They will be a lasting joy to readers and listeners, young and old. Highly recommended.
KINDERGARTEN: Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Price: $14.95

The old wood-carver Geppetto decides to make a wonderful puppet that can dance and turn somersaults. But by chance, he chooses an unusual piece of woodÑand the finished puppet can talk and misbehave like a child! Pinocchio is brave and inquisitive as well as naughty, and after some hair-raising adventures, he earns his heart's desire.
KINDERGARTEN: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Price: $19.95

The old wood-carver Geppetto decides to make a wonderful puppet that can dance and turn somersaults. But by chance, he chooses an unusual piece of woodÑand the finished puppet can talk and misbehave like a child! Pinocchio is brave and inquisitive as well as naughty, and after some hair-raising adventures, he earns his heart's desire.
FIRST GRADE: Good Books Program Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Our Good Books Guide comes with a full-color front cover, Answer Key for each guide, True/False questions, and Essay questions to encourage young writers, and a synopsis of each book. Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades. “What I have to say about the selections in these guides draws from my childhood memories and adult reflections as well as my conversations with Quinn and Senior. None of the age and literature categories used in the Academy Good Books grade list are absolute. Think of the Good Books (grade levels) as notes of music with the freedom to work up and down the scale as you see fit.”
FIRST GRADE: Aesop - the Entire Collection of 358 Fables
Price: $18.95

'Many people are not in the least disturbed at the harm that befalls them, provided they can see their enemies’ downfall first’. In a series of pithy, amusing vignettes, Aesop created a vivid cast of characters to demonstrate different aspects of human nature. Here we see a wily fox outwitted by a quick-thinking cicada, a tortoise triumphing over a self-confident hare and a fable-teller named Aesop silencing those who mock him. Each jewel-like fable provides a warning about the consequences of wrong-doing, as well as offering a glimpse into the everyday lives of Ancient Greeks. This definitive edition is the first translation into English of the entire corpus of 358 unbowdlerized fables. It is fully annotated, with an introduction that rescues the fables from a tradition of moralistic interpretation.
FIRST GRADE: Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Price: $12.95

Distant lands, the beautiful gardens of splendid palaces, the sea, the jungle and its beasts, even the desert, are the wonderfully exotic settings for the Just So Stories. Inspired by Kipling's natural empathy with the animal world and by his delight in the foibles and the weaknesses of human nature, they are breathtakingly imaginative fables whose subjects range from the animals themselves to the origins of things. The stories are linked by poems and scattered with the author's own illustrations, which, with their hidden jokes and puzzles, add an intriguing dimension to the volume. Though written for children, the Just So Stories are so strikingly apt and the style so idiosyncratically rich that the book has become a classic transcending the boundaries of age.
FIRST GRADE: Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
Price: $16.95

Water Babies by Charles Kingsley -- Tom, an ill-treated boy, jumps into a cool stream to clean the soot off himself -- and becomes a water baby, cleaner and happier than he has ever been, in a fairy world under the sea. Meeting beautiful and frightening creatures, Tom travels to the Other-end-of-Nowhere on an unforgettable voyage of discovery.
FIRST GRADE: The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
Price: $16.95

Adored by readers of all ages, these classic stories in two volumes spin the unforgettable story of Mowgli—a boy raised by a pack of wolves—as he learns indelible lessons about the laws of the jungle as well as the needs of the heart. Through Mowgli’s journey, readers also meet the tiger Shere Khan, who stalks man and beast alike, the rock python Kaa, who dispenses wisdom, and the aging wolf Akela, who struggles as his leadership of the pack is challenged. Set in India, Kipling’s great masterpiece is an allegory for Britain’s imperialism, filled with high adventure and extraordinary characters. The mythic tale of a boy looking for where he truly belongs—either with the man-pack of the village or the wolf-pack of the wild—The Jungle Books touch both our intellect and our emotions, while Kipling’s dazzling storytelling makes them the timeless archetype for popular tales to come.
FIRST GRADE: The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $18.95

The Crimson Fairy book contains a fascinating collection of tales from many countries: Hungary, Russia, Rumania, Finland, Iceland, Japan, and Sicily are only some of them. Filled with imagination, excitement, and adventure, these tales will delight children with their illogical yet strangely reasonable events, and will offer parents a pleasant change from the well-worn favorites. One story (The Cottager and His Cat) tells how cats were introduced to Iceland; another Japanese tale (The Crab and the Monkey) tells how a crab gets the best of a roguish monkey; and a remarkable tale (Little Wildrose) form Rumania tells how a beautiful child was reared in an eagle's nest.
FIRST GRADE: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Price: $9.95

In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books–with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.–by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian children’s literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up–or down, or all turned round–as seen through the expert eyes of a child.
FIRST GRADE: The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
Price: $18.95

The Grey Fairy Book includes many strange, exotic stories from Lithuania, Africa, Germany, Greece, and France. But they are all told in the common language of the fairy tale, and their events will be familiar to children and grown-ups alike. The donkey who turns into a prince, a spinning wheel that turns moss into silk, revengeful fairies, and ogre-like fathers of lovely daughters strike responsive chords in readers, even when they appear in new circumstances. All in all, this collection contains 35 stories, all narrated in the lively, clear prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang's generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as his first-rate literary abilities make his collection unmatchable in the English language.
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FIRST GRADE: The Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning
Price: $14.95

Here is one of the most beloved poems of childhood-Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"-illustrated by Kate Greenaway, perhaps 19th-century England's most popular illustrator of children's books. The poem, of course, tells the story of a strange piper who promises to rid the town of Hamelin of its hordes of rats. In return, the Mayor and the Council promise him a fee of 1,000 guilders. The piper carries out his part of the bargain, but when the town tries to cheat him out of his fee, the piper exacts a terrible revenge. Now children and readers of all ages can enjoy this bittersweet tale in this inexpensive edition featuring the complete poem and 36 full-color plates. Miss Greenaway's delicate, ethereal watercolors bring the story to life, effectively lightening the somewhat grim events that are the subject of the poem.
SECOND GRADE: Good Books Program Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades. “What I have to say about the selections in these guides draws from my childhood memories and adult reflections as well as my conversations with Quinn and Senior. None of the age and literature categories used in the Academy Good Books grade list are absolute. Think of the Good Books (grade levels) as notes of music with the freedom to work up and down the scale as you see fit.” This 2nd grade guide comes with a full color front cover, answer key for each guide, true/false questions, essay questions to encourage young writers, and synopsis of each book.
SECOND GRADE: Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James
Price: $14.95

Smoky knows only one way of life: freedom. Living on the open range, he is free to go where he wants adn do what he wants. And being a smart colt, he learns what he must in order to survive. He can beat any enemy whether it be a rattlesnake or a hungry wolf. He is as much a part of the Wild West as it is of him, and Smoky can't imagine anything else. But then he comes across a new enemy, one that walks on two legs and makes funny sounds. Smoky can't beat this enemy like he has all the others. But does he really want to beat it? Or could giving up some of his freedom mean getting something else in return that's even more valuable? Will James wrote many highly acclaimed books about horses.
SECOND GRADE: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870's. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy. - Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, and there, finally, Pa builds their little house on the prairie. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and are happy with the promis of their new life on the prairie. Little House on the Prairie is the second book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Almanzo and his brother and sisters work at their chores from dawn to supper most days-no matter what the weather. There is still time for fun, though, especially with the horses, which Almanzo loves more than anything. Farmer Boy is the third book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Laura's family's first home in Minnesota is made of sod, but Pa builds a clean new house made of sawed lumber beside Plum Creek. The money for materials will come from their first wheat crop. Then, just before the wheat is ready to harvest, a strange glittering cloud fills the sky, blocking out the sun. Soon millions of grasshoppers cover the field and everything on the farm. In a week's time, there is no wheat crop left at all. On the Banks of Plum Creek is the fourth book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Pa Ingalls heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of De Smet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake. By the Shores of Silver Lake is the fifth book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. Meet Laura Ingalls, the little girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairie in October. Then it snows almost without stopping until April. Snow has reached the rooftops, and no trains can get through with food or coal. The people of De Smet are starving, including Laura's family, who wonder how they're going to make it through this terrible winter. It is young Almanzo Wilder who finally understands what needs to be done. He must save the town. even if it means risking his own life. The Long Winter is the sixth book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Meet Laura Ingalls, the girl who would grow up to write the Little House books. The long winter is over. With spring come socials, parties, and "Literaries." There is also work to be done. laura spends many hours each day sewing shirts to help send Mary to college for the blind. But in the evenings, Laura makes time for a new caller, Almanzo Wilder. Little Town on the Prairie is the seventh book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Price: $12.95

Laura is teaching school, and it's terrifying! Most of the students are taller than she is, and she must sleep away from home for the first time. Laura is miserable, but the money is needed to keep Mary in a college for the blind. And every Friday-no matter what the weather-Almanzo Wilder arrives to take Laura home to her family for the weekend. Laura and Almanzo are courting, and even though she's not yet sixteen, she knows that this is a time for new beginnings. These Happy Golden Years is the eighth book in the Laura Years series.
SECOND GRADE: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Price: $12.99

What is harder to bear than paradise lost, and what is sweeter to experience than paradise regained? Heidi, truly innocent, is sent away abruptly from the complete freedom of the mountain life and from all that she holds dear and is thrust unprepared into a city world of ritual, "proper behavior," and dark rooms where she can never see the sun. The compassionate reader feels both pity for Heidi's predicament and envy when she regains what she has lost. It is a deeply moving and greatly satisfying experience for the reader. In a beautiful hardcover version.
SECOND GRADE: Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgeson Burnett
Price: $18.99

It is quite a shock for a seven-year-old to be whisked away from the New York streets to an English stately home and be told he is to inherit a title and a fortune. It is very daunting to have to face such a crotchety and selfish grandfather. But then, little Lord Fauntleroy is a very unusual boy...
SECOND GRADE: Arabian Nights edited by Andrew Lang
Price: $18.95

One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights, from the first English language edition (1706), which rendered the title as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment.
THIRD GRADE: Good Books Program 3rd Grade Literature Guide
Price: $19.95

Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades.
THIRD GRADE: The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Price: $12.99

The enchanting story of shipwrecked family - a minister, his wife, and four sons, Fritz, Ernest, Francis, and Jack - who are cast up on a desert island, build a wonderful house in a tree, and survive so cleverly and happily apart from the world that they never want to be rescued.
THIRD GRADE: Log of the Cowboy by Andy Adams
Price: $19.95

The story of a cattle drive form Mexico to Montana in 1882, bursting with exciting scenes of stampedes and river crossings, rustlers and Indians, but totally free of romantic exaggeration or false glamour, The Log of the Cowboy remains one of the most authentic, entertaining and informative Western books ever published. It stems from the tradition of true life journals and diaries kept by real cowboys to while away empty hours on the trail. Written in simple, straightforward prose, yet as thrilling as any fiction or film, The Log of the Cowboy has been justly hailed as a masterpiece of American literature.
THIRD GRADE: Cautionary Verses by Hilaire Belloc
Price: $12.95

Cautionary Verses has for more than 75 years been the adult's favorite children's book and the children's favorite adult book. Can there be a father who is not smiles all over when he reads to his children at bedtime the dreadful tale of Jim Who Ran Away From His Nurse And Was Eaten By A Lion?
THIRD GRADE: The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Price: $19.99

This book tells of the adventures of Princess Irene and the young miner boy, Curdie, among the Goblins of the Underworld.
THIRD GRADE: The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
Price: $19.95

The Sequel to "The Princess and the Goblin", this book continues the story of Princess Irene and the young miner boy Curdie.
THIRD GRADE: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Doyle
Price: $11.99

The classic fantasy Adventure of a lost prehistoric world deep in the Amazon jungle. Journalist Ed Malone asks for a mission with 'adventure and danger in it'. But interviewing touchy Professor Challenger, Ed gets more then he bargained for. Challenger leads him to a hidden plateau in the South American Jungle - A world of carnivorous dinosaurs, giant fish-lizards and murderous ape-men. Complete and Unabridged
THIRD GRADE: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgeson Burnett
Price: $16.99

Some people claim that this is one of the greatest books ever written, but we'll let you be the judge, here's a brief synopsis: Mary Lennox is a bitter child whose parents live in India during the very early 1900s (approximately). Her mother and father pay no attention to her, and she is spoiled, selfish and temperamental. When cholera kills her parents, she is sent to live with her uncle -- a hunchback who lives in a huge mansion on the Yorkshire moors.
THIRD GRADE: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Price: $18.99

Originally written as a protest against cruelty and ill treatment of horses, this compassionate tale has captured the imagination of generations of children. The saga begins with Black Beauty as a young thoroughbred in a stable with his beloved Squire Gordon, who is forced to sell the horse, beginning a tragic but exciting journey. The sweet-tempered horse must deal with broken knees, narrow escapes from disaster, and the drudgery of pulling a London cab for a cruel owner, before he finally experiences the well-deserved peace of his later years.
THIRD GRADE: Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Price: $12.99

The following Tales are meant to be submitted to the young reader as an introduction to the study of Shakespeare, for which purpose his words are used whenever it seemed possible to bring them in; and in whatever has been added to give them the regular form of a connected story, diligent care has been taken to select such words as might least interrupt the effect of the beautiful English tongue in which he wrote: therefore, words introduced into our language since his time have been as far as possible avoided.
THIRD GRADE: Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott
Price: $19.95

The Fairy Folk are Back! With this publication of Flower Fables, Louisa May Alcott's enchanting fairy tales are reintroduced to the world. Now, in the pages of this delightful collection of six fairy tales, today's readers can once again enter Alcott's nature fairyland and meet her fairy folk. Beautiful stories!
THIRD GRADE: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Price: $14.95

A mysterious seaman hides at a country inn; cut-throats raid a sleepy English village; suddenly, young Jim Hawkins becomes the owner of a map leading to a lost tropical island and a fortune in stolen gold. Three adventurers - Jim, Squire Trelawney, and Dr. Livesey - set out to find the treasure. But they trust the one man they should most fear, Long John Silver. Charming, brave, ruthless, murderous, Silver fills the squire's ship with pirates. And on the desolate, fever-iinfested island, the quest for gold becomes a deadly war of hide and seek. Desperate defenders against merciless killers battling over a cursed treasure won with blood, buried with blood, sought with blood. Incredible wealth that Jim and his friends can only claim... If they survive!
FOURTH GRADE: Good Books Program Grade 4 Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Our 4th grade Good Books Guide comes with a full-color front cover, Answer Key for each guide, True/False questions, and Essay questions to encourage young writers, and a synopsis of each book.
Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades.
FOURTH GRADE: Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Price: $19.95

One of Rudyard Kipling's most endearingly popular works, Captains Courageous is both a stirring tale of the sea and a fable of a boy's initiation into the world of men. The boy in question is Harvey Cheyne, pampered son of an American millionaire; his initiation commences when he is saved from drowning by a New England fishing schooner and forced to prove his worth in the only way the captain and crew will accept: through the slow and arduous master of skills upon which common survival depends. Depicted with what C.A. Bodelsen terms "Kipling's brilliant impressionism...his almost infallible sense of the right word,: the voyage of the We're here is one of both physical and moral adventure; it serves to give memorable, dramatic definition to the author's rigorous concept of the laws governing human existence.
FOURTH GRADE: Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
Price: $16.99

Poor Rose Campbell! Tired and ill, she has come to live at "The Aunt-Hill" after the death of her beloved father. Six aunts fussing and fretting over her are bad enough, but what is a quiet thirteen-year-old girl to do with seven boisterous boy cousins? And with a guardian uncle who has the strangest ideas about how to raise a young girl? Louisa May Alcott's realistic and spirited writing has captivated readers for generations. She lived with the real Little Women in Concord, Massachusetts. The author of mysteries, romances, and novels, she traveled widely and died in Boston in 1888.
FOURTH GRADE: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Price: $12.95

Great excitement and awe greeted its publication in 1873, and today Around the World In Eighty Days remains Jules Verne's most successful novel. A daring wager by the eccentric and mysterious Englishman Phileas Fogg that he can circle the globe in just eighty days initiates this marvelous travelouge and exciting suspense story. Together with his manservant, Passepartout, Fogg makes a breathless world tour, overcoming wild misadventures and finding time to rescue a beautiful Indian maharani from a burning funeral pyre - all the while restlessly pursued by a bumbling detective called Mr. Fix. Realistically utilizing nearly every means of transportation known in the 1870's, Around the World In Eighty Days generated enchantment with scientific progress - and its delightful mixture of fantasy, comedy, and dazzling suspense has kept it a perennially superb entertainment.
FOURTH GRADE: The John Carter of Mars Series (5 Books) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Price: $39.95

John Carter is a Virginia Civil War officer who is transported mysteriously to Mars. There he has many adventures, marries the beautiful Dejah Thoris and raises a family. Quiet Vision, in this collection, brings you the full, unabridged text of the first five books of this series: A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, The Warlord of Mars, Thuvia; Maid of Mars, and, The Chessmen of Mars.
FOURTH GRADE: The Knight of the White Cross by G. A. Henty
Price: $19.95

Young people across America are rediscovering G.A. Henty, the nineteenth-century literary genius whose historical adventures inspire boys to honesty, courage, diligence, and duty. Writing from a Christian perspective, Henty weaves the adventures of a fictional boy hero together with real-life events. His stories are as accurate as the are exciting, so children get important lessons in history which they remember long afterward. Just as important, these lessons come without the immoral overtones of modern novels. In A Knight of the White Cross, Henty takes us back to the order of the Knights of St. John, which for centuries helped in the great struggle between Christendom and Islam. The events of this tale surround the drama of the first siege of Rhodes (A.D. 1480), when the Order formed the great bulwark of Christendom that withstood the terrible invasion of the Turks. Gervaise Tresham, just 12 years old when he entered into the order of St. John, quickly rose in rank from page of the Grand Master to knighthook at age 17. Follow Gervaise's grippin exploits as he commands a galley and endures the scourges of the sea...captures a spy at Rhodes and heads off an insurrection...destroys an entire corsair fleet...conducts a secret mission disguised as a galley slave...is ruthlessly captured and sold into slavery...fights notorious Moslem pirates along the Mediterranean coast...
FOURTH GRADE: The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty
Price: $19.99

Imagine living in a nation where killing a sacred cat is a capital offense. Thutmose III's Egypt, in Moses' day, was such a region. The priest Ameres and his family live in this land. Life is turned upside down when the son, Chebron, accidently kills the sacred cat of Bubastes. This incident leads to secrecy, grief, and flight as one harrowing adventure follows another. their best hope of a safe haven for youthful Chebron and his sister is the land of the Rebu, itself a conquered nation under Egyptian rule. To reach that distant land, they must flee through closely guarded Egyptian exists. Then they must embark on a challenging journey through unfamiliar lands populated by unfamiliar people and conquer numerous geographical hindrances. G.A. Henty has produced a story which will give young readers an unsurpassed insight into the customs of one of the greatest of ancient peoples in the classic The Cat of Bubastes.
FOURTH GRADE: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Price: $16.95

It was a lark-two boys, identical except for their clothes...which they switched. But suddenly the Prince of Wales, Edward Tudor, was thrown to a filthy drunken mob-by his own guards. Beaten, starved, chased by dogs, forced to beg and steal...while even the prince's one friend, adventurer Miles Hendon, thought the boy was only a demented beggar. Tom Canty was thrust into an alien life of protocol, ritual, and diplomacy. He, too, was thought mad, for suddenly "forgetting" classic languages, courtly manners, his role in world destiny. The beggar realized, with growing terror, that he was expected to rule, wage war, send people to their deaths... Then King Henry VIII died. And unless two "mad" boys could convince someone of the truth, their fates would be sealed forever. By a crown. Long live the King.
FOURTH GRADE: Call of the Wild by Jack London - 4B017
Price: $16.95

The world's best-loved stories brought to life in the full context of their eras: The Whole Story series, with its unique documentary approach, makes the classics accessible to new generations of readers-as well as to audiences wanting to reread, rediscover, and newly appreciate these enduringly popular stories. Complete, unabridge text as originally published. Generously annotated with hundreds of extended captions: lively, succinct explanations of history, geography, social customs, the animal world, architecture, literature, and science. Lavishly illustrated in color and black-and-white, featuring line drawings, maps, photographs, diagrams, and paintings, many of which date from when the story was written.
FOURTH GRADE: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Price: $19.99

The heartwarming book, Little Women, has won its readers love and support. The generalized assessment shows fondness to the realistic viewpoint of the lives of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy and descriptive details that transport the reader into the beloved fairy tale. The plot of the story centers upon the girls' lives as they grow up during the Civil War. Each of the girls is extremely distinct in their character, taste, and dreams for their future.
FOURTH GRADE: Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Price: $15.99

In Little Men, the characters from Little Women grow up and begin new adventures at Plumfield, a progressive school founded by Jo and her husband, Professor Bhaer. All the inhabitants of Plumfield, including the disheveled orphan Nat, the spoiled Stuffy and the naughty Nan, will entice readers with the love and happiness they indulge in as they seek their education. Louisa May Alcott's vitality and realism in this story have captivated readers for generations. The trilogy about the March family is composed of Little Women, Little men and Jo's Boys. Louisa May Alcott lived with the real Little Women in Concord, Massachusetts. The author of mysteries, romances and novels, she traveled widely and died in Boston in 1888.
FOURTH GRADE: Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle
Price: $18.95

A rich and engrossing thread of Romance runs through this tale of the motherless son of a valiant robber baron of Medieval Germany. Young Otto, born into a warring household in an age when lawless chiefs were constantly fighting each other or despoiling the caravans of the merchant burghers, is raised in a monastery only to return to his family's domain and become painfully involved in the blood-feud between his father and the rival house of Trutz-Drachen. The narrative is told with Howard Pyle's Consummate skill and illustrated with some of the most enchanting sketches ever done for a book of this type. Like the same author's version of The Story of version of The Story of King Arthur and his Knights and his collection of original stories Known as The Wonder Clock, this book has become a legend, a modern story with the feel and sound of an ancient tale. It is a reading adventure that youngsters will not soon forget.
FOURTH GRADE: The Complete Chronicles of Narnia Complete Edition with Original Illustrations
Price: $49.95

The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years, and the magical events described in C. S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants, and Fauns. Now all seven Chronicles are bound together in this one magnificent volume with a personal introduction by Douglas Gresham, stepson of C. S. Lewis. Pauline Baynes' original and much-loved illustrations have been made even more memorable by the addition of color. This spectacular gift edition will guarantee that C. S. Lewis's timeless world of Narnia will catch the imagination of yet another generation of readers.
FOURTH GRADE: Kidnapped by Robert Lois Stevenson - 4B022
Price: $18.95

The swashbuckling adventures of David Balfour, set in Scotland after the Jacobite rebellion. Young David Balfour, left in poverty when his father dies, goes to his uncle, Ebenezer, for assistance. He soon finds himself kidnapped and on board a ship, headed for a life of slavery. With the help of daring rebel Alan Breck, David escapes, only to get mixed up in a desperate adventure - suspected of murder and hunted across the Scottish moors. Complete and Unabridged
FOURTH GRADE: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Price: $12.99

Who has not dreamed of a life on an island far from civilization? Here is a novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. Let your children learn, through this book, how he survived this 24 year ordeal. Let them learn how it changed Robinson Crusoe in mind and spirit. A real classic.
FOURTH GRADE: Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Price: $16.95

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle - Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Little John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and the other characters who make up this well loved legend have never been forgotten by readers who have encountered their story.
FIFTH GRADE: Good Books Program Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Our 5th grade (116-page) Good Books Guide comes with a full-color front cover, Answer Key for each guide, True/False questions, and Essay questions to encourage young writers, and a synopsis of each book. Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades.
FIFTH GRADE: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
Price: $19.95

When the members of the elite Baltimore Gun Club find themselves lacking any urgent assignments at the close of the Civil War, their president, Impey Barbicane, proposes that they build a gun big enough to launch a rocket to the moon. But when Barbicane's adversary places a huge wager that the project will fail and a daring volunteer elevates the mission to a "manned" flight, one man's dream turns into an international space race.
FIFTH GRADE: Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dogdes
Price: $14.99

From glistening ice roads to frozen canals, in a wonderland where even the richest nobles thrill to the gliding joys of winter, everyone is awaiting the fabulous race to win the magnificent silver skates - except Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel. For the Brinkers are desperately poor, friendless; with their father felled by a crippling head wound, Mother and the children must battle simply to survive. And while Hans and Gretel are strong, fast, disciplined, and loyal...on hand-carved wooden skates, they can't compete against trained rich kids with fine steel blades...But sometimes...sometimes...good people are given a chance. Sometimes strangers do care. And sometimes a family's love and loyalty can struggle against even the cruelest twists of Fate...sometimes...
FIFTH GRADE: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Price: $14.95

In this classic tale, the struggle between the wild and the civilized is played out deep in the savage African jungle. The infant Tarzan is raised by apes and grows into manhood, learning to survive as the animals survive. When an expedition of white men brings the beautiful and cultured Jane Porter to the jungle, Tarzan enters civilization to win her love. But in the end, love is not enough, and the spirit of the wilderness beckons Tarzan back to his jungle world.
FIFTH GRADE: The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Price: $16.95

Tarzan had renounced his right to the woman he loved, and civilization held no pleasure for him. After a brief and harrowing period among men, he turned back to the African jungle where he had grown to manhood. It was there he first heard of Opar, the city of gold, left over from fabled Atlantis. It was a city of hideous men-and of beautiful, savage women, over whom reigned La, high priestess of the Flaming God. Its altars were stained with the blood of many sacrifices. Unheeding of the dangers, Tarzan led a band of savage warriors toward the ancient crypts and the more ancient evil of Opar...
FIFTH GRADE: The Beasts of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Price: $16.95

The third novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs classic character Tarzan. When Tarzan's infant son is kidnapped by old enemies Tarzan gives chase but falls into their trap and is exiled on an African island. Tarzan must use all of his jungle skills to track down his enemies and rescue his infant son.
FIFTH GRADE: The Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Price: $16.95

Edgar Rice Burrough's fourth installment of his classic Tarzan series. Tarzan's son Jack is kidnapped from London and smuggled to Africa by Tarzan's arch enemies only to escape into the deep jungles of Africa where he becomes known at Korak the Killer.
FIFTH GRADE: Jungle Tales of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Price: $16.99

This is a collection of several short stories all about the time when Tarzan was a young boy being raised by the great apes. The young Tarzan was unlike the great apes. Theirs was a simple, savage life, filled with little but killing or being killed. But Tarzan had all of a normal boy's desire to learn. He had painfully taught himself to read from books left by his dead father. now he sought to apply this book knowledge to the world around him. He sought for such things as the source of dreams and the whereabouts of God. And he searched for the love and affection that every human being needs. But he was alone in his struggles to grow and understand. The life of the jungle had no room for abstractions.
FIFTH GRADE: The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Price: $16.95

Introduce your student to the beauty of poetry! The epic story of Hiawatha and his fantastic magical powers. Angered by the sight of warring nations, Gitche Manito, Mohican Master of Life, sends for the prophet Hiawatha to bring peace. Brought up by his grandmother on the shores of Lake Superior, Hiawatha learns to use his remarkable powers for the good of humanity: wearing his magic moccasins he covers a mile with every step; grinds boulders to dust with his special mittens; speaks with all kinds of animals and birds in their own language. Overcoming evil forces, Hiawatha offers the gift of civilization to the world. His marriage to Minnehaha leads to a golden age of happiness and peace - until the reappearance of mischievous spirits leads Hiawatha into further adventures. The song of Hiawatha reflects the traditional way of story-telling. Highly controversial when first published, Longfellow's epic poem has nonetheless created a legend - still loved by millions.
FIFTH GRADE: Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott
Price: $19.95

This is the story of two runaways - Ben Brown and his dog, Sancho - who have escaped from a hard life in the circus to search for Ben's lost father. Tired and hungry, the pair are taken in by young Bab and Betty Moss and their mother, as well as by the Mosses' neighbors, Miss Celia and her brother, Thorny. Thanks to their kindness, Ben soon has a job, a family, and a chance to go to school. But can life with Miss Celia and his other new friends ever compare to the excitement of the circus? And will Ben stay out of mischief long enough to find out? Louisa May Alcott's realistic and spirited writing has captivated readers for generations. She lived with the real Little Women in Concord, Massachusetts. The author of mysteries, romances, and novels, she traveled widely and died in Boston in 1888.
FIFTH GRADE: The Dash for Khartoum by G. A. Henty
Price: $19.99

The book, The Dash for Khartoum, is the story of two English lads who accompany the expedition to rescue General Gordon from the besieged city of Khartoum. Here Mr. Henry has composed a story around an event which occurred during his lifetime, and of which he had significant personal knowledge as you will read n our special foreword by Mrs. Ann King. Henty, Wolseley and Gordon were contemporaries. Mr. Henty had been in the area twenty years prior to the event depicted in this story as a correspondent for the Standard. As an extra, PrestonSpeed Publications has included in this volume one of Mr. Henty's special despatches.
FIFTH GRADE: The Ranch on the Beaver by Andy Adams
Price: $19.95

The Ranch on the Beaver continues the hide-and-hoof Horatio Alger story of Wells Brothers: The Young Cattle Kings. By 1887 the teenage boys Joel and Dell have weathered several seasons as ranchers in northwest Kansas. With help from drovers on the nearby Western Trail, they have built up a herd. Looking beyond Beaver Creek, the boys acquire grazing rights in Colorado and Texas. As others fail, they persevere, learning all aspects of a rapidly changing operation-from maturing beef to managing, shipping, and selling it. Drawing on firsthandknowledge, the author of Log of a Cowboy offers a realistic and spirited story mixing hard work and fun. Robert R. Dykstra introduces this Bison Books edition of Adam's last work, originally published in 1927. Dykstra, the author of The Cattle Towns, is a professor of history and public policy at State University of New York, Albany.
FIFTH GRADE: Wells Brothers: the young Cattle Kings by Andy Adams
Price: $24.95

Two orphans face starvation on the prairie of northeastern Kansas during the terrible winter of 1885-86. Dell and Joel Wells, redheads who have barely reached shaving age, are about to abandon their dead father's claim on Beaver Creek because it won't grow crops. Then unexpected events and a drover seeking aid, allow them a decent chance in life.
FIFTH GRADE: Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott
Price: $14.95

These sketches, taken from letters written in the few leisure moments a very busy life, make no pretension to literary merit, but are simply a brief record of one person's hospital experience. As such, they are republished, with teir many faults but partially amended, lest in retouching they should lose whatever force or freshness the inspiration of the time may have given them. To those who have objected to a "tone of levity" in some portions of the sketches, I desire to say that the wish to make the best of every thing, and send home cheerful reports even from that saddest of scenes, an army hospital, probably produced the impression of levity upon those who have never known the sharp contrasts of the tragic and comic in such a life. The unexpected favor with which the little book was greeted, and the desire for a new edition, increase the author's regret that it is not more worthy such a kind reception. L.M.A. Concord, March, 1869
FIFTH GRADE: Bonnie Prince Charlie by G. A. Henty
Price: $19.99

The adventures of the son of a Scottish officer in French service. The boy, brought up by a Glasgow bailie, is arrested for aiding a Jacobite agent, escapes, is wrecked on the French coast, reaches Paris, and serves with the French army at Dettingen. He kills his father's foe in a duel, and escaping to the coast, shares the adventures of Prince Charlie, but finally settles happily in Scotland. Date: 1745 Location: Britain, Scotland Main Event: Culloden
FIFTH GRADE: In Freedom's Cause by G. A. Henty
Price: $16.99

Liberty or death. This was the choice the people of Scotland in the 13th-14th century faced if they rose up against their English ruler. Most would say it was no choice at all. Many of the Scottish nobles were English supporters. Few could be expected to rise up against the numerically overwhelming English army. The hero of the story, Archibald Forbes, joins the struggle for Scottish freedom led by the valiant Sir William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. The extraordinary valor and personal prowess of these men rival the deeds of the mythical heroes of chivalry. Mr. Henty, the Prince of Storytellers, weaves a brilliant story around the actual events of the time.
FIFTH GRADE: An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
Price: $18.95

When Polly Milton visits Fanny Shaw and her wealthy family in the city for the first time, she's overwhelmed by the modern and fashionable world around her. She doesn't wear fancy clothes, go to popular shows, or even talk the way the girls in town do. Though her new friends consider her quaint and "countrified," Polly clings to her simple clothes and plain manners, and in time wins the hearts of the entire Shaw family. But even a country girl can be tempted by the flirtations, excitement, and intrigues of the city. Can an old-fashioned girl remain true to her principles and still find work, happiness, and love in a thoroughly modern city. Louisa May Alcott, the author of the childhood classic Little Women, has captivated readers for generations with her realistic and spirited stories.
FIFTH GRADE: Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
Price: $16.95

The sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom is a refreshing look at a young woman who must determine her place in the adult world. Upon her return from traveling around the world, Rose is greeted by her six male cousins - all of whom show affection for her. They are surprised that the feisty and fun girl who left two years ago has "bloomed" into a beautiful, generous, and prudent young lady. Not one to marry without being in love, Rose is determined to prove herself as an independent woman. Unfortunately, the wealth that she has inherited has attracted more friends and followers than she bargained for. With no honest friends to turn to and numerous men trying to court her, can Rose still be true to her ideal? Louisa May Alcott's spirited writing has captivated readers for generations. As she states in her preface, "There is no moral to this story...It was written hoping to afford a helpful hint to other roses getting ready to bloom." Louisa May Alcott lived with the real Little Women in Concord, Massachusetts. The author of mysteries, romances, and novels, she traveled widely and died in Boston in 1888.
FIFTH GRADE: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Price: $16.99

The year 1866 was signalized by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumors which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the Governments of several States on two continents, were deeply interested in the matter. For some time past vessels had been met by "an enormous thing," a long object, spindle-shaped, occasionally phosphorescent, and infinitely larger and more rapid inits movements than a whale. It is this "something" that Professor Aronnax sets out to encounter - and thus begins the most incredible underwater journey ever. From Atlantis to the South Pole, the reader is taken through dangers, surprises, and the unsurpassed majesty of the marine world.
SIXTH GRADE: Good Books Program Study Guide
Price: $19.95

Our 6th grade Good Books Guide comes with a full-color front cover, Answer Key for each guide, True/False questions, and Essay questions to encourage young writers, and a synopsis of each book.
Our Good Books Literature Guides were written by Dr. James S. Taylor, author of the widely acclaimed Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education. Dr. Taylor took his first formal course in Children’s Literature from Dr. Dennis Quinn at the University of Kansas and had many conversations concerning these poems and stories with his colleague, Dr. John Senior. He has taught Children’s Literature at the high school and college levels for nearly two decades.
SIXTH GRADE: Sketchbook by Washington Irving
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He was, in Thackeray's words, the "first ambassador whom the New World of letters sent to the Old." Sage, storyteller, and wit, Washington Irving earned his preeminence in early American literature with these masterpieces in miniature: tales of romance, travel pictures, biographical discourses, and literary musings. Introducing such classic figures of American fiction and fantasy as Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, these stories have proved has enduring as the Kaatskill Mountains their author immortalized.
SIXTH GRADE: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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In Octorber 1843, Charles Dickens - heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher - began work on a book to help supplement his family's meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and good will nearly 150 years after it was first published. With its characters exhibiting many qualities - as well as failures - often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted and caring human bing. Written by one of England's greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.
SIXTH GRADE: Moods by Louisa May Alcott
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Moods, Louisa May Alcott's first novel, was published in 1864, four years before the best-selling Little Women. The novel unconventionally presents a "little woman," a true-hearted abolitionist spinster, and a fallen Cuban beauty, their lives intersecting in Alcott's first major depiction of the "woman problem." Sylvia Yule, the heroine of Moods, is a passionate tomboy who yearns for adventure. The novel opens as she embarks on a river camping trip with her brother and his two friends, both of whom fall in love with her. These rival suitors, close friends, are modeled on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Aroused, but still "moody" and inexperienced, Sylvia marries the wrong man. In the rest of the novel, Alcott attempts to resolve the dilemma she has created and leaves her readers asking whether, in fact, there is a place for a woman such as Sylvia in a man's world.
SIXTH GRADE: The Dragon and the Raven by G. A. Henty
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G.A. Henty's The Dragon and the Raven is a novel about the days of King Alfred. Like all Henty's books, this work aims at historical accuracy and reproduces the faith and concerns of the era. King Alfred is too little known today; his faith, and his reliance on God's law, make him of little interest to modern man. Henty gives a vivid picture of the horrors of the Danish invasions of England. For two centuries and almost three, Europe awas almost shattered by the waves of invasions by the marauders from the north. The risistance to them, the gradual conversion of them, and the new Europe that emerged constitute a dramatic story. In his work, The Dragon and the Raven, Mr. Henty gives us a fine fictional tale of one portion of that history. Accompany Edmund, a young Saxon thane, as he enlists in the service of King Alfred.
SIXTH GRADE: Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
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In the culmination of the Little Women stories, Jo's Boys depicts the girls and boys of Plumfield as young men and women who are facing problems and seeking happiness in life. The original twelve boys are scattered far and wide, but all come wandering back from the four corners of the earth to tell their various experiences and to reminisce over the pleasures of the past. Favorite characters from Little Women, including Meg, Jo, Amy and the faithful Laurie, remain at the center of the story and find their successors in the bearded firebrand Dan, the strong-willed Naughty Nan, who developed into the physician she once dreamed of becoming, as well as others. The final book in the trilogy rounds out the complete story of Jo March Bhaer in a satisfying way.
SIXTH GRADE: Work by Louisa May Alcott
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Alcott's concerns about social justice, women's work, domesticity, and community lie at the heart of this provocative novel. In this story of a woman's search for a meaningful life, Alcott moves outside the family setting of her best known works. Originally published in 1872, Work is both an exploration of Alcott's personal conflicts and a social critique, examining women's independence, the moral significance of labor, and the goals to which a woman can aspire. Influenced by Transcendentalism and by the women's rights movement, it affirms the possibility of a feminized utopian society.
   
 
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