Time of Wonder

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The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.

Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown

A soothing, rhythmic tale in which a young child says goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room.

The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Love You Forever
Robert Munsch

The mother sings to her sleeping baby: "I'll love you forever / I'll love you for always / As long as I'm living / My baby you'll be." She still sings the same song at various stages of her son’s life, inevitably, the roles are reversed.

Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing old.

The Giver
Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

The Lorax
Dr. Seuss

The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem - our fate now rests in the hands of a caring child, who becomes our last chance for a clean, green future.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Dylan Thomas

A Welsh poet recalls the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a child.

Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak

When Max wears his wolf suit, he is naughty and his mother sends him to bed without his supper. From his room, he sails to where the wild things are, and becomes their king.

The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame

The escapades of four friends who live along a river in the English countryside – Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

Jumanji
Chris Van Allsburg

Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

The Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum

After a cyclone transports her to Oz, Dorothy enlists the aid of The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and a cowardivy Lion to help her seek out the great wizard so that she can return to Kansas.