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The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
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The first in the series in which we meet Lyle the Crocodile. Bring the Turkish Caviar and celebrate a classic in children's literature/picture books.
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Laura Komos Oh, Lyle. Lyle the Crocodile. This was one of the first "series" of books I bought for my classroom when I first started teaching 17 years ago!


Paul  Hankins I like to try to go back as much as enjoy the contemporary picture books, you know? I am still of the opinion that if you put gold foil along the sides of Klassen's I WANT MY HAT BACK, you'd have a Little Golden Book that would be most familiar to our generation of readers. This doesn't take away from its inventiveness, but I think all contemporary picture books owe something back to the writers and illustrators from the shelves of yesteryear. Was this book really published first in the 60's. . .my, my, my. . .that's endearing, yes?


message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura Komos Sharing these "old" classics helps me show readers that a good story is a good story... no matter when it was written. As much as I do love contemporary picture books, I think we can and should still value those from yesteryear!


Paul  Hankins I kick off every year with a reading of Sylvia Fair's THE BEDSPREAD (now out of print, but I have found two very nice hardback copies). It is the THE picture book for discussions pertaining to differentiation and multiple intelligences.


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