We rediscovered this book at our house today. The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury, selected by Janet Schulman, was given to me almost seven years ago when my son was born, but when my youngest pulled it from the depths of the playroom today, she literally squealed with delight at the selection of stories she found.
Of course, I had read to her from this book before, but at 4 years old, she recognized tales from story time at school and other stories that we had never read, but that included her favorite characters. She was thrilled to discover that these stories were in our little library.
“You mean, we have Where the Wild Things Are?” she asked in disbelief. “Stellaluna! We read that at school!”
“And look, Arthur … and Max and Ruby!”
The book includes 44 stories like the ones mentioned above, as well as things like “Make Way for Ducklings,” “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” “Curious George” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” It also includes all the illustrations.
It is a great gift because it enables you to share so many stories with a little one, and parents get to revisit their childhood favorites. I know what we’ll be reading at bedtime the next few nights.
Is there a book that you think makes a great gift?