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The Nifty 50

"The Nifty 50" Continued...

Issue: "Nifty 50 Books," July 1, 2000

Mr. and Mrs. Pig's Evening Out

Rayner, Mary

Garth Pig and his siblings outwit a wolf disguised as a babysitter.

The Relatives Came

Rylant, Cynthia

A story of family love beautifully illustrated by Stephen Gammell, with lots of great detail, like the Granny sucking her thumb while she sleeps.

Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

Scarry, Richard

This book is full of cool vehicles. Children like looking for Goldbug, who is hiding on every page.

Chicken Soup with Rice

Sendak, Maurice

Everyone knows Where the Wild Things Are, but our favorite Sendak book is a little volume with a poem for each month: "In January it's so nice, while slipping on the sliding ice, to sip hot chicken soup with rice. Sipping once, sipping twice, sipping chicken soup with rice."

Horton Hatches the Egg

Seuss, Dr.

Maizie the lazy bird would rather play than waste her time sitting on an egg, so it falls to elephant Horton to do her job.

Oh What a noise!

Shulevitz, Uri

Another fun read-aloud full of city noises that build to a crescendo.

Yellow and Pink

Stieg, William

Two marionettes ponder how they came to be. A clever argument for creation.

Granfa' Grig Had a Pig

Tripp, Wallace

A collection of Mother Goose rhymes brought to life with sly humor by Wallace Tripp.


Mr. Popper's Penguins

Atwater, Richard

Mr. Popper is a housepainter who dreams of high adventure in the Arctic. Some of those dreams come true with the arrival of a strange package containing the first of many penguins.

Paddington Bear

Bond, Michael

A small bear from Peru finds a home and causes lots of mischief in London.


Dahl, Roald

An orphan girl kidnapped by a giant finds he is the friendly exception among large and truly filthsome creatures.

Journey Through the Night

DeVries, Anne

A four-volume series about the Dutch resistance from a Christian perspective. For older kids. Out of print and hard to find.

Halfback Tough

Dygard, Thomas J.

A young thug has his life turned around by football.

Tintin in America


Funny cartoon-style adventures starring the Belgian boy journalist Tintin and his dog Snowy.

All Creatures Great & Small

Herriot, James

Humorous and warm-hearted tales of a country veterinarian in Yorkshire.


Jacques, Brian

An abbey full of mice fights against a vicious rat and his vermin horde. First of a series.

Wild Trek

Kjelgaard, Jim

Kjelgaard wrote a series of dog books that are favorites among children who like animal stories. Here, a trapper and his dog set out to rescue a scientist and bush pilot trapped in a virgin wilderness.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Lewis, C.S.

The classic Christian allegory about four children who find themselves in a parallel kingdom ruled over by the lion Aslan. First in the must-read Narnia series.

Pippi Longstocking

Lindgren, Astrid

Wacky stories of irrepressible Pippi who lives by herself while her sea-captain father is out at sea.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

MacDonald, Betty

An old woman knows just the right sort of "medicine" to cure the bad habits of little boys and girls.

Anne of Green Gables

Montgomery, Lucy Maud

The first in a delightful series about the orphan who comes to live with an elderly couple on Prince Edward Island.


North, Sterling

The gentle story of a boy and his raccoon.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

O'Dell, Scott

Scott O'Dell's keen eye for detail and historical accuracy made him one of the best writers of historical adventures for young people. In this volume a young Indian girl is stranded on an island.

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Paterson, Katherine

This is a fine novel about a tough little girl in foster care and the kind, Christian foster mom who gets through to her. Caution: Gilly's language is profane in spots.

Fat men from Space

Pinkwater, Daniel

The spacemen in this book look amazingly like Pinkwater: overweight, wearing plaid sports coats and horn-rimmed glasses, and scarfing down burgers.


Prins, Piet

A young aborigine escapes from headhunters and finds his way to civilization. Along the way he meets up with Dutch missionaries.

Where the Red Fern Grows

Rawls, Wilson

A story of a boy and his dogs, and their summer together in the Arkansas Ozarks.

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Taylor, Mildred

The story of a black family in Depression-era Mississippi, with an emphasis on the role played by the church in the family's life.

All-of-A-Kind Family

Taylor, Sydney

Delightful tales of an observant Jewish family in New York City in the early 1900s.


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