Follow one large ungainly "duck" as he is laughed at, kicked, and pecked for being different. Hans Christian Andersen shows that beauty is only skin-deep and many other important moral lessons in some of his best, most inspiring stories.
After her Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone to a strange land, young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, join the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all–powerful Wizard of Oz.
Beatrix Potter's amazing universe of animals dressed in human clothing has taught and entertained children for over a century. Her love of animals and children is apparent in each of these twenty-one tales.
Few writers have attempted to explore the natural history of a particular animal by adopting the animal's own sensibility. But Verlyn Klinkenborg—with his deeply empathetic relation to the world around him—has done just that, and done it brilliantly, in Timothy; or Notes of an Abject Reptile.
After four years in England, fifteen-year-old Vincent Wingfield, who supports slavery but not brutality toward slaves, returns to Virginia and serves courageously under Generals Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson through many of the famous battles of the Civil War.