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A Collection of Best-Loved Little Golden Books    by Golden Books order for
Collection of Best-Loved Little Golden Books
by Golden Books
Order:  USA  Can
Golden Books, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

What can be neater for wee readers than a boxed set of six tales illustrated in glorious colors and written with a child in mind? The collection includes The Happy Man and His Dump Truck (by Miryam, illustrated by Tibor Gergely). He waves and tips his dumpster whenever a friend passes by. He stops by the farm and gives the animals a ride.

Mister Dog (by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams) is about a brown, shaggy dog named Crispin's Crispian, who lives in a two-story doghouse that has a kitchen and two upstairs bedrooms. Crispin likes to take long walks, and one day meets a boy fishing in a pond. Each tells the other 'they belong to no one'. Crispin invites the boy to live with him.

Baby Farm Animals (illustrated by Garth Williams) features a lamb and kittens, who love to romp in the grass, ducklings swimming in a pond, and baby swans (called cygnets), along with other animals to delight the imagination. The Color Kittens (by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen) is a favorite story about Brush and Hush, who love to mix buckets of colors. They work very hard to find out the combination that makes the color green.

In The Jolly Barnyard (by Annie North Bedford, illustrated by Tibor Gergely) all of the animals are in for a treat. Farmer Brown is celebrating his birthday, and he gives them something special they each like to eat. Set in rhyme, I Can Fly (by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair) is about a girl who can fly on a swing, moo like the cow, and swim like a fish - 'I can play / I'm anything that's anything, / That's MY way', she says.

This treasure of Little Golden BooksŪ classic tales with the publisher's signature gold spines can be enjoyed by youngsters, grandparents, and parents, too. The books come in a handy six-pack enclosed in a sturdy dust cover, along with a bonus - a free 'Make Your Own Little Golden Book' with blank pages to write and draw your own story. What will it be about?

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