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MirrorMask (children's edition)
Neil Gaiman
The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume One: Where on Earth
Ursula K. Le Guin
Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
Maud Hart Lovelace
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde, Camille Cauti
Riders of the Purple Sage
Zane Grey
Vampires, Zombies, & Wanton Souls
Marge Simon
It Takes a Village - Jane Cowen-Fletcher Ah, that's more like it! After reading of Eloise's privileged existence at New York's Plaza Hotel (sans parents, admittedly), It Takes a Village read like a breath of fresh air. I remember Hillary Clinton writing a book of the same title and taking tons of flack from rightists. "Villages don't raise children, parents do!" I can still hear them arguing. But the idea that individuals and families aren't nested in ever-expanding layers of community is ludicrous. It really does take a community to raise a child.

It Takes a Village is a simple story set in Benin with simple, straight-forward illustrations. The simplicity makes the story beautiful and accessible for young children. Our toddler loved it, and Dad was happy too!