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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
A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play - Marilyn Singer, LeUyen Pham The illustrator of A Stick Is an Excellent Thing, LeUyen Pham, also illustrated Desmond Tutu's excellent picture book [b:God's Dream|4473555|God's Dream|Desmond Tutu|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320497857s/4473555.jpg|16349153]. She's a rock star! In the end, it was the illustrations I enjoyed most about this book. Sigourney's favorite illustration? A close-up of a girl hanging upside-down on the jungle gym. Her head's drawn right-side up with the rest of the world upside-down, a semi-point-of-view shot of the world from her perspective. The drawing of kids on a swing set ran a close second.

The text consists of poems about outside play. The games include things like barrel rolling down a hill, statues, hop scotch, monkey in the middle, and double dutch - all games Sigourney thus far has spent little to no time playing. A Stick Is an Excellent Thing would be fun to check out with children old enough to learn to play these games after reading about them.