Nicholas Mordvinoff «The Boy and the Forest»

Мальчик жил на краю леса. Это был необыкновенный лес: верхушки деревьев доставали до небес, а звери стояли не шелохнувшись, когда мальчик смотрел на них. Но однажды нагрянули человечки, которые хватали зверей и куда-то уносили. Лес опустел и зарос плющом. Мальчик вызволяет из плюща змею, а она помогает спасти лес. В лес пробралось чудовище, поработившее человечков и обратившее зверей в камни. Чудище сломлен, звери ожили, человечки освобождены и расчищают заросли.

Louis Slobodkin «Many Moons»

«Many Moons» is a children’s picture book written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. It was published by Harcourt, Brace & Company in 1943 and won the Caldecott Medal in 1944. Princess Lenore becomes ill, and only one thing will make her better: the moon. Unlike much of Thurber’s other work, including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and his fables, this story shows a crisis between males and females that ends happily for all. Despite winning the Caldecott Medal with Slobodkin’s original illustrations, a reprint in 1990 by Harcourt featured the text accompanied by new illustrations by Marc Simont. It was made into an opera by American composer, Celius Dougherty. It was also made into a play, adapted by Charlotte Chorpenning.

Feodor Rojankovsky «Frog Went A-Courtin’»

Nobody knows how or when this story really started. We do know that it was written down in Scotland more than 400 years ago. But it has always been the kind of story that was told and sung to children, instead of being read to them.

A favorite old nursery ballad now appears in resplendent new dress. . . . Illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky somehow manages to combine quaintness with sophistication and his doughty frog, the coy mouse . . . and others make charming company.