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Gyo FujikawaFamily Book Club - It Began With a Page

A Child’s Garden of Verses

From the publisher: Originally published in 1885, A Child’s Garden of Verses has served as a wonderful introduction to poetry for each new generation. Stevenson’s beloved poems celebrate childhood in all its complexity and joy, from the sunny pleasures of “At the Seaside,” to the imaginative musings of “Foreign Lands” to the playful, ever-popular “My Shadow.” Of the many available editions, Gyo Fujikawa’s is one of the sweetest and most personal. Illustrated in 1957, it was her very first book—and she evokes a simpler, more innocent time that should profoundly appeal to today’s audiences. It is a gift that every child will treasure.

Gyo FujikawaFamily Book Club - It Began With a Page

Baby Animals

From the publisher: Chubby puppies, furry kittens, fuzzy chicks, downy ducklings: Gyo Fujikawa’s lovable baby animals will captivate children. They’re big (elephants) and small (mice), plump (piglets), and playful (lambs). With each picture, kids learn a little bit about the animal—the sound it makes, how soft it might feel, and what it can do. Plus, they’ll discover something else very important: that very young creatures have to be petted, snuggled, and hugged very gently…just like the children themselves.

Gyo FujikawaFamily Book Club - It Began With a Page

Fairy Tales and Fables

From the publisher: Gyo Fujikawa creates magic with this enchanting collection of fairy tales and fables. These are the stories that all children should experience, that will nourish their young minds and imaginations: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, The Hare and the Tortoise, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs, and many more. Some are well known and beloved; others are unfamiliar, but they’re all beautifully written and illustrated. As always, Fujikawa’s characters (human and animal) are endearing and rich in personality. Her stunning images include the ugly duckling looking up plaintively at swans flying in a sunset sky; a lovely princess atop dozens of colorful mattresses (but she can still feel the pea); and tiny Jack chased by a giant large enough to take up nearly an entire spread!

Gyo FujikawaFamily Book Club - It Began With a Page

Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z Picture Book

From the publisher: A is for absolutely adorable! Beloved artist Gyo Fujikawa teaches toddlers their alphabet in a picture-packed A to Z. Each letter is illustrated by a multitude of marvelous things to help build a childs vocabulary, including chicks, chocolate cake, and cuckoo clock for C
and moon, mouse, and monkey for M.
As always, Fujikawa has created a charming collection of cute children and huggable animals of all kinds.

Gyo FujikawaFamily Book Club - It Began With a Page

Oh, What a Busy Day

From the publisher: I’m up! I’m up! It’s going to be a busy day . . .What a special treat! Gyo Fujikawa has concocted a big, beautiful book that goes from morning till night, completely capturing a child’s world along the way.

Filled with silly jingles and fun rhymes; imaginative ideas for games; things for a daydreaming child to think about, and gentle little lessons on kindness and friendship, it will hold kids’ attention for hours. And, as always, Fujikawa’s sweet and appealing art features a diverse group of youngsters and a menagerie of delightful animals.

Gyo FujikawaFamily Book Club - It Began With a Page

Mother Goose

From the publisher: Pat-a-Cake,” “Simple Simon,” “Rock-a-bye, Baby:” these and the many other rhymes that make up Mother Goose have become almost as much a staple of child-rearing as the rattle and the bottle. Little ones love its mix of lullabies and limericks, humor and sing-song verse, and they learn from it too. Gyo Fujikawa brought her inimitable style to this version, which features a mix of enchanting line drawings and warm color pictures. Adorable mice, led by a duck in uniform, man the boat in “I Saw a Ship a-Sailing.” A multicultural group of children circle round “The Mulberry Bush.” And “The Three Kittens” have never been cuter. Fujikawa has succeeded in creating a truly magical world for kids to enter.