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Children's stories, American

Nov 22, 2013 — With the invocation of the so-called "nuclear option," Senate Democrats moved to limit the power of the filibuster and dramatically change the nature of the institution. Many — on both sides — point to the maneuver as a sign of the system's failure. Writers Drew Toal and Kate Tuttle suggest books that might offer hope for us yet.
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Oct 5, 2011 — The creative vision of author and illustrator Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, introduced fantastic characters into the imaginations of generations of kids. Now, two decades after his death, a new book, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, reintroduces a collection of Geisel's more obscure tales.
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Apr 13, 2011 — This fall, Random House will publish a collection of Dr. Seuss stories that were previously known only to Seuss scholars and collectors. Lynn Neary reports on the origins of The Bippolo Seed.
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Dec 8, 2009 — Critic Jonathan Hunt's picks include love stories between historical figures; fantasy and supernatural fiction that doesn't concern vampires or werewolves; and time traveling mysteries.
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Dec 8, 2009 — If the novella and two novelettes that comprise Laini Taylor's Lips Touch lack vampires and werewolves, they scare up the next best things: goblins and demons.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Reviewer John McAlley selects gems from the worlds of fine art, fashion, photography, science, lit-crit and cartoons. These luxe volumes will be gracing coffee tables long after the lights and wrapping paper are gone.
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Oct 20, 2009 — Before there was Superman, other comics roamed the funny pages. The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is an anthology of these forgotten gems, lovingly selected by famed comic artist Art Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly.
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Nov 29, 2008 — Children's author Jon Scieszka has written two dozen fantastical books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and the Time Warp Trio series, but his most recent work is an autobiography geared toward children.
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Mar 1, 2007The Cat in the Hat, the book about a mischievous, irrepressible soul who always seemed kind of ageless, is 50 years old. At the time of its debut in 1957, the Cat was an instant success. The Dr. Seuss classic is still captivating to children and the adults who read to them.
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May 29, 2005 — Author Barry Yourgrau offers children cruel, twisted and shockingly mischievous cautionary tales in NastyBook. The tales present an up-to-date twist on the monstrous tradition of fabulists from Aesop to Hans Christian Andersen.
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