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Anyone read Smokey, by Bill Peet, The Children’s Book of Heroes, by W.J. Bennett?

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Wondering how these would rate as read-alouds.

Also considering an abridged classic - what would you choose between: 20,000 leagues under the sea, Huckleberry Finn, Swiss Family Robinson, or Black Beauty?


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Our copy of Smokey is tattered, torn, and very well-loved. Had it been a stuffed rabbit, it would be real by now. It's a great story, and all these years later, I can still quote some of it because I read it aloud so many times to my sons. Then they learned to read and read it often themselves. Great book!


Wow! Good to know :)

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To know Bill Peet's books is a real gift, beautiful messages, great illustrations, fun writing and rhyming style, much food for thought. Our copies are tattered and torn and my grown children argue over who gets to keep them.


We adore Bill Peet. I his work on the Disney movies is so distinctive. We love to pick out recognizable "Peet Parts."


Amber in SJ


I am uneducated about Bill Peet. His writing has beautiful messages, and he's also part of Disney? Maybe that's a different combo than I'd expect.

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