Nutshell Library

Nutshell Library

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by Maurice Sendak
     
 

This 4-volume boxed set contains an alphabet book, a book of rhymes about each month, a counting book, and a cautionary tale all written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Includes the titles Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, One Was Johnny, and Pierre.(Titles available separately in library and paperback editions.)

Overview

This 4-volume boxed set contains an alphabet book, a book of rhymes about each month, a counting book, and a cautionary tale all written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Includes the titles Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, One Was Johnny, and Pierre.(Titles available separately in library and paperback editions.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060255008
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1962
Series:
Caldecott Collection Series
Edition description:
BOXED
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
38,974
Product dimensions:
2.76(w) x 4.00(h) x 1.73(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
June 10, 1928
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
Art Students' League

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Nutshell Library 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contains counting, rhymes, months, alphabet and lots more. As a child, 'Chicken Soup with Rice' was one of my favorite songs, and that is contained here, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved all of the stories, but 40 years later, 'Pierre', is still my favorite. I plan to purchase these for my young nephew and for a good friend's daughter. I hope the lessons and memories will last a lifetime with them, as they have with me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Nutshell Library: A classic! I love these books! I was actually in Really Rosie, the play made up of these books! (I was Pierre-I-Don't-Care) It's witty, funny, and educational. The only flaw really has nothing to do with the book library itself, rather Barnes and Noble. I feel this collection is incredibly small for the price you pay. About $13 for 4 tiny books. I think not. :-) But, all in all, I give it 2 thumbs up!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read these books to my students as a kindergarten teacher some 30 years ago. I am particularly fond of The Cautionary Tale:Pierre. Kids and adults of all ages can relate to it. I read these books to my own children when they were young and even re-introduced Pierre to my son in his late teens. (-Still seemed appropriate.) You'll enjoy these books at any age, if you're still a 'child at heart'.
nikki1CO More than 1 year ago
The Nutshell Library is a classic & an absolute for any child's library. Children love tiny books & these will surely delight. The illustrations as in all Sendak books blend seamlessly with the story & each little book is a delight. Highly recommended
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OldGrandma More than 1 year ago
A favorite with my children and grandchildren.  Strangely enough, when my two-year old d granddaughter  insisted  on taking the boxed set to bed with her every night, not a page was torn nor were the dustjackets.
JJFNewton More than 1 year ago
Just read of Maurice Sendak's passing. To me, these four little books - much more so than the more widely referenced "Wild Things" - are the perfect representation of his greatness. After so many bed-time readings, I think all of us memorized "Chicken Soup with Rice," and Pierre is still one of my favorite characters from a children's book. Even the packaging is perfect - the tiny box with the witty illustrations featuring all the characters from the little books inside. Gone but not forgotten.
nicaxicana More than 1 year ago
These small wonderful books have been given , by me, to every new born in our family for the past 40 years. Every child seems to adore first, having the stories read to them and later, holding them comfortably in their own little hands and reading the stories independently. They are small treasures, filled with humor and wisdom.
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slimikin More than 1 year ago
These were some of my favorite books when I was a kid. Despite the fact that our copies were battered from years of handling during my mother's childhood, I loved that they were small, just the right size for my own little hands. Maurice Sendak's illustrations were always welcoming, and the text, with its clever rhythm and rhymes, never failed to make me laugh. Even the lion eating Pierre was more amusing than scary, especially since I found Pierre just as annoying as the lion did! I'm so glad these are still available to buy, and I've given them as gifts to adults and children alike.
book-loving_granny More than 1 year ago
Our 2 and 4 year old grandsons enjoy the stories in this Sendak series. They also love the fact that they can carry the small books anywhere.
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KY_reader More than 1 year ago
Maurice Sendak's nutshell library is almost 50 years old, but it is still fresh and charming. These four little books are a perfect choice for a child from 3 to 6. With an alphabet book and a book of months and a counting book, the collection is a learning experience that is fun. The fourth book is a story about Pierre, who learns about the importance of home in a most unusual way. Although these four books are also available in larger formats, these four small books delight children, who enjoy the size and the little container which safely stores the treasures. Every family needs this lovely collection in their home library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just wanted to let you know that the Nutshell Library I have is published in October 1962.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seeing as how this was published in 1976. . . I enjoyed reading these some 24 years ago! (not 30 or 35)... Still wonderful, as all Sendak's work is!!!! Can't recommend it strong enough!