Ammon, Bette DeBruyne., and Gale W. Sherman. "Preface." Worth a Thousand Words: an Annotated Guide to Picture Books for Older Readers. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1996.
Snow White in New York / Fiona French
A modern version of the classic fairy tale. Snow White lives in New York and is a singer with seven jazzmen.
The true story of the 3 little pigs / Jon Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
Little Red Riding Hood : a newfangled prairie tale / Lisa Campbell Ernst
An updated version, set on the prairie, of the familiar story about a little girl, her grandmother, and a not-so-clever wolf.
Cinder Edna / Ellen Jackson
Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live next door to each other, each with a cruel stepmother and stepsisters, have different approaches to life. Although both end up with princes of their dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.
Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China / Ed Young
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
Alex and the glass slipper = Cinderella / Amanda Graham
Two titles in one with Alex and the glass slipper and Cinderella on inverted pages.
Somebody and the three Blairs / Marilyn Tolhurst
In a reversal of the Goldilocks story, a bear explores the home of the three Blairs while they are out.
The three little fish and the big bad shark / Ken Geist
In this spoof of The three little pigs, Mama tells her three little fish that it's time to seek their fortunes. Jim builds a house of seaweed and Tim builds a house of sand, but it's up to Kim to find the house that will stop the big bad shark's munching and crunching.
Bad boys get cookie / Margie Palatini
Wolves Willy and Wally try to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving by dressing up as private eyes and chasing down a runaway cookie in this spoof of "The Gingerbread Man".
Sootface : an Ojibwa Cinderella story / retold by Robert D. San Souci
Although she is mocked and mistreated by her two older sisters, an aboriginal maiden wins a mighty invisible warrior for her husband with her kind and honest heart.
Prince Cinders / Babette Cole
A fairy grants a small, skinny prince a change in appearance and the chance to go to the Palace Disco.
Uncle Willy and the soup kitchen / DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
A boy spends the day with Uncle Willie in the soup kitchen where he works preparing and serving food for the hungry.
Fly away home / Eve Bunting
A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal and trying not to be noticed, is given hope when he sees a trapped bird find its freedom.
The arrival / Shaun Tan
In this worless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new coutnry, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.
From slave ship to freedom road / Julius Lester
Presents the author's meditations on twenty paintings by artist Rod Brown, designed to encourage reflection on the hardships faced by African-American slaves until their emancipation.
Night running : how James escaped with the help of his faithful dog / Elisa Carbone
A runaway slave makes a daring escape to freedom with the help of his faithful hunting dog, Zeus. Based on the true story of James Smith's journey from Virgina to Ohio in the mid-1800s.
Rabbit & Squirrel : a tale of war & peas / Kara LaReau
Rabbit and Squirrel are neighbors who never even say hello until someone starts damaging their gardens, and then they blame one another and start a fight that continues even after they meet the real culprit.
How I learned geography / Uri Shulevitz
As he spends hours studying his father's world map, a young boy escapes the hunger and misery of refugee life. Based on the author's childhood in Kazahkstan, where he lived as a Polish refugee during World War II.
Bobby Bluestem / Rhonda O'Grady
Relates the history of the Tall Grass Prairie from its use by the original inhabitants to the more recent threats to its existence.
Cathy Cattail / Rhonda O'Grady
Cathy Cattail tells the story of a common marsh in a unique way. Through the eyes and adventures of a cattail named Cathy, we learn of the special relationship between a wetland, the wildlifeit supports, and the people who understand the value of its existence. However, as time goes by, the marsh begins to change. When Cathy is lost beneath a mountain of garbage, will anyone care enough to rescue her?
Ruby's wish / Shirin Yim Bridges
Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author's grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby's Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl who strives for more and a family who rewards her hard work and courage.
The three questions : based on a story by Leo Tolstoy / Jon J. Muth