Nutshell Library

Nutshell Library

by Maurice Sendak

Hardcover(BOXED)

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Overview

From Maurice Sendak, the Caldecott Medal-winning genius who created Where the Wild Things Are, comes Nutshell Library, which will enchant readers with four classic titles.

Containing pocket-size versions of perennial favorites Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, One Was Johnny, and Pierre, this pint-size library is perfect for small hands.

Learn the alphabet with silly alligators, drink chicken soup with rice every month, count visitors with a boy named Johnny, and survive a scare with a boy who doesn’t care. Endless adventures await in these lyrical stories that children, and their grown-up readers, will love reading and sharing over and over again.

A wonderful stocking stuffer or baby shower gift, Maurice Sendak's Nutshell Library will evoke powerful memories for many, and the rhymes and stories continue to speak to new generations of little ones.

And if you prefer your Nutshell Library books on their own and not quite so tiny, each is also now available in a board book edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060255008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/10/1962
Series: Caldecott Collection Series
Edition description: BOXED
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 39,247
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Maurice Sendak’s children’s books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.


Maurice Sendak’s children’s books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.

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. 23 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'.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVED these books as a child. I think a lot of it had to do with size, they fit excellently in small hands, but the silly rhymes and fun illustrations were also great. I've used the book, "Pierre, a Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue many times to help me deal with the annoying response of, "I don't care." Certain of my children's friends now know it by heart and hardly ever tell me they don't care. "Chicken Soup With Rice" is my other favorite, a book of months. "Alligators all Around" is a very funny alphabet story, and "One was Johnny," a counting book is also great.
rbelknap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great example of a fantasy book because there are things like the wind, birds, and pots that are given human characteristics. And none of these things can do the things they do in the book in real life.Age Appropriateness: PrimaryMedia: Pen and Ink drawings
book58lover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wonderful, tiny set was made into the movie "Really Rosie" and each story became a song in that story. One was an alphabet book, one was a counting book, one was a book of months and the fourth was a cautionary tale about Pierre who always said "I don't care". This is great for reading aloud for very young children who don't know their alphabet etc.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These were my absolute favorite books as a little kid when I was learning to read. If you can find them for your children you must! They are funny and teach good morals. You can't beat that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are great books. *However* although they are described as "pocket sized", look at the dimensions carefully. I assumed that meant they could fit in a large pocket if necessary. Maybe more like Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit books. These books fit in the tiny palm of your hand. Itty bitty!! That's fine if that's what you are looking for. They're adorable. Just pay attention to the size better than I did!
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!