The first new Rabbit Ears book in 15 years: Tom Thumb,features hilarious illustrations by Tim Gabor telling the story of Tiny Tom and his adventures with the Knights of the Roundtable. Gabor, who has produced art for Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Time and many other publications, rock bands, and events, says he used his standard potion of colored pencils, watercolor paints, and the computer software PhotoShop to create these delightful images.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving’s eerie tale of romantic rivalry along the Hudson pits the new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane against the local hero and bully, Brom Bones, for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel. The haunting drama climaxes with the appearance of one of the great, legendary ghosts of all time: the headless horseman. This spirited adaptation by Robert Van Nutt, who also did the illustrations, reflects all the wit, fun and drama of the early American classic. Ages 6 and up. Winner of Parents Magazine’s The Year’s Best for Kids award.
The Elephant’s Child. Rudyard Kipling’s story of how the elephant got its trunk has always delighted children with its playful use of language and sense of high adventure. This rendering of Kipling’s most beloved “Just So” story, beautifully illustrated by Tim Raglin, explains what the world was like “in the beginning of years when the world was new and all…” Ages 5 and up. Winner of the Action for Children's Television (ACT) Award
The Tailor of Gloucester. A sensitive retelling of a wry Beatrix Potter tale with whimsical illustrations by David Jorgensen that beautifully evoke the period, flavor and subtle humor of the story. The tailor of Gloucester who, no thanks to his naughty cat Simpkin, has no more twisted silk thread to finish the coat he has promised the mayor for his wedding on Christmas day. With the help of some special friends, the tailor finds that a kind favor is returned. Ages 5 and up. Winner of Parents Magazine’s The Year's Best for Kids award.
Follow the Drinking Gourd. This moving story is based on the traditional American folksong. Written by Bernardine Connelly and illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan, the compelling tale recounts the daring adventures of one family’s escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad and captures all the drama of a perilous flight to freedom. Ages 6 and up. The video/audio versions, narrated by Morgan Freeman and with original music by Taj Mahal, won the Parents' Choice Gold award and were nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.
The Emperor’s New Clothes is an adaptation by Eric Metaxas of the Hans Christian Andersen story with illustrations by Robert Van Nutt. Like everyone else in the kingdom, two clever swindlers understand the king’s passion for new clothes. Claiming to be the creators of the richest and most beautiful cloth in the world, they cleverly announce that the “magical” garments they are weaving for the Emperor are invisible to anyone lacking intelligence. Who will have the courage to speak the truth? Ages 5 and up. Winner of Parents' Choice Gold Seal Award.
Pecos Bill is a rollicking ride through the Wild, Wild West with the original cowboy, Pecos Bill. Raised by coyotes to brave the great frontier, Pecos rides his wild mustang Widow-Maker and invents the first rough-and-tumble cattle drive. Then he mounts a runaway cyclone like a buckin’ bronco to create the Great Salt Lake. Rich in language, this adaptation by Brian Gleeson with illustrations by Tim Raglin, is sheer nonsensical fun, a fast and furious fantasy. Ages 5 and up. Winner of Parents' Choice Classic Award.