A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban, with pictures by Lillian Hoban. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.
This is one of the famous I Can Read books. It is the delightful story of Frances the Badger, who is always having some kind of an adventure. The print is large, the space between lines is wide, the words are very basic. It is especially recommended for those who have just learned to read.
Marv by Marilyn Sachs; illustrated by Louis Glanzman. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1970.
Perhaps you know somebody like Marv—a dreamer, foolish, a genius. Considered stupid by many, he is recognized as creative by others. Marv is a builder, a boy whose life is spent constructing. Boys particularly will find themselves relating to Marv, who is half-wise, half-foolish, and always delightful.
Paddy’s Preposterous Promises by Julia Bristol Bischoff; Illustrated by Ingrid Fetz. New York: Young Scott Books, 1968.
This story takes you back to America’s farming days, sixty years ago. It’s about an unusual handyman on a farm who stirs all of the children to do not only their own chores but also some of their brothers’ and sisters’ chores. He sings funny songs, tells tall tales, and builds exciting gadgets. You will never forget Paddy. He may even help you to enjoy your work. Who can tell?
A Single Light by Maia Wojciechowska. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
One day a nameless Spanish deaf-mute girl found a priceless statue behind a wooden panel in a church she was cleaning. From then on she played with the marble baby each day, and each day she loved it more.
How the girl and the statue changed the lives of the people in the village, as well as those who came from outside the village to view the long-lost treasure, is a story that can bring deep and thoughtful pleasure to all who read it.
The story is beautifully, simply, and powerfully written to appeal to all ages, but especially to older readers of the Friend.