Unwitting Wisdom : An Anthology of Aesop's Fables by Helen Ward

I loved this book from the moment I saw it in the book store. And I remember reading it to my daughter when she was a baby. It is a wonderful combination of illustrations and storytelling. The blurb above really doesn’t exaggerate about “creating with words and breathtaking watercolors a dazzling new collection destined to become a classic.”

Book Finds: The Tree of Here by Chaim Potok (Tony Auth, illustrator)

Perhaps the wistfulness and oddness feel different two decades later. In fact, I like how it is rather odd (with a comic book feel to the illustrations on some pages and more traditional illustrations on others). The story is meandering and messy rather than direct, neat and clean. Maybe the fact that it only cost me a dollar lowered my expectations. Who knows exactly, but I enjoyed reading it and found it worth owning.