Lines From Classic Kids' Books


If you're not a child now, it stands to reason that you used to be one. In either case, can you name the book from which these lines were taken?

1. "All right, Anthony, you wanted pasta from my magic pot, so start eating!" she said.

2. When Peter's sister caught up with him, he was kneeling at the foot of a tree, looking at a long thin box. "Free game, fun for some but not for all. Read instructions CAREFULLY."

3. "I'm not very big. They use me only for switching trains in the yard. I have never been over the mountain."

4. "Help! Help! A Heffalump!"

5. A comb and a brush and a bowlful of mush....

6. Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this forever?"

7. He rushed on down the corridor. "The Nut Room," it said on the door.

8. While he was being unloaded and taken out of his crate and into his new pen at the fair, crowds gathered to watch.

9. No one spoke. No one moved. All eyes were on the Indian, the one who had never lost a race and who now had another victory within his grasp.

10. "Dust!" cried Caleb. He climbed the porch and stood on the roof. "I see dust and a yellow bonnet."

11. With gray thread, Beezus carefully outlined the steam coming from the teakettle spout and thought about her pretty young aunt, who was always so gay and so understanding.

12. The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.

13. It was not the Omri didn't appreciate Patrick's present to him. Far from it. It was very kind of Patrick to give Omri a secondhand plastic Indian.

14. "I will run over to Frog's house. I will rake all his leaves. Frog will be very pleased."

15. Over on the other side of the hill, she ate all the berries she could reach and then she started out to find her mother.

16. One of his hobbies was collecting pebbles of unusual shape and color. One day he found a quite extraordinary one.

17. "Now, my dears, you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into the garden. Your father had an accident there...."

18. When they got to Boston they felt too tired to fly anymore. There was a nice pond in the public garden, with a little island on it.

19. Detective McSmogg is working on a new case. He is now looking for Miss Viola Swamp.

20. He always said she could dig in a day what a hundred men could dig in a week.

21. "If you become a fish in a trout stream," said the mother, "I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you."

22. Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive.... She looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree trunks, she could see the open doorway of the wardrobe.


1. Strega Nona, by Tomie De Paola (1975)

2. Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)

3. The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (1926)

4. Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne (1926)

5. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)

6. Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie (1904)

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Raold Dahl (1964)

8. Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White (1952)

9. Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner (1980)

10. Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan (1985)

11. Beezus and Ramona, by Beverly Cleary (1955)

12. The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss (1957)

13. The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks (1980)

14. Frog and Toad All Year, by Arnold Lobel (1976)

15. Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey (1948)

16. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig (1969)

17. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter (1902)

18. Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey (1941)

19. Miss Nelson Is Back, by Harry Allard (1982)

20. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)

21. The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown (1942)

22. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis (1950)

Children's Book Awards for 1997

The 1997 Newbery Award, from the American Library Association:

"The View From Saturday," by Elaine Konigsburg (Jean Karl/Athenaeum). A group of sixth-graders and their teacher/coach form a surprisingly successful Academic Bowl team.

Honor Books: "A Girl Named Disaster," by Nancy Farmer; "Moorchild," by Eloise McGraw; "The Thief," by Megan Whalen Turner; "Belle Prater's Boy," by Ruth White.

The ALA's 1997 Caldecott Award:

"Golem," written and illustrated by David Wisniewski (Clarion Books). A rabbi brings a clay giant to life to protect Jews in 16th-century Prague.

Honor Books: "Hush! A Thai Lullaby," illus. by Holly Meade, written by Minfong Ho; "The Graphic Alphabet," illus. by David Pelletier, ed. by Neal Porter; "The Paperboy," illus. by Dav Pilkey, written by Richard Jackson; "Starry Messenger," written and illus. by Peter Sis.

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