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A friend's Bday is coming up and I'm thinking about getting her a book, as she has a ton of toys and likely has all the classic books out there. Can anyone recommend a book for a 5 yr old girl?
 

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Do you want a chapter book or a picture book? A book she can read to herself, or one her parents can read to her? How much do you know about what kind of books she likes?<br><br>
If I were giving a chapter book to a 5 year old, I'd probably go with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FComet-Moominland-Moomintrolls-Tove-Jansson%2Fdp%2F0374350302%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1274384953%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Comet in Moominland</a>, the first in a wonderful series by Tove Jansson. I'd consider them classics, but they're not as well known as they should be. And they're totally appropriate for almost any kid - no violence, and nothing very sad or scary.<br><br>
For picture books, I'm very fond of almost everything by Russell Hoban, and my kids are too. If I were giving a gift, I might go with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBeat-Captain-Najork-Hired-Sportsmen%2Fdp%2F1567923224%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1274384869%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen</a> or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSea-Thing-Child-Russell-Hoban%2Fdp%2F0763608475" target="_blank">The Sea-Thing Child</a>.<br><br>
None of those books are particularly girly - in fact, the main characters are pretty much all male. That doesn't matter to my daughter, but I suppose it might to some 5 year old girls.
 

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A book that she can both read to herself and her parents can read to her.. I don't know what books she likes, but I know that her mom is a non-religious psychic, who does tarot and numerology and is also a yoga instructor... so maybe something like fantasy, fairies, mythology or something like that?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If I were giving a chapter book to a 5 year old, I'd probably go with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FComet-Moominland-Moomintrolls-Tove-Jansson%2Fdp%2F0374350302%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1274384953%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Comet in Moominland</a>, the first in a wonderful series by Tove Jansson. I'd consider them classics, but they're not as well known as they should be. And they're totally appropriate for almost any kid - no violence, and nothing very sad or scary.</div>
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That book looks awesome!!!<br><br>
ETA: I just looked at the Borders website (the only bookstore in my town) and they say they don't carry it in stores <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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What about How To Find Flower Fairies? Or Fairy Houses? Both would appeal to a 5 y.o. girl.<br>
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It makes it a lot harder to get something good if it has to be something you can find at a Borders. Some other possibilities:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFlying-House-Harper-Trophy-Books%2Fdp%2F0064401308%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1274466476%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">No Flying in the House</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FIgraine-Brave-Cornelia-Funke%2Fdp%2F1905294654%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1274466841%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Igraine the Brave</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FWitch-Family-Eleanor-Estes%2Fdp%2F015202610X%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1274466899%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">The Witch Family</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FHalf-Magic-Edward-Eager%2Fdp%2F0152020683%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1274466937%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Half Magic</a>
 

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I like those Michael Hague anthologies -- the Book of Fairies, the Book of Pirates, the Book of Dragons -- for gifts. The Book of Fairies is a stunner.
 

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Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FKeep-Lights-Burning-Abbie-Avenue%2Fdp%2F0876144547" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Keep-Lights-Bu.../dp/0876144547</a><br><br>
It's a really nice book about a girl in Maine who keeps the lighthouse going during a storm when her father is away and her mother is sick. My ds loved it when he was 5.
 
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