Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Serendipity Books

Today is the 19th day of the A to Z April Challenge. Participants in this blog-hop post on a letter of the alphabet every day except Sundays. To visit the main web page to see other players click HERE.

I chose Fantasy as my theme and today I'm presenting Serendipity Books. 

Serendipity is a series of children's books about animals and creatures. The books were written by Stephen Cosgrove and illustrated by Robin James. The books are short stories with colorful illustrations that have a moral perspective.

Cosgrove wrote the books after searching for an easy to read book with a message to read to his then three year old daughter. After finding primarily large expensive books, Cosgrove teamed up with illustrator James to create low cost softcover books. After receiving an offer to publish the books only in hardcover, Cosgrove created his own publishing company - Serendipity Press. The first four books of the Serendipity series were published in 1974. They are: Serendipity, The Dream Tree, Wheedle on the Needle and The Muffin Dragon.

The animals in the Serendipity series include bears, cats, dogs, horses, squirrels, rabbits and mythical creatures such as unicorns, dragons, sea monsters and pegasus. Cosgrove also invented his own creatures such as wheedle, hucklebug and kritter. The books present moral issues such as growing up, disabilities, abuse, fear, friendship, prejudice, gossip and helping the environment.

To date, there are 70 books in the series, written from kindergarten to grade three levels. What an fun way to present common issues to young people. Have you read these books?

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know of these books. My children are older now. Maybe grandchildren some day?