Most widely held works by Patrick Benson
Owl babies by Martin Waddell ( Book )
57 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 2,431 libraries worldwide
When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations from unique and striking perspectives capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered.
The Minpins by Roald Dahl ( Book )
21 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 1,961 libraries worldwide
Little Billy enters the Forest of Sin and meets the Minpins, matchstick-sized people who live in tree cities besieged by the Smoke-Belching Gruncher whom Billy vows to destroy.
Mole and the baby bird by Marjorie Newman ( Book )
11 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,569 libraries worldwide
Mole rescues a baby bird, cares for it, and loves it, until the day he realizes it is because he loves it that he must set it free.
The willows in winter by William Horwood ( Book )
10 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and Polish and held by 1,349 libraries worldwide
The further escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
Christopher Mouse : the tale of a small traveler by William Wise ( Book )
4 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,184 libraries worldwide
After being sold to an unscrupulous pet store owner, a young mouse lives with several owners and has many adventures, before ending up with an appreciative family.
Little penguin by Patrick Benson ( Book )
6 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and Korean and held by 998 libraries worldwide
Comparing herself to the larger Emperor penguins, Pip the Adélie penguin feels unhappy with her size until an encounter with a huge sperm whale puts things in a different perspective for her.
Robin Hood by Sarah Hayes ( Book )
2 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 916 libraries worldwide
Retells the adventures of Robin Hood and his men in Sherwood Forest as they right wrongs and fight injustice.
The story of three whales by Giles Whittell ( Book )
5 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 853 libraries worldwide
Describes how the concerted efforts of an international team of concerned people eased the suffering of three gray whales trapped by ice off the coast of Alaska and eventually helped two of them back to the open sea.
Squeak's good idea by Max Eilenberg ( Book )
5 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 806 libraries worldwide
When Squeak the elephant decides to go outside for a picnic he prepares himself for any eventuality, which turns out to be a good idea.
The little boat by Kathy Henderson ( Book )
6 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and Korean and held by 717 libraries worldwide
A little boy playing at the seashore makes a toy sailboat that is swept out to sea, and, after braving storms, hungry fish, and bigger boats, is finally found by a little girl at the opposite shore.
The willows and beyond by William Horwood ( Book )
5 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 691 libraries worldwide
Continues the adventures of Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger as they reminisce about their past escapades and prepare to turn over the River Bank to the next generation.
The tough princess by Martin Waddell ( Book )
18 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 632 libraries worldwide
A spunky princess with a mind of her own resists her parents' plans to ensnare a prince for her and rides forth to adventures of her choosing.
Toad triumphant by William Horwood ( Book )
5 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and Polish and held by 631 libraries worldwide
When a formidable female enters the comfortable bachelor world of the River Bank and seems to win Toad's heart, his companions attempt to save their infatuated friend from himself.
Herbert : five stories by Ivor Cutler ( Book )
6 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and held by 546 libraries worldwide
Each day is full of surprises for a young boy as he wakes up and turns into a new animal.
The wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame ( Book )
5 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 538 libraries worldwide
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
The willows at Christmas by William Horwood ( Book )
7 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 502 libraries worldwide
When Toad's annual visitor, the disagreeable Mrs. Ffleshe, threatens everyone's Christmas cheer, Ratty, Mole, and Badger devise a plan to rescue their friend from his unwanted guardian.
Oddly / illustrated by Patrick Benson by Joyce Dunbar ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 496 libraries worldwide
The Lostlet, the Strangelet, and the Oddlet are confused creatures until they befriend a boy who has run away from home.
The sea-thing child by Russell Hoban ( Book )
4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 469 libraries worldwide
Washed up on the beach during a storm, the sea-thing child clings fearfully to the shore until he discovers his true destiny.
The book of Hob stories by William Mayne ( Book )
3 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 413 libraries worldwide
Hob, the friendly spirit who lives under the stairs and protects the house, must do battle with a variety of evil beings trying to take control of his family's home.
A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens ( Book )
9 editions published between 1974 and 1997 in English and held by 389 libraries worldwide
A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future.
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