Personification Stories

Stories about ordinary children having incredible adventures are all well and good, but sometimes what we really need are stories about the crazy things a tug boat might do, or a teddy bear, or a piece of string. It's the appeal of literature—a good book shows us the world from a different perspective, sometimes even a shocking one, and what's more different than a toy or a pickup who can talk and think?

For a kid, maybe not much. So much is new and surprising to the young that animals or chairs with personality doesn't seem strange, at least no more strange than many other things adults find more common. Which is precisely why children should be allowed to read personification stories (stories about non-human beings or objects with human qualities).

If you want your progeny to have vivid imaginations, why not offer them the kind of reading that will promote creativity and curiosity? But we don't want them retreating into a fantasy world of their own creation, you may object. No caring parent does—but everyone should want their kids to be interested in the people and world around them. A fresh view can lead to a lifetime of investigation.

Not that toaster ovens really get up and leave the junkyard, but the possibility is what enthralls kids (and, often enough, adults). We've tried to select only the best personification stories, particularly those that actually have something to impart to readers besides entertainment value. For older readers, most of the really good personification stories are animal fantasy, another category we suggest for your enjoyment.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Babar's Museum of Art
by Laurent de Brunhoff
New edition from Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Best-Loved Doll
by Rebecca Caudill
from Henry Holt and Company
Personification Stories for
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$10.99
Caboose Who Got Loose
by Bill Peet
from Sandpiper Books
Personification Stories for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$9.99
Choo Choo
by Virginia Lee Burton
from Houghton Mifflin
Personification Stories for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.95
Corduroy
by Don Freeman
from Puffin Books
Personification Stories for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.99
Doll People
by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin
from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Evergreen Wood
by Alan Parry, Linda Parry
from Thomas Nelson Publishers
for 3rd-5th grade
in Adapted or Abridged (Location: A10-03F)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Gregory's Shadow
by Don Freeman
from Puffin Books
Animal Fantasy for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.99
Hercules the Harbor Tug
by Michael O'Hearn
from Charlesbridge
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Hitty
by Rachel Field
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Personification story for 4th-8th grade
1930 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.99
Hitty: Her First Hundred Years
by Rachel Field
for 5th-9th grade
in Realistic Fiction (Location: A09-01A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
House at Pooh Corner
by A. A. Milne
Gft Rep from Dutton Juvenile
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Jennifer and Josephine
by Bill Peet
from Houghton Mifflin
Personification for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$9.99
Katy and the Big Snow
by Virginia Burton
from Houghton Mifflin
Personification Stories for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.99
Little Engine That Could
by Watty Piper, Cristina Ong (Illustrator)
from Platt and Munk Publishers
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
$6.99
Little Engine That Could - Original Edition
by Watty Piper
from Platt and Munk Publishers
Personification Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$8.99
Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton
from Sandpiper Books
Personification Stories for Preschool-3rd grade
1943 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton
from Sandpiper Books
Personification Stories for Nursery
1943 Caldecott Medal winner
in Board Books (Location: CPB-01A)
$7.99 $5.00 (1 in stock)
Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
by Hildegarde H. Swift & Lynd Ward
from Houghton Mifflin
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$8.00
Little Toot
by Hardie Gramatky
from Penguin Putnam
Personification Stories for Nursery-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
Maybelle the Cable Car
by Virginia Burton
from Houghton Mifflin
Personification Stories for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.95
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
by Virginia Burton
from Houghton Mifflin
Personification Stories for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo
from Candlewick Press
Personification for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$11.99
Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo
from Candlewick Press
Personification for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.99
Miss Hickory
by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
from Puffin Books
Personification story for 3rd-7th grade
1947 Newbery Medal winner
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$2.50 (2 in stock)
Nutcracker
by ETA Hoffman & Don Daily
from Running Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.95
Nutcracker
by ETA Hoffman & Don Daily
from Running Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$12.95
Pinocchio
Sterling Classics
by Carlo Collodi
Unabridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 3rd-8th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
$8.00
Pinocchio
Junior Deluxe Editions
by Carlo Collodi
from Junior Deluxe Editions
Fantasy for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Pinocchio
Puffin Classics
by Carlo Collodi
Ill from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Pocket for Corduroy
by Don Freeman
from Puffin Books
Personification Stories for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$6.99
Raggedy Andy Stories
Raggedy Ann #2
by Johnny Gruelle
from Simon and Schuster
Personification Stories for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Raggedy Ann and Andy
by Johnny Gruelle
from Bobbs-Merril Co
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees
by Johnny Gruelle
from Bobbs-Merril Co
for 2nd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman
by Johnny Gruelle
from Yearling
for 1st-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
Raggedy Ann in the Magic Book
by Johnny Gruelle
from Bobbs-Merril Co
for 2nd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Raggedy Ann Stories
by Johnny Gruelle
from Derrydale Books
for 2nd-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Raggedy Ann Stories
by Johnny Gruelle
from Simon and Schuster
for Kindergarten-4th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$9.00 (2 in stock)
Raggedy Ann's Magical Wishes
by Johnny Gruelle
from Bobbs-Merril Co
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
by Rudyard Kipling
from William Morrow & Company
Realistic Animal Stories for 2nd-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$17.99
Smokey
by Bill Peet
from Houghton Mifflin
Rhyming / Personification for Preschool-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$9.99
Teddy Bears' Picnic
by Jimmy Kennedy
from Aladdin Paperbacks
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.99
Ten in the Bed
by Penny Dale
from Discovery Toys, Inc.
for Nursery-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
There's Always Pooh and Me
by A. A. Milne
from Dutton Juvenile
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
from Avon Books
Personification for 1st-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$5.99 $3.00 (3 in stock)
Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
from Running Press
Personification for 1st-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$9.95
Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
from Henry Holt and Company
Personification for 1st-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$17.95
Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
Reprint. from Barnes & Noble
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$7.50 (2 in stock)
Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
from Cartwheel Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$1.50 (2 in stock)