Picks and Pans Review: Fab Finds for Kids

updated 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

MEMORIES OF SURVIVAL by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Bernice Steinhardt
The striking story of Krinitz's struggle to elude the Nazis as a teenager, illustrated by her hand-stitched panels (above).

MEET WILD BOARS by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall
Bracingly ill-mannered, the boars who run amok in this clever picture book (left) make kid friends seem...tame.

INKSPELL by Cornelia Funke
For tweens, the fun follow-up to Funke's bestselling medieval fantasy Inkheart.

DOG TRAIN by Sandra Boynton
The creator of Philadelphia Chickens returns with this rockin' book and CD sung by Alison Krauss, Kate Winslet and others.

ONCE UPON A TIME, THE END by Geoffrey Kloske and Barry Blitt
Silly, sound-bite versions of bedtime standbys.

THE GIFT OF NOTHING by Patrick McDonnell
For the kid who has everything, a sweet tale with a Zen message from the creator of the comic Muffs.

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