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New York Times Bestseller! 5 Starred Reviews! "Will have listeners in stitches." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Purely absurd, sidesplitting humor." --Booklist (starred review) "Demands bombastic, full-volume performances." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Perfect for a guffawing share with younger sibs or buddy read." --BCCB (starred review) "The sort of story that makes children love to read." --School Library Journal (starred review) From acclaimed, bestselling creators Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, and Adam Rex, author-illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. "I couldn't stop laughing while reading this aloud to a group of kids," commented the founder of Bookopolis.com, Kari Ness Riedel.
Young Annabel lives in the 1950s and dreams of a future with jetpacks, flying cars and robots. However, little does she know that she is living under an evil spell that could mean she has no future at all... When the curse is fulfilled on her 16th birthday and she falls asleep for 1000 years, her house is overgrown by a magnificent rose tree. A plucky young explorer called Zoe discovers the story of Sleeping Beauty, but can she find Annabel in time to lift the curse and show her what the future actually looks like? Packed with mid-century detail, this gorgeous book will be treasured for years to come.
This work contains four new titles in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.
Once upon a time, there was a misty blue mountain. Below the misty blue mountain was a wild, dark forest and by the wild, dark forest was a village.The village had a stream and a duck pond and an old red apple tree and it was home to Aladdin and his fairytale friends. The Fairytale Friends series brings fairytales into the modern day and features scenarios young children can relate to and learn from. Each story in this new picture book series focuses on a different fairytale character, a different strength or core virtue and a challenge to overcome, often with the help of their friends. Readers will enjoy spotting characters from other books and recognizing key elements of the original fairytale while enjoying the new twist. Notes and questions at the back of the book will summarize what the character has learnt and prompt further discussion while activities will provide more fairytale fun.
This is a lively re-telling of the Greek myth, in which Pegasus, the flying horse, helps hero Bellerophon to defeat a fire-breathing monster. This is a new title in "Young Reading Series One". Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, "Series One" has short stories that are full of excitement, aimed at children who are starting to read on their own. This title is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is Principal Lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.
In captivating text and illustrations, this beautiful multicultural children's book presents a collection of cherished fables, myths, legends and fairy tales from Thailand that have been passed down through generations of Thai families. The nine charming stories feature clever princesses, warring gods and goddesses, foolish kings, and wily tigers, against a backdrop of traditional Thai village life. They deal with the universal values that parents everywhere want to teach their children, such as good versus evil, right versus wrong, and wisdom versus foolishness. Stories include How The Thai Learned to Be Calm, when a small village argument escalates into a terrible war; Princess Golden Flower and the Vulture King, in which a brave princess saves herself from an evil king; and The Gold Harvest in which a wise father-in-law tricks his lazy son-in-law into working hard for his family. Curated and narrated by Marion D. Toth and illustrated by Thai artist Patcharee Meesukhon, this collection will provide children with an insight into the traditional Thai culture, and the values and lifestyle of its people. This book will be enjoyed by children ages six to ten, as well as by their parents. Other Thai stories in this book include: How the Bay of Bangkok Came to Be; Sri of Thailand; There Is No Such Thing As a Secret; Why the Tiger Is Striped; The Footprint of the Buddha.
First Stories: Hansel and Gretel is the perfect introduction for young children to this classic fairy tale. Push, pull and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce the main characters: Hansel and Gretel and the witch in the woods - not forgetting the delicious gingerbread cottage! This well-loved fairy tale is beautifully imagined for a new generation by children's illustrator Dan Taylor.
There are lots of First Stories to collect: Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Jungle Book, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and Sleeping Beauty.
Timeless classic Fairy Tales brought to life with lavish, full colour illustrations. Comes with accompanying Audio CD with narrations of text.
'The Dragon Painter' is written especially for children who are learning to read. With delightful illustrations, this book combines a great story with simple text to excite and inspire any beginner reader.
Here, beautifully illustrated and presented in both English and Japanese, are 12 of the best Japanese folktales shared with generation after generation of Japanese children. These charming tales engage your imagination as you're carried on turtle-back rides, brought to the underwater palace of the dragon princess, and discover a temple with a tea kettle that is really a cunning badger in disguise These stories are all richly illustrated, with 98 colour illustrations by two of Japan's foremost children's books illustrators. Executed with great skill and imagination, they bring to life the charming characters of these heart-warming tales of old Japan. The tales were originally written in English by author Yuri Yasuda based on her interpretations of traditional Japanese stories. Here they are fully bilingual each one accompanied by Japanese text. The Japanese versions of each tale include simple kanji with furigana pronunciations to help learners recognize the characters. Japanese Myths, Legends and Folktales is accessible to both English and Japanese-speaking children, as well as to older language learners who wish to enhance their reading ability. This multicultural children's book will entertain, inspire, and educate in equal measure.
Fergus lives with his father by the sea, but is lonely. He wants a friend more than anything. One day Fergus finds treasure on the beach: a beautiful fur blanket hidden in the rocks. But Fergus doesn't know that his treasure belongs to someone else -- a selkie girl has lost her seal skin and can't go home to the sea without it. Will Fergus give his new friend what she needs, and risk being lonely again? This is a lovely retelling of the traditional Scottish folk tale of the selkie (a seal who can become human) adapted for a young audience. Beautifully written by storyteller and selkie storyteller Janis Mackay, the tale is accompanied by stunning illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane. The Selkie Girl is one of the first titles released in the new Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales range of picture books that bring classic Scottish folk and fairy tales to life for young children.
From Christina June, author of It Started with Goodbye and Everywhere You Want to Be, comes No Place Like Here, a modern twist on Hansel and Gretel. Ashlyn Zanotti has big plans for the summer. She's just spent a year at boarding school and can't wait to get home. But when Ashlyn's father is arrested for tax evasion and her mother enters a rehab facility for "exhaustion," her life is turned upside down. The cherry on top? Ashlyn's father sends her to work with a cousin she doesn't even know at a rustic team-building retreat center in the middle of nowhere. A self-proclaimed "indoor girl," not even Ash's habit of leaving breadcrumb quotes-inspirational sayings she scribbles everywhere-can help her cope. With a dangerously careless camp manager doling out grunt work, an overbearing father trying to control her even from prison, and more than a little boy drama to struggle with, the summer is full of challenges. And Ashlyn must make the toughest decision of her life: keep quiet and follow her dad's marching orders, or find the courage to finally stand up to her father to have any hope of finding her way back home. Fans looking for clean teen fiction, with elements of drama, romance, friendship, and an unflinching look into navigating and improving even the most difficult parent-teen relationships need look no further.
This beautiful new edition, simply told for young readers, breathes new life into the classic story of enchantment that will melt anyone's cold heart. The glittery, wintry tale of the Snow Queen has captivated children for hundreds of years and this new retelling is the perfect introduction for a new generation of readeers. Brilliantly illustrated in a fun modern style, this delightful book is part of the much-loved range of Storytime Classics which offers collectible, child-friendly format editions of classic stories to make the perfect home library for children everywhere.
Disney Princess Beginnings is an exciting chapter book series featuring all-new stories about each Disney Princess as a young girl!
Young Moana is always ready for a new challenge! It is eight-year-old Moana's first time participating in the Tiale celebration--a festival that occurs every ten years and honors a brave female ancestor. Thanks to determination and coaching from her mother, Moana competes in the cliff diving competition! Children ages 6 to 9 who are independent readers will love this new chapter book based on Disney's Moana and featuring full-color illustrations! Each Disney Princess Beginnings chapter book features all-new stories about a Disney Princess as a young girl.
Disney's Dream Big, Princess campaign focuses on the amazing stories and leadership qualities of each Disney Princess and shows how they relate to today's girl.
Using the stunning illustrations from the popular Myths and Legends series, these collections of tales make ancient stories from cultures all around the globe accessible to younger readers. Written in simple, clear and highly readable text, Traditional Tales from Around the World contain a myriad of legends, some of which may be familiar to children and others that may not.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Sock Puppet Theatre presents "The Three Little Pigs"! Now it's a snap to make simple, adorable puppets, key props and the perfect stage for bringing this classic fairy tale to life. But that's not all! As an added bonus, this book also includes a fun starter script, helpful acting and performance tips and clever suggestions for making your play truly unique. With Sock Puppet Theatre, you hold in your hands everything needed to get your puppeteer career started on the right foot!
The first man and woman are lonely. What to do? They decide to fashion children out of clay. As they are baking the little figures in their fire, they're constantly interrupted by visits from the sky-god, Nyame. As a result, some of the children are pale and underdone, some are left in so long that they come out very dark, and the rest are every shade between. Frane Lessac's gorgeous gouache paintings, inspired by West African masks and pottery, and Eric Maddern's vivid text make this one of the most compelling of creation myths for young readers.
Christmas is coming, and Madame Rosa has prepared a surprise party for her ballet class. "Ella Bella, would you fetch the music box?" asks Madame Rosa. "Then we can have some dancing at our party." As the music begins playing, little Ella Bella is magically transported into the enchanting, festive world of "The Nutcracker "ballet. There, she meets the beautiful Clara and her wooden Nutcracker doll. Together, Ella and Clara must fight off the evil Mouse King so they can break the evil spell that has transformed a handsome prince into the Nutcracker doll. When the spell is broken and the prince comes to life, he leads Clara and Ella to a magic forest where they dance to the music of the famous "Nutcracker " ballet. On the last page of this beautifully illustrated story, young readers learn about the origins of "The Nutcracker" ballet, its music written in 1892 by the composer Piotr Tchaikovsky for Russia's famous Imperial Ballet.
Oscar Wilde was already famous as a brilliant wit and raconteur
when he first began to publish his short stories in the late 1880s.
Admired by George Orwell and W. B. Yeats, the stories include
poignant fairy-tales such as "The Happy Prince" and "The Selfish
Giant," the extravagant comedy of "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and
"The Canterville Ghost," and the daring narrative experiments of
"The Portrait of Mr. W. H.," Wilde's fictional investigation into
the identity of the dedicatee of Shakespeare's sonnets. John
Sloan's Introduction argues for Wilde's originality and literary
achievement as a short-story writer, emphasizing his literary skill
and sophistication, and arguing for the centrality of Wilde's
shorter fiction in his literary career. The collection includes a
useful and up-to-date bibliography and extensive and helpful
explanatory notes, and an Appendix reprints an important passage
from the book-length version of "The Portrait of Mr. W. H." on the
Neo-Platonic ideal of friendship between men, an important key to
the short story's meaning.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Sock Puppet Theatre presents "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"! Now it's a snap to make simple, adorable puppets, key props and the perfect stage for bringing this classic fairy tale to life. But that's not all! As an added bonus, this book also includes a fun starter script, helpful acting and performance tips and clever suggestions for making your play truly unique. With Sock Puppet Theatre, you hold in your hands everything needed to get your puppeteer career started on the right foot!
A wonderful collection of well-loved stories, beautifully illustrated and specially retold for younger readers, including the classic tales The Gingerbread ManA", The NutcrackerA", PinocchioA", The Town Mouse and the Country MouseA", Alice in WonderlandA", The Emperor's New ClothesA" and The Snow QueenA". Perfect for reading aloud or for children to read for themselves.
Hear ye! Hear ye! Sock Puppet Theatre presents "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"! Now it's a snap to make simple, adorable puppets, key props and the perfect stage for bringing this classic fairy tale to life. But that's not all! As an added bonus, this book also includes a fun starter script, helpful acting and performance tips and clever suggestions for making your play truly unique. With Sock Puppet Theatre, you hold in your hands everything needed to get your puppeteer career started on the right foot!
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