Here is a rich and varied collection of the great stories that have enchanted children for centuries. Princesses and peasants, brave heroines and heroes, elves, wizards, fairies and talking animals throng its colorful pages. Distinguished American author and artist Eric Carle has created lively new tellings of these classic tales and illustrated them in over one hundred vibrant full-color pictures for the delight of today's readers, young and old. This is a perfect book for ...
Here is a rich and varied collection of the great stories that have enchanted children for centuries. Princesses and peasants, brave heroines and heroes, elves, wizards, fairies and talking animals throng its colorful pages. Distinguished American author and artist Eric Carle has created lively new tellings of these classic tales and illustrated them in over one hundred vibrant full-color pictures for the delight of today's readers, young and old. This is a perfect book for family reading and sharing.
Beloved author and artist Eric Carle makes centuries-old classics more timeless than ever! From "Tom Thumb" to "The Grasshopper and the Ants," this stunning treasury features lively retellings of 22 classic tales, illustrated in more than 100 vibrant full-color collages. Princesses and peasants, brave heroes and heroines, elves, wizards, fairies, and talking animals fill the colorful pages, making this the perfect book for family reading and sharing.
- Publisher's Weekly
This volume contains reprints from three of Carle's previous books. But in collapsing the longer tales, some of the original focus of the stories is blurred. Even in works as brief as Aesop's fables, the pacing is flat. But that is a small flaw compared to the artist's visual triumphs. The blended collage and paint pictures gleam with color and beauty, reflecting accurately the motif of each story. For example, there is dramatic tension in Andersen's ``The Wild Swans'' and other cliff-hangers and knee-slapping comedy in the Grimms' ``The Seven Swabians.'' Signs of Carle's ingenuity adorn every page. Ages 4-9. (April)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4 A handsome compilation of 22 stories selected from the previ ously published Twelve Tales From Aesop (Philomel, 1980; o.p.), Seven Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (Watts, 1978; o.p.), and Eric Carle's Storybook: Seven Stories from the Brothers Grimm (Watts, 1976; o.p.). The result is a varied selection ranging from familiar tales such as Tom Thumb and The Rabbit and the Turtle to more obscure stories including The Seven Swabians and The Winners. Ar rangement is well balanced, with the short fables interspersed among the longer stories of Andersen and Grimm. Stories appear virtually verba tim from the first editions with con cise, spirited language in keeping with the nature of the tales. Carle has pared down the original versions, sometimes at the expense of the irony and humor; this is most notably absent in the selections from Andersen. He has also invented some plot twists to make the tales more logical in their shortened form. The 11 fables from Aesop are presented with no ultimate ly stated morals but retain their teach ing spirit, although the message of The Grasshopper and the Ants has been completely reversed. Carle's distinc tive style of bright watercolor and col lage illustration provides an excellent complement to the lively text. Most of the art from the original volumes has been reproduced, supplemented with some new illustrations. The reproduc tions have been toned down slightly from the more garish originals, result ing in improved color and clarity. An adequate choice for those mid-range readers who are too old for nursery story collections yet too young for the original full-length tales. Starr La Tronica, North Berkeley Library, Calif.
Eric Carle is known around the world for his many highly original and beautiful picture books, including THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR and ERIC CARLE'S TREASURY OF CLASSIC STORIES FOR CHILDREN. For more information, please go to eric-carle.com.