Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales: A Treasury of Children's Classics

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Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Little Red Hen, and nine other tales are brought to life in this superb treasury. The delightful characters will become storyland friends for life for children who meet them here. Just wait until your child sees the Giant's expression as he cries, "Fee, fi, fo, fum," or the adorable Elves dancing in the Shoemaker's cottage! The Ginger-bread Boy's candy buttons and the dazzling feathers of the Ugly Duckling are among the...

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Overview

Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Little Red Hen, and nine other tales are brought to life in this superb treasury. The delightful characters will become storyland friends for life for children who meet them here. Just wait until your child sees the Giant's expression as he cries, "Fee, fi, fo, fum," or the adorable Elves dancing in the Shoemaker's cottage! The Ginger-bread Boy's candy buttons and the dazzling feathers of the Ugly Duckling are among the many inviting details to discover with each new look.

A collection of nursery tales so child friendly, rewarding, and full of fun could only have come from the rich and playful imagination of Mary Engelbreit.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Hower
In this charming collection of twelve nursery tales, children will fall in love with the unforgettable characters from "Little Red Riding Hood," "Hansel and Gretel," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "The Ugly Duckling," and characters from eight other classic stories. Little Red Riding Hood, in her notorious red cloak, sets off to deliver a basket of biscuits to her sick Granny. As she is walking through the forest, she meets a wolf that seems friendly and sincere. The Wolf tricks Granny and Little Red Riding Hood, eating them both. A woodcutter hears the commotion and scolds the Wolf for his despicable actions. Granny and Little Red Riding Hood step out of the Wolf's mouth unharmed. Children will enjoy this rewarding story, along with other delightful tales. With vintage appeal, the illustrations bring back memories of simpler times. The characters come to life as the stunning pictures provide a backdrop to an array of classic tales beloved by all children. The book's rich colors and sweet drawings make it a must have for any child. Reviewer: Melissa Hower
School Library Journal

PreS-K

Engelbreit brings her trademark sunny style to this collection of 12 tales and successfully walks the line between adapting the stories for a preschool audience and watering them down. The world that these characters inhabit vibrates with bright colors, friendly animals, and buildings and woods of the timeless fairy-tale variety. Scary things happen, but only to the bad guys, and only offstage. Jack's giant dies falling from the beanstalk and Gretel pushes the witch into the oven, but the Big Bad Wolf escapes the woodcutter with only a scolding after he lets Red Riding Hood and her grandmother out of his stomach unharmed. Even the Gingerbread Boy eludes the fox and keeps on running at the end of the story. The artist portrays two of the three little pigs as female, as are the posh city mouse and her homely country cousin. The humorous expressions of the characters (see Goldilocks sinking into Mama Bear's super-soft bed for a laugh) and the lines of text incorporated into the illustrations are classic Engelbreit touches. This cheery collection will appeal to the artist's fans, as well as to anyone looking for not-too-scary versions of old favorites for young children.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060731687
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 166,412
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Engelbreit

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother's own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. She chose to illustrate Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas as her first book for children. It quickly hit the New York Times bestseller list and has become part of the holiday tradition for families across the country. Other treasured additions to a child's first bookshelf include Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose, Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas—both New York Times bestsellers—along with Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales and Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales.

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother's own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. She chose to illustrate Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas as her first book for children. It quickly hit the New York Times bestseller list and has become part of the holiday tradition for families across the country. Other treasured additions to a child's first bookshelf include Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose, Mary Engelbreit's A Merry Little Christmas—both New York Times bestsellers—along with Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales and Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    Is there such a thing as too politically correct?

    With the understanding that some of the original fairy tales were quite dark and scary, this book goes out of the way to make a nice ending. The gingerbread man lives? It's a cookie!! That said, my kids enjoy the stories though they were originally confused with the endings. "But mom, you said..." came up a lot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Good but not excellent.

    Unfortunately, a lot of the stories have been changed. I assume to make them less "scary" to children. I grew up with the original stories and I don't think they should have been changed. For example, Little Red Riding Hood ends with the hunter killing the wolf and cutting out Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma in the original. In this book it ends with the woodcutter, not hunter, "scolding" the wolf and the wolf letting Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma step out unharmed. A "scolding" seems silly to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Great Childrens Story Book

    My 3 year old checked this out at our local Library and the whole family enjoyed it so much we wanted to buy one. I'm so happy I was able to find it at Barnes & Noble. The illustrations are magnificent. This book has all the favorite childrens stories told in their traditional form. It is a must have for any young child.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

    Great for a older sibling to read to a younger one.

    I have a 10 year old with Autism. He reads this book to his younger 3 year old sister at bed time. It builds his confidence, she loves the pictures and Mom get quality time with both my kids!! Thank you for such a wonderful family treasure!

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