Stories For Me

Stories For Me

by Various, Chris Riddell, Amy Hest, Anita Jeram
     
 

The preschool years are a time of curiosity and delight, a time when young children relish stories that help them learn about their world, as well as silly tales that make them giggle. Here, in one brimming volume, are thirty favorite picture books for reading aloud. From stories by such masters as Helen Oxenbury and Martin Waddell to Amy Hest's In the Rain with Baby… See more details below

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The preschool years are a time of curiosity and delight, a time when young children relish stories that help them learn about their world, as well as silly tales that make them giggle. Here, in one brimming volume, are thirty favorite picture books for reading aloud. From stories by such masters as Helen Oxenbury and Martin Waddell to Amy Hest's In the Rain with Baby Duck, Jez Alborough's Cuddly Dudley, and Anita Jeram's Contrary Mary, this collection serves up a delectable sampling of the very best writing and illustration for young children.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
The editors at Candlewick Press have assembled 30 picture books for preschoolers in this delightful collection. It is the perfect book to brighten a rainy day or to use when cuddling up with your child for quality reading time. The collection features lovely, amusing and clever stories. They are accompanied by original illustrations, so each story retains its unique appeal. This is the kind of book kids (and their readers) will want to see over and over again because it is so rich. The collection begins on a saucy note with In the Rain with Baby Duck by Amy Hest, and closes with The Big Big Sea, a poignant poem by Martin Waddell.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-KThis anthology includes the complete texts of 30 popular picture books, such as Anita Jeram's Contrary Mary, Shirley Hughes's Two Shoes, New Shoes, Alan Durant's Mouse Party, and Martin Waddell's Squeak-a-Lot. The selections are good choices that will be known to storytime regulars, but some of the magic is lost in the process of reducing full-length picture books to a few pages. Children and parents familiar with the originals may be disappointed by some of the altered illustrations. For example, Grampa Duck's tail is cropped off in a full-page painting from Amy Hest's In the Rain with Baby Duck, and in Penny Dale's The Elephant Tree, six separate illustrations have been reduced and crammed onto one page for a rather jumbled effect. In Miko Imai's Sebastian's Trumpet, some of the satisfaction of seeing the little bear finally produce a resounding blast from his horn is lost since both his struggles and his triumphs are played out on the same page, depriving readers of the fun of turning the page to see what happens next. Still, this book could serve as an introduction for new parents who can then seek out the original titles and enjoy them in their full glory.Dawn Amsberry, Oakland Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Alderson (The Brothers Grimm, p. 299, etc.) translates 12 stories, some of which he previously published (e.g., in his edition of Andrew Lang's The Yellow Fairy Book, 1980, etc.). "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" and "The Fir Tree" are here, but so are stories about the lives of other inanimate objects: darning needle, collar, porcelain toys. Among Andersen's classics, these stories are relatively obscure, of interest only to adult laborers in the children's book field: They seem set up to house sarcastic social commentary ("The Collar"), and many just trail off instead of ending. "The Money Pig" ends as a piggy bank crashes to the floor, but the action in the story is almost incoherent to contemporary children. "Grief," about a child who lacks the trouser-button entry fee to gain a glimpse of a pug dog's grave, trammels budding interest with this closing line: "So that's the story, and if any of you don't understand it, then you can go and take some shares in the widow's tannery." A swan—a Father Gooselike figure—leads children from story to story, but doesn't make it any easier for them to drink. Riddell's charmingly appropriate full-color illustrations and black-and-white spot drawings, as well as the meticulous and graceful layout, make the book a welcome addition to any shelf—but getting children to read it is an entirely different matter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763602673
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
92
Product dimensions:
8.92(w) x 10.61(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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