The Lion First Book of Nursery Stories

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Fifteen favorite nursery tales in one gorgeously illustrated collection

With easy-to-read text and illustrations packed full of character, this treasury of nursery stories is designed to be read to young children to introduce to the great classics of childhood. The 15 stories include such favorites as the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, and Little Red Riding Hood. Along with Barbara Vagnozzi's bright illustrations, these easy ...

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Overview

Fifteen favorite nursery tales in one gorgeously illustrated collection

With easy-to-read text and illustrations packed full of character, this treasury of nursery stories is designed to be read to young children to introduce to the great classics of childhood. The 15 stories include such favorites as the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, and Little Red Riding Hood. Along with Barbara Vagnozzi's bright illustrations, these easy retellings are compellingly child-friendly throughout.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
Rock presents 15 accessible retellings of traditional stories from around the world, accompanied by Vagnozzi’s smudgy, brightly colored artwork, which features friendly, puppetlike characters. Among the entries are a pair of Aesop’s fables, two Andersen fairy tales, and stories from the Philippines, Norway, and elsewhere. Hard-won morals remain intact throughout the collection, with a cocky Gingerbread Man getting gobbled up by a cunning fox and Goldilocks learning a stern lesson once she’s evicted by the bears: “After that, she always did as she was told, and whenever she wanted something, she always said, ‘Please.’ ” Lesser-known stories like “The Greedy Monkey” from Pakistan and “The Man Who Never Lied” from Africa help the collection branch out modestly beyond the usual suspects. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
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". . . a high entertainment factor for reading aloud and family sharing." —Kirkus Reviews
"...bright, cheery, and whimsical." —School Library Journal
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Despite the many fairy-tale collections currently available, this title is worthy of attention. The 15 short stories, including the popular "The Three Little Pigs" as well as lesser-known tales, such as "The Bell of Atri," hail from many different countries of origin-a great resource for librarians who are eager to share literature from around the world. The selections vary in length, ranging from two to eight pages, but they each retain basic plot elements, making these strong introductions to popular narratives. Students will enjoy determining the moral of each tale and debating each character's fate. The illustrations are bright, cheery, and whimsical, creating a warm and enriching experience for readers.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
The current emphasis on early literacy has books of nursery rhymes popping up, but collections of nursery "stories" seem to be fewer in number. This one offers a nice roundup for family enjoyment. The key to this medley of 15 tales is the folksy artwork (a blend of Tony Ross and Emma Chichester Clark), which is droll in tone but sidesteps being cartoonish. Faces have broad noses, eyes are dots, and curved lines form mouths. Visible brush strokes add swooshes of color that lend a simplified nuance to the short retellings written in a modern style. "Goldilocks was quite used to getting her own way. So she didn't care a bit that she was not supposed to go alone into the woods." For all its colloquialism, the text displays some fairly sophisticated vocabulary: "The wolf huffed. The wolf puffed, and his bad breath buffeted the straw house until it blew to bits." The stories are an assortment of folk tales, fables and other favorites that range from the familiar—"The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "the Emperor's New Clothes," to name just two—to some non-Western ones such as "Walnuts and Pumpkins," a tale from Turkey, and "The Greedy Monkey," from Pakistan. Each one is attributed to a country of origin, except, alas, for "The Man Who Never Lied," which is from "Africa." Elegant it's not, but down-to-earth it is, with a high entertainment factor for reading aloud and family sharing. Storytellers should also take note. (Folklore. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745963419
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 853,489
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Lois Rock is the author of numerous children's titles that have been translated into more than 30 languages, including A Child's First Book of Prayer, The Lord's Prayer and Ten Commandments, and My Very First Bible. Barbara Vagnozzi is the illustrator of Finger-trail Animal Tales series and the author of the Baby series.
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