A First Book of Fairy Tales

A First Book of Fairy Tales

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756621070
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 07/03/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 664,902
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mary Hoffman has written more than 70 books for children, and her powers of observation bring vitality and humor to all her stories and retellings. Her titles for DK include Henry's Baby and A First Bible Story Book. Her best-known picture books are Amazing GraceThree Wise Women, and An Angel Just Like Me. Mary lives in Oxfordshire with her husband, and they have three daughters. The girls were brought up on myths and legends, of which Mary and her husband have an extensive collection.Julie Downing has illustrated more than 45 picture books, including The Firekeeper's Son, No Hugs Till Saturday, Lotus and Feather, and First Mothers. She has a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and she teaches watercolor and children's book illustration at the Academy of Art University. Downing's art has been featured in galleries throughout England and the United States, as well as in the Society of Illustrator's Original Art Show in New York City. She has won many awards, including the New York Public Library Best Books Award and a Parents' Choice Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction4
Cinderella: Charles Perrault6
The Selfish Giant: Oscar Wilde14
Rapunzel: The Brothers Grimm16
Jack and the Beanstalk: Traditional English Tale22
Sleeping Beauty: The Brothers Grimm28
The Little Mermaid: Hans Christian Andersen32
The Frog Prince: The Brothers Grimm40
Beauty and the Beast: Madame de Beaumont44
Diamonds and Toads: The Brothers Grimm52
The Twelve Dancing Princesses: The Brothers Grimm54
The Fisherman and his Wife: The Brothers Grimm62
The Princess and the Pea: Hans Christian Andersen66
Rumpelstiltskin: The Brothers Grimm70
The Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen76
About the Storytellers80

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First Book of Fairy Tales 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ALelliott on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This DK book is something of an introduction to classic Western fairy tales. This collection contains all the classic fairy tales, including Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Because this is a collection, each of the fairy tales is fairly brief. They are all illustrated with colorful watercolor pictures that show what is happening in the book.While this book is a great reference, where kids can remind themselves of what happened to popular fairy tale characters, the stories themselves do not go very deep into detail or description. The author also leaves some of the more gruesome bits out of her tales. For example, Cinderella's sisters don't cut off parts of their feet in this book. I would not make this the only source of fairy tales in my collection, but it might be a good supplement for younger readers.For ages 4 - 8.