In this beautifully illustrated book, 14 classic fairy tales are retold for young children. Old favorites, such as "Cinderella" and "Jack and the Beanstalk," are presented alongside some lesser known stories, such as "The Fisherman and his Wife" and "Diamonds and Toads." Mary Hoffman's charming retellings use simple, lyrical language ideal for reading aloud, while Julie Downing's illustrations bring the characters to life. The stories in this collection show the consequences of greed, pride, and vanity, but also tell of the love that grows from a kind heart and a cheerful nature. And along the way, there is a wealth of magic and fun to be enjoyed.
|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 Grace, Three 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
|Cinderella: Charles Perrault||6|
|The Selfish Giant: Oscar Wilde||14|
|Rapunzel: The Brothers Grimm||16|
|Jack and the Beanstalk: Traditional English Tale||22|
|Sleeping Beauty: The Brothers Grimm||28|
|The Little Mermaid: Hans Christian Andersen||32|
|The Frog Prince: The Brothers Grimm||40|
|Beauty and the Beast: Madame de Beaumont||44|
|Diamonds and Toads: The Brothers Grimm||52|
|The Twelve Dancing Princesses: The Brothers Grimm||54|
|The Fisherman and his Wife: The Brothers Grimm||62|
|The Princess and the Pea: Hans Christian Andersen||66|
|Rumpelstiltskin: The Brothers Grimm||70|
|The Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen||76|
|About the Storytellers||80|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.