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12 traditionnal american fairy tales and short stories : The Box of Robbers, The Glass Dog, The Queen of Quok, The Little Girl who owned a Bear, The Enchanted Types, The Laughing Hippopotamus, The Magic Bon Bons, The Capture of Father Time, The Wonderful Pump, The Dummy that Lived, The King of the Polar Bears, The Mandarin and the Butterfly. The imagery in fairy tales (such as personified animals, adults represented as giants and allegorical magic vegetables) allows the child to explore their fears in remote and symbolic terms. Fairy tales allow the reader to explore each virtue and path of action through the different characters' fates. The child decides their own personal stance after deliberating each consequence. Fairy tales provide answers to what the world is really like and the child's place within it.Show more
These are the 10 most famous fairy tales, the best classic stories for children : Blue beard, Cinderella, The little red riding hood, The master cat or Puss in Boots, The sleeping beauty in the wood, Hansel et Gretel, Rapunzel, The wolf and the seven little kids, Tom Thumb and The Youth who went forth to know what fear was. Fairy tales ignite the imagination and help children dream. The « Fairy tales TOP 10 » is a selection of the most inspiring and the most powerful classic tales. ***Please contact Member Services for additional documents***Show more
A peasant girl named Karen is adopted by a rich old lady after her mother's death and grows up vain and spoiled. Before her adoption, Karen had a rough pair of red shoes; now she has her adoptive mother buy her a pair of red shoes fit for a princess. After Karen repeatedly wears them to church, they begin to move by themselves, but she is able to get them off. One day, when her adoptive mother becomes ill, Karen goes to attend a party in her red shoes. A mysterious soldier appears and makes strange remarks about what beautiful dancing shoes Karen has. Soon after, Karen's shoes begin to move by themselves again, but this time they can't come off.Show more
The story tells of a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable wife. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be certain they are real princesses. One stormy night a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince's castle. She claims to be a princess. But how can the prince ascertain she really is? This classic tale tells the story of how he put her to the test.Show more
Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore, and a best classic fairy tale. The History of Tom Thumb was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father's thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur. The History of Tom Thumbe tells that in the days of King Arthur, old Thomas of the Mountain, a plowman and a member of the King's Council, wants nothing more than a son, even if he is no bigger than his thumb. He sends his wife to consult with Merlin and in three months time she gives birth to the diminutive Tom Thumb. The "Queene of Fayres" and her attendants act as midwives. She provides Tom with an oak leaf hat, a shirt of cobweb, a doublet of thistledown, stockings of apple rind, and shoes of mouse's skin... ***Please contact Member Services for additional documents***Show more
Philosophy in the Bedroom (La philosophie dans le boudoir) was written in 1795 by the Marquis de Sade, while imprisoned in the Bastille. It is a work of extreme pornography, laced with socio-political suversion. The main characters are libertines, who decided to give a young maiden their own brand of sex education. They explain to her that pleasure is the most important goal of all, and then proceed with affirming that she will not be able to feel 'true pleasure' without pain. Then they get down to the practical lessons. This book is full of extremely graphic and shocking descriptions, willfully obscene and violent to the reader; it is also an argument in favour of libertinism, with a demonstration on how it is the only way of thinking reinforcing the recent French Revolution, and that if it fails to penetrate the people of France, they are in grave danger of returning to a monarchic state.Show more
Beatrix Potter is the world-renowned author of the Tale of Peter Rabbit, a cautionary tale told in such a charming and lively way that it soon became a nursery classic and is now one of the most widely read books of all time. Beatrix Potter's efficient and simple writing is a delight for children and grown-ups alike. This album is a compilation of her best tales, recorded by Katie Haigh: The Tale of Peter Rabbit; The Tale of Benjamin Bunny; The Tale of the Flupsy Bunnies; The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle; The Story of Miss Moppet; The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher; The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes; The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, a farmyard tale; The Tale of Two Bad Mice.Show more
The Drawing of the Sword, The Sword Excalibur, How the Round Table Began, The Story of Sir Balin, What Beaumains asked of the King, How Morgan Le Fay tried to kill King Arthur, The Passing of Merlin. Those 8 stories form the Arthurian literature (works about King Arthur, family, friends or enemies) are reinterpreting ancient Celtic myths as a profound spiritual fable. It recounts the arthurian fables and legends.Show more
The is a very funny and famous folktale / fable / fairy tale featuring anthropomorphic pigs who build three houses of different materials. The story begins with the title characters being sent out into the world by their mother, to 'seek out their fortune'. The first little pig builds a house of straw, but a wolf blows it down and eats him. The second pig builds a house of furze sticks, which the wolf also blows down and eats him. Each exchange between wolf and pig features ringing proverbial phrases, namely: 'Little pig, little Pig, let me come in.' 'No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.''Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in.' The third pig builds a house of bricks. This little pig is very smart, and the end is a big surprise for everyone...Show more
"The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids" is a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. A mother leaves her seven children at home while she ventures into the forest to find food. Before she leaves, she warns her young about the Big Bad Wolf who will try to sneak into the house and gobble them up. The wolf will pretend to be their mother and convince the kids to open the door. The young children will be able to recognize their true mother by her white feet and sweet voice. The mother leaves and the seven kids stay in the house. Before long, they hear a voice at the door that says "Let me in children, your mother has something for each and every one of you". His gruff voice betrays him and the kids do not let him in. A little while later, they hear another voice at the door: "Let me in children, your mother has something for each and every one of you". This time the voice is high and sweet like their mother's. They are about to let him in when the youngest kid looks under the crack in the door and notices the wolf's big, black feet. They refuse to open the door, and the wolf goes away again... ***Please contact Member Services for additional documents***Show more
Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's best dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major language, and are the most performed ever. His work contains stunningly modern insight, witty jokes and soaring passion; it is an endless source of amazement and inspiration. A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage, widely performed across the world. It is a comedy about the fantastic events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens. The fairies inhabiting the forest in which the play is set keep playing tricks on the actors, putting every character's true nature in a crude and funny light. This lively adaptation is a convenient summary meant to bring to you Shakespeare's magic in an actual, clear and precise way; recorded by the greatest storytellers, it will bring to you the fundamentals of English culture in a most enjoyable format.Show more
The Wolf and the Fox is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. The story involves a greedy, gluttonous wolf living with a fox. The wolf makes the fox do all his work and threatens to eat him if he doesn't otherwise comply. The fox, in turn, devises a scheme to rid himself of the wolf.Show more
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