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There’s so much for very young children to discover when they peep inside the sea in the pages of this excellent board book. Each page features a different ocean scene, from the seashore to the darkest depths. Lifting the sturdy flaps reveals all sorts of secrets, an anemone uncurling its wriggly tentacles, or an enormous whale and its baby. One delicately patterned flap hides a leafy sea dragon, ‘its body looks just like seaweed’. It’s a visual treat, while extra die cuts on each page make this a really satisfying tactile experience too, and it’s packed to the gills with information. ~ Andrea Reece
This prettily illustrated retelling of the classic fairy-tale lets young readers tiptoe through the enchanted palace itself via a series of dainty overlaid cut-out windows and delicate flaps. It’s hugely appealing, part stage-set, part dolls’ house, and the filigree cut-outs of the roses and thorns are particularly charming. The story is told concisely, but the magic is all there and this will delight young fairy-tale fans. ~ Andrea Reece
One of the very best-loved fairy tales is made especially appealing in this dainty 3D version. Young readers are invited into the Beast’s palace through intricately die-cut pages; flaps take us in further, dolls house like, or reveal the Beast hiding in his garden. It’s very pretty to look at and the story is told neatly and very effectively. This is sure to become a favourite with fans of fairy tales and young romantics. ~ Andrea Reece
Starting here on earth with a line encouraging them to look up and into the night sky, this excellent book takes young children exploring space via a series of bright, lively, information-filled pages. They’ll find out about the Moon and what it’s like to walk on it, learn about the space station and the astronauts that live there, and about other planets in our solar system. Holes cleverly cut into the pages give it a 3d effect while flaps on each page make this a truly interactive and fun learning experience. ~ Andrea Reece
This retelling of Kipling’s Just So story is thoroughly appealing and effective. It’s bright and attractive to look at – John Joven’s illustrations give a real sense of the African setting and his little elephant is a very lively character – and the text is just right for reading aloud. The music of Kipling’s original is still there – the crocodile still basks in the great, green Limpopo River, smiling a dangerous smile – but it’s gentle enough for the very youngest to understand and enjoy. The story is full of drama and comedy too, making this a lovely book to share and talk about. ~ Andrea Reece
Discover the delights of a beautifully sunny day with some children who go on a walk. Find out all about flowers and bees, swallows and cherry trees, and long shadows as the sun begins to go down.
Meet a ladybird in this little book and follow her through the meadow to meet all kinds of different bugs. Discover wiggly worms, springy grasshoppers and even a butterfly coming out of its crysalis before the ladybird opens its wings and flies away.
Enjoy exploring the seasons in this beautiful pop-up book. Five spreads of gorgeously designed pop-up scenes show birds nesting in the spring blossom, bees buzzing in a summer meadow, the wind whipping up the colourful autumn leaves, and the crisp white branches of the forest in the snow, and a whole, four-seasons pop-up tree presents a stunning finale.
Come on a bug hunt in this little flap book. Peep under leaves and into hives to see where all kinds of bugs live, and find out how some build their own homes. A new book in the delightful, popular series written by Anna Milbourne introducing young children to the natural world around them.
Go fly a kite and explore the windy weather in this little book. Written charmingly for young children, this book will encourage curiosity about the wind and all the lovely things it can do! See sailboats out at sea, and a seagull soaring on the wind, and a kite tumble into a tree, as you follow the children playing out on a windy day.
A little boy grows up to become a brave knight in a castle long ago. Find out all about life in a castle long ago in this charming simple little board book.
Who can you find under the sea? Follow a little turtle through a coral reef and lift seaweed, sea grass and anemones to meet colourful seahorses, a clownfish and her family, a big octopus and lots more. With sturdy flaps for little hands, delightful text and charming illustrations by Mariana Ruiz Johnson.
In a beautiful fairytale journey above and beneath the waves, the little mermaid learns that the only way to find true happiness is by being herself... Discover the enchanting story in this board book with delicate cutaway scenes to peep through and flaps to lift, all beautifully illustrated by Valeria Abatzoglu.
Snowy days are such fun - snowmen, snowflakes and footprints in the snow! Little ones can discover all the fun you can have in the snow and what animals do when it's snowy, exploring the hushed snowy woods until it's time to go home. With simple text and gorgeous illustrations from Elena Temporin throughout.
Zoom to the Moon and be back by bedtime with this exciting little board book, combining illustrations by Benji Davies and real photographs of the Moon. Young children can discover what it would be like to fly into outer space, walk on the Moon and look back at Earth. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing in 1969.
Once upon a time, Jack climbed a giant beanstalk and found his fortune... Peep through the pages to follow Jack's adventures in this magical book, with delicate cutaway scenes, flaps to lift and stunning illustrations from Davide Ortu. A beautiful way to introduce children to the classic fairytale.
Follow a cheeky squirrel as it bounds through the woods, and lift leaves and branches to meet lots of other woodland creatures along the way. This charming book for little children has lots to discover and talk about on every page, from a sleepy owl in the treetops to a herd of deer between the trees and a mole digging underground.
When the sun goes down, the Dark stretches out. The Dark can be scary, but it can be other things too - it depends on how you see it... This gorgeous picture book tells the story of a little boy's fear of the dark. With friendly text and hundreds of tiny holes that show shadows and a starry sky, this is a beautiful book to share with young children.
Follow an inquisitive little mouse as it scampers through a garden, and lift leaves and petals to meet lots of other garden creatures along the way. This charming book for little children has lots to discover and talk about on every page, from butterflies and dragonflies to frogs, birds and snails.
A lonely young prince wants to get married, but how can he find a real princess? Peep through the pages to find out in this enchanting board book, with delicate cutaway scenes, flaps to lift and beautiful illustrations from Ella Bailey. A gorgeous introduction to Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale.
Peep into the forest to discover twittering birds and busy bugs, sleepy bears and a spring-cleaning badger in this charming book filled with intricately cut flaps and holes to peep through. Little children can see how the forest changes through the seasons, find out what happens to autumn leaves and discover a bird sitting on the eggs in her nest.
This beautifully illustrated collection contains all of Charles Dickens' novels retold for young readers, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol. There are notes on the characters and quotations from the original text, plus links to websites to find out more about Charles Dickens' life and times.
Peep through the pages of this classic story to follow Gerda on her magical journey to rescue her friend Kay from the evil Snow Queen. With delicate cutaway pages showing snowflakes and starry skies, holes to peep through and stunning illustrations by George Ermos, this is a beautiful way to introduce little children to the classic fairy tale.
One magical Christmas night, a little girl's Nutcracker doll comes to life! Peep through the pages to follow their adventures in this enchanting book, with delicate cutaways, flaps to lift and stunning illustrations from Karl James Mountford. A beautiful way to introduce children to the classic fairytale.
This beautifully illustrated collection contains all of Jane Austen's novels retold for young readers, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park, with notes on the characters and quotations from the original text. With links to websites to find out more about Jane Austen's life and times.
An enchantingly illustrated version of the classic fairy tale, with delicate cutaways and flaps to lift. Join Snow White as she meets the seven dwarfs, takes a poisoned apple from the wicked witch, and is saved by a prince. A delightful way to introduce children to this much-loved tale.
Once, when the world was new, Camel had no hump. This is the tale of how that changed. An entertaining picture book retelling of one of Rudyard Kipling's famous Just So Stories, specially written for young children and gorgeously illustrated by John Joven.
Peep under leaves and behind branches to discover hibernating squirrels, creepy crawlies and more in this charming introduction to trees, filled with intricately cut flaps and holes to peep through. Find out what trees need to grow, what happens to a tree through the seasons, how long an oak tree can live for and much more.
Peep under waves and behind coral to discover hungry sharks, shy sea dragons and lots more hiding behind the flaps in this wonderful first book about the sea. Little children will love poring over the beautifully illustrated scenes, which include a submarine exploring the deep sea, waves lapping onto the shore and a sunken ship.
Cursed at birth, Sleeping Beauty is destined to fall asleep for a hundred years on her sixteenth birthday. Can the good fairies, and true love's first kiss, save her? Delicate cutaways and holes to peep through are layered on top of each other to create a magical filigree effect, drawing children in to the romantic fairy tale. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
Belle's inventor father stumbles upon the Beast's castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to the rescue and agrees to take her father's place. She sees beneath the Beast's exterior and discovers the heart and soul of a human prince. Delicate cutaways and holes to peep through are layered on top of each other to create a magical filigree effect, drawing children in to the story. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
The lovely story from Kipling adapted for younger readers. Rudyard Kipling's classic 'Just So' story, retold for young readers. According to this much-loved fable, whales could eat anything they wanted - find out what happens when the whale finds out that man tastes very nice indeed. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
Journey into the woods with Little Red Riding Hood, peeping through the trees, lifting flaps to see what's beneath things, and watching granny's cottage emerge with each turn of the page. Delicate cutaways and holes to peep through are layered on top of each other to create a magical filigree effect, drawing children in to the story.
Rudyard Kipling's classic 'Just So' story, retold for young readers. According to this much-loved fable, elephants didn't always have long trunks - that is, until one day when the elephant's child could contain his curiosity no longer, stepping closer than he should have to the Crocodile. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme.
This simple non-fiction book for very young children is filled with facts about dinosaurs. Little children can lift the flaps and peep through the holes in the pages to find out where dinosaurs lived, what they ate and what happened to them.
Jack and his mother are so poor that they don't have anything to eat. Their hope is fading, until Jack meets a strange little man with a handful of magic beans. But what will be the price that Jack must pay? This classic fairytale is retold for young children and illustrated throughout with the bright artwork of Lorena Alvarez.
This simple non-fiction book for very young children is filled with facts about life in a castle. Little children can lift the flaps and peep through the holes in the pages to explore various rooms, what they were used for and who by.
This is another magical picture book following Pipkin the little penguin with big ideas. Pipkin the smallest penguin is always asking questions, but what he wants to know most of all is how high is the sky? So, he sets off to see how far up the sky goes and finds that it really is very high indeed. There is a special fold-out poster at the end of the book that shows Pipkin climbing into the sky, showing how high up things really are. This book is gorgeously illustrated by Serena Riglietti.
A charming, simple and beautifully illustrated lift-the-flap book for little children. Little fingers can lift the flaps in scenes of dark, quiet, sleepy night-time...and reveal the busy activity beneath. Scenes include owls, foxes and mice looking for food, bakers making bread for the morning and a sleeper train travelling through the night. A lovely introduction to the nocturnal world, perfect for sharing with little ones at bed time.
Peep into nests and inside burrows to see baby animals and where they live in this flap book for young children. A brilliant introduction to an amazing variety of animal homes, including nests, warrens, hives, dens and dams.
Peep Inside is the very young children's lift-the-flap information book series, the younger cousin of the Look Inside series which is, in turn, the younger relative of the bestselling See Inside series. With flaps and holes to peep underneath and through, life at the zoo is revealed. Snippets of information are combined with intriguing and stylish pictures.
Follow the adventures of a wriggly tadpole in this captivating picture book that peeks into the depths of a cool, dark pond. The simple and engaging text is accompanied by vibrant illustrations as young readers encounter enormous fish, fluffy ducklings, and shimmering dragonflies.
A collection of tales from the Arabian nights retold for younger readers, this book also includes a short history of the origins of the legendary stories.
This is a hilarious picture book based on the classic fairytale by the Brothers Grimm and retold for younger children. When a frog rescues Princess Poppy's treasured golden ball, she is revolted that to return the favour she has to let him live in the palace with her. But could there be more to this frog than meets the eye? It features illustrations taken from the popular Young Reading series.
A beautiful picture book about the wonder of a summer's day, and all the things to discover. Follows two children on a sunny day as they run through a field of sunflowers, watch bees busy making honey and listen to crickets playing creaky tunes in the long, dry grass.
This picture book takes the reader on a journey all the way through the sea from one shore to another far across the world. From a bustling bright coral reef (by day and by night), out into the open sea to swim alongside giant whales, and diving down and down to discover what lives in the deepest darkest part of the ocean. This book introduces a child to the wonders of the sea and all kinds of sealife. The stunning images and lyrical text will leave a lasting impression, and can be treasured again and again.
This is a new edition of this artist-led picture book that begins with the question 'Have you ever wondered what clouds are made of?' This title includes fabulous watercolour paintings and evocative text that lead very young children through the effects of a rainy day; from cloudy skies to the 'splish, splash, splosh' of puddles and a beautiful rainbow. It also includes a simple story for very young children filled with Sarah Gill's atmospheric illustrations of stormy skies, leaping frogs, and wispy clouds. It also describes some of the creatures who need and enjoy rainy days, such as frogs, birds, worms and snails.
This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, part of 'The Usborne Young Reading Programme'. It is aimed at children who are beginning to read. Let your imagination fly - soar into space and take a trip to the moon. It features photographs with real images of the moon and fun puzzles after the story to consolidate learning. Developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a Principal Lecturer in Education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. Every title in this series features clear and compelling text accompanied by highly appealing illustrations. It is designed to motivate children as they learn to read.
This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, part of the 'Usborne Young Reading Programme'. It is aimed at children who are beginning to read. Step back in time to the excitement of life in a castle, with jousts and banquets and daring deeds. After the story, there are fun puzzles to consolidate learning. Developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a Principal Lecturer in Education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. Every title in this series features clear and compelling text accompanied by highly appealing illustrations. This title is designed to motivate children as they learn to read.
This is an artist-led picture book, which introduces young children to the vastness of the universe, how far away the moon is, what gravity is and the concept of space travel through a gentle and captivating story about an imaginative little girl. Combining full colour illustrations with NASA photographs from the surface of the moon, this beautifully illustrated picture book takes young children on an amazing journey into outer space. The story's use of rhythmic text generates an evocative and friendly tale, taking children on a magical and informative journey.
Climb aboard and discover what a pirate's life was really like. Sail the seas and sing sea shanties as you search for treasure, adventure and excitement, encountering storms, battles and more than a few colourful characters along the way.
A funny rhyming story following two elephant twins with a cunning plan to help their friends tell them apart. Part of the award-winning Usborne Very First Reading series specially developed in consultation with literacy experts to help children learn to read. Features superb illustrations to accompany the story. Designed for a child to read together with an adult, allowing the child to gradually take a greater share of the story in each book to achieve confident, independent reading. Followed by fun puzzles to test comprehension and provide further practice. Includes guidance notes for parents and teachers, with further extensive support on the Usborne Quicklinks Website.
This is a new paperback edition of this charming title in the popular and expanding Usborne Picture Books series, which introduces very young children to key subjects in a friendly and informative way. Young children will be enthralled as they follow the imaginative adventures of a little boy who is whisked back in time as he plays in the ruins of a castle, only to find himself transported to the hustle and bustle of the building in its heyday - complete with jousts, banquets and valiant deeds. The delightful illustrations of Benji Davies evoke all the magic and wonder of life in an historic castle, while the simple accompanying text both engages and informs.
A jolly picture book following a crew of not-so-scary pirates across the high seas. Children will love following the story as the swashbuckling pirates sail through a swirling storm, sing sea shanties and tally up their twinkling treasure! The simple and engaging text is accompanied by the colourful illustrations of Benji Davies.
Follow a day at the farm, from waking up to the cockerels crowing, then milking the cows, gathering the eggs and watching the tractor planting seeds before everyone snuggles up in the farmhouse at the end of a hard day's work. Soft pastel illustrations by Alessandra Roberti capture perfectly the idyllic life on the farm and will bewitch young children.
Lenny and Lola journey deep into the earth, encountering rabbits snuggled in their burrows, underground trains and dinosaur bones. They keep digging, and digging until they pop out on the other side of the world! With delightful illustrations, easy-to-read text and fun puzzles at the end of the book. Part of the First Reading series for beginner readers.
A sumptuously illustrated treasury of Greek Myths filled with thirty-two lively tales of brave heroes, powerful gods and terrible monsters, bound in a luxury cloth-covered hardback. Including such popular and exciting stories as Pandora's BoxA , The minotaur and the LabyrinthA , Jason and the Golden FleeceA and more, there are illustrated notes in the margins, which offer further insights into the world and history of Greek myths. At the end of the book, readers will find an extensive reference section with illustrated maps, a glossary of tricky words and a huge Who's Who of locations, heroes, monsters and Gods.
Each double page invites young children to discover many different types of towns, from sleepy fishing ports to bustling market towns. Simple text and colourful scenes bursting with things to spot combine to help children develop skills in reading, counting, matching and identification. Whether spotting cinemas or counting buses, the puzzle element will further aid children's understanding of the relationship between pictures and text. Great fun is to be had spotting the rich aspects of town life, from waiters in street cafes to cars in traffic jams.
Down at the stable a new foal has been born. Young children can follow Pepper from his first wobbly steps to learning how to jump in a show. A charming and colourful picture book which tells the story of a pony's life on the farm.
This is a brand new picture book to help children understand the concept of big numbers. Pipkin the smallest penguin is always asking questions, but what he wants to know most of all is how big is a million? So he sets off to find out, and along the way meets a hundred penguins, sees a thousand snowflakes and meets one new friend before being amazed to finally find out how big a million really is. A special fold-out poster at the end of the book shows Pipkin looking at the sky, which is printed with exactly one million stars. It is gorgeously illustrated by Serena Riglietti.
Usborne Beginners are colourful information books for children beginning to read on their own. Vivid, full colour illustrations and photographs on every page, accompanied by short, informative text.
How do horses live in the wild? What kind of pony lives hear the North Pole? Why do horses wear shoes? These and other questions are answered with vivid, full colour photographs and illustrations and short, informative text. Usborne Beginners are colourful information books for children beginning to read on their own.
How to tadpoles turn into frogs? What is the biggest frog in the world? How do frogs catch flies? In this book you'll find the answers and lots more about the wonderful world of frogs. Usborne Beginners are colourful information books for children beginning to read on their own.
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