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A small bear goes on a big adventure when he is left behind on a train one day in the charming tale of The Most-Loved Bear. This story, which spans the lifetime of little Mary Rose, is one of Sam McBratney's personal favourites. Based on a real-life teddy bear which has been owned by Sam’s wife Maralyn since the 1940s, the story of The Most Loved Bear is sure to steal your heart this winter.
What a treat for readers of all ages is this new collection of Saki’s masterly – and frequently macabre – short stories. An unhappy early life spent with cold and neurotic aunts in England while his father was away in India, must surely have given rise to the regiment of monstrous women who feature in these stories, and who suffer come-uppances that vary from the humiliating to the fatal. It’s delightfully gruesome and delivered in spell-binding style. Quentin Blake’s illustrations catch the light and the dark of the tales and almost quiver with energy, framing characters on the very edge of disaster. A must-have book. ~ Andrea Reece Alma Books is an independent publisher mainly in the field of contempory fiction and classics. Around 40% of their titles are from English-language originals while the rest are translations from French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese and other languages. Alma Books have just launched a series of children's and young-adult titles, and promise a selection of great international authors and new talent. Their launch titles include - Alistair Grim's Odditorium by Gregory FunaroGabriel-Ernest and Other Tales by Saki Madame Tussaud's Apprentice by Kathleen Benner Duble Stones for My Father by Trilby Kent The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui The Selfish Giant and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde The Complete Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Probably one of the best known and best-loved classics has to be The Jungle Book. This Oxford edition is the original story. The unforgettable story of Mowgli, the man-cub, his jungle friends Baloo the Bear, Kaa the python and his enemy, the evil tiger, Shere Khan. The Jungle Book in a nutshell: Boy Mowgli raised by wolves. Wise animals teach human cub laws of jungle. Mowgli kidnapped by troublesome monkeys; rescued by bear, panther and python. Ferocious tiger Shere Khan tries to take Mowgli; Mowgli triumphs with burning branch. Rivalry continues. Oh, and there’s a heroic mongoose, too.
The new live-action version of The Jungle Book should send lots of children to read Kipling’s stories of Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera – let’s hope so anyway because, to quote Rosemary Sutcliffe, ‘The child who has never run with Mowgli’s wolf pack … has missed something that he will not get from any other writer.’ For invention and sheer excitement, the Mowgli stories are very hard to beat. The Second Jungle Book contains stories including The King’s Ankuss, in which Mowgli encounters a terrifying White Cobra guarding precious treasure under a ruined city, and Red Dog, possibly the most exciting of all Mowgli stories, which pits him against the red hunting dogs, feared by every other animal. Real classics, Kipling’s stories will live in readers’ memories and add colour to childhood. ~ Andrea Reece
Chosen by Michael Morpurgo. Enchanting and funny, these fantastical stories of whales and cats, of kangaroos and crabs as well as many others, will take you on a journey to the boundaries of reality and beyond. With a superb introduction by Jonathan Stroud who tells us how he came to love these stories and why they remain so special in his mind. In this terrific pocket size Puffin edition there’s lots of additional material at the end of the book including an author profile, a guide to who’s who in the Just So Stories plus many activities beyond the book.
A magical adventure right in the heart of the jungle, The Jungle Book tells how a little boy child grows up in the care of some of the mightiest beasts of the jungle. Saved from the jaws of the ferocious Shere Khan by Mother Wolf and Father Wolf who bring him up alongside their wolf cubs, Mowgli is welcomed in the pack by the mighty Akela. Little Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle through his teachers Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther in a series of wonderful adventures that bring the mysteries of animal lore to light. Bestselling author Christopher Paolini has written a passionate introduction and recommends the book to all lovers of great fantasies. Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics, then click on the Paperback tab to view all the Puffin Children’s Classics.
This is a fabulous new edition of the original 1908 edition of Kipling's The Jungle Book complete with 16 colour plates some as double spreads which have been reproduced from an extremely scarce, original portfolio of watercolours and which have never before appeared on this scale in book form. The colour plates are by the Detmold brothers who were famous also for their Pictures from Birdland. This is an edition to read and to treasure and to read again and again. The illustrations are truly stunning.
The sights and smells of the jungle spring vividly to life in Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories. Full of animal wisdom and lore, the three captivating stories in this collection tell of the early life of Mowgli, the little boy brought up by wolves deep in the heart of the Indian jungle. This edition is part of the Vintage Children's Classics series which is aimed at and shaped by 8-12 year olds, and the adults in their lives. It is a broad, affordable selection of books that will inspire a life-long love of reading; these stories that have secured a place in the hearts of thousands. They are all unabridged. To view all the Vintage Children's Classics titles click here. They are books to be given as gifts, and passed down the generations. In addition, story hungry children often don't want the adventure to end, so why not take a look at the fully interactive website - World of Stories - which contains lots of extra material - the backstory: with quizzes, activities and fascinating facts about the books and their authors.
These witty, inventive stories have delighted generations of children. Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories are beautifully presented in this highly attractive edition that tells the story of how different animals have come by their characteristic - How the Leopard Got his Spots, How the Whale Got His Throat, The Cat that Walked By Itself and the others remains one of the best books to read aloud to any one from 5 upwards.
Kipling’s Jungle Book stories and poems remain some of the best-loved children’s literature, his stories of Mowgli, Bagheera, Baloo and Shere-Khan, and of Rikki-tikki and Toomai, retaining all their power to fascinate and intrigue young readers. Complete and unabridged, this version features lively colour illustrations throughout, certain to appeal to its audience. It also includes a short biography of Rudyard Kipling himself, just enough to introduce the man to modern children. ~ Andrea Reece
This second collection of stories and poetry featuring Dan and Una and their adventures with the fairy, Puck, is a classic to treasure. Rewards and Fairies was originally published by Macmillan in 1910. The collection includes If, the nation's favourite poem and features original illustrations by Charles E. Brock.