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February 2014 Poetry Book of the Month The Shahnameh is a fabulous collection of stories and myths from ancient Persia, written into an epic poem by the poet Firdousi in the 10th century. Elizabeth Laird is passionate about bringing this great epic poem to the children of western cultures, as well as retelling it for Iranian children living in the West. Each page is colourfully illustrated in fine detail by the hugely talented artist Shirin Adl.
A brand new Early Reader edition of Sally Gardner's picture book based on the favourite nursery rhyme. Wonderful Illustrations and easy to follow words bring this well-known nursery rhyme to life. Great for sharing with young children and you can also enjoy the delightful nursery rhyme together at the end. Blue Early Reader books are the first stepping stone to independent reading, perfect for sharing and reading together.
Beautifully presented, this classic collection of favourite and familiar stories is the perfect gift for every family. It includes classic stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding-Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots among others all of which are richly illustrated in Harold Jones’s elegant line drawings.
A Christmas wish on St Nicholas’s Day brings excitement to a family in the thirteen days of Christmas that follow soon after. When a father wishes for a husband for his daughter he little knows what an exciting reaction he will set in train. Annaple keeps house for her father and her brothers and sisters and she does it well – except that she can’t cook! Annaple has a suitor and dreams of romance so how can her siblings persuade her suitor Francis to propose and carry her off? Luckily, Christmas – or her father’s Christmas wish – seems to bring exactly what is wanted. On each of the twelve days of Christmas, starting with a partridge in a pear tree, Francis brings the appropriate gift. And what will happen on the thirteenth day? A beautiful story with a strong and convincing historical setting.
Beautifully presented in a slipcase, this classic collection of favourite and familiar stories is the perfect gift for every family. It includes classic stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding-Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Puss in Boots among others all of which are richly illustrated in Harold Jones’s elegant line drawings.
Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo brings alive this famous story about Sir Gawain one of the bravest knights to sit at King Arthur’s Round Table. When the fearsome Green Knight arrives unbidden in the Hall of the great King Arthur, he puts out a challenge. He dares a knight to strike a blow at him with an axe and, in return, a year and a day later, the Green Knight will strike a return blow. King Arthur’s nephew Sir Gawain takes up the challenge. Striking the Green Knight a massive blow he severs his head from his shoulders. Nothing daunted, and holding his head in his hand, the terrifying Green Knight gallops away but not before he has reminded Gawain not to forget the second half of the bargain. How Sir Gawain pursues his quest is an adventure packed with action and romance. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Came a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'It is very well written and the language used is also excellent. It has lots of wonderful magical bits to it.' Scroll down to read more reviews...
A wonderful 21st anniversary edition of this classic collection of sixteen favourite Greek myths. Jenny Downham, January 2011 Guest Editor, chose this book: "I was given a book of Greek myths by my brother for my 11th birthday, I reread it so many times it fell apart in my hands and all these years later, I can still recall the stories vividly. In this version, the stories have been skillfully adapted by Geraldine McCaughrean. It has all my favourites in it and the illustrations are stunning." Ths is also one of Michael Rosen's favourites: "Superheroes battle with demons, gods intervene in our pleasures and fears – a bit like the spectres in our minds going through daily life, really – beautifully retold here."
Award-winning Jane Ray’s beautiful illustrations bring these stories which capture some of the traditions as Christmas from far and wide vividly to life. The collection includes the traditional story of the Nativity as well as Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale, The Little Fir Tree. Grandmothers everywhere – and especially at Christmas – are celebrated in Baboushka.
A welcome return for a collection of all kinds of stories which will make perfect bedtime reading. Originally published in the 1960s, the collection includes traditional favourites such as Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling and modern classics such as Ted Hughes’s How the Polar Bear Became. In addition there are extracts from books that were popular at the time of its original publications such as Leila Berg’s Little Pete stories and Joyce Lankaster Brisley’s Milly-Molly-Mandy stories. Shirley Hughes original illustrations add to the period charm.
Five tales pefect for bedtime, handsomely packaged in a gift box to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Usborne Publishing. Each hardback book is colourfully illustrated and has a ribbon page marker. Excellent value but great quality too. These sturdy hardback books in a slipcase make a perfect gift at any time of the year.
Award-winning Michael Morpurgo gives a fresh and lively retelling of this classic fairy story of how a generous-hearted girl gives herself to a monster only to find that he is not so monstrous after all… Loretta Schauer, winner of the 2012 Waterstones Picture This competition, brings the story to life for a contemporary audience.