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Yanka is that much-loved staple of the fairy tale: an orphan. She’s grown up with her foster-mother Mamochka who found her in the wild as a baby, and mostly feels at home and happy in their village, though she’s conscious that she’s much bigger and stronger than the other children. All that changes after an accident when Yanka wakes up to find she has the legs of a bear. She also has, less alarmingly, the ability to understand animals, including her pet weasel the charismatic Mousetrap. Remembering a story about a family turned into bears, she sets off with Mousetrap to find out who she really is. Yanka’s adventures are full of danger, enchantment and stories within stories. Perhaps best of all is her meeting with the extraordinary House with Chicken Legs, which becomes a friend and helps in her quest. Like the best fairy stories, her tale takes readers into a fantastical world while at the same time telling them truths about the characters and themselves, in this case the importance of love, loyalty and learning to accept who you are. It’s beautifully told, feels both original and traditional, and sparkles with its magic. One to recommend to fans of Catherine Doyle’s equally magical and captivating Storm Keeper books.
There are fairy tales from all over the world gathered together in this very attractive collection some of which, such as Dick Whittington and Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be very familiar to the audience, while others such as The King’s Pudding, an Indonesian story of the little deer who outwits a tiger, will likely be brand new. Told briskly and cheerfully in short sentences they’re just right for children to read on their own, but also make ideal bedtime reading. There are bright, bold full colour illustrations on every page and a glossary at the back with information on the origin of the stories too. ~ Andrea Reece
Fun for all readers, this is an excellent, accessible, highly illustrated and hugely entertaining introduction to the most famous Greek myths which have delighted listeners for centuries. No punches are pulled as the stories are told and their meanings are easy to understand from clues given in both text and illustrations. There is a useful Who’s Who of mythical monsters and gods at the beginning which provides a handy reference to the intricate relationships within the stories as they unfold. The LoveReading Comment: Murder, revenge, war, monsters, shipwreck, large wooden horses . . . the Greeks did it all first. It’s always extremely handy to know about Greek myths. Not only are they everywhere – books, films, language, the collective subconscious – it will also make you look clever. Now from Jason and the Argonauts to Helen of Troy (via Achilles’ Heel), all the essential myths – plus a few brilliant but less well-known ones – have been condensed in one hilarious volume. Featuring eye-gouging, baby-eating, liver-pecking and wooden horses, these are some of the most exciting and satisfying tales ever told . . . from the stories that created Heroes, invented Amazons, and brought you the Cyclops, centaurs and ladies with snakes in their hair. Just click here to view the other titles in the brilliantly comic ‘Comic Strip’ series, perfect for anyone from 8 to 80.
The seven stories in this collection are robustly and entertainingly re-told by popular illustrator Tony Ross who adds richly to the joy of the tales through his hallmark illustrations. Some such as Rumpelstiltskin, Beauty and the Beast and The Musicians of Bremen are very familiar but it is a delight to be introduced to some new gems such as The Headley Kow. Beautifully published, the book is perfect for every home. The LoveReading Comment: The perfect companion to My Favourite Nursery Rhymes and My First Nursery Stories, Ross’s third magical collection is guaranteed to enchant. This humorous and imaginative collection of classic fairy tales is ideal for reading aloud to young children and it consists of seven easy-to-read stories with hilariously detailed accompanying illustrations. The fairytales include Beauty and the Beast, Fairy Gifts, Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess, Rumpelstiltskin, Sweet Porridge, The Hedley Kow and The Musicians of Bremen. 'If you want your children to be bright, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be brilliant, read them even more fairy tales.' - Albert Einstein
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 7+. The boy wizard, learning his destiny in this exciting story, is none other than Merlin, the most powerful wizard in the history of England...and the man behind the success of the legendary King Arthur. Tony Bradman weaves a spell binding story of power and magic mingled in a mythical past filled with dragons, danger and destiny. Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Interest Age 9-12 Reading Age 8+. Young Merlin knows he has been chosen to play an important part in his country’s future. Having come to understand his destiny, and the reasons why he is special, he begins to find his magical powers are growing. But Merlin’s life is always in danger; in this dramatic tale he needs to keep his wits around him if he is to keep himself safe from threats on all sides, including from the King.
A wonderful gift, particularly if you have Scottish connections. This is a truly stunning book to be treasured for a lifetime and will be enjoyed by parents and grandparents as well as children. Retelling each in its own individual style, award winning author Theresa Breslin presents some best-loved tales from Scotland - funny tales, moving tales and enchanting fairy tales. Meet a selkie, an eagle, a kelpie and much more - each story is brought to life with exquisite illustrations by Scottish fine artist Kate Leiper, which brim with otherworldly beauty.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 Discover eleven wonderful tales in this, ‘An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures’. The combination of author Theresa Breslin and illustrator Kate Leiper works beautifully. As an avid collector of fantastical treasuries, I have to admit to an immediate Gollum-esque grab, the moment this appeared on my desk. The gorgeous cover is of the Island Beast, the star of one of the tales, however most of the illustrations aren't quite as menacing as this particular creature. The illustrations reach out to you, with hidden glimpses of creatures as well as the obvious, make sure you don't slide over them as you read, as I loved the “ahah’ moment of the landscape in the Nessie tale. This book is an absolute treat for children as it’s not too frightening. Actually it’s a treat for any age, whether you are new to some of these tales, (as I was), or have grown up with story of the Nuckalavee or the Wulver, it’s quite simply fabulous. ~ Liz Robinson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 | This beautiful paperback celebrates 50 years of Ted Hughes’ classic tale - One of the most dramatic and exciting stories of all time, this classic modern fairy story by the former Poet Laureate takes on the biggest theme of all time: how the world can be saved. Here, it is the strange Iron Man, an enormous creature who arrives unexpectedly and terrorises a community by destroying everything he comes across. But later, when a terrifying monster from out space arrives, the Iron Man fights him to the death and becomes a hero when he saves the planet from total destruction. Told in short chapters it is perfect for reading aloud as well as reading alone.
First Reading: Level Four. The classic story of Little Red Riding Hood retold with simple text for children just beginning to read. Building readers’ stamina still further with all 48 pages devoted to the story (up to 750 words). The narrative is more developed, there is more text on the page, and sentence structure and vocabulary are more descriptive. Original fiction, folk tales and fairytales coupled with terrific illustrations will provide plenty of variety for the reader. Will be enjoyed with equal enthusiasm if read alone or together with a parent.
First Reading: Level Four. A classic tale of 3 bears and a rather picky little girl re told for younger readers. Building readers’ stamina still further with all 48 pages devoted to the story (up to 750 words). The narrative is more developed, there is more text on the page, and sentence structure and vocabulary are more descriptive. Original fiction, folk tales and fairytales coupled with terrific illustrations will provide plenty of variety for the reader. Will be enjoyed with equal enthusiasm if read alone or together with a parent.
First Reading: Level Two. The classic tale of brains versus brawn re told for younger readers. Titles in this level stretch the reader with more advanced storylines, more text and more complicated sentence structure and vocabulary. 32 pages in length with the main story being up to 250 words alongside some reading-related puzzles. Full of lively, quirky illustrations. Will be enjoyed with equal enthusiasm if read alone or together with a parent.
This reworked fairy tale provides children with a memorable demonstration as to why honesty is definitely the best policy. Princess Arabella is bored in the castle and decides to change places with a local shepherd boy. But guess what? Watching sheep all day is pretty dull too so to liven things up she pretends she’s being attacked by wild animals, causing the villagers to rush up the mountain to save her. When they finally realise she’s telling lies, she’s left to face a dragon on her own. It’s a great way to initiate discussion about why it’s not good to lie, and about considering others too, wrapped in a nicely delivered and exciting story. ~ Andrea Reece