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Everyone knows the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves but other stories that make up the Arabian Nights are less well known, though they have so much to offer readers of all ages. There are ten stories in Robert Leeson and Christina Balit’s retelling, a mix of comedy, magic and romance, and they are full of excitement, suspense and the exoticism (not Once upon a time here, but There was, and there was not …) that makes them so special. Leeson gets tone and pace just right and Christina Balit’s glowing full page illustrations make this an edition to treasure. Like King Sharayar, readers will be left eager for another instalment each evening! ~ Andrea Reece
Think of Camelot and it’s probably Arthur and his knights that come to mind – Lancelot, Gawain, Mordred and all who sat at the round table. But what of the women – the mothers, wives and daughters? Mary Hoffman retells their stories in her collection Queen Guinevere and Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur, and what stories they are, stories of power, love, courage, loyalty, bravery and magic, at least the equals for excitement of any of the stories of the men. It’s a collection that will thrill readers of all ages, and both sexes. Christina Balit’s dramatic illustrations match the tone perfectly.
Coinciding with the new Rick Riordan Magnus Chase series and the Marvel Age of Ultron DVD, featuring Thor, comes a new look at Asgard and the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia. Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters come to life in a stunning tableau of Norse myths, including those of the thunder god Thor, the one-eyed god and Allfather Odin, and the trickster god Loki. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia. This book is the third in the trilogy that includes the popular National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology and National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology.
The new National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology is a stunning tableau of Egyptian myths, including those of pharaohs, queens, the boisterous Sun God Ra, and legendary creatures like the Sphinx. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Egypt in the year when Angelina Jolie will make Cleopatra a multimedia star. And just like the popular National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology, the stories in this book will be beautifully illustrated to bring ancient characters vividly to life. The stories are embellished with sidebars that provide historical, cultural, and geographic context and a mapping feature that adds to the fun and fascination. Resource notes and ample back matter direct readers to discover more about ancient Egypt. With its attractive design and beautiful narrative, this accessible treasury stands out from all other mythology titles in the marketplace.
This collection is a treasure trove of the world's storytelling wisdom, ranging from the must-have favourites (Axe soup, Under the Banyan Tree) to lesser known stories that are at once compelling and unforgettable. 28 stories, re-told in Mary Joslin's elegant style are illustrated with eye-catching pictures, making this book a valuable addition to any bookshelf. Presented in a beautifully designed hardback cover, The Lion Book of Classic Wisdom Stories makes a thoughtful and lasting gift.
For these ten masterly retellings, entrancing and gloriously funny by turns, Robert Leeson has selected a feast of tales that give a rich flavour of the Thousand and One Nights. The collection ranges from well-loved tales of treasure, magical power and quick wits (Aladdin, The Fisherman and the Jinni, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves) to hilarious romps (The Woman with Five Suitors, The Story of the Hunchback, The Sleeper and the Waker); it includes a magical romance (The Ebony Horse), and also a scattering of spiced sweetmeats (The Dream, The Donkey). Christina Balit's splendidly decorative illustrations together with a glossary and sources, create a classic that will enthral readers young and old.
Everyone has heard of Hercules - but few can name the feats of strength that made him the greatest of mortal men. Now, James Riordan's bold retellings of the ancient Greek legends re-create the labours of Zeus' much-loved son and mythology's mightiest hero. Christina Balit's powerful illustrations, which include a map showing the sites of Hercules' twelve labours, combine with James Riordan's retellings to create a heroic anthology that children will reach for again and again.
Featuring constellations named after animals, birds and fishes, this text introduces young children to a zoo in the sky. Sky maps and an information spread on the night sky, stars and galaxies are also included.
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