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A laughing giraffe surprises some bears who shock the crocs... and all too soon there's a rapping zebra and a waltzing rhino, all causing a hullabaloo at the zoo. It takes Baboon playing his bassoon to restore calm, in a story that will resonate with many parents and carers attempting bedtime with young children.
The nightingale's song is beautiful. Every day, she sings for the Emperor - but she's just an ordinary brown bird. Can the Emperor have a better, prettier nightingale? Find out in this gorgeous picture book, with simple text and beautiful illustrations by Lorena Alvarez.
Join Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and the terrible tiger, Shere Khan, in this lively picture book retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of friendship and adventure in the jungles of India. With simple text and beautiful illustrations by Shahar Kober.
Pussy cat is off to explore Washington, the capital city of the U.S.A! Tag along as he checks out all the famous sites, from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial, takes a cruise along the Potomac and visits the world's biggest library. American history is brought to life in this modern version of the classic rhyme.
Let pussy cat take you on a tour of Rome, ancient and modern. Discover the world of the Romans, from gladiators to chariot races. Then make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and visit the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. The Eternal City comes to life in this new twist on the well-loved nursery rhyme.
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.
Once, Kangaroo couldn't jump. Find out how that changed in this charming picture book retelling of one of Rudyard Kipling's famous Just So Stories, with simple text and gorgeous illustrations by John Joven.
When Aladdin finds his long-lost uncle, he is promised riches beyond his dreams. But is everything what it seems? The ancient tale of mystery, magic and adventure, with dusty lamps, beautiful princesses and wish-granting genies, is brought to life in this picture book with stunning illustrations by Lorena Alvarez.
A lonely young prince wants to get married, but how can he find a real princess? This charming picture book retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale is brought to life with beautiful illustrations by Lorena Alvarez.
Join Gerda on her quest to save her best friend from the evil Snow Queen in this enchanting retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. This beautiful 30-piece jigsaw and picture book are gorgeously illustrated by Elena Selivanova. A superb combination of reading and interaction, and a delightful way for children to enjoy this classic story. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
Once, the kangaroo couldn't jump. Find out how that changed in this lively tale adapted from one of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories. This title is part of the Usborne Reading Programme (First Reading, level 1) with simple, charming text, puzzles after the story to consolidate learning, and gorgeous atmospheric illustrations by John Joven. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
The hustle and bustle of this vibrant fast-paced city introduces younger children to the Big Apple in a friendly, appealing way. All the major sights are included, from the iconic Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, to newer landmarks such as the One World Trade Centre and Yankee Stadium. Illustrations: Full colour throughout
Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert planned to adopt a boy to help out on the farm, so when red-headed 'Anne-with-an-e' arrives at Green Gables, she is not quite what they expected. But Anne sets out to win them over, determined to make a life for herself. This is the classic story by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery, retold for younger readers.
After losing her mother, shy Natumi is rescued by a team from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphanage for baby elephants.. At the shelter, Natumi hides behind keepers' legs to watch the other elephants at the shelter. But soon, she meets several other orphans, and the eight of them play together in the surrounding bush. As the babies become closer and more like a real family, they need a leader, someone they can trust. Can Natumi grown into this role?
Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever. Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale is retold here for younger children. 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
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, retold for young children as a picture book. Tom can't believe his luck when a mysterious witch leads him to a cave full of treasure. But could a battered old tinder box for kindling a fire hold the key to even greater riches?
This classic nursery rhyme is retold in a picture book version which sees Doctor Foster not only travelling to Gloucester, but also Oxford, Gosport, Stockton and Bognor, encountering not just rain but a range of other extreme weather conditions. Illustrated by David Semple, whose characterful artwork suits the doctor's dramatic journey perfectly.
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.
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.
Take a virtual tour of London in this original picture book based on the classic English rhyme, which allegedly dates back to Tudor times. This version is set in the modern day, with pussy cat touring some of the most capital's most iconic sites including the Tower of London and Trafalgar Square, as well as Buckingham Palace.
A traditional Indian folktale, lyrically retold for young readers. In a time gone by, the story tells us, elephants could fly - but flying elephants led to big trouble. Retold in picture book format with a read-aloud text for sharing with young children.
God warns Noah that there is to be a great flood and that he must take responsibility for saving the animals. As the flood waters rise, Noah builds a huge ark and invites the animals aboard, two by two.
The story of the Nativity retold for young readers. Follow Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem in this retelling of the Christmas story, fully illustrated and in a picture book format that is perfect for sharing.
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.
Robin Hood famously 'stole from the rich to give to the poor'. This illustrated picture book brings his legend to life for little children. When Jack's father is arrested by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, Jack enlists the help of Robin Hood to break his dad out of the castle.
The mysterious outlaw Robin Hood has captivated imaginations for centuries. Now this beautifully illustrated book brings the legend to life for little children, as Robin makes a daring raid on the castle of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.
The much-loved story of Snow White, specially retold for beginner readers and illustrated with fresh, colourful pictures by John Joven. 'Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of us all?' When the Queen hears the wrong answer, Snow White must flee for her life - until she meets not one, but seven rescuers...
Each title in this series is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read.
The classic fairy tale, specially retold for young children and illustrated with fresh, bright pictures. Poor Cinderella is made to cook and clean for her stepsisters. Her wicked stepmother won't even let her go to the Royal Ball. But then, in a flurry of sparkles, her Fairy Godmother arrives and everything changes.
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 brilliant read-aloud version of the much-loved classic by L. Frank Baum, sure to capture young imaginations. When Dorothy is whisked off to Oz in a tornado, she lands in a place where nothing is quite as it seems. Can she find the Wizard, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and be granted her wish to return to Kansas?
This delightful picture book is based on the beloved classic tale and retold for younger children. Arriving at Granny's cottage, Little Red Riding Hood can't help but wonder why Grandma now have such big eyes, ears and teeth. Could it be something to do with the wolf - her mum told her not to talk to on the way? This title features vibrant illustrations taken from the popular First Reading series.
A charming picture book based on Aesop's well-loved tale. While Ant works hard to prepare for winter, Grasshopper mocks him and sings in the sun. Then winter comes, and Grasshopper no longer feels like singing...Simple and engaging text is accompanied by Merel Eyckerman's enchanting illustrations taken from the popular First Reading series.
The enchanting tale of a magical pot and what happens when it is stolen specially retold for younger children, with humorous illustrations by Mike and Carl Gordon.
A comical retelling of the well-loved traditional rhyme accompanied by humorous illustrations that little children will love to pore over.Old Mother Hubbard is off to the cupboard, but what will she do when she finds it bare?
Join the Owl and the Pussy Cat on a magical adventure as they go to sea in a beautiful pea green boat. Edward Lear's much-loved nonsense rhyme is wonderfully brought to life by Victoria Ball's charming illustration.
The enchanting fairytale retold through simple and engaging text with stunning original artwork. Gerda and Kay are best friends, until Kay suddenly changes. Then he is kidnapped by the wicked Snow Queen and everyone thinks he is lost forever. But Gerda is determined to rescue him.
An enchanting re-working of this classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, which tells the story of the beautiful mermaid who sacrifices her life at sea and her beautiful voice so that she can be with the handsome prince she loves.
Toby Town Mouse loves to live the high-life, while his cousin Pipin prefers a quainter, quieter life. When the cousins visit each other's houses, they come to realise that different tastes are not necessarily a bad thing. A delightful retelling of the classic fable following two friends as they discover that there's no place like home.
A beloved fairy tale, retold for young children in classic picture book format. Arriving at Granny's cottage, Little Red Riding Hood can't help but wonder why Grandma has such big eyes, ears and teeth. Could it be something to do with the wolf her mum told her not to talk to on the way?
In the early spring, when the snow was still deep, in a den inside a big hollow tree, Yasha was born. There, he and his mother lived, warm and snug. But one day, hunters came and Yasha's mother was gone. So begins the true story of Yasha, an orphaned moon bear, and how he was adopted into a brand new family. Left without his mother in the Russian wilderness, Yasha was scared and alone. Would he be an orphan forever? Then, two young scientists named Liya and Sergey take him deep into the forest to teach him how to live in the wild. Yasha meets two more cubs, Shum and Shiksha, and soon the three bears are playing together like real brothers and sisters. The scientists protect their new family, but it is also their mission to raise the cubs to become wild bears with skills to survive on their own. Through heart-warming photographs of this unique rescue story, we watch Yasha learn and grow with his new family until he's finally ready to be on his own. Curious kids will also appreciate looking at the map of Yasha's homeland and places where other moon bears live, as well as learning interesting facts about them. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core Resources. Visit www.natgeoed.org/commoncore for more information.
This is a new, picture book version of one of the most popular titles in the First Reading series. Sid the dinosaur likes scaring his friends with his ear-splitting roar. But what would happen if he lost his voice? He's about to find out. This title comes now with rhyming text to add an extra level of interest and enjoyment. It features bright, animated, contemporary illustrations that bring the story to life.
This is a lively picture book retelling of the popular fairy tale. Goldilocks was always told, Don't go into the forest. It's full of big scary bears. But Goldilocks went into the forest anyway...The simple and engaging text is accompanied by the colourful illustrations of Mike and Carl Gordon, taken from the popular First Reading series. It is a wonderful gift to be shared again and again.
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 is a wonderful picture book retelling the classic fairytale. The simple and engaging text is accompanied by colourful illustrations by Victor Tavares. It is perfect for sharing with young children. There's a fairy hiding in the Beast's garden, which children might not spot on the first reading, but there's lots of fun to be had looking for her when re-reading the story.
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.
A charming retelling of the traditional fairytale with simple text and delightful illustrations. When mum's house becomes too small, it's time for Pinky, Percy and Poppy Pig to build houses of their own. But will they chose their materials wisely and escape the Big Bad Wolf?
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.
This is a new paperback edition of this gorgeous picture book, based on the beloved classic tale and retold for younger children. The grumpy king bans his twelve beautiful daughters from dancing, yet every night their shoes are worn through. Can anyone solve the mystery of where they go and scoop the royal reward? It features vibrant illustrations taken from the popular Young Reading series.
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.
The classic story of The Gingerbread Man retold with simple text and delightful illustrations. When the Gingerbread Man runs away from the old lady's oven, the whole village is soon chasing after him. First Reading Level Three titles help beginner readers develop reading stamina and include character sheets or maps and the main story. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
The story of the wooden puppet that wants to be a real boy is brought to life in this classic picture book with stunning illustrations and simple text.
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.
This delightful picture book is based on the beloved classic tale and retold for younger children. Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch him, he's the Gingerbread Man! But although he may be able to out-run everyone, can the Gingerbread Man outwit the cunning fox? This title features vibrant illustrations taken from the popular First Reading series.
Mole, Ratty, Badger and the infamous Mr Toad love nothing more than messing around on the river. But when Mr Toad develops an obsession with motor vehicles, will his friends be able to help before he loses everything? A delightful retelling featuring simple, engaging text and charming illustrations.
Alice follows the White Rabbit down a hole and finds herself in Wonderland. Faced with a magic cake, a grinning cat and a noisy Queen, Alice doesn't know what will happen next. The beloved classic by Lewis Carroll specially retold for younger children to provide an ideal introduction to the story.
An enchanting and vivid re-working of this classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Part of Young Reading Series 1 for children just starting to read alone. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.