In The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas preparations for a doomed stage production of the classic ballet goes from terribly bad to ridiculously worse. Sick stagehands, renegade cats, and crashing Christmas trees have everyone sure that the show won't go on. But it's Christmas Eve and help is on the way! Told in verse with wonderful whimsical illustrations, this story hits all the right notes for holiday reading.
Read the traditional nursery rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?
Read the traditional nursery rhyme Wheels on the Bus first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?
Read the traditional nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star first, then enjoy a fun new rhyme. Can you make up a rhyme of your own?
At the bottom of a wall on the top of a hill lies a broken egg. His name is Humpty Dumpty. But how did he get there? Did he fall or was he pushed? This looks like another Nursery Crime!
In a snowy meadow outside her house, Little Bo-Peep is looking for her missing sheep. Where have they gone? Did they escape or were they kidnapped? This looks like another Nursery Crime!
"He came into the world in the middle of the thicket, in one of those little, hidden forest glades which seem to be entirely open but are really screened in on all sides." So begins one of the most beloved nature stories. Felix Salten wrote Bambi: A Life in the Woods in 1923. It was translated into English in 1928, becoming a Book-of-the-Month Club hit. Though not originally written for children, the film rights were sold to the Walt Disney studios and the animated movie was released in 1942. Taken directly from the first chapter of Salten's original tale, Bambi's First Day depicts the early moments of the fawn's life in the safety of a forest glen and the shelter of his mother's embrace. Lush oil paintings by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen showcase the beauty of the natural world and tenderly bring to life the heartfelt devotion and love of a mother for her child.Felix Salten is the pen name for Austrian writer Siegmund Salzmann who wrote short stories, plays, novels, and essay collections. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen has illustrated more than 20 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling The Legend of Sleeping Bear; Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot; Friend on Freedom River; and his popular Hazel Ridge Farm stories. Gijsbert lives in Bath, Michigan, with his wife, Robbyn. They both travel to schools in the Great Lakes area.
One of the most popular animal stories of all time, Anna Sewell's Black Beauty was first published in 1877. Drawn from the original text and intended for even the youngest of horse lovers, Black Beauty's Early Days in the Meadow depicts the first few months of the horse's life as a foal frolicking in the meadow. Artist Jane Monroe Donovan renders the classic story in lush oil paintings that convey a pastoral world of green fields and shady trees, while tenderly capturing the special love between mare and foal. The perfect harmony of words and pictures proves once again that the simplest messages are often the strongest. Readers will relish the sweetness of life in the meadow and the companionship of family and friends.
Joe Dumpty, Humpty's brother and private detective, thinks Humpty Dumpty's fall was no accident. But who would have pushed him? Was it Little Miss Muffet? Old Mother Hubbard? Chicken Little? Joe has until five o'clock to question characters and catch the culprit.
It is the end of the day. The stars are out. Who is looking at the stars? Read this book to find out.
A young horse runs and plays with an old gray mare. Read this book to find out what horses do.
A boy and a girl playing with her dog in the park. Then they can not find the dog. Where could it be?
A spider trying to climb the drain. Then it starts to rain. What will the spider do?
Some people want muffins. Will they find the muffin man? Read this book to find out.
Bear wants to go to the other side of the mountain. What do you see? Read this book to find out.
Everyone on the farm are seeking to Bingo, the dog. Where could it be?
Susie finds a baby bumblebee. Why is everyone scared of it? Read this book to find out.
A group of hunters caught a fox. What will they do with him? Read this book to find out!
What happens when two gods from Greek mythology want to rule a town? The townspeople are afraid of a fight between two powerful gods. A contest is set to decide the winner.
Medusa brags and brags about her beauty. She loves to look in the mirror. She loves to tell others that she is the prettiest. Find out what happens when a young lady spends all of her time bragging.
This African American tall tale tells of John Henry, who was as big as an oak tree in overalls! He is famous as the strongest railroad worker in the East, West, North, and South. Read about the hardest worker that ever was!
A mean old woman puts a young girl in a tower with no door or stairs! How will she get visitors? How will she escape?
The poor prince can't seem to find a TRUE princess. Will a tiny green legume save the day?
This Aesop's fable retelling is about two cousins who live in two very different places: the city and the country. They visit each other to try to decide which place is better. Which do you think is better?
Paul Bunyan was the biggest baby boy ever born! At one week old he had to wear this father's clothes! And he continued to grow!