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.
Crow has some food and clever Fox wants it! Can Fox make Crow drop the food?
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?
All of the Emperor's shoes were worn out! The shoemaker's elves worked all night to make some new slippers for him, and the Emperor was delighted. But, when it came to dressing for the royal feast, he decided to wear something a little more unusual
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!
Little Miss Muffet has disappeared, leaving her curds and whey behind her. How did the townsfolk manage to get rid of cruel Miss Muffet? Did they scare her away? This looks like another Nursery Crime!
In the kitchen of a little house, a dog's bone has gone missing. Old Mother Hubbard is very cross. But who took it? And where could they have hidden the bone? This looks like another Nursery Crime!
The Three Little Pigs lived in a brick house in Pig Yard. They baked all day and had such fun, until a wolf came by. He huffed and he puffed, and he tried to blow the house down. But, he was no match for the Gingerbread Man!
Snow White loved to garden. She planted seeds every day. One of her turnips grew so big that it stuck in the ground! Snow White and the Seven Dwarves pulled and pulled, but it just would not budge. Until, one day, a handsome prince came riding by
"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.
A hardworking cat, an ingénue dog, and a collection of familiar and unfamiliar Mother Goose rhymes combine in this charming Valentine picture book. Our romantic leads meet, court, propose, and wed, then honeymoon to London to visit the Queen. Careful readers will notice the little mouse (sometimes obvious, sometimes hiding) in every illustration.
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.
After arriving for a visit, Little Red Riding Hood discovers her grandmother doesn't look like herself. She kind of looks like a wolf!
What if you were given a locked box as a gift and told to never open it? Pandora received this gift from Zeus, the head of the Greek gods. What could be so important that it needs to be padlocked shut?
The ugly duckling is a baby duck that doesn't look like his brothers and sisters. In fact, some of the animals call him "ugly" and bully him. But one day everything changes for the ugly duckling.
In this retelling of the Greek myth, King Midas loves gold more than anything else in the whole world! Or at least, he thinks he loves gold the most.
Keelboat Annie does not like bullies! She does not like bullies one bit! Find out how this tall tale heroine brings her own brand of justice to the South.
Is it better to be a dog without freedom who has his meals provided or a wolf who is free and captures his own food? Read this Aesop's tale and decide.
Cowboy hero Pecos Bill has one true love and that is Sluefoot Sue. He first sees her when she is riding a catfish down the Rio Grande.
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.
The mice must try to figure out how to protect themselves from the house cat. One young mouse has a great idea. But will he have the courage to bell the cat?