A primer of the familiar fairy-tale characters of wicked stepmothers, from what makes them scary to those they harm, plus famous stories and movies in which they have appeared.
Fairy tales! A young fairy becomes selfish and loses her powers. Can she earn them back? Curley needs clean uniforms to deliver mail, but the dry cleaner is closed for the week. His sister supplies him with fairy tale costumes to make his mail deliveries! A lazy man is visited by a lazy fairy godmother, and an ambitious girl finds a job along with a fantastic adventure! Stories by Marjorie R. Sheffer, Linda Kao, Bradford H. Robie, and Maggie Murphy.
When a good-hearted poor peasant gives her last loaf of bread to a beggar, she is given a corn seed in return. Imagine the peasant woman’s surprise when in the morning a beautiful flower appears with a tiny young lady inside its petals. The peasant woman names her Thumbelina. Find out what happens when an old ugly frog takes Thumbelina to be his son’s wife. A happy ending adds interest to this fairy tale and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
When Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother becomes sick, she decides to visit her and bring her a basket of her favorite things. Her mother warns her to not talk to any strangers on her journey. But Little Red Riding Hood soon forgets her mother’s warning and talks to a wolf along her way. The clever wolf races ahead to Grandmother’s house because he wants a tasty supper. Find out how a nearby woodcutter saves Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother. A happy ending adds interest to this fairy tale and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
Prince Fastidious travels the world to find his perfect princess. But something is not quite right about any of them. They either talk too much, or not at all. Some are too old for him, or too young. Others are spoiled or have too many noisy, little dogs. Find out what happens when Princess Rose accidentally comes to the castle at night because of a fierce storm. How does she prove to the Queen that she’s a real princess? A happy ending adds interest to this fairy tale and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
Each night after Mr. and Mrs. Clampton go to bed, the Mouse Family comes out of their home to feast on the cheese left in the kitchen. Find out how life changes for Mabel Mouse, her brother Morton, and her mom and dad, when Mrs. Clampton brings home a farm cat. A quick-thinking Mabel has a plan to outsmart Tiger, the cat, and make sure her family is able to enjoy cheese from the Clampton’s kitchen once again. A positive ending adds interest to this suspenseful story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
Teddy and his parents are planning a fun picnic at Silver Lake Park. When the Bear’s little red car hits a bump in the road, Teddy topples out and lands in a soft pile of leaves. But, how will Teddy find Silver Lake Park and be reunited with his parents? Find out what happens when Teddy Bear meets a real bear in the woods. A positive ending adds interest to this suspenseful story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
Simple text and captivating illustrations are paired with beautiful music and fun sound-effects to help tell the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty.” Find out what happens when a king and queen hold a special feast to celebrate the birth of their baby girl named Briar Rose. As each fairy presents special gifts to Briar Rose, the king and queen are delighted. But when the thirteenth fairy storms into the castle, because she was not invited to the celebration, she casts a wicked spell on Briar Rose. Will the spell be broken by a handsome prince? A happy ending adds interest to this fairy tale and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
Paul Carrick recycles The Three Little Pigs into a humorous fractured fairy tale about being yourself. An old mother robot sends her three sons, Rod, Slick, and Dudley, out into the world to seek their fortunes. But Wolfgang the Recycler is after them for their precious parts. How will the three robots protect themselves and their factories from clever Wolfgang?
Scaly dragons! A Chinese folktale tells about a grateful dragon who gives a girl an impossible gift. Lily brings Dragon in to school. A little girl follows a treasure map past a dragon! Tex and Indi go to a festival in Chinatown to see a parade and a dancing dragon. What would you do if you met a dragon? Would you try to make friends? Stories by Camille S. Phillips, Lissa Rovetch, Marilyn Kratz, and Eileen Spinelli.
Enchanting tales! Jonah shows Linda a magical box! A fable tells of a magical tree that creates moonfish. While trying to learn magic tricks, Rabbit accidentally casts a spell on himself. A boy is rewarded for his good deed with a magical paper boat that promises to save them. Learn about visiting a magical place any time you like. Stories by Marianne Mitchell, Joy Cowley, Maggie Murphy, Marilyn Bolchunos, and Marilyn Kratz.
Peter Piper is hungry, and he has a craving for pickled peppers. Readers can join his adventures--and the tongue-twister--in this whimsical rhyme.
The town of Hamelin is being overrun by rats! A mysterious traveling piper has the power to rid the town of the pests, but when he is cheated out of his payment, he gets revenge.
Edward Lear's classic poem about a table and chair's adventurous walk around town.
Everything is crooked in this classic! Read along with the crooked man as he makes his way to his crooked house, where his crooked pets reside.
Baa Baa Black Sheep is at the market. How much wool will Baa Baa sell? Read this book to find out.
In the sequel to What REALLY Happened to Humpty?, Jack (Jill’s other half) fell down the Hill and had his crown stolen. It’s up to detective Joe Dumpty to round up the usual suspects and track down the culprit.
In this adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, Ma Sally cooks the best black-eyed peas in Charleston County, South Carolina. Her son, John, is a highly eligible bachelor, and three local women vie for his hand in marriage by attempting to cook as well as Ma. At the last minute, a surprise contestant named Princess arrives at the door. Princess and John are well-matched, but Princess has her own ideas. When told she has won John’s hand, she asks him to scrub the pots and pans before she'll give him an answer. Her answer, it turns out, is that she wants to spend some time getting to know John first. Backmatter includes an author’s note and a recipe for Princess’s Black-eyed Peas.
In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda’s rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.
A princess, bored with her princess duties and fancy clothes, longs for freedom and adventure. Actually, she would prefer to be a frog! But then she falls in love.
A curious frog leaves comfort behind to embark on the adventure of a lifetime, encountering big cities, new animals, and other wonders as she seeks the biggest pond of all—the sea.
Humpty Dumpty Had A Great Fall.
In this modern-day re-telling of Aesop's fable The Tortoise and the Hare, Henry races against Michael, the fastest runner in school. Includes original fable, compare and contrast questions, and short bio of Aesop.
In this modern-day re-telling of Aesop's fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Andrew ruins a surprise his sisters are making for his mom when he gets bored and cries wolf too many times. Includes original fable, compare and contrast questions, and short bio of Aesop.
In this modern-day re-telling of Aeso'ps fable The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, Liz turns up her nose at farm cooking while Abby learns she prefers the peace of the farm to the excitement of the city. Includes original fable, compare and contrast questions, and short bio of Aesop.