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.
What do you get when you cross The Little Red Hen with a burro and his friends? Burro's Tortillas! In this humorous Southwestern retelling of a childhood favorite, Burro finds it difficult to get any help from his friends as he diligently works to turn corn into tortillas. Young children will love the repetition; older children will enjoy the book's many puns. In addition to its Southwestern "flavor," the delightful story imparts an accurate picture of the traditional way that tortillas are made. A Spanish/English glossary and a simple recipe for making tortillas are included in the "For Creative Minds" section.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rapunzel is trapped in a high tower by a wicked troll. The three billy goats want to help her but the troll won't let them cross the bridge! A handsome prince rides by on his horse. Will he be able to help the trapped princess?
The rooster has been kidnapped by the fox. What is the little hen to do? Go to the shed and build a paper wagon, that's what. With two Herculean mice in place of horses, the little hen heads for the fox's house deep in the forest. On the way, she is joined by a cat, a brick, a needle and a hairy spider, all desperate for a ride. Will they be able to complete the rescue? This is a retelling of a Dutch fairy tale.
What happens when Sleeping Beauty really does sleep for a hundred years? She finds the world a very different place when she finally wakes up!
A fabulous retelling of the Ugly Duckling in which a family of ducklings are all born a little bit strange, except for one called Beauty!
A princess is horrified when a cranky, old king arrives at the palace intending to marry her. She must first pass the frozen peas test to prove she is a real princess. But does she want to?
The Three Little Pigs are terrified when they find out who their new neighbor is! They have met his kind before. Will they all get eaten up by the Big Bad Wolf?
The beast of Pea Castle was sad and lonely. He needed a kiss from a princess to turn him back into a handsome prince. One day, Beauty arrived at the castle. The beast put a pea under her mattress, and she could not sleep a wink. Was Beauty the princess that could break the spell?
Cinderella meets Jack and the Beanstalk in this fun rhyming text. Jack and Cinderella climb the beanstalk and find a giant fairy godmother. Can she help them get to the prince's ball?
Hansel and Gretel went out to collect wood for their father, but they got lost in the forest. Then a wicked old lady trapped them in her cottage! The Ugly Duckling followed a trail of bread that the children left behind them. Would the Ugly Duckling be able to rescue Hansel and Gretel?
Cinderella's fairy godmother grants her wish to go to the ball. She meets the prince, but Cinderella does not behave like a princess at all! The fairy godmother must teach her a lesson.
Jack is very poor but an expert at making bean pies. One day he meets a very hungry giant, who luckily does not like the taste of people.
Little Bad Riding Hood is off to see Granny carrying a very tasty basket of cakes. She escapes from the Wolf, but the cakes look very tempting. Can she get to Granny's house without eating them herself?
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!