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.
Offers young readers a look at four magical stories from the "Arabian Nights" and Scandinavia.
Retold versions of several classic tales including Rapunzel and The Steadfast Tin Soldier will delight readers.
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.
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.
Explorer Basil Bernard Barnswhitten (B.B.B.) has a list of creatures he needs to verify for an important report so he visits the Finchhaven Museum of Extraordinary Curiosities, Oddities & Improbabilities. But he finds that one of the glass exhibit cases is damaged - something appears to be missing. Or did it escape? To complete his report, B.B.B. travels around the world to track down each creature on his list, all the while asking the same three questions: Is it alive? Is it extinct? Did it ever exist? By deciphering the clues in his journal, young explorers can accompany B.B.B. as he tries to locate each mysterious creature. Finding them won't be easy; lushly detailed scenes serve not only as camouflage but also as habitats to other strange and mysterious marvels
Ten beautifully illustrated stories tell classic fairy tales from different cultures of princes and princesses. Familiar fairy tales include Snow White, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, and The Princess and the Pea from Germany and Scandinavia. Tales from other cultures include: Rhodopis, from Egypt; The Lake Princess, from China; and Princess of the Mist, a Native legend from Canada. Feature boxes add additional details to help readers better understand concepts in the story as well as the time period in which the story was written.
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.
Edward Lear's classic poem about a table and chair's adventurous walk around town.
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.
Eve, Gwen, and Maribeth are granted powers by a magical wizard and learn the dangers of getting what you wish for.
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.
In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses its effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper. The illustrations set the story in 1920s London.
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.
In this modern-day re-telling of Aesop's fable The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs, Rosie receives a magic machine that dispenses one piece of candy a day, but things go wrong when she and her brother get greedy. Includes original fable, compare and contrast questions, and short bio of Aesop.
In this modern-day re-telling of Aesop's fable The Lion and the Mouse, James doesnt turn in a misbehaving kindergartner and in turn, she helps him. Includes original fable, compare and contrast questions, and short bio of Aesop.
In this modern-day re-telling of Aesop's fable The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox, two sisters argue over who gets the last apple, until their brother comes home and grabs it. Includes original fable, compare and contrast questions, and short bio of Aesop.