The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales

The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault

The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault

What began as a translation project became a retelling of four classic fairy tales from the Cabinet des Fees, the French collection of over forty volumes. “Certainly the translations, when finished, did not satisfy me, and so I turned back to the beginning and have rewritten the stories in my own way, which (as you may say with the Irish butler) “may not be the best claret, but ’tis the best ye’ve got.

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Selected Riley Child-Rhymes

Selected Riley Child-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley

Selected Riley Child-Rhymes by James Whitcomb Riley

Riley was an American writer known as the “Hoosier poet”, and made a start writing newspaper verse in Hoosier dialect for the Indianapolis Journal This collection of poems is a romanticized and mostly boy-centered paean to a 19th century rural American working-class childhood.

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The Magic World

The Magic World by E. Nesbit

The Magic World by E. Nesbit

Talking cats, birds, fish and bells, wicked fairies, uglified princesses – adventure, magic, and more magic. A delightful collection of stories for children of all ages.

The Magic World is an influential collection of twelve short stories by E. Nesbit.

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The Child of the Moat

The Child of the Moat by Ian B. Stoughton Holborn

The Child of the Moat by Ian B. Stoughton Holborn

Ian Holborn (professor of archaeology and a writer) was on board the RMS Lusitania when it was torpedoed, and as it sank he rescued a 12 year old girl named Avis Dolphin. She later complained that books for girls were not very interesting, so he decided to write one for her “as thrilling as any book written for boys!” This book is dedicated to her.

From the Preface: This story is not written for grown-ups, and if they want to know why it begins with such a gruesome first chapter, let them ask the children. Children like the horrors first and the end all bright. Many grown-ups like the tragedy at the end. But perhaps the children are right and the grown-ups are standing on their heads.

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The Magic Pudding

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

Bunyip Bluegum the koala sets out on his travels taking only a walking stick. At about lunchtime, feeling more than slightly peckish, he meets Bill Barnacle the sailor and Sam Sawnoff the penguin who are eating a pudding. The pudding is a magic one which, no matter how much you eat it, always reforms into a whole pudding again. He is called Albert, has thin arms and legs and is a bad-tempered, ill-mannered so-and-so into the bargain. His only pleasure is being eaten. The book is divided into four “slices” instead of chapters. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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Mozart : The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts

Mozart : The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts by Thomas Tapper

Mozart : The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts by Thomas Tapper

This is a collection of ten short, entertaining, informative picture-book biographies of famous composers. Each book tells about the childhood and great achievements of a composer, and includes a short musical example.

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Racketty-Packetty House

Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgson Burnett

When Tidy Castle arrives, brand-new and grand in every way, the Racketty-Packetty House has never looked shabbier, and it is shoved in the corner of Cynthia’s nursery. But the Racketty family still dances, sings, and laughs louder than all the fancy dolls combined. When a real-life princess visits the nursery, the Rackettys learn that the humans are planning to destroy their house. Only a miracle — or some very unusual magic — can save them now!

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The Second Jungle Book

The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Kipling shows his love of the sub continent and its people and understanding of their beliefs in these tales. An older Mowgli roams the jungle with his old friends and investigates the ways of his people, a Prime Minister becomes wandering holy man, scavengers tell their tale and we leave India for the far,far north of Canada.

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