Fourteen tales from the magical land of Camelot -- stories about the Round Table, the doomed love of Lancelot and Guinevere, the quest of for the Holy Grail, the magic of Merlin and the treachery of Morgan le Fay -- are sure to capture the imaginations of young readers. Atmospheric illustrations by Alan Baker depict the medieval times.
An international collection of 18 nursery tales for young children, grouped by theme, such as "Runaway Cookies," "Slowpokes and Speedsters," and "Chain Tales," and brillantly illustrated with full-color borders.
Working in an American primitive style animated by the humor and storytelling genius for which he is renowned, Caldecott Winner artist Paul O. Zelinsky puts oils to cherry and maple for this tall-tale competition between a Tennessee woods-woman extraordinaire and a hungry, fearsome bear.Thundering Tarnation has a bottomless appetite for settler's grub. When word goes out about a competition to hunt this four-legged forest of stubble, a young woman, second to none in buckskin bravery, signs up. "How about baking a pie, Angel?" the other hunters taunt. "I aim to," says Swamp Angel. "A bear pie."What follows is as witty a round of roughhousing as ever jostled the ranks of Americana. Anne Isaacs' original text unfolds in a crackling combination of irony, exaggeration, and bold image-making. Zelinsky's paintings respond with deft yet hilarious expressions, rhythmic shapes, and a sense of monumental motion, as benefits a heroine who can wield a tornado like a lasso, drink a lake dry, and snore down a forest. In the course of these grand shenanigans, the Great Smoky Mountains are stirred up, Montana's short-grass prairie laid down, and Thundering Tarnation's fate proves to have no less a reach than the starry heavens.Swamp Angel marks the debut of a promising new storyteller and adds to the tall-tale traditions a pictorial counterpart that will entertain and endure for a long time to come.
"In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. "Elegance has become the Dillons' hallmark. . . . Matching the art is Aardema's uniquely onomatopoeic text . . . An impressive showpiece."
-Booklist, starred review.
From the opening Christmas Eve party scene to the closing scene in which Marie and her Nutcracker prince bid farewell to the Land of the Sweets, young readers will be enchanted while enjoying a successful reading experience. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics--for children who are ready to read on their own.
..".A worthwhile addition to picture book collections." -- Booklist."Executed with chromatic splendor--a unique combination of brillinace and restraint." -- The Horn Book"Every library will be enriched by it." -- School Library Journal