Children's Folk Tales
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The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily
The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily
Hardcover      ISBN: 1590170768

First published in 1947, this sprightly fairy tale chronicles the forgotten history of a terrible winter in Sicily that sent the starving bears down from the mountains into the valley in search of food. Full color.

Many Moons
Many Moons
Paperback      ISBN: 0156569809

A wise tale of a little princess who wanted the moon and got it. "Grown-ups themselves will find the book hilariously funny. . . . The lovely, squiggly illustrations in color are exactly right."--The New Yorker

Gone-Away Lake
Gone-Away Lake
Paperback      ISBN: 0152022724
A 1958 Newbery Honor Book

Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright's beloved stories about two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort. These two modern classics are once again available in Odyssey/Harcourt Young Classic editions, but now with handsome new cover art by Mary GrandPr to complement Beth and Joe Krush's original interior illustrations.
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Lon Po Po
A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Paperback      ISBN: 0698113829
WINNER OF THE RANDOLPH CALDECOTT MEDAL, AWARDED TO THE ARTIST OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR

"(Young's) command of page composition and his sensitive use of color give the book a visual force that matches the strength of the story and stands as one of the illustrator's best efforts." --Booklist

"Absolutely splendid." -- Kirkus Reviews. "An extraordinary and powerful book." -- Publisher's Weekly

The now-classic Chinese retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and one of the most celebrated picture books of our time.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Library      ISBN: 0871919486

In words and illustrations, these classic tales are presented as never before. The unabridged texts are elegantly designed and interpreted by world renowned illustrators. Roberto Innocenti, Michael Hague, Etienne Delessert and many others have contributed to this lasting collection.

As Graphis magazine said of these books, "They are gifts of love from the creators. And without a doubt give new life to children's literature".

The One-eyed Giant
The One-eyed Giant
Hardcover      ISBN: 0786807709

In these books based on episodes from Homer's Odyssey, Mary Pope Osborne brings to life the exciting adventures of one of the greatest heroes of all time. Now in paperback

Animals in the Stars: Chinese Astrology for Children
Animals in the Stars
Chinese Astrology for Children
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591430003

Lavishly illustrated guide to Chinese Astrology for children ages 8-12.

- Illustrations and text describe the characteristics of each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and of those born under each sign.

- Each animal is accompanied by a traditional Chinese folktale.

- Offers a brief overview of Chinese astrology and the history of the Chinese zodiac.

Anyone who has ever taken children to a Chinese restaurant and watched them read the paper placemat with fascination knows that children (and adults) love the playfulness and self-reflection of Chinese astrology. Now children can learn about the unique character traits and legends that make up the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, as well as experience a deeper appreciation for the cultural traditions behind Chinese astrology.

Beautifully illustrated with lifelike animals that jump off the page, Animals in the Stars provides an informative and playful tool for self-exploration using this ancient tradition. The human personality traits of the 12 animals--both good and bad--are described in detail along with explanations of the significance of being born in the year of that particular animal. Each animal description is also accompanied by a traditional Chinese folktale further personifying the unique qualities and characteristics of that animal. Youngsters can enjoy these magical teaching tales while learning their sign as well as those of family members and friends. This wonderful introduction to the foundations of Chinese astrology is a perfect resource for the child seeking to know more about Chinese culture, zodiac animal characteristics, relationship dynamics, or esoteric traditions, as well as those seeking the simple fun inherent in the combination of astrology and animals.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Paperback      ISBN: 0899190359

No one draws trolls better than the Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdone, and this beloved read-aloud classic about the three brother billy goats who dare to cross the hideous troll's bridge to get to the sweet grass on the other side has never been more dramatic. Galdone's full-color, pen and ink wash illustrations are wild and woolly. The artist uses thin, multicolored lines to great effect, especially with the troll's hair. Bold perspectives, such as one view of the goat from under the bridge, add suspense and drama to an age-old favorite

The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife
Paperback      ISBN: 0688070485

This tale centers on a kind man who saves a wounded crane and is rewarded with a beautiful, mysterious bride

Cinderella, Or, the Little Glass Slipper
Cinderella, Or, the Little Glass Slipper
School & Library      ISBN: 0684126761
A magical adaptation Charles Perrault's French classic that has been translated and illustrated by Marcia Brown, earning her the Caldecott Medal as well as the love of children everywhere.

Even in rags, Cinderella is a hundred times more beautiful than her cruel stepsisters. And how she wishes to go to the prince's ball But her sisters delight in telling her that people would only laugh at her at the palace. Fortunately, Cinderella is blessed with a fairy godmother who can turn pumpkins into golden coaches, lizards into footmen, and rags into riches. At the ball, Cinderella will have the most thrilling night of her life--until the stroke of midnight