Children will love the opportunity to create their own "Farmyard Tales" scenes with all of their favourite Apple Tree Farm locations and characters. Using Stephen Cartwright's popular illustrations, there are stickers for all the well-loved characters, with Mr. and Mrs. Boot, Ted, Poppy, Sam and all the animals. Scenes include: the cowshed, Ted's tractor, the pigpen, the sheep field, the hen house, the orchard, and the barn.
To celebrate 40 years of Usborne Publishing, the iconic Farmyard Tales collection has been re-issued for a new generation of children. It introduces Mrs. Boot the farmer, her children Poppy and Sam, Rusty the dog, Curly the pig, Woolly the sheep and all the other animal characters at Apple Tree Farm. With a Little Yellow Duck to spot on every page, it features twenty gentle stories that have already delighted three generations of children.
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist, a dark romantic, and short story writer. Twice-Told Tales IV is a volume of rearranged myths in which Hawthorne uses unexpected points of view to deftly twist the themes of classic folktales. These ironic tales introduce complex, emotional topics within a familiar context. The volume contains "The Shaker Brida", "The White Old Maid" and other tales.
THIS MOST COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION of classic Russian tales available in English we meet both universal fairytale figures - thieves and heroes, kings and peasants, beautiful damsels and terrifying witches, enchanted children and crafty animals - and such uniquely Russian characters as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird. The more than 175 tales culled from a centuries-old Russian storytelling tradition by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal a rich, robust world of the imagination that will fascinate readers both young and old.
William Sydney Porter known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American short story writer. His wit and plot twists were adored by his readers, but often panned by the critics. Collected Tales includes amazing stories: "The Last of the Troubadours", "The Sleuths", "Witches' Loaves", "The Pride of the Cities", "Holding Up a Train", "Ulysses and the Dog Man" and many others.
F.S. Fitzgerald was an American writer, whose works illustrate the Jazz Age. Tales of Jazz Age V is a wonderful short-story collection showcases many of the celebrated novel's themes, as well as its unique writing style. Two of the most famous tales, the beautifully elegiac The Rich Boy and Winter Dreams, deal with wealthy protagonists - the old- money Anson Hunter and the self-made man Dexter Green - as they come to terms with lost love.
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was an English novelist, biographer, and short story writer. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of Victorian society, including the very poor, and are of interest to social historians as well as lovers of literature. The Old Nurse's Stories I, a collection of three beautifully written and gripping tales, including Gaskell's first ghost story.
Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked, combines fairy tale and folklore in this irreverent re-imagining of the classic story of mistaken identity - The Prince and the Pauper. Described by School Library Journal as "a beautiful reminder that fairy tales are at their best when they illuminate the precarious balance between lighthearted childhood and the darkness and danger of adulthood", this book will appeal to readers both young and old. Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father is dead and her mother dying, while her brother has been conscripted into the Tsar's army. Elena's future is as bleak as the wastelands surrounding her village of Miersk. That is until the night of a freak storm when a majestic steam train is forced to stop at the village's abandoned station. The train carries a fabulous Faberge egg and Ekaterina, a girl whose fate is now entwined with Elena's. When their lives collide, a complex, funny and engrossing adventure begins. An adventure that features the mythical Firebird, a prince travelling incognito, the awesome city of Saint Petersburg, the glacial lands of the north, and - in a starring role - Baba Yaga, the enigmatic witch of Russian folklore, and her shapeshifting house, Dumb Doma, perched on chicken legs.