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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; Reprint edition (July 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756621070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756621070
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Hoffman has written more than 70 books for children, including Henry's Baby and A First Bible Story Book for DK.

Julie Downing has illustrated DK's A First Bible Story Book, The Christmas Story, and Come Aboard Noah's Ark.

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Customer Reviews

Illustrations are very pleasing.
Kier
The stories are short sometimes a little too short.
sarah miller
Highly recommended for your small children!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
It is as if a fairy waved her wand and these illustrations appeared! Julie Downing discovered her desire to illustrate children's books when she was studying at The Rhode Island School of Design. Her characters have believable personalities and the page of art on the first page of The Little Mermaid is ethereal.

Mary Hoffman has written more than 70 books for children and has great powers of observation to bring humor to all her stories and retellings. She lives in Oxfordshire, England, and has three daughters who were brought up on a healthy diet of myths and legends of which she and her husband have a extensive collection. Her goal in writing this book was to chose the best-loved and most well-known fairy tales from European tradition.

The stories in this collection strive to show the consequences of greed, pride and vanity. They also tell how love comes from a kind heart. These are the stories you will remember forever because they are so classic. They also teach that good is rewarded and selfishness is punished. Storytelling has played a role in developing character in children for a long, long time. Originally, fairy tales were not just for children...and to tell you a secret: "I still love them!" These stories are easy to read out loud!

In this collection you will find:

Cinderella
The Selfish Giant
Rapunzel
Jack and the Beanstalk
Sleeping Beauty
The Little Mermaid
The Frog Prince
Beauty and the Beast
Diamonds and Toads
The Twelve Dancing Princesses (never had heard of before!)
The Fisherman and his Wife
The Princess and the Pea (I tried this as a child to see if I was a princess...
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I had been looking for a book of fairy tales for my three year old but most seem to be more appropriate for older children. This book is terrific because it contains many of the best-loved classics - Cinderella, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, The Princess and The Pea and many others. Also, each tale is just a few pages, pefect for a young child's attention span. It has been fun for me to hear these timeless tales again and they are just as charming as I remembered. My daughter asks for this one again and again.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Chris Booklover on July 31, 2008
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I purchased this book to read with my younger children as suggested by Sonlight. We were very disappointed with it. The illustrations are very nice, but the stories themselves are poorly told. The interesting details of the stories are left out. There are several fairy tale books in the Sonlight p 3/4 list... If you have limited funds, the "Tall book of Nursery Tales" is a much better pick. It is a great size for children and the stories are full of details.
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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful By NewYorker on January 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book, since there aren't a lot of offerings for introducing toddlers to fairy tales. I have no issue with the selection of tales, or the illustrations, which are lively and appropriate. But the TELLING of these tales is really poorly done. The authors seem to have confused the idea of telling a story briefly (for an audience with a short attention span) with telling it quickly (by leaving out important details and giving it the "cliffs notes" treatment). These are done the latter way-- which often means the whole point of the tale seems lost! Also, striving for brevity, the authors made bad choices about vocabulary. If these tales are for young children, choose your words more carefully, please. The book throws around vocabulary like "enchanted" without explaining it (i.e. how does one become enchanted, who did the enchanting?) but spells out simpler things in near-baby-talk. All in all, I find this book unreadable to my child. I'm going to put it on a high shelf so neither of us becomes frustrated by it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Cohen on April 12, 2008
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all the stories are 2-6 pages, with lots of word, and some pretty pictures. A great variety of stories, and definitely tempered for a younger reader...i.e. minimal violence, death, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Renea Frey on January 14, 2008
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I had been searching for a book of fairy tales that was appropriate for my kids, ages 2.5 and 4. Every book I had found prior to this required heavy "editing" to keep my children from being afraid. My oldest daughter was intersted in fairy tales, but the scarier aspects of them seemed to stick with her for hours -- they were not appropriate bed time stories. The stories and pictures in this book, while still staying true to the original story, are not as threatening or frightening. It truly is a good "First Book of Fairy Tales," as the title states.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Junkel on March 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I got this book to use for preschool homeschool and I am disappointed in it. The illustrations are fine, but the stories themselves are terribly dumbed-down. Long tales are reduced to a few paragraphs, offering only the barest bones of story. I replaced it with Michael Hague's Treasured Classics, which offers more detail - and beautiful illustrations - without being too far over my preschoolers' heads. The only disappointment is that this book contains The Selfish Giant (told in so few words as to make it worthless) but the Hague does not. Don't bother with this bland book - you could tell the stories better yourself.
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