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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2000
Although I prefer realistic illustrations the artisty of Eric Carle is fun to look at and the bold, splashy colors of his tissue-paper collages get the attention of children. The book contained a good mix of fairy tales from Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm, as well as some of Aesop's Fables. The book had some tales that I had never heard such as The Marsh King's Daughter and The Traveling Companion, and the rendition of The Wild Swans is one of the best I have read. My favorite illustration was of the horse in Tom Thumb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2005
This book is simply a pleasure to read. Carle illustrates in a style all his own. If you like his work you will not want to be without this charming collection of 22 classic tales told in a fun, conversational stlye. Five stars.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2002
I bought this book to continue teaching little Japanese children (4-7) partly brought up in the states classic western children stories, but then realised that the stories had all been shortened- some to a point they were not understandable. I thought a lot of the messages the original writers were trying to portray were lost, and the children found the pictures scary. There were a lot of stories I had not heard of, and very few of the ones I would have called classics.
I just want to warn that the pictures are fairly dark and gloomy and that the stories have been adapted and shortened a lot in some cases. Most stories only have one picture of a single scene and are very heavy on words, whereas children tend to find it much easier to follow if there are more pictures.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2003
If you love stories, you'll really enjoy this. My students did. Also nice to add to your collection are: Aesop for Children (Winter), Grimm's complete fairy tales (Grimm), Great Children's stories (Richardson), The Butterfly (Singh). There are many other great children's books out there, but these were the ones I enjoyed the most. Oh, and I almost forgot the two classics that no children should ever be deprived of: The Little Prince (Exupery) and Charlotte's Web (White).
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on March 2, 2015
Too wordy compared to his other stuff
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on May 29, 2008
We have so many Eric Carle books.This is one of our collection.its so colorful n promote good attitude n positive thinking towards young kids.this book too contains lots of stories so its awesome for a long airplane ride.
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on December 19, 2012
Anyone who grew up with Eric Carle's imaginary creations will know this is just a a piece that will take you back. Make someone's Christmas light up.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
I did come just before her bithday and thank you for my son it was good and thank you again.
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