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A Treasury of Children's Literature Hardcover – October 26, 1992

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PreSchool-Grade 3-- A collection of fables, folk tales, and poems, as well as excerpts from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , Pinocchio , The Wind in the Willows , The Nutcracker , and Peter Pan . Paintings by 16 different artists accompany the selections. Much of the art is highly reminiscent of the romantic works of 19th-century illustrators; some paintings actually have the same palette, arrangement of figures, and characters found in earlier artistic interpretations of these stories. Unlike Edens's The Three Princesses (Bantam, 1991) and The Glorious Mother Goose (Atheneum, 1988), which include early illustrative renderings of these works, this book holds little historical interest. It seems to be designed for home collections rather than for libraries, which will have all of these selections in many other sources. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Armand Eisen is a published author and an editor of children's books. Some of the published credits of Armand Eisen include The Classic Mother Goose (Children's Storybook Classics), Silent Night (Little Books), A Visit to Christmasland, and A Treasury of Children's Literature.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 26, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039553349X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395533499
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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139 of 142 people found the following review helpful By C.S. Hafemann on March 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ok, so I'm a little disturbed by some of the reviews here. These are the classics, and you should read them to your kids. Dark? Maybe, but no darker than reading the old testament or anything else like that. It's literature, children have been reading these stories for GENERATIONS and have turned out OK. And you know what? The original version of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm written in 1812 DID have Rapunzel giving birth to twins! These stories are enriching, they are stories of right and wrong, good triumphing over evil, and magic. You can't have great stories without these story lines, and in order to make the stories good - sometimes they have to be a little scary. This book is beautifully illustrated and will be a fantastic keepsake for your children. My little girl loves it. On top of the stories there are poems too, so if you feel need to hold off for some of the 'scarier' stories, get them for the poetry too!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jaguar07 on March 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My mother used to read the stories from this book to me at bedtime. This was one of my favorite books as a child. I have sense used the later printings of this book for my children and grand children. It is a compilation of many different works including selections from Aesop, Tales of Brer Rabbit, and other Classics. If you need just one book for bedtime stories, this is a great choice to get a wide variety of writing styles and story telling. I highly recommend this book to any parent or grandparent.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2005
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While there are hundreds of books that contain collections of classic fairytales, what set this book apart were the gorgeous illustrations. They were vibrant, alive and drew the young reader's imagination into the tale. My nearly 5 yr. old grandson spent hours just staring at the illustrations, noting the details that made the characters come alive to him. I'm sure this will be a favorite book for a long time to come.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joy Jama on April 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ok, so I'm not even a child anymore but I never forgot this book. I used to read it all the time growing up, well past 8... until one day I gave all my beloved books to three boy cousins of mine and they didn't take care of them. Anyway, this is an excellent book and it's one I think that helps really young children to fall in love with reading. I was just sitting at work today and I thought about this book and wondered if I'd ever be able to get it back... and voil?!! YAY!!! :) I'm so happy to find it again, I'm ordering it right now :D
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for kids of all ages, with short poems and stories as well as longer stories for older children. It encompases literature from several different cultures as well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Carleson on August 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful book, filled with classic children's stories appeals to the eye of children and adults alike. The cover invites the reader to enter into a fantasy land and enjoy the delights of discovering anew the old favorites of days gone by. The stories are brought to life with vibrant color and imaginative illustrations.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Christensen on March 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book two years ago when my daughter was 3 years old. We had just moved to China for my husband's work and were then without access to a public (English language)library. This one book added so much depth to our home library. Two years later we are still having fun rereading many stories plus we are trying to read all the ones we haven't read, yet. I think we only have about 4 stories left. The illustrations are also beautiful. We are currently enjoying the section of stories that are excerpts from longer stories. These passages are giving me ideas of which full-length books I will want to buy next.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By TheShadow on December 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I used to love hearing these stories as a child and also enjoy reading them to my children now. This book is quite comprehensive in the stories it includes and saves having to purchase many other books individually. The art work in the book is somewhat simple but the stories are for reading to your children.
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