Summary: Beatrix Potter’s charming stories have enchanted children for over a hundred....+
Beatrix Potter’s charming stories have enchanted children for over a hundred years. She brilliantly evokes the beauty of nature and country life, and each story brings to life characters listeners will remember and love for years to come. This collection includes eighteen favorite tales about Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tittlemouse, and the others. Let your children share in the tradition of Beatrix Potter and her animal family, a literary treasure for generations to cherish.
Summary: Jimmy, Gerald, and Cathy hope to find adventure when they set off to explore....+
Jimmy, Gerald, and Cathy hope to find adventure when they set off to explore the woods, but they get far more than they bargained for when they discover the Enchanted Castle. At first, they seem to be in a fairy tale come true, until a friend turns invisible, thanks to a magic ring she can’t remove. Adventure follows adventure as they seek to control the magic--but the magic has a will of its own, and it is all they can do to keep up. Faced with sleeping princesses, magic rings, and moonlit gardens filled with magic, the children must use all their courage and ingenuity to control the magic and solve the mystery surrounding the Enchanted Castle.
Summary: On Midsummer’s Eve, Dan and Una enact A Midsummer Night’s Dream three times....+
On Midsummer’s Eve, Dan and Una enact A Midsummer Night’s Dream three times over--right under Pook’s Hill. That is how they meet Puck, “the oldest Old Thing in England,” and the last of the People of the Hills. Through Puck, they are introduced to the nearly forgotten pages of old England’s history and to characters that can illuminate their own historical predicaments.
The god Weland is freed from an unwanted heathen immortality by a novice monk, Hugh, who goes on to become a warrior and leader. The centurion, Parnesius, shows an insight that is absent from the higher echelons of the declining Roman Empire in cooperating with the Picts. Originally published in 1906, these ten stories and accompanying poems were intended for both adults and children.
Summary: Nathaniel Hawthorne masterfully grabs the imagination of children with these....+
Nathaniel Hawthorne masterfully grabs the imagination of children with these timeless tales of adventure based on the incomparable Greek mythological heroes' escapades. Children will enter a world of magic and intrigue as they face ferocious beasts, clever enchantresses, and tricky gods, alongside the greatest heroes of all time. Will Theseus escape from the maze that is guarded by the awful Minotaur--half-man, half-bull? Can Jason steal the Golden Fleece from under the nose and claws of a vicious dragon? Can Odysseus outsmart the witch whose potion has turned his men into pigs? And will Cadmus rescue his sister from the bull who has kidnapped her--and who turns out to be none other than mighty Zeus himself in disguise? Find out in this enchanting retelling of the classic tales, spun by an American master.
Summary: The dolls in these stories act and talk just like real people--that is, when....+
The dolls in these stories act and talk just like real people--that is, when their mistress, young Marcella, or other humans are not there to see them.
Raggedy Ann has charmed millions with her warm and optimistic outlook and unflappable approach to difficulties, while Raggedy Andy has pleased fans with his adventurous spirit and compassionate nature. As Gruelle’s granddaughter said, “[These stories contain] nothing to cause fright, glorify mischief, excuse malice, or condone cruelty.” All the original twenty-four stories from Johnny Gruelle’s two books are included here, and all are guaranteed to delight and inspire.
Stories include: “Raggedy Ann Learns a Lesson,” “Raggedy Ann and the Washing,” “Raggedy Ann and the Kite,” “Raggedy Ann Rescues Fido,” “Raggedy Ann and the Painter,” “Raggedy Ann’s Trip on the River,” “Raggedy Ann and the Strange Dolls,” “Raggedy Ann and the Kittens,” “Raggedy Ann and the Fairies’ Gift,” “Raggedy Ann and the Chickens,” “Raggedy Ann and the Mouse,” “Raggedy Ann’s New Sisters,” “How Raggedy Andy Came,” “The Nursery Dance,” “The Spinning Wheel,” “The Taffy Pull,” “The Rabbit Chase,” “The New Tin Gutter,” “Doctor Raggedy Andy,” “Raggedy Andy’s Smile,” “The Wooden Horse,” “Making Angels in the Snow,” and “The Singing Shell.”
Summary: Gods and heroes are brought to life in this masterly retelling of the legends....+
Gods and heroes are brought to life in this masterly retelling of the legends and tales of ancient Greece.
Here are the great stories of the Heroic Age, from the myths of the making of the universe to the death of Heracles. Set against the colorful background of Greece and the Aegean, the adventures of heroes such as Perseus the Gorgon-slayer, Dionysus, Theseus, and Jason and the Argonauts once again come to life.
In this skillful retelling these tales are as vivid and exciting as when they were first told three thousand years ago. The story of ancient Greece is continued in The Tale of Troy.
Summary: Padraic Colum’s classic retelling combines the immortal stories from Homer’s....+
Padraic Colum’s classic retelling combines the immortal stories from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey into one glorious saga of heroism and magical adventure. Come voyage to ancient Greece with Achilles who, guided by the gods, seeks vengeance on the Trojans. And follow Odysseus on his perilous journey on the sea—through the land of the Cyclopes, past Circe the Enchantress, the terrible Charybdis, and the six-headed serpent Scylla.
Young readers will delight in these accessible tales of action and adventure.
Summary: When the old woodcarver Geppetto decides to make a puppet boy to dance and....+
When the old woodcarver Geppetto decides to make a puppet boy to dance and turn summersaults, he doesn't know that he has chosen a magical piece of wood. To his amazement, his puppet can talk and play just like the liveliest child. But a human soul must be earned; and thus begin the adventures of Pinocchio.
A tragicomic figure, Pinocchio is a poor, illiterate peasant boy with few choices in life who usually chooses to shirk his responsibilities and get into trouble. Pinocchio plays pranks on Geppetto, is duped by Fox and Cat, smashes the pedantic talking Cricket, and narrowly escapes death with the help of the blue-haired Fairy. But he is also brave, and as he stumbles from one predicament to the next, he makes his way unsteadily toward his heart's desire.
Summary: Curious to see if people on the other side of the globe walk upside down, Robert,....+
Curious to see if people on the other side of the globe walk upside down, Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother start digging a hole to Australia. They don’t get too far, however, before they dig up a furry brown creature with bat’s ears. It is a Psammead, an ancient Sand-fairy. The Sammyadd, as the children call it, grumpily tells them that he is obliged to grant their wishes, because making people’s wishes come true is what Sand-fairies do. However, there is one catch: the wishes come undone at sunset. No matter how carefully the children plan, their wishes keep backfiring, and they realize that you have to be careful what you wish for--you may get it.
Summary: This wonderful collection incorporates the most timeless tales from the best....+
This wonderful collection incorporates the most timeless tales from the best sources of fairy tales: Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Antoine Galland, translator of The Thousand and One Nights. They are sure to delight audiences of all ages. Tales in this collection include Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin, The Frog Prince, Cinderella, or the Glass Slipper, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Wild Swans, Snow White and Rose Red, The Spirit in the Bottle, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, The Musicians of Bremen, The Fisherman and His Wife, and many others sure to be familiar to children and adults alike.
Summary: Much of the richness of our language and moral education is owed to a Greek....+
Much of the richness of our language and moral education is owed to a Greek slave who was executed over two thousand years ago. Literally hundreds of metaphors, axioms, and ideas that are woven into the very fabric of Western culture--from “sour grapes” and “crying wolf” to “actions speak louder than words” and “honesty is the best policy”--all came from Aesop’s Fables. An extraordinary storyteller who used cunning foxes, surly dogs, clever mice, and foolish humans to describe the reality of a harsh world, Aesop created narratives that are appealing, funny, politically astute, and profoundly true. And Aesop’s truth -- often summed up in the pithy “moral of the story” -- retains an awesome power to affect us, reaching us through both our intellects and our hearts. Included here are such fables as "The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse," "The Wind and the Sun," "The Farmer and the Stork," "The Lioness," "The Brash Candlelight," "The Old Woman and the Physician," "The Mole and Her Mother," "The Swallow and the Crow," "The Man Bitten by a Dog," "The Fox and the Grapes," "The Monkey and the Dolphin," "The Hares and the Frogs," and many, many more.
Summary: Blackstone Audio presents another of its popular collections of childhood classics....+
Blackstone Audio presents another of its popular collections of childhood classics read by celebrity narrators. This time all the stories are centered around Christmas. Included are “The Little Match Girl” read by Robby Benson, “Waldo, Tell Me about Christmas” read by Ralph Waite, “Santasaurus” read by Jonathan Winters, “The History of Christmas” read by Jack Lemmon, “The Gift of the Magi” read by Dudley Moore, and “Miracle on 34th Street” read by Carl Reiner.
Summary: This volume of the ongoing collection of children’s stories offers six well-known....+
This volume of the ongoing collection of children’s stories offers six well-known and well-loved classic fairy tales. Included are: “The Princess and the Pea” read by Jaclyn Smith, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” read by Michael York, “Thumbelina” by Jaclyn Smith, “The Ugly Duckling” read by Michael York, “Aladdin’s Lamp” read by Lou Diamond Phillips, and “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” read by Sharon Stone.
Summary: This collection of children’s stories offers a mix of some best-loved tales....+
This collection of children’s stories offers a mix of some best-loved tales as well as newer favorites. Included are “Puss in Boots,” read by Robby Benson; “A Day at Santa’s Workshop,” read by Betty White; “Elfis, the Elf Who Saved Christmas,” read by Brian Austin Green; “Jack and the Beanstalk,” read by John Ritter; “Peter Pan,” read by Sandy Duncan; and “The Wild Swans” and “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” both read by Michael York.
Summary: The Sphere of Visions, the third volume in the young-adult fantasy series The....+
The Sphere of Visions, the third volume in the young-adult fantasy series The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain, is the sequel to The Land of the Nen-Us-Yok. The story is based on Native American belief in such magical creatures as shape-shifters, wind-walkers, elves, and demons. Young Mitchell faces more action and adventure as he continues to battle evil.
Summary: The Land of the Nen-Us-Yok is the second volume in a young-adult fantasy series....+
The Land of the Nen-Us-Yok is the second volume in a young-adult fantasy series and the sequel to The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain. The story is based on Native American magical beliefs. In The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain, a young boy was summoned to a magical dimension by a shaman. Now his adventures with the elves and wizards of that world continue.
Summary: The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain is a young-adult fantasy novel based on....+
The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain is a young-adult fantasy novel based on Native American magical beliefs and characters. Native Americans believed in elves, witches, wizards (shamans), wind-walkers, and changelings. They believed these magical beings “walked the wind” into other dimensions. The Elves of Owl’s Head Mountain is about a boy living in the Adirondack Mountains who is summoned by a shaman into the magical dimension, where he shares adventures with the elves and wizards of that world.
Summary: Join Jordy, Alex, and Chloe as they cross the portal from our world to a strange....+
Join Jordy, Alex, and Chloe as they cross the portal from our world to a strange and wonderful place, accessible for just a moment through the trapdoor of the attic in their family home. From hat-stand forests to towering hills of old musical instruments, deserts of old books, and a great water-tank lake, the vast continent they stumble upon is one of limitless surprises--and that’s before they meet the inhabitants. The strange clans of small, lumpen people live in homes constructed from all manner of found things and drive vehicles powered by old sewing-machine parts. It is against this remarkable backdrop that the three children will embark on a spellbinding adventure to recover a prized possession, save a life, and--somehow--find a way back home. A story of courage, loyalty, and friendship; of Browsers, Shadow-Tangles, and Tatterdermalions; of incredible landscapes, ingenious devices, and cunning plot twists; Attica has a richness and depth that will delight listeners of all ages.
Summary: Paul Dear has grown up listening to his father’s tall tales of adventure,....+
Paul Dear has grown up listening to his father’s tall tales of adventure, which his mother infuses with common sense. But not even his parents know that Paul spends his days chatting with pixies and other magical creatures that dwell unseen among the living. And, at night in his room, a boy beckons to Paul from the mirror to come adventuring. When sudden tragedy strikes his family, Paul knows he must seek the great hero of his time: the Boy of Legend. Launched into the starry skies, Paul embarks on a journey to the magical Anyplace where he will run with Indian warriors, cross swords with pirates, befriend a magnificent tiger, and soar beside the ageless boy who reigns in the world of imagination. “With its infusion of originality, David’s admirable pastiche of James Barrie’s Peter Pan will have readers of all ages clamoring for a copy...David provides everything readers could possibly desire: suspense, swashbuckling adventure, tenderness, anguish, a dash of wit and sarcasm, and a perfect ending.”--School Library Journal
Summary: Thumbelina is the story about a little girl’s dedication and love for the....+
Thumbelina is the story about a little girl’s dedication and love for the old woman who gave her life. This is a new version of a classic tale set to beautiful classical music from beginning to end. Once upon a time, there was an old woman. She was very kind and loving. She also was very lonely, because she had no children. Quite often, she dreamed about having a little girl whom she would love and care for. One morning, in one of her flowers, she found a little girl. The girl was so small--smaller than the thumb on the old woman’s hand. The woman gave her a name: Thumbelina. She loved to take care of her little granddaughter, and Thumbelina loved to help her granny to take care of her flowers and feed the birds in their garden. They were very happy together. But one night, a big, ugly toad jumped through the window and took the girl away. The toad wanted Thumbelina to marry her son. The marriage didn’t take place, but Thumbelina was left alone in the middle of the swamp, not knowing how she could get back home to the old woman, who, she knew, was very worried about her. On her way back home, she met a lot of strange characters: a large may bug, a small mouse, a blind mole, and a beautiful prince--some good, some not so good, and some quite ignorant. The end of this story will touch your heart.