Bestselling Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths Books for 7 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling fairy tales, folk tales & myths books for 7 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Fox and the Star

by: Coralie Bickford-Smith
Release date: Nov 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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From the award-winning designer of the iconic Penguin Hardcover Classics comes a beautifully illustrated fable about loss, friendship, and courage

The Fox and the Star is the story of a friendship between a lonely Fox and the Star who guides him through the frightfully dark forest. Illuminated by Star’s rays, Fox forages for food, runs with the rabbits, and dances in the rain—until Star suddenly goes out and life changes, leaving Fox huddling for warmth in the unfamiliar dark. To find his missing Star, Fox must embark on a wondrous journey beyond the world he knows—a journey lit by courage, newfound friends, and just maybe, a star-filled new sky.

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the art of William Blake, The Fox and the Star is a heartwarming, hopeful tale which comes alive through Bickford-Smith’s beloved illustrations, guiding readers both young and grown to “look up beyond your ears.”

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Arts & Photography > Individual Artists

2. The Book of Mermaids

by: Patricia SaxtonPatricia Saxton
Release date: Jan 06, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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If you have ever wondered what Mermaid life was really like, you can now journey under the sea into the everyday life of these enchanting creatures with this lavishly illustrated guide to Mermaid art, culture, fashion and magic.
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3. Aesop’s Fables

by: Ann McgovernRicardo Tercio
Release date: Aug 27, 2013
Number of Pages: 80
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Aesop’s fables are retold in kid-friendly text with black-and-white illustrations throughout!

This 80-page edition of AESOP’S FABLES introduces young readers to Aesop’s classic fables in a fun and accessible way. Ann McGovern retells the classic fables using kid-friendly language, and there are striking black-and-white illustrations throughout.

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Children’s Books > Animals

4. The Coyote Under the Table/El coyote debajo de la mesa: Folk Tales Told in Spanish and English (English and Spanish Edition)

by: Joe HayesAntonio Castro L.
Release date: Dec 27, 2011
Number of Pages: 144
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What happens when an old dog sitting at the dinner table with his master slides a whole leg of lamb, a big bowl of posole, a stack of tortillas and a bottle of wine to a coyote, who just happens to be under the table? A whole ruckus, that’s what!

But that’s nothing compared with some of the other wild and wonderful folktales gathered by author Joe Hayes in this bilingual edition of The Coyote Under the Table. Like his signature collection The Day It Snowed Tortillas, this book is full of lively characters and laugh-out-loud stories. There’s a trio of unsuitable suitors who court a clever young girl and end up being scared out of their wits one midnight in a haunted church. And a greedy man who learns his lesson on a day when he couldn’t stop dancing. And a spotted cat who is actually a guardian angel in disguise.

“Once again Hayes intrigues and amuses with this charming compilation.”
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“These wise and witty tales continue to repay fresh encounters.”
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Joe Hayes is a nationally recognized author and storyteller. Joe lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and travels extensively throughout the United States, visiting schools and storytelling festivals.

Antonio Castro L. was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He has illustrated dozens of children’s books including other Joe Hayes classics Pájaro Verde and The Day It Snowed Tortillas (Cinco Puntos Press), as wells as Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House) and The Life of Louis Pasteur (Twenty-First Century Books). He lives in El Paso, Texas.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

5. Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows

by: Liza Gardner WalshHazel Mitchell
Release date: Oct 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Everyone knows fairies love spring flowers and summer sun, but what happens when autumn comes and the days get shorter and colder? Now, Liza Gardner Walsh, acclaimed author of the Fairy House Handbook and Fairy Garden Handbook, explores the matter in a charming children’s picture book of rhyming questions. Combined with delightful illustrations by Hazel Mitchell this whimsical book will help children discover just where fairies go when it snows and offer a subtle lesson about the importance of helping one another.
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6. The People Could Fly: The Picture Book (New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books (Awards))

by: Virginia HamiltonLeo DillonDiane Dillon Ph.D.
Release date: Nov 09, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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“THE PEOPLE COULD FLY,” the title story in Virginia Hamilton’s prize-winning American Black folktale collection, is a fantasy tale of the slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to “fly” away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.

Leo and Diane Dillon have created powerful new illustrations in full color for every page of this picture book presentation of Virginia Hamilton’s most beloved tale. The author’s original historical note as well as her previously unpublished notes are included.

Awards for The People Could Fly collection:

A Coretta Scott King Award

A Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice

A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

A Horn Book Fanfare

An ALA Notable Book

An NCTE Teachers’ Choice

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year

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7. War and Peas

by: Michael ForemanMichael Foreman
Release date: Mar 28, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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King Lion looked around his country and was sad. For a long time, there had been no rain, and the ground was hard and dry. Nothing could grow, and there was nothing left to eat. His greedy neighbor the Fat King refuses to help, even though his own people have more than enough to eat. So war is declared. It’s war, but not as we know it—or should that be peace? Or even peas? A modern classic, War and Peas is an early work by Michael Foreman. It is a powerful and percipient fable for our time, highly imaginative and intelligent, bursting with spectacular images.
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8. Unicorn Races

by: Stephen J. BrooksLinda Crockett
Release date: Mar 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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A magical story every child is sure to love. Young Abigail wakes each night, dons her princess crown, and travels to a magical glade to oversee the great unicorn race. Brilliant illustrations bring this beautiful story to life.
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Children’s Books > Animals

9. Sir Princess Petra (Pen Pieyu Adventures)

by: Diane Mae Robinson
Release date: Jan 17, 2012
Number of Pages: 68
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‘I have thought hard and for many passing moons. Jewels, frocks of lace, and princess games have become boring. The thing I want the most…’ Petra hesitated and bit on her lip. ‘I want to be a royal knight.’

Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures is a Multi-Award Winning Book.

2013 Honorable Mention in the Reader’s Choice International Book Awards

2012 – Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary artist)

2012 – 2nd place in the children’s chapter book category in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

2013 – Sharp Writ Book Awards, 1st place, Children’s Books

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Children’s Books > Animals

10. Famous American Folktales

by: J. E. Bright
Release date: Dec 08, 2015
Number of Pages: 56
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Famous American Folktales gathers the most famous and shared folktales. Beautifully illustrated, it is a perfect book for bedtime. It will include: “The Phantom Train of Marshall Pass,”” Sasquatch,” “The Maid in the Mist,” “Paul Bunyan and the Hard Winter,” “Moll Pitcher the Fortune Teller,” “Guardian of Yosemite,” and “Jackalope.”

J. E. Bright lives in Washington Heights, New York. He has written more than ninety novels, novelizations, novelty books, storybook apps, and nonfiction books for young readers and young adults. This is his second book to be published with Auzou. The first one is American Fun Facts.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

11. A Winter Tale: How Raven Gave Light to the World

by: Mark TurnerEmily Graves
Release date: Jun 10, 2014
Number of Pages: 48
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Mark Turner’s beautiful children’s book, A Winter’s Tale: How Raven Gave Light to the World, is a sensitive retelling of the Native American creation myth, of how Raven, transformed into a child, stole light from the mythical grandfather who held it as a treasure, and bestowed it upon a world encased in darkness. Shared among numerous Native American tribes, the Raven’s trickery is well-known. However, what makes Turner’s contemporary narrative so compelling is the role the child plays in retrieving light from the loving metaphorical grandfather, the empowerment the child receives from that love, and how, transforming into the Raven, the child takes flight into a world that needed the penultimate gift: light itself. A Winter’s Tale is beautifully presented, with 33 wonderful full-color illustrations by Emily Graves and Mark Turner’s accompanying musical score on compact disc. Children will delight not only in the story retold but in the combined visual and auditory interpretations of the Raven myth.

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12. The Secret of the White Buffalo (Native Legends)

by: C.J. Taylor
Release date: Sep 28, 1993
Number of Pages: 24
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When the buffalo herds fail to appear one spring, a village in the Black Hills of South Dakota finds itself in turmoil: the people grow selfish and the elders lose their authority. But a beautiful woman comes, bearing a message. Only if the people learn to cooperate in the building of a great tipi, will she return with the first peace pipe and the rules of how it must be offered to the earth. Her message delivered, she returns to the hills and is transformed into a white buffalo, which in turn becomes a grazing herd.
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13. Tales with a Texas Twist: Original Stories And Enduring Folklore From The Lone Star State

by: Donna InghamPaul Hoffman
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 160
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Storytelling is both an art form and a means of passing on significant elements of a culture–the history, the traditions, the humor, the pathos. It is a way of entertaining and being entertained. With this compilation of Texas–and Texanized–favorite myths and legends, award-winning tale teller Donna Ingham applies her own unmistakable voice to traverse her home state through such stories as:
>”The Coming of the Bluebonnet”–an oft-collected Commanche myth about love and sacrifice and the origin of the Texas state flower
>”The Story Behind the Story”–about two early cattlemen and the basis for an episode in Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove”
>”The Life and Times of Pecos Bill”–a selection of tales about this legendary folk hero
>”Diamond Bill”–about an east Texas rattlesnake who fought in the Civil War
>”Cupid Was a Mama’s Boy”–a Texanized classic Greek myth
>And much more!
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

14. 20 fabulas de La Fontaine (Ya Leo) (Spanish Edition)

by: Jean de La FontaineInc. Susaeta Publishing
Release date: Mar 19, 2012
Number of Pages: 126
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With bold illustrations that will capture the attention of children, this collection gathers 20 of famous French fabulist La Fontaine’s most well-known tales, including “The Milkmaid and Her Pail,” “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.”

 Con ilustraciones vivas que captarán la atención de los niños, esta colección reúne 20 de los cuentos mejores conocidos del fabulista famoso francés La Fontaine, incluyendo “La lechera,” “La cigarra y la hormiga,” “La gallina de los huevos de oro” y “La liebre y la tortuga.”

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

15. Tales from the Keeper of the Myths: Cherokee Stories for Children

by: Shirley Graybill
Release date: Apr 06, 2003
Number of Pages: 104
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The Native American StorytellerStorytelling was one of the most popular pastimes in the winter for both Native American children and adults. The Native American storytellers were superb actors. Flute music was played around the fires in the center of the huts or lodges and served as background music when the stories were told. The facial expressions, voices and gestures of the storytellers almost told the tale without words as they fascinated their listeners with amazing stories, tales of adventure and myths and legends of the magical days of long ago.One of the sacred duties of the elders of the tribes was to hand down the traditions to the younger generations. Thus, the winter storytelling preserved the continuity of the Cherokee tribes by keeping alive their history and traditions. The best storytellers were highly respected by their people; not only were they entertainers, but also teachers, historians and guardians, or Keepers of the Myths.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural

16. The Lion’s Drum – a retelling of an African folk tale

by: Steven (RTL) GregoryClaudia Obata
Release date: Oct 23, 2007
Number of Pages: 32
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In this colorfully illustrated retelling of an African folktale, a young hunter, Ajani, discovers a lion playing a magical tree stump. When he tells the people of his village what he has seen and heard, they don’t believe him. Can Ajani make the villagers believe him?
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural

17. Sir Princess Petra’s Mission (The Pen Pieyu Adventures, book 3)

by: Diane Mae Robinson
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 106
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Sir Princess Petra’s Mission is a multi-award winning book.

SirPrincess Petra has already attained her knighthood in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like talent certificate from Talent School,neither of which pleases her father and mother, the king and queen.Theking writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter SirPrincess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent, and turn herinto a real princess once and for all.Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous mission for Petra?

Book Awards: 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award; 2016 Book Excellence Award

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Children’s Books > Animals

18. The Mystery of Dragon Bridge: A Peach Blossom Village Story

by: Ann Howard
Release date: Aug 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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When Peach Blossom Village’s bridge disappears, Master Chen must solve the mystery! The Mystery of Dragon Bridge is an English-Chinese bilingual children’s fantasy story. The tale revolves around the inhabitants of Peach Blossom Village and the mysterious Dragon Bridge—the villagers’ only connection to the outside world—which suddenly vanishes in the middle of the night. The astonished villagers appoint a retired soldier, Master Chen, to investigate what has happened to their missing bridge. What he finds will surprise readers as much as it did the perplexed villagers! Both a satisfying mystery story and a lesson in working together for the community, preserving the environment, and appreciating what is often taken for granted, The Mystery of Dragon Bridge can be enjoyed by younger children and intermediate readers alike. The short, easy-to-read story is presented in both English and simplified Chinese, with vocabulary suitable for students aged 7 to 10, and features 12 beautiful watercolors painted by the author.
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Children’s Books > Animals

19. Celtic Tales & Legends

by: Nicola BaxterCathie Shuttleworth
Release date: Oct 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 80
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Celtic History is lost in the mists of time, but the stories live on. These evocative tales of knights, kings and princesses have become known across the world. This beautifully illustrated collection introduces readers to such stories, ideal for reading aloud, or for more confident readers to try themselves. Look out for the little leprechaun hiding on every page!

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Other

20. Spirits, Fairies, and Merpeople: Native Stories of Other Worlds

by: C.J. Taylor
Release date: Sep 08, 2009
Number of Pages: 40
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From the heartbreaking Mi’kmaq story of Minnow, a mermaid in the Atlantic who must choose between two worlds to that of Water Lily and her five brothers, told by the Coos in British Columbia, creatures that inhabit fantastic realms appear in many First Nation stories. C. J. Taylor draws from those stories and from her own Mohawk heritage in this collection of haunting tales about some of the powerful spirits who touch the lives of human folk. The spirits of heaven and earth from the Ute help bring an understanding of the stars in the sky. The Cree story, “Souls in the Fog,” presents the battle between the good and the evil-minded. The Ojibwa “Fairy Village” is a unique and touching love story. Illustrated with her own powerful oil paintings, this is a collection to read and an excellent story-teller’s resource.
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21. Anansi and The Box of Stories (On My Own Folklore)

by: National Geographic Learning National Geographic Learning
Release date: Jun 23, 2010
Number of Pages: 48
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Anansi And The Box Of Stories
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22. Mr Aesop’s Story Shop

by: Bob HartmanJago Silver
Release date: Jun 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 48
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Ten of Aesop’s fables are given witty, fresh retellings by a modern storyteller
 
“My name is Aesop! Once I was a slave. Now I am a free man. I have refreshments to sell and stories to tell. Stop for a moment—and enjoy!”
   
Bob Hartman uses all his skills as a storyteller to add humor, irony, action, and clever dialogue to these retellings of 10 of Aesop’s fables, which he has woven into an entertaining tale about a man who tells stories for a living. A rich mix of familiar and less well-known tales have been selected for their relevance to the life of children today. Streetwise tricksters get their comeuppance, virtue is rewarded, and readers are shown the benefits of good behavior—but these quirky stories are far from being typical morality tales. Animated, witty illustrations echo the fun flavor of the text.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Greek & Roman

23. Way Up and Over Everything

by: Alice McGillJude Daly
Release date: Mar 21, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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My great-grandmama’s mama told her and she told me this story about a long time ago . . .

So begins this account of the author’s great-great-grandmother Jane, and how she meets a slave new to the plantation, a slave who would prove to have magical powers . . . created by the wish for freedom. Alice McGill remembers this story, passed down in her family through the generations, from her childhood and how her greatgrandmother told it to her “as if unveiling a great, wonderful secret. My siblings and I believed that certain Africans shared this gift of taking to the air—’way up and over everything.’”

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

24. Finding Fairies: Secrets for Attracting Little People from Around the World

by: David HohnMarianne Monson-BurtonMichelle Roehm McCann
Release date: Sep 30, 2001
Number of Pages: 48
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FINDING FAIRIES is the most comprehensive fairy book to date, with gorgeous illustrations of fairies, their legends, their habits and the secrets of befriending them. From the remote jungle waterfalls of Mexico to the scented peach groves of China, fairies can be discovered in every corner of the world. Delve into the fairy lore of six continents; learn about the Kobito fairies of Japan who love to eat cherry dumplings; make a paper flute for the Jakui fairy of South America who is attracted by music; and watch out for Little Dirt, a fairy of the Hopi Indians, who loves smelly garbage but also brings good luck! Full of recipes, songs, games and crafts that are sure to attract magical creatures, FINDING FAIRIES is an enchanting children’s book for all who have the imagination and inspiration to believe in fairies.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Anthologies

25. Persephone

by: Warwick HuttonWarwick Hutton
Release date: Mar 01, 1994
Number of Pages: 32
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Because Hades, god of the dark underworld, cannot find a nymph or goddess to marry him, he kidnaps Persephone, daughter of the goddess Demeter. In despair Persephone will not eat or drink, but when Hades shows her a pomegrante grove, she eats six pomegranate seeds without thinking. A noted artist interprets the Greek myth about the seasons in lovely translucent watercolors.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Greek & Roman

26. City Mouse & Country Mouse: A Classic Fairy Tale (Little Pebbles)

by: Isabelle Chatellard
Release date: Feb 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 29
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Telling the story of The City Mouse and Country Mouse, this work is from a series that retells classic fairy tales with bright illustrations.
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27. Arabian Nights: Three Tales (Trophy Chapter Books)

by: Deborah Nourse LattimoreDeborah Nourse Lattimore
Release date: Nov 07, 2000
Number of Pages: 80
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Travel to ancient Cathay and meet young Aladdin as he engages in a battle of wits with an evil sorcerer.

Enter an underground cave and come face-to-face with the Queen of the Serpents.

Journey across a boundless desert to find the Lost City of Brass–and discover for yourself the horrible fate that befell its inhabitants.

Many years ago, the stars twinkled in the desert sky as a beautiful woman entertained a sultan for one thousand and one nights with tales of demons and jinns, sultans and sailors, glittering jewels and lost lands. In this lively and accessible retelling, Deborah Nourse Lattimore brings to wondrous life all the adventure and magic of three of those special tales–tales so amazing, they can’t be true.

Or can they?

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural

28. Léeme un cuento (Fábulas y Cuentos) (Spanish Edition)

by: Inc. Susaeta Publishing
Release date: Apr 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 176
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The texts in this collection of beloved fairy tales are set up as dialogues between the characters, making them ideal for reading aloud. Classic stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Tom Thumb draw children in and foster a love of reading.

 

Ingeniosamente formateados, los textos en esta colección de cuentos queridos se presentan como diálogos entre los personajes, haciéndolos ideal para leer en voz alta . Historias clásicas como Caperucita Roja y Pulgarcito atraen a los niños y fomentan un amor por la lectura.
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29. King Arthur and the Legends of Camelot (Viking Kestrel picture books)

by: Molly Perham
Release date: Aug 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 176
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A dramatic retelling of the classic legend of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table captures all of the majesty of the mystical quest for the Holy Grail. All ages.
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Children’s Books > Classics

30. Prairie Dog Town (Classic Children’s Story)

by: Janette OkeBrenda Mann
Release date: Aug 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 140
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How Flick had waited for this first day to go out with his brother and sisters to see the “outside world.” The excitement was almost too much to bear as they all got in line. Mother had explained all of the rules and signals over and over again, for a prairie dog must always be alert. “Remember to think-think-think” warned his mother as the young family moved out of the tunnel for their first glimpse of the big “outside world.” “Oh, it’s so beautiful!” Flick’s sister exclaimed as she lead the others into the daylight.

Curious little Flick learns many valuable lessons, especially about telling the truth, as he discovers all the excitement and dangers for a youngster growing up in Prairie Dog Town.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

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