Best Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths Books for 11 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 fairy tales, folk tales & myths books for 11 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 Spirit of Steel (The Morus Chronicles Book 2)

by: J.R. Roper
Release date: May 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 201
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At the start of summer, no one, including thirteen-year-old Ethan Morus, knew that he’d been born with a treasure hunting instinct. Now that summer has ended, all groups desiring power are either seeking Ethan’s services or hoping to end his young life. Although he has pledged his allegiance to the Light, even they are leery of training him for fear the Dark may lure him to their side.

Ethan will face beasts and enchantments on this dangerous adventure, from deep below the water’s surface to high in the mountains. Yet his greatest enemies stand by his side as the line between Light and Dark blurs in the search for the Spirit of Steel.

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2. The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea (Aesop Prize (Awards))

by: Anne Sibley O’Brien
Release date: Jun 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 48
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In this classic tale from early seventeenth-century Korea, Hong Kil Dong, the son of a powerful minister, is not entitled to a birthright because his mother is a commoner. After studying the martial arts, divination, swordplay, the uses of magic, and the wisdom of the I Ching, the Book of Changes, Hong Kil Dong sets off on a quest for his destiny. He leads a band of men to right the injustices shown to the peasants by some powerful and corrupt merchants, ministers, and monks. Hong Kil Dong can then claim his rightful role and become a wise and just leader. This graphic book captures the drama and pageantry of sixteenth-century Korea during the Chosun dynasty and pays tribute to the adventure story that became the first novel written in the Korean language.
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3. 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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4. A Collection of Fables

by: Max WalzenbachYour ToyRobot
Release date: Sep 24, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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A musician with a dark secret. A crab without a home. A poor pillow and his unexpected friend. A Collection of Fables combines short stories with a moral undertone through the use of animals, magical lands and unexpected adventure.
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5. The Mystery of Maywood Mansion (The Culver Falls Chronicles) (Volume 1)

by: T. S. Benjamin
Release date: May 14, 2016
Number of Pages: 246
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Two friends, one derelict mansion, and an ancient conflict

The first book in the Culver Falls Chronicles that begins with The Mystery of Maywood Mansion.

Nothing unusual ever happens in Culver Falls, or so Apple Lewis and Lucy Cooper think. That is, until the girls take home a mystical book from an estate sale at the old Maywood Mansion. The girls are amazed to discover that the book can write itself—and it is recording their lives, right as it happens.

They soon find out that there are others who want the book, and will stop at nothing to possess it—even murder. Pulled into a centuries-old conflict for which nothing could have prepared them, the girls flee for their lives, and find help in the most unexpected places.

So begins their adventure where they meet people who should not exist; are befriended by a princess warrior; evade trolls; outsmart vicious wolves; escape hostile mountain elves, and finally come face to face with the evil Tenebrous—the very one who desires the book.

When facing evil, will they surrender themselves, and the book, or fight to the end?

Book 1 of The Culver Falls Chronicles
For grades 4 – 9
Age range 8 – 14

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6. Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World

by: Jane YolenHala Wittwer
Release date: Jul 26, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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Why are cats and mice enemies?

Why do cats always land on their feet?

Are cats as smart as they seem?

Here’s a story behind each of these feline traits. For centuries, people everywhere, from Tibet to Oman to Scotland to the United States, have been fascinated with cats and their intriguing personalities. In this captivating collection, New York Times best-selling author Jane Yolen has gathered and adapted cat stories, sayings, and nursery rhymes from around the world. The glowing jewel-like illustrations of cats galore in their native homes have been lavishly painted by Hala Wittwer.

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7. Mysteries of Life in Children’s Literature

by: Dr. Mitchell KalpakgianDr. Mitchell Kalpakgian
Release date: Dec 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 200
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The wonders found in fairy tales and myths have enriched childhoods for centuries. In between “Once upon a time” and “happily ever after” we embark on adventures that seem an eternity away from our everyday lives, and yet through these adventures we are brought back to the innocence and beauty of the truth. In The Mysteries of Children’s Literature, journey through a treasury of well-known fables and folk tales, as well as others not so well known, and discover the wisdom hiding within them. In an age that rejects the moral absolutes and repudiates the whole idea of intrinsic evils, children’s literature restores the meaning of good and evil, beautiful and ugly, and normal and abnormal.

“Fairy tales clear the way for sanctity. They are the child’s first morality play, clear-cut, no-nonsense black and white, good and evil, life and death – with a bit of fun thrown in to alleviate the pain.” -Ethel Pochocki

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8. The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales)

by: Denise OrtakalesRobert Crawford
Release date: Sep 22, 2004
Number of Pages: 40
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For centuries, the Great Stone Face has kept silent watch from Cannon Mountain, high above the Pemigewasset River. But who is the onlooker and for whom does he keep vigil? Though from warring tribes, Mohawk maiden Minerwa enchants Chief Pemigewasset, and with their union comes peace for many years. But when Minerwa leaves to visit her dying father, Pemigewasset must stay behind. Denise Ortakales recounts the legend of Chief Pemigewasset, whose steadfast love and devotion to his wife is forever honored in his profile on the mountainside. Denise Ortakales graduated from the Art Institute of Boston, where she studied illustration and children’s literature. Having grown up in the shadow of the Old Man, it was natural for her to write about it as a school assignment. Years later, when the granite formation fell, she knew it was time to share that story with others. This is her first book as an author. She has illustrated several picture books, including Carrot in My Pocket and Good Morning, Garden. Denise lives in Laconia, NH, with her husband and two sons. Artist Robert Crawford graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. His paintings have appeared on the cover of major magazines such as Fortune, Business Week, The Atlantic and U.S. News and World Report, as well as book covers for major publishers including Random House, Penguin/Putnam, and Avon. Robert’s work has won numerous awards and has been selected for permanent collection by the United States government and major corporations. Robert lives in Woodbury, Connecticut.
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9. Under the Ice

by: Rachel A. QitsualikJae Korim
Release date: Sep 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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Winter can be cruel in the Arctic, and food quickly grows scarce for those who cannot hunt. In these difficult times, the grandmother of an orphaned boy wishes aloud for the qallupaluit—strange, monstrous creatures that live under the sea ice—to take her grandson away forever. The old woman soon regrets her hasty words when the little boy is snatched and carried away. After enlisting the help of her fellow villagers, the old woman learns that her grandson may be happier with the qallupaluit than he ever was with her.
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10. The Wild Swans

by: Jackie Morris
Release date: Oct 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 176
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This very beautiful and lyrical extended version of the fairy tale ‘The Wild Swans’ by Hans Christian Andersen is the much anticipated companion to East of the Sun, West of the Moon. With strong characterization of the heroine and also with more rounded characterisation of the wicked stepmother than in the original version, and with delicate watercolor paintings throughout, this is both a wonderful story and delightful gift. Beautifully presented in a jacketed edition with foiled title.

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11. #05 Tricky Spider Tales (Tricky Journeys TM)

by: Chris SchweizerCourtney Huddleston
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Spider wants to be a police captain! Can he capture the evil Blacksnake and show the town he’s a hero? Maybe he can stop Lion from stealing the other animals’ food—but if he’s not careful, he might wind up in Lion’s belly! In these West African Spider tales, YOU decide what happens next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?

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12. 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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13. The Dancing Fox

by: John BierhorstMary K. Okheena
Release date: May 20, 1997
Number of Pages: 192
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From perilous Arctic journeys to strange giants in frozen snowfields, this collection of stories reveals fresh insights into universal themes, in language faithful to the oral tradition. Illustrations by a contemporary Inuit artist round out this impeccably researched volume.
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14. Fair Is Fair: World Folktales of Justice

by: Sharon Creeden
Release date: Dec 28, 1997
Number of Pages: 224
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This collection of 30 stories about wise judges, clever lawyers, and deceitful tricksters were collected from places as diverse as ancient Greece, Morocco, Germany, China, and Ireland. Some date back to pre-biblical days while others come from the American colonies. From her work as a deputy prosecuting attorney, Sharon Creed draws certain similarities between the cases she used to study and the ancient stories she tells. Rather than give a definition of justice, she allows the book as a whole to speak for itself so that it is left to the reader’s heart to respond to each story?either, “Hey, that’s not fair!” or “Fair is fair.”

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

15. The Raven Queen: The Feral Child Trilogy

by: Che Golden
Release date: Oct 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 260
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In The Raven Queen, Maddy and her two cousins are preparing for battle. They are the only power preventing the devastating war unfolding in the faerie world from spilling over into the human realm. The trio is determined to protect everything and everyone they love from the dark Tuatha, the fierce faerie leaders.

When Morrighan, the supreme ruler of the Tuatha, awakens, Maddy realizes she’s going to have to draw on her deepest reserves–and all her knowledge of the faeries and their ways–if she’s to outsmart the notoriously devious Tuatha. And should the Tuatha prevail, the two worlds will tumble into chaos, giving the faeries the upper hand.
The Raven Queen is the thrilling conclusion of the Feral Child Trilogy, brimming with Irish folklore and faerie magic, and featuring a breathtaking showdown between the forces of good and evil.
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16. The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale

by: Jose AngutingunrikEva Widermann
Release date: Sep 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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One of the most terrifying creatures to be found in traditional Inuit stories is the nanurluk, a massive bear the size of an iceberg that lives under the sea ice. Its monstrous size and ice-covered fur make it an almost impenetrable foe. Jose Angutingunrik, a gifted storyteller and respected elder from Kugaaruk, Nunavut, brings to life a story of the great nanurluk that has been told in the Kugaaruk region for generations.
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17. Gods, Heroes, and Monsters: Discover the Wonders of Ancient Greek Myths

by: Selene Nicolaides
Release date: Jul 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 80
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Welcome to the mesmerizing world of powerful gods, terrifying monsters, and courageous heroes! This action-packed guide to Ancient Greek mythology is filled with profiles of the most amazing characters, as well as brilliant images, fascinating facts, and riveting storytelling. Lavish CGI artworks recreate the most dramatic scenes from famous Greek myths, while incredible artifacts from the ancient Greek period are taken out from “behind the glass”. Young readers will feel as though they are being whisked back to Mount Olympus itself, while the artifacts offer historical context to the mythology. Gods, Heroes, and Monsters takes readers on a tour of discovery in which the legendary creatures, epic battles, and heroic deeds of Greek mythology come alive. It’s the perfect way to introduce (or rediscover) all the stories of the gods of Olympus, the Odyssey, the Trojan Wars, and the adventures of heroes such as Perseus and Heracles. From fates and furies to the Minotaur and Medusa, this book will stir every imagination.
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18. The Kingfisher Treasury of Dragon Stories (Kingfisher Treasury of Stories)

by: Margaret ClarkMark Robertson
Release date: Feb 21, 2005
Number of Pages: 160
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Fire-breathing fun! Dragons are perennial favourites with young people and this collection offers a stimulating variety of these mythical creatures! There are friendly dragons as well as fierce ones, a Chinese dragon, and even a home-made dragon with a cotton-reel tail. Including traditional folk tales and fairy tales, classic stories such as “St George and the Dragon” and contemporary stories from writers such as Kathryn Cave and Judy Corbalis, this is a terrific introduction to dragons in all their glory! Perfect for reading aloud, or for independent readers to enjoy by themselves, this beautifully illustrated book is one that will be loved by all dragon fans!
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19. Marriage of the Rain Goddess: A South African Myth

by: Wolfson
Release date: Apr 28, 1996
Number of Pages: 29
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Mbaba Mwana Waresa, the rain goddess who lives in a round hut of rainbow arches in the clouds, embarks on a quest for companionship among the mortals and puts the young cattle-herder who has captured her heart to the test to determine whether he can see beyond her appearance and into her deepest soul.
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20. Orpheus and Eurydice

by: Sybil Grafin SchonfeldtIassen GhiuselevPauline Hejl
Release date: Mar 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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The tragic tale of Orpheus, his gift for music, and his undying love for the oak nymph Eurydice is retold for children is this engaging picture book. This version of the classic story about the origins of singing according to Greek mythology features beautiful yet haunting color illustrations of Eurydice’s journey from the forest to the Underworld and back again.
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21. Tales of Cats

by: Pleasant DeSpain
Release date: Jul 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 80
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Worshipped in some cultures, feared in others, loved as pets worldwide, cats are seen as possessing special power?athletic, supernatural, or intellectual. The nine tales included her show cats in all their glory. The cats in these stories are kind, cruel, independent, lovable?and always clever. These nine stories come from all points of the globe, including Sri Lanka (“The Magnificent Cat”), East Africa (“Why Cats Live with Women”), Italy (“The House of Cats”), and Tibet (“The Holy Cat”).
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22. Tale of the Red Frog (A Theara Novel)

by: R.J.J. Goude
Release date: Oct 03, 2014
Number of Pages: 132
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When she catches sight of the dreaded, fever-inducing red frog, eleven-year-old Menna must decide if she will inform the village. Everyone believes the frogs are extinct, and Menna has her doubts about their responsibility for the plague. Her new friend, Florin, the outcast Druid convinces her they are not the cause but actually the cure. Unfortunately, her trust in him is tested when she herself catches the deadly fever. Will Florin be able to convince the village in time to save her life?
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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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24. When Lion Could Fly: And Other Tales from Africa

by: Nick GreavesRod Clement
Release date: Sep 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 144
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This unusual volume combines animal tales from African folklore with facts about the animals native either to Africa’s grasslands or its rainforests. Supplementing each tale is a table of facts about the story’s leading animal. A map of Africa shows where the animals live and migrate.
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25. #01 Tricky Coyote Tales (Tricky Journeys TM)

by: Chris SchweizerChad Allen Thomas
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Coyote is awfully hungry! Can he trick Bear into giving him his lunch? Or fool the prairie dogs into inviting him to their feast? But if Coyote’s not careful, HE could end up on the menu! In these Native American Coyote tales, YOU decide what happens next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?
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26. #03 Tricky Fox Tales (Tricky Journeys TM)

by: Chris SchweizerMichelle Paroline
Release date: Nov 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Fox is enjoying a nice day at the marketplace, until her big cousin Roxy starts causing trouble. How can a little fox beat a giant bully? She’ll need to plan the perfect prank! In these Japanese Fox tales, YOU get to decide who the trickster tricks next! Six journeys to follow! Which will YOU take?

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27. Aesop & Company: With Scenes from His Legendary Life

by: Barbara BaderArthur Geisert
Release date: Mar 29, 1999
Number of Pages: 64
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Arthur Geisert’s bold and handsome designs make each fable a work of art. Barbara Bader has faithfully retold these nineteen most important fables, complete with their concluding morals. Bader has also included a scholarly introduction with sources and an epilogue about Aesop and the myth surrounding his life.
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28. The Battle of Culver Falls (The Culver Falls Chronicles) (Volume 2)

by: T.S. Benjamin
Release date: May 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 406
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To save their future, they must change the past

Apple and Lucy don’t have long to wait for Tenebrous to return from hiding.

To prepare them for the next battle, Queen Avaric begins teaching them, but lessons are soon interrupted by the intrusion of Lord Tenebrous.

But that isn’t all that is amiss. Someone is stirring up anti-human sentiment at the school of mythical people, so the queen asks the girls to attend the school to discover the source of the unrest.

Who can it be? Is it Tenebrous? Is it the diabolical, yet inept, Prince Olrick? When they discover the anti-human plot, they find that it is much more deadly than a bit of student unrest.

Can the girls foil the murderous plan? Can anyone? Their solution is unimaginable in the human world, but that has never stopped the girls before. In the process,

Lucy discovers that Apple’s mom’s death was not an accident, and Apple is determined to do something to prevent her mother’s murder. But how? Her mom died ten years ago.

Apple must choose: save her mom, or save the people of Culver Falls. She cannot do both.

Book 2 of The Culver Falls Chronicles

For grades 4 – 9

Age range 8 -14

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29. Beauties and Beasts (The Oryx Multicultural Folktale Series)

by: Betsy Hearne
Release date: Apr 13, 1993
Number of Pages: 192
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The empty force is one of the most difficult and revered Chinese martial arts that utilizes the mysterious power of chi, a circulating life force energy. This text reveals the secret of this extraordinary technique and explains how it can be used in both healing and martial arts, where masters use its power to defeat opponents without making physical contact.
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30. Best Fairy Stories of the World (Macmillan Collector’s Library Book 102)

by: Marcus Clapham
Release date: Oct 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 528
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Fairy tales are the simplest and purest expressions of the collective unconscious and so a study of the world’s best fairy stories offers a wealth of insights into the human mind, from a multitude of nations and cultures. Folk tales and fairy stories were originally intended for both adults and children – Grimms’ Household Tales, for instance – and this international anthology brings together ‘The Frog Who Became an Emperor’ from China, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ from Norway and ‘Pinocchio’ from Italy, as well as the classic stories of Aesop, Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and Oscar Wilde, among many others.

Accompanying artwork by the masters of children’s book illustration, including Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Walter Crane and Howard Pyle, will appeal to readers of all ages.

Designed to appeal to the booklover, Macmillan Collector’s Library is a series of beautifully bound hardback gift editions of much loved classic titles. Bound in real cloth, printed on high quality paper, and featuring ribbon markers and gilt edges, Macmillan Collector’s Library are books to love and treasure.

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