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Aesops Fables

by Aesop

|May 17, 2008

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'The story goes that a sow who had delivered a whole litter of piglets loudly accosted a lioness. "How many children do you breed?" asked the sow. "I breed only one", said the lioness, "but it is very well bred!"' The fables of Aesop have become one of the most…

The Wump World

by Bill Peet

|August 1, 2003

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The Pollutians invade the Wump World and turn the green meadows into a concrete jungle.

It's Halloween

by Jack Prelutsky

|September 20, 1996

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Thirteen poems to spice up the holiday that ghouls and ghosts love most. "Prelutsky's Nightmares tamed for beginning readers. They're catchy at the most rudimentary level."--Kirkus Reviews.

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The blanket Joseph's grandfather made him is transformed into many things as the years go by: a jacket, a vest, a tie, a handkerchief--and finally a button. Gilman's modern adaptation and lively illustrations turn this favorite Jewish tale into a contemporary…

Tops & Bottoms

by Janet Stevens

|January 12, 2001

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Hare solves his family's problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one's wits to overcome hardship. 'As usual,…

Name Calling

by Itah Sadu

|February 2, 1995

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Written with attention to rhythm, like traditional African and Caribbean spoken word, this is an effective and compassionate look at the power of language and how words can be used to hurt or heal.

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This is an endearing story of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster children by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love. Written as a simple story, it…

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From Algonquin Indian folklore comes one of the most haunting, powerful versions of the Cinderella tale ever told. In a village by the shores of Lake Ontario lived an invisible being. All the young women wanted to marry him because he was rich, powerful, and…

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The perfect addition to every family’s home library and just right for sharing aloud, American Tall Tales introduces readers to America’s first folk heroes in nine wildly exaggerated and downright funny stories.   Here are Paul Bunyan, that…

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Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes. In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. Threatened by Fish and…

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Notable for their magnificent, jewel-like color illustrations by Bilibin, these traditional tales include "The Frog Princess," "Vassilissa the Beautiful," and "The White Duck." Though Russian Fairy Tales in the Pantheon Folklore…

Cowboys

by Lucille Recht Penner

|March 19, 1996

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Portrays the day-to-day life of a cowboy in the Old West, from round-ups and trail drives to meals around the campfire and nights under the stars.