Fairy Tales

The Princess and the Pea

Hans Christian Andersen

Illustrated by Maja Dusíková

Hardbound, Large Format

$17.95

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The prince is looking for a true princess to be his wife, but all the girls he meets are too rude, too vain, or too greedy. One stormy night a young woman knocks on the palace door claiming to be a princess, so the queen decides to put her to the test. Will she feel the pea underneath the huge pile of mattresses?

This classic fairy tale is wonderfully brought to life by the soft, colorful illustrations of popular illustrator Maja Dusíková.

(Ages 3-6)

Tell Me a Story

Stories from the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

Edited by Louise deForest

Softbound

Illustrated by Deborah Grieder and Jo Valens

$25.00

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The good people at WECAN are very much to be congratulated - they have produced what is, in my opinion, the finest collection of stories for young children ever published in English (maybe in any language, but others will have to judge that).  Tell Me a Story brings together in one volume over 80 stories told and loved in Waldorf kindergartens throughout North America, and as such really offers a resource that can last throughout a lifetime.

Wherever there are children, the cry of "Tell me a story . . ." is heard, and in Waldorf education, storytelling is an integral (and often favorite) part of each day.  Stories connect us to one another, give us a sense of who we are, and can help to guide us into the future.  Tell Me a Story is filled with treasures for all ages and all occasions.  Whether you are a teacher, parent, grandparent, caregiver, or just a lover of good stories, you will find inspiration and nourishment in these pages.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Gerda Muller

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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This is a charming retelling of the classic Grimm's fairy tale with a tiny change that brings the events into the modern world without taking them out of the forest.  In this version, Goldilocks and her family live in a mobile home (caravan) because her parents work for a circus.  Otherwise, the themes and events of the story will be familiar to all.

When Goldilocks gets lost in the wood she stumbles upon a pretty house.  She looks inside and sees a table with three chairs: a big chair, a medium chair and a little chair . . .

Gerda Muller has given us a very beautiful and lively interpretation of this classic story.  I believe that children of all ages will be delighted by it.

A Donsy of Gnomes

7 gentle gnome stories

Written and Illustrated by Sieglinde De Francesca

Softbound

$14.95

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A Donsy of Gnomes is just one of the dearest books ever. The wee folk who live in it will become fast friends with all the young children who get to meet them. And, these charming natural/magical little people come bringing gifts ~ in the most delightful ways possible they teach wee lessons, happily and by example, in generosity, selflessness, resourcefulness, courage and friendship.

This is just a perfect little book for young children. Take your child on a charming and jaunty journey though the worlds of the gnomes. It's just the thing for sweet dreams at night or a pause in the midst of a busy day. I predict that this will be one of the books that will remain alive in your children's hearts long after they have grown and have children of their own.

A joy to be shared with children ages 3 and up!

The Bremen Town Musicians

The Brothers Grimm

Hardbound, large format

$17.95

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Here is the classic Grimm’s tale of a run-away donkey, a down-and-out dog, a cast-off cat, and a rooster ... about to be cooked. They set off together to Bremen to become the town musicians. This story, with its singularly satisfying happy ending, is made especially delightful by the enchanting illustrations of Hsin-Shih Lai and the inventive design of Howard Besserman. It will bring a smile to young and old alike.

(Ages 4-7)

Thumbelina

Hans Christian Andersen

Hardbound

$19.95

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As a child, I can remember loving to imagine myself very, very small. So small that I could see up close all the fascinating tiny things of this world. In my imagination, whole little worlds revealed themselves, entire cities and towns, homes and gardens sprang to life all around me - just too tiny to be seen from my great big perspective.

I believe that this is one of the reasons that Thumbelina as become a beloved story, passed along by generations of parents who were once children imagining the tiny worlds to be found beyond the sight of us big people. This edition is a joyous delving into those wee worlds - the illustrations are just the sort of warm, inviting pictures that invite us into the small places and give us room to wander about.

Ages 5 and up.

The Hut in the Forest

The Brothers Grimm

Illustrated by Bettina Stietencron

Hardbound

Introductory Price: $15.95

$17.95

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Beautiful, atmospheric illustrations bring this classic Grimm’s fairytale to life. A woodcutter’s daughter encounters a small house in the woods, along with an old man, a hen, a rooster, and a spotted cow. She makes dinner for the man but not for the animals — and she doesn’t return home. The next sister follows, with the same fate. Finally, the youngest sister discovers the hut, but this time everything is different!

This is a classic fairytale from the Brothers Grimm about selflessness and looking after everyone equally.

(Ages 5–8)

Hansel & Gretel

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

Illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova

Hardbound

$17.95

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This is one of my favorite fairy tales because it is so very beautiful and so very rich in the wisdom of the human heart. This version wondrously tells every single part of the story, including the ride home on the duck's back, which for some reason is often omitted. The fact that it is illustrated by Anastasiya Archipova adds another element of truth and beauty for our children and ourselves to find. A book for all generations.

Little Red Riding Hood

A Grimm's fairy tale

Illustrated by Marjan van Zeyl

Hardbound

$17.95

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This is the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of a little girl who goes through the woods to deliver food to her grandmother.

I love this book because Marjan van Zeyl’s luminous illustrations are soft and glowing, just right for our children.

(Ages 5-8)

Favourite Grimm's Tales

Illustrated by
Anastasiya Archipova

Hardbound, Large Format

$25.00

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If you can have only one collection of fairy tales, this is the one to get. A practically perfect selection of the best-loved of the Grimm's collected tales, retold with a simplicity worthy of their depth, and illustrated with a beauty and innocence that will invite a child's heart of roam these worlds, Favourite Grimm's Tales is one of the best books to appear this season. This is truly the "stuff that dreams are made of."

Sleeping Beauty

A Grimm's Fairy Tale

Illustrated by Martina Müller

Hardbound, large format

$16.95

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One of the most beloved fairy tales, told in many ways throughout the world, this beautifully illustrated edition does justice to the vision of this story with its great themes of innocence, destiny, protection and redemption. A worthy offering and a gift to any child.

Little Fairy's Christmas

Daniela Drescher

Hardbound

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Little Fairy's Christmas

Faith, a little fairy, finds herself lost outside on a cold winter's evening.  She comes upon a shivering elf boy, lost like herself, and together they try to find their way back home.  Helped by animals and at last even by Father Christmas himself, they make their way through the woods to their own warm hearths. 

This is a warm and gentle tale that offers us and our children the generous Spirit of Christmas, all wrapped up in Daniela Drescher's beautiful images.

Ages 3-6 and beyond.

 

Winter, Awake!

Written by Linda Kroll

Illustrated by Ruth Liebrherr

Softbound

$11.95

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This new children's book is cause for hope - that lusciously illustrated, beautifully told childrens stories are being created! In this story, it is the last of fall's days. The trees and animals and insects all know it is time for Winter to awake - and they all are becoming impatient. They need their rest and can't get it until King Winter wakes once more.

Told in delightful rhyme amid color-filled, wonder-filled paintings - this new fairy tale is almost too good to be true. Children ages 4 and up will love to listen to this story and gaze at the pictures.

The tired trees had had enough
They cried and creaked in groaning gusts;
With lashing limbs they swayed and thrashed,
"Oh, Winter, wake with icy blast!
We need a rest! We must prepare
To bloom and grow afresh next year.
This season's done! Our leaves are lost;
Our branches bare. Bring on the frost!"
Wail and whoosh! the tree tossed.
Wail and whoosh!
But Winter would not wake.

The Woman Who Outshone the Sun

La mujer que brillaba aún más que el sol

A duel language book

From a poem by Alejandro Cruz Martinez

$9.95

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The Woman Who Outshone the Sun is a Mexican legend of Lucia Zenteno, a beautiful woman who arrives in a mountain village with an iguana at her side and hair so glorious it outshines the sun. How the villagers react to her extraordinary presence - and how she responds to them - form this story, beautifully retold in both English and Spanish. For reading to children in their mother tongue, ages 4-5 and up. For children to practice English or Spanish as a second language, at the end of the first year of instruction to the middle of the second year.