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Aesop's fables
Some of Aesop's best-loved stories are retold simply in this easy-to-read, language-rich and delightfully illustrated book. The hare, tortoise, crow, ant, dove, fox, stork, mouse, dog and lion, all have lessons to teach us.
ISBN 9780746054086
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2003
Watson, Carol (reteller)
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Bad bears and good bears
Two traditional tales from Europe and North America retold in simple language.
ISBN 9781860399725
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Impey, Rose (reteller) & Lamont, Priscilla (ill)
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Billy and the Minpins
Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does!
ISBN 9780141377506
Publisher Penguin Random House Australia, 2017
Dahl, Roald & Blake, Quentin (ill)
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Church mice in action, The
The Church Mice are involved in one of their madcap schemes to earn money by entering Sampson in cat shows. Unfortunately, Sampson gets kidnapped by a couple of criminals on a tandem bike and the mice have to go to his rescue.
ISBN 9780333493366
Publisher Pan Macmillan London, 1997
Oakley, Graham
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Church mice take a break, The
The church mice become stowaways but things go wrong when they find themselves stranded, alone, miles from home. The weather breaks and they almost give up hope of getting back until they find a fossil which holds the answer.
ISBN 9780340727881
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton, 2000
Oakley, Graham
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Fairy tales
A beautiful collection of twelve, well-known classic fairytales from a wide range of cultures.
ISBN 9780744561159
Publisher Walker Books, 2000
Doherty, Berlie & Ray, Jane (ill)
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Fairytales for feisty girls
Feisty typically describes one who is relatively small, lively, determined and courageous. Girls can rescue themselves - just watch Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Thumbelina use their talents and brains to problem-solve their way out of some tricky situations.
ISBN 9781760523541
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2018
McFarlane, Susannah
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First fairy tales
The retelling of eight popular fairy tales, with colourful illustrations, including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Princess and the Pea, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Puss in Boots to name just a few.
ISBN 9781843624004
Publisher Orchard Books, 2004
Mayo, Margaret (reteller) & Young, Selina (ill)
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Forgotten fairy tales: The daring princess
A twist on a traditional fairy tale a princess of colour who saves the prince.
ISBN 9781474969796
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2021
Davidson, Susanna & Santelli, Alessandra (ill)
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Hairy toes and scary bones
Two traditional tales that combine humour and horror.
ISBN 9781860399664
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Impey, Rose
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Kingfisher book of fairy tales, The
The classic fairytales retold using modern, colloquial language that is descriptive and interesting.
ISBN 9780744568974
Publisher Walker Books, 2001
French, Vivian
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Knock, knock, who's there
Little Frisky Mouse finds room for everyone in his house until Rumbling-Bumbling Bear comes along. Someone has stolen Hare's house and Hare can't find anyone to help him get it back. A children's classic.
ISBN 9781860399688
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Impey, Rose
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Lorax, The
Classic Dr Seuss rhyming book with an environmental message. The Lorax tries to warn the Once-ler of the dangers of destroying all of the truffula trees.
ISBN 9780007173112
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2004
Seuss, Dr
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More about Paddington
With his attempts at home decorating, detective work and photography, the Brown family soon find that Paddington causes his own particular brand of chaos.
ISBN 9780006753438
Series Paddington Bear series (28 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2003
Bond, Michael & Alley, R W (ill)
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Mousehole cat, The
Mowser, the cat, lives at the far end of England in a town called Mousehole, with Old Tom, the fisherman. They lead a very pleasant life until the day they have to brave the Storm-Cat to bring food to the children at Christmastime.
ISBN 9780744523539
Publisher Walker Books, 1993
Barber, Antonia & Bayley, Nicola (ill)
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Mr Bliss
Eccentric Mr Bliss, a man notable for his immensely tall hats and the girabbit in his garden, takes the whimsical decision to buy a motor car. But, his first drive to visit friends quickly becomes a catalogue of disasters. Some of these could be blamed on Mr Bliss's style of driving but even he could not anticipate being hijacked by three bears.
ISBN 9780007255337
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, UK, 2007
Tolkien, J R R
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Odyssey, The
The story of a clever but unlucky Greek hero who just wants to get home. But, fate has other ideas.
ISBN 9781409522348
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2011
Stowell, Louie (retell) & Pincelli, Matteo (ill)
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Orchard book of Greek myths, The
Lively retellings of sixteen famous myths for young readers.
ISBN 9781852133733
Publisher Orchard Books, 1992
McCaughrean, Geraldine (ed) & Clark, Emma Chichester (ill)
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Over the stile and into the sack
Two traditional tales retold.
ISBN 9781860399763
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Impey, Rose
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Paddington Bear series
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Series Paddington Bear series (28 books)
Bond, Michael & Alley, R W (ill)
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Paddington in the garden
When Paddington starts to make a list of all the nice things he can think of about being a bear and living with the Browns he is sure to include the garden.
ISBN 9780007123162
Series Paddington Bear series (28 books)
Publisher HarperCollins Children's Books, 2008
Bond, Michael & Alley, R W (ill)
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A modern adaptation of the little mermaid's story translated from the Japanese and beautifully illustrated by award winning animation director, Hayao Miyazaki. Sosuke, a young boy, lives high on a cliff overlooking the sea and rescues a little fish he calls Ponyo. Ponyo becomes a real girl and they are firm friends until her sorcerer father forces her to return to the sea. But, Sosuke's heart is pure and true and brave.
ISBN 9781421530659
Publisher VIZ Media, 2009
Miyazaki, Hayao
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Prince and the pauper, The
Picture book version of Twain's classic, the fictional account of England's Edward VI and his adventures when he swaps roles with a poor boy.
ISBN 9780803720992
Publisher Dial Books (Penguin), 1999
Twain, Mark
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Quangle Wangle's hat, The
The Quangle Wangle Quee is a tree-dwelling creature obscured by an enormous hat. He is lonely, but not for long. One animal after another sees the hat as a possible home in this classic poem.
ISBN 9780749713362
Publisher Egmont Childrens, 1994
Lear, Edward & Oxenbury, Helen (ill)
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Selected adventures of Bottersnikes and Gumbles, The
Deep in the Australian bush, Bottersnikes live in rubbish heaps along dusty roadsides. They have green, wrinkly skin, cheese grater noses and long, pointy ears that go red when they're angry, which is most of the time. Giggling Gumbles are cheerful little creatures who can be squashed into all sorts of shapes. They can't pop back into their proper shape unless helped. This makes the friendly Gumbles useful to the lazy Bottersnikes, who have some very nasty tricks planned.
ISBN 9781460751923
Publisher Angus & Robertson (HarperCollins), 2016
Wakefield, S A & Digby, Desmond (ill)
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Sleeping beauty
A magical watery world is created for the princess, a hippopotamus, to fall asleep in, in this revised classic.
ISBN 9780091840662
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2000
Scott-Mitchell, Clare & Fitchett, Gordon & Perrault, Charles
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Sneaky deals and tricky tricks
Two traditional tales retold.
ISBN 9781860399749
Publisher Orchard Books, 2000
Impey, Rose
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Spider bought a bicycle and other poems for young children, A
A quirky anthology from playground rhymes to Shakespeare, including new, old, multicultural, funny, sad, thoughtful, short, long and classic poems.
ISBN 9780753410479
Publisher Kingfisher, 2005
Topics / Poetry /
Rosen, Michael & Moore, Inga (ill)
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Stories of Thor
Thor, son of Odin and god of thunder and lighting might be the bravest warrior in all of Asgard but there are many that will still challenge him. In these retellings of three classic Thor stories, Thor must use all of his wits and his strength to defeat an angry giant, a sea serpent, dangerous frost giants and on top of all that, contend with his mischievous step-brother Loki's tricks. A great first introduction to Norse mythology for young readers.
ISBN 9781409550679
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2016
Frith, Alex (adapted) & Kuricheva, Natasha (ill)
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Story about Ping, The
Ping, the hero of this classic, is a rebellious little duck. On a day almost like any other, Ping is accidentally left behind. Undaunted, Ping heads out onto the Yangtze in search of his family, finding friends and adventures around every bend.
ISBN 9780140502411
Publisher Viking Children's, 1997
Flack, Marjorie & Wiese, Kurt (ill)
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Story of Babar, The
The first adventure in a series of children's classics, tells of Babar, elephant extraordinaire. We discover how Babar lost his mother, lived among men and was crowned King of Elephants.
ISBN 9780394805757
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2002
de Brunhoff, Jean
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Story of Ferdinand, The
Ferdinand is mistaken for a fierce bull when he is stung by a bee. In this classic tale, it turns out that Ferdinand would much rather smell the flowers than take on the bullfighter.
ISBN 9780448421902
Publisher Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin Putnam), 2000
Leaf, Munro
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Strega Nona
A whimsical, ancient tale that clearly reveals the agony and ecstasy of pasta power. It has become a children's classic.
ISBN 9780671666064
Publisher Aladdin Publishing, 1979
dePaola, Tomie
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Tikki Tikki Tembo
A retelling of the Chinese folk tale about a boy who falls down a well and nearly drowns because his brother struggles with his tongue-twister name. It has become a children's classic.
ISBN 9780805011661
Publisher Henry Holt & Co, 1989
Mosel, Arlene
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Velveteen rabbit
By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic that will make him real. A classic about the miracle of love.
ISBN 9780816710621
Publisher Lioncrest, 1990
Williams, Margery
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Very best of Aesop's fables, The
Thirty selections from Aesop's classic fables presented in a way that shows the tales are entertaining in their own right, and not merely for the message that shines out from between the lines.
ISBN 9780744531497
Publisher Walker Books, 1996
Clark, Margaret & Voake, Charlotte (ill)
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Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The
A superb adaptation of Dorothy's adventures for newly independent readers. Enjoy Dorothy's journey in Oz, as she travels along the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion, before coming safely home again.
ISBN 9781474999038
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2022
Baum, Frank L & Sebag-Montefiore, Mary (adapt) & Alvarez Gomez, Lorena (ill)
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Yark, The
The Yark eats children. But not any old children. He only likes to eat the good, sweet ones. Naughty children make him terribly ill. But one night he meets Madeleine and even though she is delightfully well behaved, he finds he would rather be her friend. Can The Yark avoid eating Madeleine?
ISBN 9781776571727
Publisher Gecko Press, 2018
Santini, Bertrand & Gapaillard, Laurent (ill)
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