The Kingfisher Treasury of Stories for Four Year Olds

The Kingfisher Treasury of Stories for Four Year Olds

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Twenty-four top tales! A brilliant collection, specially selected to appeal to four year olds. The collection features a host of famous and best-loved children's writers including Dick King-Smith, Italo Calvino, Alison Lurie, Leila Berg, Joan Aiken, Margaret Mahy and Russell Hoban. Each story is wittily illustrated with lively half-tone artwork by Caroline Dinan. From the everyday to the amazing, her are stories about a paper palace, a thin king, a toy donkey, a very fierce bear and a flying apple pie. This wideranging anthology of funny and exciting stories is sure to enthrall and entertain all young more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 127 x 196mm | 255g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753412535
  • 9780753412534
  • 758,775

Table of contents

The Adventures of Little Mouse - Margaret Mahy; My Naughty Little Sister Goes to the Pantomime - Dorothy Edwards; Five - Barbara Sleigh; The Little Brute Family - Russell Hoban; Little Dog Turpie - Leila Berg; A Bed for Tiny Ted - Margaret Joy; The Thin King and the Fat Cook - Donald Bisset; One Very Small Foot - Dick King-Smith; Horace - Alice B. Coats; The Easter Surprise - Nancy Blishen; What We Need Is a New Bus - Jean Chapman; The Black Geese - Alison Lurie; Rachel's Cat - Alison Leonard; There's Some Sky in this Pie - Joan Aiken; The Paper Palace - Paul Biegel; The Goose and Her Little Iron House - Italo Calvino; The Limp Little Donkey - Judy Bond; The Hungry Bunyip - Virginia Ferguson; Little Pig and the Hot Dry Summer - Margaret Gore; The Great Supermarket Trolley Race - Edward Blishen; 'Fraidy Mouse - Anne Wellington; Mrs Mopple's Washing Line - Anita Hewett; The Little Dragon and the Snowman - Iris Smith; Harry and the Lady Next Door - Gene more

About Edward Blishen

Edward and Nancy Blishen have long been recognized as expert authorities on children's literature. In 1970, Edward Blishen won the Carnegie Medal (jointly with Leon Garfield) for The God Beneath the Sea. He also compiled the acclaimed anthology, Children's Classics to Read Aloud, published by Kingfisher. Together, Edward and Nancy Blishen compiled several treasuries for Kingfisher, including The Kingfisher Treasury of Stories for Children and the age-ranged Treasury of Stories for... series. Nancy Blishen lives in more

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Barbara L. Talcroft - Children's Literature Twenty-four stories culled from other collections and at least one picture book make up the contents of this anthology in the "Kingfisher Treasury" series. Ranging in date of publication from 1952 to 1994 in Britain, they vary in appropriateness and quality, though most are by well-respected authors like Joan Aiken, Margaret Mahy, and Dick King-Smith. A few stories are too long; some are dated, especially the ones like "Mrs. Mopple's Washing Line" taking place on the kind of farm seldom seen any more by most American children. The best ones are the folk tales: "Five" by Barbara Sleigh, a Jamaican adaptation of an Anansi tale; Alison Lurie's "The Black Geese," a story about Russian witch Baba Yaga; and "The Goose and Her Little Iron House," an Italian folk tale retold by Italo Calvino (although its length may challenge the attention spans of some young listeners). One can't help thinking that most four-year-olds would rather enjoy a story in single picture book format with the original color illustrations. Illustrator Dinan does her best with black-and-white substitutions, but it is not the same. Who would want to deprive pre-schoolers of, for example, Margaret Bloy Graham's marvelously funny pictures for "Harry and the Lady Next Door?" Librarians and teachers will have to work hard to make the stories appealing to a group--one parent with one child would be more satisfying. Older browsers may enjoy reading some of the tales themselves, while several might make good selections for storytelling. 2005 (orig. 1997), Kingfisher, Ages 4 to more

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