The stories of a Cinderella character go far beyond the familiar tales of Perrault and Grimm. Author Judy Sierra presents 24 versions that represent a broad range of cultures and geographical areas, styles, with variations on the theme of the persecuted heroine (or occasionally hero) who emerges victorious, regardless of the circumstances. Each version is accompanied by a short introductory paragraph that summarizes the plot and discusses the cultural background of companied by a short introductory paragraph that summarizes the plot and discusses the cultural background of the story.… read more
Let your kids unwrap our favorite tech toys for this holiday season. The tech-savvy kiddo in your life will be all smiles.
Raising kids in today's world poses numerous different challenges for parents. When should your child be introduced to TV? What about the iPad or the family computer? We've rounded up safe technology products you can feel good about giving to your children.
The bathroom is where we start and end our day. If it's a fun and welcoming space, morning routines run smoother and bath time is a breeze. Parents don't have to dedicate their single-bathroom home to a youthful theme, but making it appeal to children will engrain the importance of self-care and hygiene at an early age. Here are 10 kid-friendly ideas for decorating a bathroom that everyone will love.
Subscription boxes are the perfect gift for the fun-loving kiddos in your life. With options including everything from science to cooking, kids will love receiving their very own monthly packages filled with fun activities and toys. Don't know which subscription to choose? Read on to discover 12 of our favorites.
Turn the organized chaos that is your child's playroom into a serene spot of tidiness with systematic shelving to ease your days. Though we may not be able to control how the play area will look post-nap time, we can ensure we have a toy organizer (or two!) to hold the goods once bedtime rolls around.
Nintendo's latest video game console has taken the gaming world by storm with a wealth of content for everyone from seasoned gamers to younger children. Here are the best age-appropriate Switch games that kids of all ages will enjoy.
Modern design is all about practicing the less-is-more approach. If you're able to resist the many cute toys, accessories and decorations available today, you'll reap the rewards of a long-lasting nursery that's comfortable, practical and beautiful. Prioritize the 10 essentials below to build a foundation for a modern sanctuary for your little one.
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From fun food sets and building blocks to unique playhouses and play kitchens, here's our top toys that promote pretend play and inspire your child's imagination.
What's better than combining bath time and playtime? How about adding these bath toys in the mix. They make bathtime a breeze!
Homework can be a stressful affair for everyone involved. Juggling after-school activities, meal prep and housework, it often takes a village to get reading assignments, flashcards and worksheets completed at a decent hour. We've yet to find out how to make schoolwork magically disappear altogether, but we can tip parents off on how to make the situation more manageable. Here's how to create a quiet, supervised and streamlined area where kids can study at home.
Your little baby isn't a baby anymore! Make sure you're prepared for the toddler years with gear and toys you didn't realize you needed for children aged one to three.
Your child is always studying the world around them. Nurture that desire to learn by exposing them to toys that teach and encourage their rapid growth! Check out these 12 playroom essentials that prove having fun and learning go hand in hand.
Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's bestselling Dooby Dooby Moo is available for the first time as an individual board book!
Trolls--the most magical creatures with the wildest hair--get ready to sparkle in this colorful storybook featuring glitter pages ...and a glitter poster! read more
This second volume of Feelings has 365 more cards for endless play and interaction. Explore what it means to be adventurous, aggra...vated, gracious, festive, stuffed, and many more usual and unusual feelings. All ages, 365 slips, 3" recyclable plastic screwtop jar. read more
Zeus (ZOOS) is a name that many people today recognize. When someone asks, ""Who was Zeus?"" the answer is often something like, "..."Um, wasn't he the leader of the Greek gods?"" Another common response is, ""He's the dude who threw thunderbolts at people!"" It is not surprising that at least this much about him is fairly well known. After all, images from Greek mythology are widespread in modern books, graphic novels, TV shows, and movies. Beyond that, however, most people today know very little about Zeus. This is also not surprising. More than sixteen centuries have passed since the Greeks and Romans actually worshiped him. (The Romans called him Jupiter, pronounced JU-puh-ter.) In those days, almost everyone was very familiar with the many stories about his deeds and adventures. Today, those tales are called myths. And their details are known to only to a small minority of the population. Those who do take the time to learn about Zeus and his exploits, however, are never disappointed. They find that he was not only one of the most important gods in human history. He was also an extremely colorful and entertaining character. read more
Take your students on thrilling journeys around the world through the magic and enjoyment of language and literature. Renowned aut...hors and storytellers Judy Sierra and Robert Kaminski have collected 25 folktales representing the peoples and cultures of North America (including Hispanic and African American stories), Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The authors share their years of storytelling experience and techniques and recommend other helpful publications for additional information and suggestions. These distinguished and popular authors have also included full-sized traceable figures for you to use in creating flannel board characters and puppets! read more
This collection of over two hundred folk and fairy tales from all over the world is the only edition that encompasses all cultures.... Arranged geographically by region—West and East Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia, and Northern Europe, Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, North America, the Carribean and West Indies, and Central and South America—and lovingly selected from the personal favorites of folklorists and writers, this book is a major anthology in its field.Gathered together in this wide-ranging collection are familiar classics like "Snow-White" and "Sleeping Beauty," and stories that equal them from all major cultures. Together they offer magic, adventure, laughter, reflection, vivid images, and a throng of colorful characters. More important, they offer insight into the oral traditions of different cultures and deal with universal human dilemmas that span differences of age, culture, and geography. Animal fables, proverbs, ghost stories, funny tales, and tales of enchantment provide a unique reading experience for all ages.A category index groups the tales by plot and character, e.g., humorous, supernatural, and "pourquoi" tales, married couples, enchanted sweethearts, etc. Like all great literature, these tales can be read with fascination on many levels, making Best-Loved Folktales of the World a classic and enduring collection. read more
As this collectible figure, the brave heroine, Moana, star of Disney's hit animated feature, is dressed in a detailed costume and ...ready to set sail into your heart. She comes with Heihei, an engraved oar and 13 Kakamora pirates in their coconut... read more
Celebrating ten years of Puffin in India with ten timeless folktales Explore an exciting and beautiful underwater world with Panna.... Watch little blue bird Podna fight a mighty king for his little brown Podni. Join Lord Ganesha on his quest for a pot of kheer. Read about lovelorn Lord Surya pining for his Harshringar, leaving the world in darkness. Help the dove get her egg back. This tenth-anniversary special edition by Puffin brings to you ten heartwarming folktales by master storytellers Ruskin Bond, Sudha Murty, Devdutt Pattanaik, Kamala Das, Paro Anand and many others, with each author adding his or her own special touch. Accompanied by beautifully-detailed illustrations, this delightful book brings to life Indias glorious cultural heritage in all its richness, along with added doses of fun. Truly, a collectors item! read more
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‘Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum!’ Jack and his mother are so poor they decide to sell their faithful brown cow. But Jack takes only a handful o...f beans from a stranger in exchange for the animal! His mother is furious but little does she know that these beans are magic and soon will grow into an enormous beanstalk reaching as far as the eye can see. And at the very top lives a terrifying Giant who Jack must outwit to survive. Nina Töwe’s illustrations are inspired by the sixteenth-century paintings of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, best-known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruit, flowers, vegetables and fish. read more
A boy's lost mitten is discovered by a group of curious woodland animals in this sweet retelling of the classic Ukranian folk tale.... Seven spreads of charming illustrations feature interactive pull tabs and wheels - all within a magical pop-up landscape constructed by the award-winning paper engineer behind such classics as Snowflakes and The Snow Queen. read more
Twelve remarkable folktales, culled from the black experience in Africa and America, are freshly retold in the thoroughly original... voice of Julius Lester. Arranged by topic — Origins, Love, Heroes, and People — the tales combine universal themes and uncanny wisdom. Though some of these stories have been around for centuries and many were passed down by slaves, Julius Lester's urban expressiveness and Tom Feeling's spirited illustrations give them continued resonance for today's audience. read more
The fantastic Legend team of Kathy-jo Wargin and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen have another beautiful book to add to the Sleeping Bea...r and Mackinac Island stories. A Grandmother's love for her grandchildren is magically portrayed in "The Legend of the Loon". A perfect addition to your collection, this book remains true to the heartwarming qualities you've come to expect from these legendary storytellers. read more
Disney's Designer Folktale Series pairs heroes and villains in dramatic limited edition doll sets. Cold-blooded Cruella De Vil ste...als a moment with Pongo, Perdita and five of their pups for this carefully crafted offering that's doggoned... read more
Features alphabetically arranged articles covering the political, cultural, and military aspects of the Civil War.
Songs from the Ivory Coast, clothes from Korea, food from Russia are all explored in this amazingly comprehensive encyclopedia of ...cultures. All children want and need to learn about the uniqueness that makes diversity so wonderful is here. Children Around the World contains recipes, activities, stories, games, vocabulary, maps, and flags from fifty-two countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Recently revised and updated, this book includes the recent political and geographic changes in Eastern Europe. read more
How to Read a Folktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Ibonia is a folktale... on epic scale. Much of its plot sounds familiar: a powerful royal hero attempts to rescue his betrothed from an evil adversary and, after a series of tests and duels, he and his lover are joyfully united with a marriage that affirms the royal lineage. These fairytale elements link Ibonia with European folktales, but the tale is still very much a product of Madagascar. It contains African-style praise poetry for the hero; it presents Indonesian-style riddles and poems; and it inflates the form of folktale into epic proportions. Recorded when the Malagasy people were experiencing European contact for the first time, Ibonia proclaims the power of the ancestors against the foreigner. Through Ibonia, Lee Haring expertly helps readers to understand the very nature of folktales. His definitive translation, originally published in 1994, has now been fully revised to emphasize its poetic qualities, while his new introduction and detailed notes give insight into the fascinating imagination and symbols of the Malagasy. Haring's research connects this exotic narrative with fundamental questions not only of anthropology but also of literary criticism. This book is part of our World Oral Literature Series in conjunction with the World Oral Literature Project. read more
The classical version of the most famous and beloved of all fairy tales is the one C.S. Evans adapted and then expanded in order t...o give his brilliant illustrator, Arthur Rackham, maximum opportunity to exercise his gifts. The product of their collaboration is one of the most wonderful editions we have of this, or any other, fairy tale. read more
3D clay models are the perfect medium to bring this simple and fun tale to life. This traditional story is excellent for use as a ...literary text for schools as well as homes due to its repetition and rhythm. Follow the gingerbread man across the pages as he runs as fast as he can. read more
A collection of Ukrainian folk tales featuring enchanting stories and memorable characters, including a determined prince and beau...tiful princess, a wise ant and a terrifying dragon, a depressed rabbit, a strange horse, some troubled mice, a very lazy man, and a green dwarf named Oh! Original illustrations drawn by artists in Ukraine. read more
The Emperor has a problem. He wants his people to remember the year in which his son was born. But there is no way to keep track o...f the years. So the Emperor devises a race in which animals will cross a river. The first twelve animals to reach the opposite side will have a year named after them. Thus, the people will be able to remember the years and the events that occurred. And so the race is set. Rat, knowing he is no match for the rushing water, schemes with Cat on how to cross the river. Together the two convince Ox to carry them across. But halfway across the river, Rat shows his true colors. Will Cat make it to the other side? Which animals will have a year named after them? Accompanied by exquisite watercolor artwork, this charming story explains the origins of the Chinese calendar. read more
This series introduces the most famous and well-known Chinese fables and folktales that have entertained children in China for gen...erations. Now illustrated in beautiful color, these books will be a perfect bedtime companion for any young child.This volume includes: Xue Tan Learns What it Means to Sing The Parrot that Put Out a Fire Jiu Fanggao's eyes for Horses The Wrong Way Helped by an Expert read more
Stories for the Tell Me a Story series also available on Kindle. Eight exquisite multicultural folktales from the popular newspape...r feature, Tell Me A Story by Amy Friedman (Universal Press Syndicate). Read by talented performers of stage and screen and with music by the wondrous Laura Hall. read more
This series introduces the most famous and well-known Chinese fables and folktales that have entertained children in China for gen...erations. Now illustrated in beautiful color, these books will be a perfect bedtime companion for any young child. This volume includes: Not One Bit Fake Zao Fu, the Diligent The Unmanageable Bat Cut the Long Pole in Half to Get Inside the City read more