Folklore & Fairy Tales

Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Five to Nine

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The Cloud Spinner Cover Image
By Michael Catchpool, Alison Jay (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375870118
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2012

A cloud-spinning lad is intimidated by a greedy king who upsets his country’s ecology. Alkyd paint and crackle varnish illustrations (6-8).

 


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Fox Tails: Four Fables from Aesop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823424009
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2012

A single narrative follows Fox through a busy day of tricking and being tricked. Gouache and pencil drawings. Author’s note with the morals (5-8).

 


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Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm Cover Image
By Brothers Grimm, John Nickle (Illustrator), Kate Coombs (Retold by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416915331
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 24th, 2012

Lonely Hans—half boy, half hedgehog—finds happiness through a magical fiddle and the love of a true-hearted princess. Vivid acrylic illustrations evoke old-fashioned fairy tales (6-9).

 


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A Hen for Izzy Pippik Cover Image
By Aubrey Davis, Marie Lafrance (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781554532438
Availability: Special Order
Published: Kids Can Press - March 1st, 2012

Shaina stands up to her townsfolk and protects Izzy Pippik’s beautiful lost hen until Izzy can return for her—but will he? Gentle, humorous illustrations (4-8).

 


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Hit the Road, Jack Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Ross MacDonald (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419703997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 1st, 2012

Rhythmic text takes us along on a journey across America in the spirit of Jack Kerouac. Watercolor and pencil crayon illustrations (4-8).

 


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Jack and the Baked Beanstalk Cover Image
By Colin Stimpson, Colin Stimpson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763655631
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Templar - July 10th, 2012

This twist on the classic tale includes a kind giant and a look at progress. Stimson’s experience as an animator adds to the digital illustrations (6-12).

 


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No Bears Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763658908
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 27th, 2012

A princess is in danger because of a cameo appearance by a bear. Playful digital illustrations (5-9).

 


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Puss in Boots Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803716421
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Published: Dial Books - November 13th, 2012

Magnificent watercolor illustrations accompany this engaging folk tale of a quite clever and loyal cat (5-7).

 


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Rabbit's Snow Dance Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803732704
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Published: Dial Books - November 8th, 2012

In this Iroquois tale, Rabbit insists on doing his snow dance, even though it is summer and the other animals warn him not to. Watercolor, gouache, and ink drawings (5-8).

 


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The Tooth Mouse Cover Image
By Susan Hood, Janice Nadeau (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781554535651
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Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2012

Is Sophie brave, honest, and wise enough to become the new Tooth Mouse, who brings French children money for their baby teeth? Pencil and watercolor illustrations (5-9).

 


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The Wooden Sword: A Jewish Folktale from Afghanistan Cover Image
By Ann Redisch Stampler (Retold by), Carol Liddiment (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780807592014
Availability: Backordered
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2012

Can an Afghani shah shake the faith of a poor Jewish shoemaker who meets all his challenges with optimism? Expressive, richly colored illustrations (6-9).


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