Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
This month, staff have selected just a few of their favorites from Perrot's folk and fairy tale collection!
The bulk of these stories can be found in our EASY J 398.2 section, which is located at the start of the picture book area.
This collection is especially fun to browse, since the books are arranged alphabetically by title.
If you look under "Cinderella," you will versions of that story from many different countries!
Each version is a little different--some might be funnier, some scarier-- and all have unique illustrations.
This is a collection that you won't want to miss, and that you can revisit again and again.
It Could Always Be Worse
written and illustrated by Margot Zemach
EASY J 398.2 IT
A poor man goes to his rabbi to get help with his over crowded and noisy home. The solution, you will find out by the end of the story is a simple one!
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books
collected by Andrew Lang
J 398.4 LANG
Compiled around the turn of the last century, these books of folk and fairy tales, each with a different color in its title (The Blue Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, etc.), will enchant both children and the adults who read to them. Some of the tales will be familiar to you-- Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Aladdin-- and some you may have never heard before, like Prince Fickle and Fair Helena or The Princess Who Was Hidden Underground. Those who have only experienced the "Disnified" versions of old folk and fairy tales will no doubt be surprised, but will surely be delighted to delve into these charming books.
The Fool and the Fish: A Tale from Russia
by Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
EASY J 398.2 FOOL
This is a famous Russian folktale about a fool and a magic power gifted to him for his kindness and simplicity. A magic fish that is willing to grant Ivan's every wish enables the lazy young man to outwit his older brothers, angry villagers, and even the Tsar, ultimately winning him an enchanted palace and the Tsar's daughter in marriage. The book is accompanied with beautiful full-page illustrations by Gennady Spirin.
The Empty Pot
written and illustrated by Demi
EASY J 398.2 EMPTY
When the emperor distributes seeds to all the children in China and decrees that the child who "shows me his best" in a year's time will be his successor, Ping is determined to grow the best flower in the land. But when his seed refuses to grow, Ping is forced to admit his failure in front of the emperor and all of the other children. Demi's delicate and intricate illlustrations enhance this folktale about the importance of being truthful.
Tooth Tales from Around the
More than a hundred years ago, parents in parts of Canada, England and the U.S. burned their children's teeth when they fell out to ward off evil spirits. In other cultures, there was the tooth mouse (with nice sharp teeth) who brought treats to children who lost a tooth. With the passage of time, a new legend emerged- that of the tooth fairy (now so familiar to so many.) The book's illustrations are warm and vivid- making it enjoyable to read, as well as educational.
Conejito: A Folktale from Panama
by Margaret Read MacDonald,
illustrated by Geraldo Valério
Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month focuses on a different category or theme.
We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them! Each book cover is a link to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold.
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