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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

August 2010


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

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

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


The Fool and the Fish: A Tale from Russia

by Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev, illustrated by Gennady Spirin


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

The Empty Pot

written and illustrated by Demi


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 World

Tooth Tales from Around the World
by Marlene Targ Brill, illustrated by Katya Krenina
J 398.353 BRILL

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

Conejito (little rabbit) wants to go visit his auntie, who lives up the mountain-- but first he has to avoid a fox, a tiger, and a lion, who all want to have him for lunch! He tells them he is much too flaquito (skinny) to eat, but he will get nice and fat at his aunt's house, so they should eat him later. Auntie does feed Conejito lots of food, until he is gordito! But how will he get back down the mountain and past those scary animals? This story is fun to share out loud with your child-- there are several refrains that kids will enjoy reciting along with you. You'll also learn a little bit of Spanish along the way!






 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. 

Have questions about our picks, or need other recommendations? Call us! Our number is 203-637-8802.


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