The Usborne Book of Fairy Stories (Usborne Stories) Paperback – 12 Dec 1995
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The pictures are lovely, and are by the same illustrator as Farmyard Tales.
It's a real treat having a favourite book with so many great stories. All too often the children only like one or two of the stories in a collection.
Recommended for 2 year olds who will sit still, but better still for those closer to 4!
It contains the well known stories of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Rumplestiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood and several others. The stories are heavily abridged to make them accessible to toddlers but are still there in essence.
The best feature of all the Usborne series of books is their staging of language. At the top of each page is the simplest possible text summarising what is happening. This is great for 2 year olds with basic language skills. At the bottom of each page, suitable for 3-4 year olds, is a small expansion of the story. In this way this book grows with your child, taking them up to the more grown up and fuller versions of the fairy tales.
Another aspect of the Usborne series that I and my children love is the "hunt the duck" game. Every page of every story incorporates a small yellow duck who your child can search for. This sometimes gets forgotten when my little ones are really engrosed in the story. At times like this we often have to go back through the pages just to look for the duck!
I can heartily recommend this book.
The stories are short, simple and beautifully illustrated. I've read this book thousands of times to my daughter who can recite many of them.
If anyone from Usbourne reads this then PLEASE do a sequel of more fairy stories....
However, the author seems to have been so keen to compress the story lines that the stories read like a book synopsis all in the past tense. There are none of the classic Fairy Tale lines that young kids love to hear (particularly noticeable in "3 Little Pigs") like:
- Not by the hair of My Chinny-Chin-Chin, I will not let you in
- Then I will huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in
Not quite the same when your "young uns" can't join in and get excited by these classic lines.
On the other hand, the book doesn't cost too much and so isn't too bad value for money.
It contains the classic childhood fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella etc. and tells them in a very summarised form. The more touchy issues are left out or skimmed over (e.g. the wolf falls through the chimney into the 3 pigs' pot of boiling water, then the pigs are shown eating soup saying they will live together) and the sentences are kept simple and understandable. They are even printed big enough for early-readers and indeed it was the first book my eldest started reading.
Each page (i.e. each sentence or two) is accompanied by a lovely colourful and yet simple picture which the kids love to use to point out the things I am reading to them. About 5-6 pages make up a story, which is the perfect match to a 2-year-old's attention span, and as the children get older, you can even read the whole book without overdoing the bed-time reading time slot.
This book has accompanied us whereever we go for over 2 years now, and although it is often and ungently fought over by my boys, is still in good shape. 5 stars on all fronts for this one.
While I can see revising stories for younger children, I am disapointed with the fact that this book completely dumbs down classic children's tales, and there are huge gaps in the stories. Little children have quickly developing vocabularies and this book does not even challenge using one's brain in the slightest.
~ written for a lump of clay
~ lack of cohesive sentences
~ huge gaps in the story that makes it seem incomplete
~ nothing like a "classic fairy tale"
~ lovely pictures (which do not make up for a poorly written book)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought for my toddler and she loves it! Amazing book. It became a favourite one and we read it all the time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tatyana Stoyanova
Great book, beautifully illustrated and bound, excellent buyPublished 7 months ago by lesley neslon
This was a library book with the library slip ripped out. Very disappointed.Published 7 months ago by pinot
Lovely book, good quality and bigger that expected (but not too big)Published 9 months ago by Jess.C
Arrived quickly & book is just lovely. Classic fairy tales to read to my granddaughter & lovely pictures for her to look at. Love it xPublished 9 months ago by Lisa Holmes