Usborne Illustrated Traditional Stories
256pp., hbk., RRP $A29.99
This is a collection of 17 stories from around the world that have been passed on from generation to generation so they are now part of our literature but which don’t fit into the fairytale classification. Stories like The Boy who Cried Wolf, The Gingerbread Man, Baba Yaga and The Little red Hen sit alongside not-so-well-known ones like Tam Lin and The Fisherman and the Genie/
With lovely illustrations throughout and with a luxury padded hardback cover, this is one of those must-have volumes in your teacher’s toolkit that you can take out and share whenever there is a spare minute or two, continuing the tradition of passing them on to a new generation. Newly independent readers will also enjoy them as the familiar stories, larger font and short story format will make them an easy bedtime read.
This series is filling a niche for younger readers that has been empty for some time .