Originally written in 1918 by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, this charming American story is about a young girl determined to provide a happy Christmas for her mother and three siblings while her physician father is away serving the troops during World War One. Her enterprising and entrepreneurial spirit appeals to the entire town as she dedicates herself to serving the needs of others.
Reading Level: Ages 6-9
Read Aloud: Ages 3-6
Release: Fall 2017
Written in 1885 by one of the most famous storytellers of all time, Russian author Leo Tolstoy, this short story is about a shoemaker named Martin Avdeitch, who was overwhelmed with grief after losing his wife and only child to illness. In a dream, God visits Martin, telling him he will have important visitors the next day. Martin anxiously peers out his basement window the following day, and observes three people in distress. Martin kindly assists each person in need. These three figures reappear to him with an important message from the Lord. This timeless story, illustrated by the talented Brian Jekel, is sure to please as a beautiful Christmas gift for any age.
Read Aloud- Age 4 and up, Reading Level- Age 7- Adult
Release: Fall 2017
Perhaps the most famous of all fairy tales, Cinderella was written in 1697 by a French lawyer for the Court of Louis XIV, Charles Perrault, for his grandchildren. True to the original story, this exquisitely illustrated Lynn McClain version is about the persecuted and neglected Cinderella who is ultimately rewarded for her graciousness and virtuous character.
Reading Level- Ages 7-9,
Read Aloud- Ages 3 and up
This is the universally appealing story of how a wayward wooden puppet becomes a real boy. Originally published in 1883, this endearing story about an Italian puppet’s search for real boyhood through trial and consequences for his poor choices, is loved by children the world over. The story has been translated into more than two hundred fifty languages.
Reading Level: Ages 8-10
Read Aloud: Ages 6 and up
Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish writer, became famous for his fairy tales. His 1835 version of a princess with a sensitive nature, sensitive enough to feel a pea hidden under several layers of bedding, has lasted throughout generations in many cultures. His first collection of seven fairy tales, including The Princess and the Pea, was the beginning of a new genre of stories for children. Our version is exquisitely illustrated by Lynn McClain.
Reading Level: Ages 7-9
Read Aloud: Ages 4-6