When I was a child I used to go to the seaside for the holidays. We stayed in a little town where there was a harbour and fishing boats and fishermen. They sailed away to catch herrings in nets. When the boats came back home again some had only caught a few herring. Others had caught so many that they could not all be unloaded on the to quay.
Jill Tomlinson - The Otter Who Wanted to Know
Pat is a little sea otter. She likes floating in the sea and asking lots and lots of questions. One day, Pat’s quiet life is turned upside down when she gets caught in a scary adventure. Suddenly, she doesn’t have time to ask questions. This time, Pat has to find out things for herself.
Jill Tomlinson - More Favourite Animal Tales
Three tales of discovery highlight the challenges and fun of growing up. The first story depicts Pongo, a young, mischievous African gorilla who wants to grow up to be brave and clever like his dad. But it’s not until his sister, Whoopsie, is born that Pongo discovers growing up isn’t just about chest-thumping. Secondly, as the first penguin chick to be born this year, it’s Otto's job to look after all the other young penguins. But out in the snow and ice of Antarctica, there’s a lot to learn, and Otto has to discover for himself how to swim, dive, and catch fish before he can teach anyone else. In the third tale, a baby aardvark named Pim wonders what exactly it means to be an aardvark! He decides to find out. He’s disappointed when he discovers that aardvarks can’t climb trees, but as time goes by, Pim realizes there are some advantages to being an aardvark after all.
Jill Tomlinson - The Aardvark Who Wasn't Sure
Pim is a baby aardvark. But what does that mean? Pim decides to find out. He’s disappointed when he discovers that aardvarks can’t climb trees, but as time goes by, Pim realizes there are some advantages to being an aardvark after all.
Jill Tomlinson - The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Otto is the first penguin chick to be born this year. That means it’s his job to look after all the other young penguins. But out in the snow and ice of Antarctica, there’s a lot to learn, and Otto has to discover for himself how to swim, dive, and catch fish before he can teach anyone else.
Jill Tomlinson - The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home
One day, Suzy found a huge basket in a field. She climbed in, settled in the shade under a stool, and was soon fast asleep. When she woke up, the basket was in the sky! Suzy, the little French cat, has found herself in a hot-air balloon on its way to England! This is the start of Suzy's big adventure as she tries to make her way back home to France. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Jill Tomlinson's heartwarming story has been carefully edited to retain all her gently humorous style, while Paul Howard's lovely pastel images perfectly capture the spirit of this absorbing tale.
Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
Once upon a time there was a village shop. The name over the window was "Ginger and Pickles". It was a little small shop just the right size for Dolls - Lucinda and Jane Doll-cook always brought their groceries at Ginger and Pickles.
Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Mr. Tod
I have made many books about well-behaved people. Now, for a change I am going to make a story about two disagreeable people, called Tommy Brock and Mr. Tod. Nobody could call Mr. Tod "nice". The rabbits could not bear him; they could smell him half a mile off.
Jill Tomlinson - The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thinghe is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs. Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope, and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realizes that through these encounters that dark is super after all.
Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Pigling Bland
Once upon a time there was an old pig called Aunt Pettitoes. She had eight of a family: four little girl pigs, called Cross-patch, Suck-suck, Yock-yock and Spot; and four little boy pigs, called Alexander, Pigling Bland, Chin-chin and Stumpy. Stumpy had had an accident to his tail.
Sam McBratney - Guess How Much I Love You
"Guess how much I love you," says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that's just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare's love for him.
Ian Whybrow - Merry Meerkat Madness
The fourth meerkat story in the hilarious Awesome Animals series – awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. Told in Ian Whybrow’s unique style this hilarious Christmas adventure is a must-have for little meerkat fans. More hilarious adventures featuring Uncle Fearless, Skeema, Mimi and Little Dream – the all-star cast of Meerkat Madness, from the creator of the Little Wolf books. One of the fantastic titles in the Awesome Animals series – the funniest fiction, starring the wildest wildlife, from prize-winning authors. It’s Christmas in the Kalahari and the Really Mad Mob of meerkats are about to have a very Merry Meerkat Christmas indeed!
Nicholas Oldland - Big Bear Hug
A huge bear is wandering through the forest - but wait a minute! Who's that he's hugging? A beaver? And a moose? And a bird? And a tree? Welcome to the world of Big Bear Hug, a contemporary fable about a bear who has an appetite for hugging everything in sight - even creatures that bears have been known to eat. One day, the benevolent bear meets up with a human. This human proceeds to do something the bear cannot understand: he raises his axe and begins to cut down a tree. Suddenly the bear doesn't feel like hugging anymore and must make a difficult decision on how to stop this destruction in his forest. The environmental message of Big Bear Hug is both funny and powerful, while simple enough to engage very young children and show them the awesome power of a hug.
Emily Thomson - Bear and Bunny Go to Dreamland
How do you get to dreamland, Bear?" asked Bunny. How DO you get to dreamland when it is late and you are tired? Bunny thinks you might take a car, a train, a plane, or a hot air balloon. But Bear knows better. Show your little kids how to fall asleep at the end of a long day with this charming children's story that is sure to become a favorite. Children of all ages will love to answer the question, "How do you get to dreamland?
Tony DiTerlizzi - Kenny and the Dragon
Kenneth is a little rabbit with a very big problem. His two best friends are heading for a battle of legendary proportions - with each other! In one corner there's Grahame, a well-read and cultured dragon, with sophisticated tastes and no stomach for battle. In the other, there's George, a retired knight and dragon slayer who would be content to spend the rest of his days in his bookshop with a pipe and a good book. But when the townsfolk catch wind there's a dragon running loose in the countryside, and call George out of retirement, the stage is set. And it's up to Kenny to avert disaster. A fun-filled, thoroughly theatrical spin on a classic tale of subterfuge and showmanship.
Giles Andreae - Giraffes Can't Dance
All the jungle's got the beat, but Gerald the giraffe has four left feet. Such is the dilemma in this British team's bouncy if didactic picture book about self-esteem. As a multitude of fleet-footed beasts eagerly "skip and prance" at the annual Jungle Dance in Africa, Gerald feels sad "because when it comes to dancing/ he was really very bad." Jeered by waltzing warthogs and cha-cha-ing chimps when he attempts to cut a rug, Gerald hangs his head and leaves the celebration behind. Luckily, a friendly cricket appears in the moonlight, chirping a morale-boosting song of self-confidence that soon sets Gerald in graceful motion. Andreae's rhyming text has a jaunty rhythm that's likely to spark interest in the read-aloud crowd, in spite of a heavy-handed message. Parker-Rees's kicky depictions of slightly anthropomorphic animals boogying on the dance floor are the highlight here. His watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork exudes a fun, party vibe. Ages 3-6.
Kenneth Grahame - The Wind in the Willows
This is the much-loved classic tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. When Mole goes boating with Ratty instead of doing his spring-cleaning, he discovers a whole new world. As well as adventures on the river and in the Wild Wood, there are high jinks on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad of Toad Hall. Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad become the firmest of friends, but after Toad's latest escapade, can they join together and beat the wretched weasels once and for all?
Alan Alexander Milne - Kanga And Baby Roo Come To The Forest
Nobody seemed to know where they came from, but there they were in the Forest: Kanga and Baby Roo. When Pooh asked Christopher Robin, 'How did they come here?' Christopher Robin said, 'In the Usual Way, if you know what I mean, Pooh; and Pooh, who didn't said 'Oh!'