Synopses & Reviews
From the sassy cricket hero of A Cricket in Times Square to the charmingly bumbling mole from The Wind in the Willows and other figures from more than a dozen timeless classics, this anthology is a lovely introduction to some of the most enduring characters in all of childrens literature. The carefully selected excerpts include works by Aesop, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rudyard Kipling, Gerald Durrell, Hans Christian Andersen, and many more. In these pages children will discover wondrous worlds, while adults will recognize long-lost friends. Classic Animal Stories chosen by Sally Grindley is a beautifully illustrated keepsake collection will provide hours of wonderful read-together memories for the whole family.
School Library JournalAn enjoyable assortment of stories. . . . The entries are freshly illustrated with lively artwork, each by a different artist. . . . This serviceable collection could be fun for sharing at home or in the classroom.
About the Author
Sally Grindley is the award-winning author of more than a dozen picture books, as well as novels for older children, including Spilled Water, which was awarded a Smarties Prize, one of the U.K.s top honors.
Table of Contents
AESOP'S FABLES retold by Savior Pirotta JUST SO STORIESby Rudyard Kipling THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUAREby George Selden BRER FOX CATCHES OLD MAN TARRYPINby Joel Chandler Harris MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMHby Robert C. O'Brien THE HODGEHEGby Dick King-Smith THE MIDNIGHT FOXby Betsy Byars GOBBOLINO THE WITCH'S CATby Ursula Moray Williams MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALSby Gerald Durrell BORN FREEby Joy Adamson THE WIND IN THE WILLOWSby Kenneth Grahame FARMER BOYby Laura Ingalls Wilder THE HAPPY PRINCEby Oscar Wilde THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEYby David Kearney WAR HORSEby Michael Morpugo THE NIGHTINGALEHans Christian Andersen NOTES ON THE AUTHORS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS