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Award-winning children's writer and former United Kingdom Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has collected the greatest magical stories and put them all together for your reading pleasure. From tiny heroes and talking frogs to meddling fairies and mysterious sea creatures, all the wonders of the magical world are right here. This timeless collection will be treasured forever by children looking for something magical to read alone or to share. Stories include "The Frog Prince," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Sleeping Beauty," and more. Strikingly illustrated and charmingly retold, there are lots of great stories from around the world that children will explore and enjoy. (Ages 7+, F&P Reading Level: R)

From the Reviews:
"Magic is an important ingredient in fairy tales, folk tales, and children’s stories of all kinds. Michael Morpurgo, prolific writer of children’s books, invited several other writers to contribute retellings of magical fairy tales and folk tales to this collection. Each is illustrated by a different illustrator with a distinctive style. The dozen stories include some tried and true standards such as "Cinderella," "The Pied Piper," and "Jack and the Beanstalk," but also some not as commonly told tales, such as "Twelve Dancing Princesses," "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," and "Yoshi the Stonecutter." All have the common theme of magic, and each is beautifully written, though with as many styles as there are writers (eleven — only writer Pippa Goodhart has two stories in the collection). Each story has a short introduction followed by a title page and several beautifully illustrated pages with the story. Each could nearly be a picture book on its own. This is a delightful collection of stories that will satisfy the most demanding of young fans of good, old-fashioned stories as well as those who read to them."
San Francisco Book Review,

About The Author:
Michael Morpurgo
is a former Children’s Laureate in Great Britain and the best-selling author of over 130 books for children, including Greatest Animal Stories (available from Barron's in North America), as well as Private Peaceful, The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, and Warhorse. Since 1976, he and his wife, Claire, have run the charity Farms for Children, which offers children and teachers from urban primary schools the opportunity to live and work in the English countryside for a week. Visit his website at


Hardcover with jacket / 256 Pages / 7 3/4 x 10 / 2018

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