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Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales: A Treasury of Children's Classics

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Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Little Red Hen, and nine other tales are brought to life in this superb treasury. The delightful characters will become storyland friends for life for children who meet them here. Just wait until your child sees the Giant's expression as he cries, "Fee, fi, fo, fum," or the adorable Elves dancing in the Shoemaker' Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Little Red Hen, and nine other tales are brought to life in this superb treasury. The delightful characters will become storyland friends for life for children who meet them here. Just wait until your child sees the Giant's expression as he cries, "Fee, fi, fo, fum," or the adorable Elves dancing in the Shoemaker's cottage! The Ginger-bread Boy's candy buttons and the dazzling feathers of the Ugly Duckling are among the many inviting details to discover with each new look. A collection of nursery tales so child friendly, rewarding, and full of fun could only have come from the rich and playful imagination of Mary Engelbreit.


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Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Little Red Hen, and nine other tales are brought to life in this superb treasury. The delightful characters will become storyland friends for life for children who meet them here. Just wait until your child sees the Giant's expression as he cries, "Fee, fi, fo, fum," or the adorable Elves dancing in the Shoemaker' Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the Little Red Hen, and nine other tales are brought to life in this superb treasury. The delightful characters will become storyland friends for life for children who meet them here. Just wait until your child sees the Giant's expression as he cries, "Fee, fi, fo, fum," or the adorable Elves dancing in the Shoemaker's cottage! The Ginger-bread Boy's candy buttons and the dazzling feathers of the Ugly Duckling are among the many inviting details to discover with each new look. A collection of nursery tales so child friendly, rewarding, and full of fun could only have come from the rich and playful imagination of Mary Engelbreit.

30 review for Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales: A Treasury of Children's Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    Treasuries of stories are always a nice thing to have in a picture-book collection. It helps if the illustrations are fun to look at, too. That's the case here, as Mary Engelbreit takes on a collection of twelve well-known, classic stories. The intended audience is obviously quite young, as some of the stories are weirdly sanitized. There are deaths (though they're never shown in the illustrations), but sometimes the villains simply run away, never to be seen again. Certain familiar stories are m Treasuries of stories are always a nice thing to have in a picture-book collection. It helps if the illustrations are fun to look at, too. That's the case here, as Mary Engelbreit takes on a collection of twelve well-known, classic stories. The intended audience is obviously quite young, as some of the stories are weirdly sanitized. There are deaths (though they're never shown in the illustrations), but sometimes the villains simply run away, never to be seen again. Certain familiar stories are made less scary by eliminating the element of the abusive parent/stepparent (e.g., in "Hansel and Gretel", the children simply get lost while picking berries in the woods, and eventually return home to their loving mother) or the more graphic details (e.g., in "Little Red Riding Hood", the reader is simply told that the wolf gobbled up granny and the little girl; we don't see them again until the wolf is convinced to let them out of his stomach). The illustrations are pretty cute, done in Engelbreit's signature style. Hansel and Gretel are adorable with their bare feet and folksy clothes, and I like the fact that Engelbreit chose to diversify the Three Little Pigs a bit by having there be two girls among the siblings (watching the third little pig build her brick house is rather cute; she takes off her sweater first and hangs it over a branch so it won't get dirty while she works). This is a decent collection of read-aloud stories. Some may seem too simple for older readers. But they're nice and short, and one could easily read a couple before bed. I'd definitely recommend this one to fans of Mary Engelbreit, as well as to those looking for a simple treasury of classic stories that aren't too scary for the youngest readers and listeners.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    My mother has passed on her love for all things Mary Engelbreit to me. This is a well-illustrated collection of classic nursery tales, like Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and Goldilocks. I love the illustrations and the way in which the stories are presented. These are stories every child should know!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    Classic fairy tales. I like the large pages, large type and adorable illustrations.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elliot's Mama

    I love introducing Elliot to classic, beloved nursery tales, but it’s sometimes a struggle to find versions appropriate for him— both in length (some are too long for his attention span right now) and content (Grimm’s fairy tales are truly grim!). So I get really excited when I find ones that are appropriate in both respects, and that are also illustrated well. I’m picky, I know! I’ve been curious about Mary Engelbreit’s work since I’ve seen it around, but have never read any of her children’s b I love introducing Elliot to classic, beloved nursery tales, but it’s sometimes a struggle to find versions appropriate for him— both in length (some are too long for his attention span right now) and content (Grimm’s fairy tales are truly grim!). So I get really excited when I find ones that are appropriate in both respects, and that are also illustrated well. I’m picky, I know! I’ve been curious about Mary Engelbreit’s work since I’ve seen it around, but have never read any of her children’s books. Well, this collection of twelve tales was a wonderful introduction! I appreciated the gentler endings (the wolf got a scolding from the woodcutter and he spit out Little Red Riding Hood and her grandma, Hansel and Gretal’s mom loved them rather than a step-mother who was intentionally trying to lose them in the woods) that were more appropriate for his innocent mind right now. The illustrations were absolutely delightful! So many fun details. Elliot’s top tales in this collection were Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen ( all of which he’d heard other versions before), and The Gingerbread Boy (this was new to him!). These are probably best for 3+ year old, but Elliot really enjoys longer stories if they have an interesting plot, so I tried them out at 20 months and he’s hooked, which I’m sure can also be the case for other younger toddlers

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    After finding this treasure trove at the local library, I had to order a copy of my own. I highly recommend this beautiful classic to all who have a wee one in the home because the illustrations are divine and the stories are told in such a sweet fashion for fairy tales.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sunni Berbert

    12 classic tales in a simple telling for young kids. Beautiful and fun drawings to go along with the text. They all end in a fairly happy note.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I was disappointed! The stories were excessively bowdlerized, and the art, while cute, lacked the quirky humor and charm that I had expected.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Love the illustrations in this book!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I had a couple moments of "wait! that's not how the story goes!" but if you are looking for a sunny, happy collection of slightly-sanitized favorites, this is your book. (If not, go straight for Lucy Cousins' Yummy Eight favorite fairy tales.) I don't always like the Mary Engelbreit empire of calendars and things, but her illustrations here are wonderful and make me want to hug the book, then buy it for a preschooler. (Julie M. used some of these stories for draw-me-a-story scripts) "Engelbreit k I had a couple moments of "wait! that's not how the story goes!" but if you are looking for a sunny, happy collection of slightly-sanitized favorites, this is your book. (If not, go straight for Lucy Cousins' Yummy Eight favorite fairy tales.) I don't always like the Mary Engelbreit empire of calendars and things, but her illustrations here are wonderful and make me want to hug the book, then buy it for a preschooler. (Julie M. used some of these stories for draw-me-a-story scripts) "Engelbreit knows a cozy home when she sees one. In the world she has imagined for these stories, everything is in its place: the sporty, well-coordinated outfits her characters wear, the well-tended gardens they raise, and the piping hot food they put on their tables. Her child-friendly interiors come well furnished with comfy chairs, snug beds, and bric-a-brac aplenty, the accumulated stuff of years of living, which for the children of the house so often become cherished springboards to fantasy. Let the big bad wolf huff and puff if he must. Happy endings await." --Leonard S. Marcus, Author, critic, and children's literature historian

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marlene

    Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales: A Treasury of Children's Classics (2008, HarperCollins) is a great book for reading stories to children. The illustrations are gorgeous and make it very clear what is happening. Each story is several pages long with a nice illustration, many of them a full page, to go with every few sentences. The language is neither overly simple, nor overly complex. See the following, from The Country Mouse and the City Mouse. "In came the Cat! The cousins ran back into the hole Mary Engelbreit's Nursery Tales: A Treasury of Children's Classics (2008, HarperCollins) is a great book for reading stories to children. The illustrations are gorgeous and make it very clear what is happening. Each story is several pages long with a nice illustration, many of them a full page, to go with every few sentences. The language is neither overly simple, nor overly complex. See the following, from The Country Mouse and the City Mouse. "In came the Cat! The cousins ran back into the hole. As they huddled there, hungry and terrified, the Cat sat watching, ready to pounce." Very nicely done. I read a quick story to my 3-year-old and 5-year-old daughters at the end of lunch time, and I really like Mary Engelbreit's books for this. I'd recommend this large-ish book for preschoolers, especially. My daughter who is going into kindergarten still adores it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    If you need a great gift book for a 3-6 year old - here it is! This is a beautifully illustrated nursery tale book, with all the great stories that every preschooler needs to hear. The stories are nicely written to be shorter rather than longer, and each story can be read aloud in several minutes. The illustrations make it fun and less scary. Even Hansel and Gretel is easy to read and hear because of the cuteness of the pictures and the brief telling of their finishing off the witch. I bought thi If you need a great gift book for a 3-6 year old - here it is! This is a beautifully illustrated nursery tale book, with all the great stories that every preschooler needs to hear. The stories are nicely written to be shorter rather than longer, and each story can be read aloud in several minutes. The illustrations make it fun and less scary. Even Hansel and Gretel is easy to read and hear because of the cuteness of the pictures and the brief telling of their finishing off the witch. I bought this recently for my 5yr old granddaughter and we'd been reading it daily for 2 weeks. Tonight she sat on my lap and "read" the book page by page to herself, her fingers tracing each line, and repeating what she remembered of the stories. She seemed to be as satisfied with her own "reading" of the book as she has been when an adult has read it to her. What a great introduction to fairy tales for little kids.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I got this for our daughters last year after looking at a few different books of fairy tales with illustrations. There are twelve of the classic stories here and they are gently told with very little blood or violence. For instance, the wolf doesn't eat any of the three little pigs, they just run away. Hansel and Gretel aren't abandoned in the woods, instead their mother asked them to look for berries and they got lost. As always, Engelbreit's illustrations are beautiful, fanciful, and detailed, I got this for our daughters last year after looking at a few different books of fairy tales with illustrations. There are twelve of the classic stories here and they are gently told with very little blood or violence. For instance, the wolf doesn't eat any of the three little pigs, they just run away. Hansel and Gretel aren't abandoned in the woods, instead their mother asked them to look for berries and they got lost. As always, Engelbreit's illustrations are beautiful, fanciful, and detailed, and they make the book. This is a great introduction to some classic fairy tales for young readers who are ready for slightly longer stories than typical picture books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This is a great book. The tales are familiar and told just the right way with just the right length. They are the "nice" versions (in Little Red Riding Hood the huntsman doesn't cut the wolf open to get Grandma and Red out, he just scares the wolf into letting them out of his belly), but I suppose that's okay for wee ones ;-). The best part of the book is the illustrations, they are fabulous!!! This is a book that I want for my son's collection and I think it will get read over and over again. This is a great book. The tales are familiar and told just the right way with just the right length. They are the "nice" versions (in Little Red Riding Hood the huntsman doesn't cut the wolf open to get Grandma and Red out, he just scares the wolf into letting them out of his belly), but I suppose that's okay for wee ones ;-). The best part of the book is the illustrations, they are fabulous!!! This is a book that I want for my son's collection and I think it will get read over and over again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I blogged about wanting this book back at Christmas time. I got it and I have absolutely loved it. Fairy tales have always been a favorite of mine and I love Mary Englebreit's artwork, so I was sure this would be a hit and it didn't disappoint. The thing that I really love about this collection of fairy tales is that the stories are fairly simple and there are lots of pictures. Three and Four year olds seem to always love fairy tales, but so many of the fairy tale collections have few pictures a I blogged about wanting this book back at Christmas time. I got it and I have absolutely loved it. Fairy tales have always been a favorite of mine and I love Mary Englebreit's artwork, so I was sure this would be a hit and it didn't disappoint. The thing that I really love about this collection of fairy tales is that the stories are fairly simple and there are lots of pictures. Three and Four year olds seem to always love fairy tales, but so many of the fairy tale collections have few pictures and lots of words. My three year old and I read this collection regularly!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becky H.

    Another wonderful book by Mary Engelbreit. This has been fun to read before bed with my daughter. It includes beautifully illustrated stories including; Goldilocks and the three bears -- The three little pigs -- Puss in Boots -- Little Red Riding Hood -- The emperor's new clothes -- Hansel and Gretel -- The city mouse and the country mouse -- Jack and the beanstalk -- The gingerbread boy -- The elves and the shoemaker -- The little red hen -- The ugly duckling. Another wonderful book by Mary Engelbreit. This has been fun to read before bed with my daughter. It includes beautifully illustrated stories including; Goldilocks and the three bears -- The three little pigs -- Puss in Boots -- Little Red Riding Hood -- The emperor's new clothes -- Hansel and Gretel -- The city mouse and the country mouse -- Jack and the beanstalk -- The gingerbread boy -- The elves and the shoemaker -- The little red hen -- The ugly duckling.

  16. 5 out of 5

    April

    This fairy tale treasury is nonviolent; thus it is not for the purist. However, it is a very sweet and cozy introduction to fairy tales for toddlers and preschoolers. My almost three year old son was captivated by the pictures.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie Campbell

    Lovely illustrations of the stories generations have all grown up on. Somewhat sanitised for the younger reader. Ideal before bed length so you can get one or two stories in before bedfordshire. I would highly recommend it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anaeka

    It feels like the stories have been abridged and modified beyond recognition and that they are an after thought to the illustrations. Even the illustrations, while good, are not particularly memorable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This one is requested over and over by our preschooler.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Westerville

    "I had a couple moments of "wait! that's not how the story goes!" but if you are looking for a sunny, happy collection of slightly-sanitized favorites, this is your book." - Becky "I had a couple moments of "wait! that's not how the story goes!" but if you are looking for a sunny, happy collection of slightly-sanitized favorites, this is your book." - Becky

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa (The Shady Glade)

    The stories in this collection are perhaps quite simplified, but as you might expect the illustrations are fantastic.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I have used this book numerous times for different programs and activities. All the tales are short and have happy endings. :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Another Spencer Book. Fun artwork that he loves to look at and classic stories.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    Such a great selection of classic tales! The images are colorful and sweet. We really enjoyed reading it before bed every night!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alisa Buchanan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mrinalini

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

  29. 5 out of 5

    Momma Brin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anneliese Bennion

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