Fairy Tale Land: 12 Classic Tales Reimagined

by Kate Davies (Author) Lucille Clerc (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Fairy Tale Land opens the gates to the magical land where all the fairy tale characters live. Get lost in this visually stunning, oversized gift book that features all the well-loved stories, and immerse yourself in their enchanting world! The tales are expertly retold, perfect for bedtime, and each story is followed with an exquisitely illustrated, detailed map of its neighborhood. You can drop into Hansel and Gretel's cottage, explore the palace from Beauty and the Beast, and dive deep under the sea with the Little Mermaid. What wonderful things can you find in your favorite homes?

Beautiful, stylish, and vibrant illustrations adorn each page, as the magical text transports readers to faraway lands of mystery, fantasy and magic. Stunning full-page artworks and the detailed maps of the lands in which these stories take place mean this title will be lovingly pored over time and time again. The stories include: The Little Mermaid, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, Hansel and Gretel, Robin Hood, Treasure Island, Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White. The exquisite artwork and captivating text make this spellbinding anthology a gift to treasure for all generations.

Kirkus Reviews

Entertainingly spun.

Publishers Weekly

Strange realms and enchanted kingdoms recur in this appealing collection of gently updated classics that encompasses mostly European fairy tales and stories, including Robin Hood, "The Snow Queen," and Treasure Island, Davies's retellings deftly preserve the originals' sense of magic while recontouring plots to better suit modern sensibilities--in "Beauty and the Beast," the Beast needs friendship, not love, to break his curse, and in "The Little Mermaid," the mermaid chooses to return to her family, spurning the shallow prince: "I have my own palace, thank you." Clerc's intoxicatingly detailed, lushly colored illustrations are richly botanical, offering a riot of blooms and branches, with protagonists of varying skin tones. Each tale is capped with a full spread landscape depicting the story's setting, even if distracting asides offer unnecessary commentary ("Cinderella's sisters are mean and cruel--avoid them"). Casts a charming spell all its own. Ages 7-10. (Nov.)

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Kate Davies

Kate Davies was born and brought up in north-west London, UK. She studied English at Oxford University before becoming a writer and editor of children's books. She also writes comedy scripts and is the author of the best-selling novel for adults, In At the Deep End, which published in 2019. Kate lives in east London with her wife.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
November 20, 2021

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