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The Viking treasury of children's stories
Trenter, Anna.
Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Books, 1997.

Physical Description:
viii, 309 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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PZ5 .V465 1996 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ5 .V465 1996 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6, younger for reading aloud. Great for library, classroom, and family reading aloud, this large-size, illustrated anthology, first published in England, includes 36 complete stories and excerpts of classic children's books. Adult purists may blanch at the new illustrations for some old favorites (for example, the pictures for The Wizard of Oz), but several of the new illustrations are quite wonderful. Shirley Hughes adds a whole new dimension to What Katy Did; Quentin Blake's Scrooge captures the trembling farce; and Emma Chichester Clark's quarrel scenes in Little Women are just right. So are the horses in Black Beauty. Of course no one has dared mess with Beatrix Potter or Garth Williams or with E. H. Shepard's pictures for Winnie the Pooh. There are a few contemporary stories, but most are excerpts from old favorites. When necessary, a brief introductory note sets the scene. Like all fine collections, this will give immediate pleasure and it will make readers and listeners ask for more of the same. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8‘A collection of 36 tales and excerpts from some of the best-known and loved literary works. Retold versions of Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes and the Grimms' The Frog Prince, as well as passages from Black Beauty, The Railway Children, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Secret Garden, The Worst Witch, and The Hobbit are among the selections. A previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is also included. The original art appears in several of the selections including Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte's Web, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit; others feature newer interpretations. While most of the new work is appealing, Emma Chichester Clark's pictures for Little Women depict sickly and washed out youngsters and not at all the delicate, prim and proper girls of the 1860s that one expects to see. The excerpt from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is mistitled "Edmund and the Wardrobe"; it is actually "Turkish Delight." These stories are suitable for reading aloud and could be used to introduce the complete works, but they certainly don't supplant them.‘Debbie Feulner, Northwest Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.