This beautiful book is wonderful for kids who like to use and expand their imaginations. I can remember reading similar books when I was a child. It really helped me develop a lifelong love of reading.
The Emperor’s Nightingale and Other Feathery Tales is a collection of 12 classic tales from around the world. As the title indicates, each of the stories features a bird. Jane Ray has beautifully illustrated the stories with images that bring the them to life and encourage minds to wander in imaginative ways.
The stories will probably be all new to your children, but will recognize some of them:
- The Happy Prince
- Mulungu Paints the Birds
- The Owl and the Pussycat
- Noah’s Ark
- Hope is the Thing with Feathers
- The Golden Swan
- Jorinda and Joringel
- Heron and Hummingbird
- The Emperor’s Nightingale
- The Jackdaw of Rheims
- The Firebird
- Magpie Song
The stories are recommended for ages 5 and up. If your child is already reading, they may devour the book on their own. Otherwise, it is a great bedtime story selection to be read aloud.
The Emperor’s Nightingale and Other Feathery Tales
The Story Collector
by Jane Ray
Pub. date 10/1/13
Synopsis: “With this extraordinary collection of stories—each featuring a bird as a central character—Jane Ray has crafted a special gift for children who love to read and be read to. Ray, an internationally renowned picture book artist, retells and stunningly illustrates a rich variety of tales from around the world. Some, like Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince,” are beloved; others, like the charming African myth, “Mulungu Paints the Birds,” will become new favorites. The writers include the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Edward Lear, and more. Jane’s writing style simply glides along, revealing tales of wonder, magic and mystery.”
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