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Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Introduce little ones to Neverland and the Lost Boys in an abridged retelling of J. M. Barrie’s fantastical story. When a free-spirited and mischievous boy named Peter appears at the window of the Darling family’s nursery, the children are soon whisked away on an adventure they’ll never forget. Will they be heroic enough to face up to the dreaded Captain Hook and his gang of unruly pirates? This beloved fantasy is perfect for enjoying together while snuggling down for a bedtime read.


The beloved tale of Cinderella is one of the world’s best-known fairy tales, renowned as a ‘happily ever after’ story. However, orphaned Cinderella has to demonstrate tremendous courage before she makes it to the royal ball, and with a little help from a friendly Fairy Godmother and some loveable rogues, she eventually stands up to her unkind family.

The Three Little Pigs

It takes a lot of courage to face a big, bad wolf! In this well-loved tale, three brothers must leave home and outwit their dreaded foe who wants to gobble them up. The first little piggy and the second little piggy don’t fare well but the third little piggy builds his house out of brick, so it’s strong enough to withstand the hungry wolf’s huffs and puffs.  This cautionary tale is full of moral messaging, including how to be brave and determined.

Hansel and Gretel

A classic that has been loved by generations, this story is sensitively retold, retaining all the key parts from the original by celebrated fairy tale writers and folklorists Brothers Grimm. Beginning with Hansel and Gretel being left in the woods to find their way to a house made of sweets, Gretel has to rescue her brother Hansel from the wicked witch, and in true fairy tale-style, nothing is quite as it seems!

Little Red Riding Hood

When Little Red Riding Hood realises that the creature lying in her Grandmother’s bed is not her Grandmother but in fact a greedy wolf eager to eat her up, she quickly and bravely formulates a plan to outwit him. This beautiful edition of Little Red Riding Hood is a perfect first illustrated introduction to this story for little readers, from ages three upwards.

The Wizard of Oz

Revisit an Americana favourite in this fun, introductory version of The Wizard of Oz. Join young Dorothy as she is transported from Kansas to the magical land of Oz, where she faces her fears and follows the yellow brick road to find her way back home - attracting lots of curious characters along the way! Full of amusing images and rhythm and rhymes that will delight young children, this book is ideal for reading aloud and sharing with two to four-year-olds.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Adventurous Jack sets out to redeem himself for exchanging his family’s prize cow Daisy for some magic beans. From the beans grow a magical beanstalk, which Jack must climb to defeat the evil giant and win gold and riches for his family. This classic tale of bravery will show tots that even the littlest person can face the biggest of adversaries.

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