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9 of our favourite fairy tales for pre-schoolers

Are you sitting comfortably? Make sure the little ones in your life are familiar with some of the best fairy tales with this library full of wicked witches, big-bad wolves, magical animals and giant beanstalks. 

The Three Little Pigs: Ladybird Touch and Feel Fairy Tales

This is a sweet version of the classic, well-loved tale of three little pigs trying to outwit a very hungry wolf. It’s ideal for tiny bookworms who’ll have you huffing and puffing through the story, again and again! The different textures on each page add a tactile interest for toddlers; the simply told story with fresh, bright illustrations is perfectly pitched to share with a new generation of fairy tale fans. 

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Ladybird Tales: Aladdin

This gorgeously illustrated hardback is a great way to introduce young readers to the classic story of Aladdin and his magical lamp. Based on the original Ladybird retelling of one of the most famous tales from One Thousand and One Nights, pre-schoolers will be enchanted by the adventures of Aladdin as he encounters magical objects and enlists the help of two powerful genies to overcome the evil magician and marry the princess.

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Puss in Boots: Ladybird First Favourite Tales

Puss in Boots is a brilliant introduction to the cleverest cat in town, ideal for tots with a fondness for felines. This slightly-simplified version keeps all the crucial elements of the classic story, telling how the loyal, trickster pet - our Puss in Boots - fools everyone into thinking his poor master is rich enough for a princess. The rhyming text will delight young children and will make for a fun read-aloud story session.

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The Gingerbread Man and Other Stories: Ladybird First Favourite Tales

Great for car journeys or a relaxing bedtime, this audio collection is a lovely way to enjoy six famous stories: The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Chicken Licken, The Enormous Turnip, Sly Fox and Red Hen and Hansel and Gretel. The readings are accompanied by cheery sound effects and music to add atmosphere and excitement, making them a good choice to enthuse children who are reluctant to settle with a traditional book.

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Ladybird Tales: Classic Stories to Share

Calling all classics fans! This gorgeous collection of five famous fairy tales: Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Puss in Boots will tug at any big kid’s heartstrings. Based on the original Ladybird retellings by Vera Southgate, these wonderful stories carry a sense of tradition and are a wonderful start to any budding book lover’s library.

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Hansel and Gretel: Ladybird First Favourite Tales

Abandoned in a wood, a brother and sister come to an enchanted house made of sweets and are captured by a witch. They have to use all their cunning to escape together before returning in triumph to their father. This retelling is adapted for pre-schoolers with a gentler storyline that retains the essence and excitement of the traditional tale. 

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Ladybird Favourite Fairy Tales

A brilliant gift for new parents, this Ladybird treasury includes eight traditional stories: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Porridge Pot, Little Red Hen and The Ugly Duckling. These tales have been made more relatable for readers today and are bound together in a gorgeously illustrated hardback with a ribbon page marker, for serious mini-readers.

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Jack and the Beanstalk: Ladybird First Favourite Tales

Follow plucky Jack as he climbs the magical beanstalk and outwits the giant at the top to bring home riches to his long-suffering mum. Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the most popular fairy tales and this version is given a modern twist, making it easy to understand and follow for children as young as two-years-old.

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Little Red Riding Hood: Ladybird First Favourite Tales

This version of Little Red Riding Hood is a funny and fresh retelling of the iconic story, packaged up in a small sturdy hardback which is perfect for little hands. To make it less frightening for little ears grandma doesn’t get gobbled up, but otherwise this version follows the classic tale and is a charming first read for nursery children.

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