More first books for fledgling readers that offer the enjoyment of a good story with the thrill of accomplishment that comes from independent reading. Written in short, easy phrases with carefully selected vocabulary and plentiful illustrations, each book helps youngsters achieve success as they have fun.
The series follows three friends who love to share stories. In each book, one is reminded of a well-known story:
"It's Not About the Ball " is based on "The Frog Prince;
It' Not About the Tiny Girl " is based on" Thumbelina;
It's Not About the Diamonds " is based on the story of" Diamonds and Toads;
It's Not About the Straw " is based on "Rumpelstiltskin "and
"It's Not About the Beanstalk " is based on Jack "and the Beanstalk.
"As one friend starts his story, the others are reminded of versions they know so each volume has three stories within one framework. The stories come from around the world, and Veronika Martenova Charles provides a note at the end of each book to describe the origins.
Easy-to-Read Wonder Tales are a great first step in developing a lifelong love of reading, and it makes a fine companion to Veronika Martenova Charles's series, Easy-to-Read Spooky Tales.
About the Author
Veronika Martenova Charles is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include: Maiden of the Mist: A Legend of Niagara Falls; Stretch, Swallow, & Stare; The Crane Girl; and The Birdman. Veronika has studied at Ryerson University, the Ontario College or Art and Design, and recently completed her graduate studies in Folklore at York University. Veronika Martenova Charles lives in Toronto.
A native of Montreal, Annouchka Gravel Galouchko has lived in Iran, Egypt, Mexico, and Austria. Winner of a Governor General's Award for illustration and nominee for French language text (""Sho et les dragons d'eau""), she has exhibited her paintings widely.
Annouchka's partner, Stephan Daigle, is an internationally known painter and illustrator of books, magazines, and corporate images. He, too, was born in Montreal. The couple's collaboration on ""The Birdman"" has resulted in an exceptional blend of color and design, along with depth and symbolism that belie its prettiness. Stephan and Annouchka live in Quebec with their eight-year-old son, Sacha.
Phyllis Root is the author of BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD and many other award-winning books for children. She says, "Aunt Nancy is my grandmothers and aunts -- women who never let the world get the better of them -- all rolled into one." She lives in Minneapolis.
David Parkins has illustrated numerous books for children, including WEBSTER J. DUCK by Martin Waddell and EGYPTIAN DIARY by Richard Platt. He lives in Lincoln, England.
Praise for Easy-to-Read Spooky Tales:
". . . a series that is not only informational but also entertaining. Young readers...will find the short lines and large print inviting and accessible." - MultiCultural Review
Praise for The Birdman:
". . . the story is simple, very touching, and elegantly told . . . " - Starred Review, Quill & Quire
". . . this story of grief turned to compassion is lovely to look at and elegantly told." - School Library Journal