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A World Full of Animal Stories: 50 folk tales and legends

This beautiful book of stories takes readers on a journey around the world with 50 best-loved tales, featuring creatures big and small.

Prepare for a story time like no other as you delve into this beautifully-illustrated collection of classic stories featuring tales about your favorite animals from every corner of the globe. This anthology of animal stories brings together the most loved animal-themed fables, myths, and legends including The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling, Why the Swallow's Tail is Forked, and the story of Ananse and the Python.

Lively retellings from best-selling author Angela McAllister are brought to life with sumptuous illustrations from Romanian-born illustrator, Aitch, in this treasury to treasure for a lifetime. For story lovers young and old this is the perfect anthology for all the family and animal lovers everywhere.

The World Full of… series is a collection of beautiful hardcover story treasuries. Discover folktales from all around the world or be introduced to some of the world’s best-loved writers with these stunning gift books, the perfection addition to any child’s library.

  • Hardcover
  • 128 pages
  • Ages 6-9


In a companion to A Year Full of Stories, McAllister compiles 50 folktales from around the world, retelling them in clear, straightforward prose. Grouped by continent, the stories offer light morals and “just-so” style explanations about animal characteristics and behavior: in “How the Jellyfish Lost His Bones,” a rather grim Japanese tale in which the Dragon King who rules the sea removes Jellyfish’s shell and leg bones as punishment after the creature fails to retrieve a monkey’s liver to heal the queen. Readers will recognize European tales such as “The Three Little Pigs” and “The Ugly Duckling,” but most of the international tales will likely be new to many children. Rich with imagery and magical happenings, this treasury offers plenty to captivate readers, and Aitch’s pencil and watercolor art neatly bridges the stories’ varied settings. Ages 6–9. (Oct.)

Publishers Weekly

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