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A collection of 20 stories from India’s rich folklore heritage. From wicked magicians to wise old priests, charming princes and beautiful princesses, to greedy tigers and wily jackals, these magical tales are full of adventure and trickery, and infused with deeper messages about morality, Life and the world around us. Founded on the work of folklorist, Joseph Jacob, and from tales from India’s Mughul period, award-winning author Bali Rai’s lively retellings are a delight for readers of all ages.

The book includes endnotes with a glossary, additional information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories further.

Short story collection

Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same… for ordinary things become quite extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is around.

This fun-filled treasury brings together four of Paddington hilarious London-based picture book adventures for the first time.

Short story collection

Welcome to the Scottish Island of Struay, home of one of the best-loved characters in children’s books and as seen on TV – Katie Morag McColl! Whether she’s posting parcels to the wrong addresses, helping Grannie Island with a winning sheep, having problems with a troublesome ted or dealing with her naughty big boy cousins, Katie Morag is always up to something. Here are four delightful stories – a treat for all Katie Morag fans.

Short story collection

Explore the lives of the Windrush generation in this full-colour anthology. With a foreword from Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE.

This book presents 12 moving tales of sacrifice and bravery, inspired by first-hand accounts of the Windrush generation.

“Home ain’t jus’ where you live. Home is your heart an’ yer history.”

Each inspiring story helps to bring the real experience of Black British people into focus.

Produced in partnership with Black Cultural Archives to honour the Windrush generation.

Includes ten photo-packed fact sections.

The contributors: K. N. Chimbiri, Kevin George, Salena Godden, Judy Hepburn, Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Kirsty Latoya, Katy Massey, E. L. Norry, Quincy the Comedian, Jermain Jackman. With cover art by Joelle Avelino.

Black Cultural Archives is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of Black people in Britain.

50p from every copy sold goes to BCA.

Short story collection

The story of the war of 1914-1918 told through the experiences of twelve children and young people. From the efforts on the Home Front in both Britain and Germany, to the young soldiers in the trenches at the Western Front and from the horrors of Gallipoli to the naval battle of Jutland.

Short story collection

The Spirit of the Silk Road is your guide as you journey through this book from Chang-an to Samarkand, following one of the arterial caravan routes of the silk traders. As you travel across treacherous deserts and through lonely mountain passes, you will learn about the importance of silk as a commodity, see some of the distinctive customs of the peoples of Central Asia, and join in many storytelling sessions at starlit oases and campfires.

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Mayan civilization once flourished in what is today Guatemala and the Yucatan. The Mayan sacred book the Popol Vuh tells of the creation of the universe, the world of gods and demi-gods and the creation of mankind.

Translated by David Unger

Short story collection

Kingdom of Benin Short Stories use delightful characters to explore aspects of life in the kingdom of Benin in its hay days. Ehi Edo Warrior Chief turns the spotlight on a chief when he leads others through a war experience. This is war like no other.

Uki at Ukpe Festival deals with a different aspect of Kingdom of Benin life. The main character, adorable Uki and her dance group is an instant hit with the audience when they present their dance at the palace to mark the king’s New Year Ukpe festival.

These stories present Kingdom of Benin in a jovial fun way guaranteed to entertain all readers. This book is suitable for Key Stage 2: ages 7- 11.

Short story collection

In this book of tales from Africa there are stories about an evil-hearted shark, an extremely cunning hare, a very greedy spider, and the strongest man in the world. There are also answers to such questions as why the crab has no head, why the sun and moon live in the sky, and why flies buzz. Drawn from all parts of Africa, these stories illustrate the fierce sense of justice inherent in African peoples, their powers of patience and endurance, and their supreme ability as story-tellers.

Short story collection

Discover the drama and thrill of sixteen classic Ancient Greek myths in this glorious story collection.

Featuring all of the best-known stories, including Theseus & the Minotaur , Heracles, Daedalus & Icarus , The Wooden Horse and Pandora’s Box . Retold by master storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean, with full colour artwork throughout, this is an essential for every child’s bookshelf.

Stories included:
Theseus and the Minotaur
Pandora’s Box
Perseus and Medusa
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Daedalus and Icarus
Orpheus and Eurydice
Arachne
The Wooden Horse of Troy
King Midas
Persephone and the Pomegranate Seeds
Echo and Narcissus
The Twelve Labours of Heracles
Odysseus
Apollo and Daphne
Atalanta’s Race
Freedom for Prometheus

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