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Mom’s Monday-Little Red Riding Hood

01 Mar, 2010 by in sam taplin, usborne 1 comment

Usborne First Fairytales
Little Red Riding Hood
Age: 2+
Board Book:
ISBN: 9780746093764
10 pages
Author/Editor: Sam Taplin
Illustrator: Jo Litchfield
5 stars
A chunky board book retelling the beloved fairytale for very young children. Little Red Riding Hood is on her way through the forest to visit her grandmother, but meets a big, bad wolf instead. With robust tabs to help children locate their favourite scenes.
Very simple text accompanies each picture making this book perfect for reading aloud to young children, or for children who are just beginning to read to tackle alone.
This is a series I absolutely LOVE! Usborne First Fairytales are sturdy, easy to handle and have gold glitter accents on the pages. They are worth every penny you spend for them and will be the longest lasting on your shelves. Who wouldn’t love this classic fairytale with wolves and little red in vivid color? 5+ stars from our family!

Book Review-Baba Yaga The Flying Witch

04 Feb, 2010 by in book review, usborne 1 comment

Published February 29th 2008

by Usborne Publishing Ltd (first published January 2008)

details Hardcover, 48 pages

isbn 0746085605

4 stars

Story summary from the back cover

In this fantastic Russian folktale, Baba Yaga zooms through the forest on her flying pot. Her hair is greasy, her hands are arty. Her nose reaches down to her chin. And poor Tasha has been sent into the forest to find her…

First of all, let me say that Usborne Books are my very favorite in the whole world. Their editions are sturdy and withstand my children’s manhandling, chewing and reading. This one I picked up from the library. It has a cushioned hard cover and a ribbon inside to hold your place. I was interested in the subject because of the YA fiction book “Dreaming Anastasia” by Joy Preble. The folk tale of Baba Yaga was introduced within the story and I wanted to learn more.
The Usborne version is easy to read with beautiful illustrations and my children have all passed it around.  They are picky readers, so any book that holds their interest is impressive for me!  I can’t wait to pick up the other fairy tale book in the Usborne Easy Reader series.
To see images of Baba Yaga and the matryoska doll on Flickr see the photo galleries here: