The Children's Book Compass

Folk Tale Classics

Posted on: September 5, 2011

The Three Bears by Paul Galdone.  (1972).  Pages not numbered.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Grades P-3.

The Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone.  (1986).  Pages not numbered.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Grades P-3.

The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone.  (1970).  Pages not numbered.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Grades P-3.

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone.  (2001).  Pages not numbered.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Grades P-3.

Paul Galdone is a master storyteller and illustrator.  He has retold and illustrated these tales in a way that makes them sparkle.  Now these four tales are available again and have just been reissued as “Folk Tale Classics”.  Careful attention has been given to the trim size and format of the reissues.  The uniform font size for the covers and the brightly colored illustrations distinguish them.  Children love to hear theses stories read aloud again and again.  The Three Bears was a particular favorite of our youngest daughter.  She would linger over the page that introduced the three bears as “Little wee Bear, … a Middle-Sized bear … and the other was a Great Big Bear.”   The font size of the text matches the size of the bears.  Galdone’s endearing illustration shows the bears looking out at the reader.

Galdone retelling of the tales feature consequences for characters that make unwise decisions.  For example, in The Three Little Pigs the wolf eats the two pigs that don’t build sturdy houses.  The illustrations feature colorful and expressive characters that make each tale memorable.  These stories should be part of a child’s cultural heritage.  Look for more Galdone classics to be reissued soon.

 

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