Alice in Wonderland is the story of a little girl, who follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole into a magical world, where she meets a cast of fabulous and absurd characters, such as the vanishing Cheshire Cat, a Dodo, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
It’s New Year’s Eve, the end of the old year, and everyone is celebrating, everyone that is, except for the little match girl. She is sitting shivering in a cold, lonely corner of the city. For all too brief a moment, her matches bring her warmth and happiness and she dreams of a happier life.
The Snow Queen is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s best-loved tales. Kay and Gerda are best friends. They do everything together, until a splinter of glass hardens Kay’s heart, and the Snow Queen takes him to her icy palace. Heartbroken, Gerda sets out to find her friend.
When mother duck’s eggs hatch, she has five, fluffy, yellow ducklings and one big, grey duckling. He is different and the other ducklings are not kind to him. Will he ever find a friend? He is sad and lonely until one spring day something wonderful happens.
Illustrated by Kim Tillyer
The story takes place in Istanbul around the Bosphorus and there are scenes in and around Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Galata Tower and the Maiden’s Tower. It is a story based on the legend of Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, who flew from Galata Tower across the Bosphorus to Üsküdar in the 17th century during the reign of Murat IV. He was born 1609 and died in 1640. There is only one written account of his flight by the Turkish writer and historian Evliya Celebi, who witnessed the flight. As there is only one account of the flight it is seen as more a legend than a true story.
The Little Red Hen is a folk tale that has been passed down from storyteller to storyteller for many generations. It is the story of a hard-working little hen who asks her friends to help her plant some wheat and bake some bread. They, however, are too busy to help!
In this version of the well-known folk tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks lives in a snowy northern land. One day, when she’s feeling a little lonely, her curiosity leads her to meet three beautiful polar bears and to find a very special new friend.
The Selfish Giant is the story of a giant who wanted his beautiful garden all to himself, so he built a high wall round it to keep the children out. From then on, it was always winter in the garden, and the Giant was cold and lonely, until one special child melted his heart and spring returned to the garden again.
One magical winter’s day, in Russia long ago, Alexei and Natalya built a snow girl, who miraculously came to life and danced her way into their hearts. However, there was one condition – she could only stay with them for as long as they truly loved her.
The Pirates of the Black Sea is a fictional story based on the perilous true-life journey made by the Vikings from Scandinavia down to the Black Sea. In this story, Asgar Wartooth makes the treacherous journey in search of his father’s buried treasure. But Asgar is not the only one who wants to find the treasure. He and a courageous band of valiant Vikings must battle with the formidable Captain Skull-Splitter and his fearsome pirate crew.