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Grimms Fairy Tales

Author: Brothers Grimm

Publisher: Norilana Books (2008)

The classic fairy tales compiled by Jacob and Wilhelm, the Brothers Grimm (1812) are stories of dark wisdom with a bite. Not for the faint-hearted, not for the weak of spirit, not for anyone expecting childish fluff. Contained within these pages are fairy tales that show the dark beauty of truth, and the cold mirror of common sense, clad in the rich glamour of the imagination. Translated (1823) from the German by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes. The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse. Throughout their lives they remained close friends, and both studied law at Marburg University. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology, and although Wilhelm's work was hampered by poor health the brothers collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary, not completed until a century after their deaths. But they were best (and universally) known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of 'Nursery and Household Tales' in 1812 and 1814. Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history, and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration, the tales soon came into the possession of young readers. This was in part due to Edgar Taylor, who made the first English translation in 1823, selecting about fifty stories 'with the amusement of some young friends principally in view.' They have been an essential ingredient of children's reading ever since.

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Hairy Maclary Scattercat

Author: Lynley Dodd

Part of a series: Hairy Maclary and Friends

Publisher: Puffin (1987)

"Hairy Maclary felt bumptious and bustly, bossy and bouncy and frisky and hustly" Hairy Maclary, everyone's favourite dog, is busy chasing and hustling all the neighbourhood cats from Slinky Malinki to Pimpernel Pugh. But when he comes face to face with Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town, it's Hairy Maclary's turn to be bustled, rustled and hustled!

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Hairy Maclary's Bone

Author: Lynley Dodd

Part of a series: Hairy Maclary and Friends

Publisher: Franklin Watts (1999)

Hairy Maclary's Bone is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. With cumulative rhymes and sunny ink and watercolor illustrations, this international favorite chronicles the escapades of our hero Hairy and his crew of five kooky canines. Here every dog-from big-as-a-horse Hercules Morse to Schnitzel von Krumm with the very low tum-tries to have his day with HAIRY MACLARY'S BONE, but guess who triumphs

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Hairy Maclary's Caterwaul Caper

Author: Lynley Dodd

Part of a series: Hairy Maclary and Friends

Publisher: Puffin (1989)

"They sniffed and they snuffled, they bustled around, and they saw WHAT was making the terrible sound." Scarface Claw, the biggest cat in the neighbourhood, is out exploring when he gets stuck up a tree. His yowling is terrible - so terrible that it draws Hairy Maclary and all his friends from Donaldson's Dairy to investigate

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Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks

Author: Lynley Dodd

Part of a series: Hairy Maclary and Friends

Publisher: Puffin (2008)

Hairy Maclary's Hat Tricks is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. It's a blusterous, gusterous, dusterous day and Hairy Maclary is ready to play. So he trots down to the park where, while enjoying a game of catch, he comes across a windblown wedding party. Poor Grandmother Pugh (a vision in blue) tries to hold on to her hat, but the wind whistles through it and blows it clean away. It's no problem for Hairy Maclary, though! Off he shoots to the rescue, chasing the hat high and low until . . . with a swoop and a flurry of black, he caught it and carried it all the way back! Has Hairy ever caused such mayhem? Thank goodness for Miss Plum, who once again steps in to save the day!

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Hairy Maclary's Showbusiness

Author: Lynley Dodd

Part of a series: Hairy Maclary and Friends

Publisher: Puffin (1993)

"In Riverside Hall on Cabbage Tree Row, the Cat Club were having their Annual Show . . ." When Hairy Maclary bounces and pounces his way into the cat show, his flustering and blustering bring a very unexpected result . . . Another rollicking, rhyming adventure with Hairy Maclary (from Donaldson's Dairy) and friends!

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Hairy Maclary, Sit

Author: Lynley Dodd

Part of a series: Hairy Maclary and Friends

Publisher: Puffin (2010)

Hairy Maclary, Sit is a hilarious rhyming story by Lynley Dodd. Hairy Maclary causes trouble again when he is simply not in the mood for the Kennel Club's Obedience Class. He feels mischievous and mad and not only does he scamper away but all his friends - Bottomley Potts, Muffin McLay, Hercules Morse, Schnitzel von Krumm and the rest follow "Galloping here, galloping there, rollicking, frolicking everywhere"!

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Hamish The Highland Cow

Author: Natalie Russell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (2003)

Hamish is a Highland cow and VERY hairy. He hates having baths and NEVER cuts his hair. Why should he when his shaggy coat is the perfect place to keep his favourite sweet - toffees! But one day his friends get fed up with the increasingly smelly Hamish, and they hatch a plan that involves a hairdresser and, yes, toffees! An exuberant story with bold, bright illustrations from a very talented artist. 'Russell's bright-eyed cast, including sheep with coloured rinses, is full of character and her text is deftly delivered - it's a gift to read aloud.' Scottish Sunday Herald

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Hannah The Happy Ever After Fairy

Author: Daisy Meadows

Part of a series: Rainbow Magic: One-Offs

Publisher: Orchard Books (2006)

Hannah the Happy Ever After Fairy needs help. Jack Frost's goblins have stolen all the endings of the fairy tales so now there are no happy ever afters! Sleeping Beauty is still sleeping, Cinderella cannot go to the ball, and Hansel and Gretel are lost in the forest. Will Kirsty and Rachel be able to help Hannah rescue the endings so all the fairy tales can finish happily again?

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Harold

Author: Reverend W Awdry

Publisher: Egmont (2007)

This is a story about Harold the Helicopter. He thought helicopters were faster than engines because they have wings instead of wheels. But then Percy challenged him to a race...

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