Celia Barker Lottridge decided it was time to expand the range of tales for the very young beyond "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
Drawing inspiration from sources the world over, she searched out tales that had all the magic properties of the old favorites. Through years of telling and retelling these stories to children, she has crafted a new nursery classic. Accompanied by gentle and appealing watercolors, these truly are ten small gems.
Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children's books, including Ticket to Curlew (winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award), Berta: A Remarkable Dog (nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Horn Book starred review) and Stories from the Life of Jesus (Publishers Weekly starred review). She wrote Home Is Beyond the Mountains after hearing her mother's stories about growing up in Persia and after reading letter's written by Celia's aunt, Susan Shedd. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.Joanne Fitzgerald was a very talented illustrator who had a rewarding and prolific career in children's books. She illustrated many well-loved titles, such as The Little Rooster and the Diamond Button (winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award) and Ten Small Tales by Celia Barker Lottridge, and Emily's House by Niko Scharer. She also wrote and illustrated several books, including This is Me and Where I Am.
This is an outstanding treasury for young children, who will demand to hear these gentle tales again and again.
One copy won't be enough for busy children's rooms.
[Celia Barker Lottridge] delivers an outstanding collection of ten familiar and lesser-known short stories with a remarkable freshness and appeal.