A Bedtime Full of Stories

50 Folktales and Legends from Around the World

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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 18 Nov 2021

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Look forward to bedtime with this richly illustrated treasury of 50 bedtime stories from around the world, each the perfect length to read aloud.

There’s always time for a bedtime story, so snuggle up and get ready to drift off to the land of nod with this collection of magical tales that includes both well-known classics and lesser-known treasures from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and Oceania, North America, the Middle East and Latin America.

These folktales and legends, accompanied by enchanting and dream-like illustrations, are each the perfect length for a bedtime story, and will transport children around the world as well as into fantasy lands.

The Emperor’s New Clothes – Denmark

The Bag of Winds – Greece

How Cheetah Got His Speed – South Africa

The Moon Maiden – Japan

The Star Hunt – New Zealand

The Crow and the Daylight – North America

Aladdin – Syria

The Three Dreams – Guatemala

Collected and retold by award-winning author Angela McAllister and beautifully illustrated by Anna Shepeta, this anthology will be treasured by story lovers both young and old.

The World Full of… series is a collection of beautiful hardback story treasuries. Discover folktales from all around the world or be introduced to some of the world’s best-loved writers with these stunning gift books, the perfection addition to any child’s library.

Also available from the series: A Year Full of Stories, A World Full of Animal Stories, A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories, A World Full of Dickens Stories, A World Full of Spooky Stories, A Year Full of Celebrations and Festivals, A World Full of Journeys and A World Full of Nature Stories.

Look forward to bedtime with this richly illustrated treasury of 50 bedtime stories from around the world, each the perfect length to read aloud.

There’s always time for a bedtime story, so snuggle...

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What a fabulous and eclectic collection this is!!! I loved it from the first page to the last!

This is a collection of 50 folktales and fables from around the world. And when this book says “around the world”, it does mean around the world, and it does so in a very fair manner. Unlike many other collections which contain most stories from the USA or European countries, some tales from Russia and just a couple of stories from elsewhere in the world, this book focusses on all parts of the globe equally. It groups the stories by regions such as Africa, Middle East, Australia and Oceania, North America, and so on. Within each region, the stories come from a variety of countries. Hardly any country is repeated. Thus what you get is a rich variety of culture and folklore from diverse narrative viewpoints. The stories too are distinct and not the typical fairy/princess kind of collection. You meet a whole variety of characters and encounter a vast range of situations. All this adds so much beauty and versatility to the book.

A few of the stories were known to me and made me feel very nostalgic as I remembered my childhood books. Most of the stories, however, were absolutely new to me. (Including the one from India! Supparaka the Mariner is a story from the Jataka fables but somehow, I had never heard of it before.) What I liked is also how the authenticity of the stories is maintained. For instance, the tale of Aladdin is exactly as the original Arabic folklore version and not the Disney movie version that so many books include. (You would know this if you know that the original Aladdin story contains two distinct genies, one from the lamp and the other from his ring.)

What works as the perfect icing on this scrumptious cake is the illustrations. They don’t overpower the stories but add subtly to their charm.

If you are looking for a beautiful bedtime stories collection for any little one in your life, this would be the perfect option! Heartily recommended to all parents and guardians and libraries and schools. (Of course, I’m not recommending it to schools as a bedtime story collection. But if teachers want an interesting and diverse story resource to narrate tales to their students, this book is perfect!)

My thanks to Quarto Publishing Group, Frances Lincoln Children's Books and NetGalley for the ARC of “A Bedtime Full of Stories - 50 Folktales and Legends from Around the World”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book.

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Having bought, and loved, precious books in this collection I was excited to read this. It most definitely did not disappoint. A wonderfully collated collection of short stories from all around the world ready to be read at bedtime to eager ears or, for more advanced readers, to be read whilst snuggled under the covers. A brilliant collection and a book I will definitely be purchasing.

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Thank you so much to Quarto/Frances Lincoln for the ebook to read and review.

I’ve read previous books in this series and they are always incredibly well written and crafted.

This book tells you tales from all over the world from many European stories, to Asian, Australian and American these stories are fascinating. They take you to an interesting place, you learn so much about other cultures within these stories.

They are all illustrated which I love you get a visual for these stories, the stories are usually very bizarre as they are folk tales and make for some fascinating illustrations.

This book and others in the series are perfect reads with children, none of the stories are long, each captures your attention and they are so unique most people wouldn’t have heard of them before. I highly recommend this book it’s a really fun and interesting read.

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