World Literature Books
Classic Stories Around the World for Kids
Classic world literature books print favorite stories from around the world. These children's stories have introduced kids to other cultures and children from other lands.
The Nutcracker and The Mouse King
By E. T. A. HoffmannRussia
We often associate this story with the popular ballet, but this was already a Russian classic for kids before Tchaikovsky composed the music to the famous Nutcracker Suite. That is somewhat like associating the story of Cinderella with the Disney version; Cinderella was a world literature classic long before Walt Disney produced his movie. This story reflects some of the culture of the wealthy class in Russia two hundred years ago - including the infestation of homes with mice.
By Hans Christian AndersonDenmark
Collection of international fairy tales
Stories such as The Ugly Duckling, The Nightingale, and the Emperor's New Clothes make Anderson's world literature books read by children around the world.
The Story About Ping
By Marjorie FlackChina
This story about Ping and his family of ducks takes place on the Yangtze River. It not only captures the life of the duck family, but also the Chinese families who live on the river boat on the Yangtze. A classic picture book.
Collection of ancient talesMiddle East
Ancient to Medieval times
Some of the most famous stories of this collection, translated into English in the early 1700s, includes "Aladdin's Lamp", "The Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor," and "Ali Baba." Some violent stories may not be appropriate for young children.
Japanese Children's Favorite Stories
By Florence Sakade and Yoshisuke KurosakiJapan
Collection of traditional tales
This might be considered the "Mother Goose" of Japanese literature. Bedtime stories children can read or have read to them.
Adapted and Illustrated by Jan BrettA Classic Ukrainian Folktale
Picture Book for Children When the boy drops his mitten in the snow, it becomes a den for a mouse, mole and rabbit. But what happens when the bigger animals want to share the cozy den?
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