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Tiny Tales

8, 12 and 16 pages.

Two Snakes

Two Snakes, illustrated by Marjory Gardner, 'Alphakids' series - for ages 5-6 years 0 725 32177 6

In this American tall tale, two snakes see an egg. Both want it. They fight, each one grabbing the tail of the other. They swallow and swallow and swallow!

Publisher: (Eleanor Curtain Publishing): www.ecpublishing.com.au

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The Fox and the Snail

The Fox and the Snail, illustrated by Alex Stitt, 'Alphakids' series – for ages 5-6 years. 0 7253 2180 6

In this Roumanian trickster folk tale, a fox laughs at a snail because he is slow. They have a race, with unexpected results.

Publisher: (Eleanor Curtain Publishing): www.ecpublishing.com.au

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A Special Dress

A Special Dress, illustrated by Vasja Koman, 'Bright Sparks' series (2002, Cambridge University Press) – for ages 6-7 years. 0 521 75425 9

Anna is looking for the perfect dress for a special occasion. She and Mum and Auntie Franca find a dress for the beach, one for a party, and more. At last they find the special one.

Publisher: (Cambridge): www.cup.edu.au

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Shut the Gate!

Shut the Gate! illustrated by Steve Axelsen, 'Alphakids' series – for ages 5-6 years. 0 7253 1996 8

When Jack and Jill went up the hill, they forgot to shut the gate. First the duck escapes, then the pig, the goat…

Publisher: (Eleanor Curtain Publishing): www.ecpublishing.com.au

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Bears, Bears, Bears!

Bears, Bears, Bears! illustrated by Sandra Cammell, 'Story Steps' (2000, Shortlands, NZ; Shortland-Mimosa, Australia; Kingscourt, UK) – for ages 5-6 years 0 7901 2029 1

A rhyming story in which five little bears prepare for the arrival of visitors for a party.

Publisher: (Shortlands): www.mcgraw-hill.com.au

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Fire and Wind

Fire and Wind, illustrated byXiangyi Mo and Jingwen Wang, 'PM Story Books' series (1999, Nelson ITP) – for ages 6-8 years. 1 8696 1362 7

A Chinese folk tale in which two young women are ordered to bring fire and wind wrapped in paper. How can they do it?

Publisher: (Nelson ITP): www.thomsonlearning.com.au/primary

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The Mighty Sparrow

The Mighty Sparrow, illustrated by Cindy Douglas, 'Read-Along' series - (1998, Waterford Institute, USA - book & CD-ROM) – for ages 6-8 years. 0 201 48012 3

In trickster tale of the African Congo, a sparrow tricks an elephant and a crocodile.

Publisher: (Waterford): www.waterford.org/site

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We Wrote to Grandma

We Wrote to Grandma, illustrated by Tessa Culkin-Lawrence, 'Momentum' series (1997, Macmillan Education Australia) – for ages 6-7 years. 0 7329 4625 5

Hang and Lan send their paintings to Grandma who lives in Vietnam. When they go to school and learn to write, they send letters. At last, they go to the airport for a special arrival!

Publisher: (Macmillan): www.macmillan.com.au

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The Cat and the Mouse

The Cat and the Mouse, illustrated by. Mini Goss, 'Bright Sparks' series (1994, Reed Books Australia); 'Early Success' series (1996, Houghton Mifflin, USA, and Spanish translation) – for ages 6-7 years. 1 86330 381 2

A retelling of an English folk tale in which a cat bites off a mouse's tail! Then the cat says that the mouse has to do a job to get his tail back. He goes from job to job until, at last...

Publisher: (Reed/Houghton Mifflin): www.harcourteducation.com.au/rigby.htm

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Don't Count Your Chickens

Don't Count Your Chickens, illus Warren Crossett, 'Early Success' series (1996, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, USA) – for ages 6-7 years. 0 395 74354 0

This is a French folk tale. On the way to market to sell her honey, Truhana daydreams of how she will buy and sell, buy and sell, until she becomes rich. But what happens when you daydream?

Publisher: (Reed/Houghton Mifflin): www.harcourteducation.com.au/rigby.htm

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My Special Place

My Special Place, illus. Pat Reynolds, 'Insights' series (1996, Rigby Heinemann) – for age 5 years.

The special place is a cubby house in the tree-tops, shared with the creatures that live in the tree.

 

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Here's What I Made

Here's What I Made, illustrated by Betty Greenhatch, 'Literacy Links - Satellite' series (1993, Mimosa) – for age 5 years.

Special presents are made and wrapped in coloured papers, but the crawling baby finds them!

 

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The Little Girl and her Beetle

The Little Girl and her Beetle, illustrated by Robert Roennfeldt, 'Literacy 2000' series (1990, Mimosa Publications) for ages 6-7 years.

The little girl goes to the park to find a pet to take to school. What a chase to capture it, and what a lot of people helping!

 

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The Nursery Rhyme Picnic

The Nursery Rhyme Picnic, illustrated by Linda Hunnam, 'Literacy 2000' (1990, Mimosa Publications) – for ages 6-7 years.

The poor hungry children who lived in a shoe go on a picnic, and the nursery rhyme characters bring along food: curds and whey, pumpkin, eggs, tarts, pies and tea.

 

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