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Fairies, sprites, brownies, pixies and other tiny mythical creatures have featured in the folklore of many nations over the years. Publishers, writers, anthologists and illustrators have also embraced the tales of the wee people and have retold them again and again.
A penguin has wings for a reason . . . doesn't he? Having a best friend with his own airplane is one thing, but actually experiencing what it feels like to fly by himself? Here is one penguin who believes this is precisely what he needs to feel complete. Only . . . if flying by himself is so wonderful, then why does he feel so empty? Because some experiences are better shared. (And penguins are much happier on the ground). Oliver Jeffers delivers the perfect companion to his much-loved Lost and Found. Penguins everywhere will take flight in delight.
The creativity, color and design variation of books is showcased better in children's books than perhaps any other genre. With bright patterns, gorgeous cover design and often fantastic illustration, these are books meant to excite the eyes as well as the mind. From the 20th century and earlier, enjoy these beautiful, collectible children's books.
Following the First World War, children′s illustrated literature took off. By the 1920s, authors and artists began to write and paint to appeal to children′s unique sensibilities. Improvements to make color printing faster, more accurate, and cheaper combined with near universal literacy in the English-speaking world to enlarge the market for books. All these factors fostered the emergence of the picture book.
A BBC radio show and a series of newspaper articles have reignited demand on AbeBooks for an out-of-print treasure-hunting book that sold a million copies 30 years ago before fading into obscurity. Masquerade by Kit Williams is an illustrated children′s fantasy puzzle book. Originally published in August 1979, the book contains clues within its illustrations as to the whereabouts of a small gold and jewelled amulet hare that had been buried somewhere in the United Kingdom. In an era before search engines, the idea of a search for real buried treasure turned the book into a worldwide bestseller.
In the 1890s, dime novels aimed at teen-agers proved immensely popular, selling millions of copies each year. Edward Stratemeyer, a prolific and ambitious writer, had rattled around the publishing world for a decade, alternately pumping out pot-boiler tales and editing and publishing story magazines. It was all he had wanted to do since he was a boy - he printed his first stories when he was just fourteen.