Animal Prints from the British Museum
A rampaging elephant, a giant fish, an amorous goat and a monstrous pig are some of the fabled creatures featured in this collection of British Museum prints from the 15th to the early 19th century. The prints, which include woodcuts, engravings and etchings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Goya, Stubbs and Bewick, are accompanied by insightful commentary on the history and symbolism of the depicted beasts.
Treasury of Fairy Tales
Retold from original tales by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, and brought to life in Biro’s colourful, all-action illustrations, here are seven favourite stories: ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ and ‘Cinderella’.
Treasury of Aesop's Fables
'The Hare and the Tortoise', 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf' and 'The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs'… The popular children’s author and illustrator, Val Biro retells these and 13 more of the best-loved tales from Aesop in simple language for younger children, and with bold, colourful paintings full of amusing detail and expression.
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Val Biro has chosen eight tales from the Brothers Grimm’s famous collection, including some of the best-known – ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ – and the book ends with a note about the Grimms and the history of their Nursery and Household Tales.
The English Illustrated Dictionary
Originally published as the Oxford Illustrated Dictionary and revised in 2005 for the Award edition, this single-volume reference work combines a normal dictionary with an elementary encyclopedia, providing basic information on places, events and famous people in history, the arts or science, and illustrated with line drawings and diagrams. There are also very useful appendices, including lists of monarchs, counties, chemical elements and weights and measures. Slightly off-mint.
The Bible for Children
Arranged by stories, from the creation to Daniel in the lion’s den, and from the birth of John the Baptist to St Paul’s last letter to Timothy, this is an engaging retelling of the Old and New Testaments, suitable for reading aloud as well as accessible for young readers. The book includes chapter and verse references and numerous ‘Did you know?’ boxes, providing facts about Biblical times and traditions.
For nearly 4,000 years Egyptians skilfully embalmed both human and animal bodies in accordance with beliefs about their destiny in the afterlife; many mummies are still so well preserved that we can extract evidence about ancient people's lives and even gaze on their faces. Presenting examples of the embalmer's art now in the British Museum, Taylor explains the mummification and burial processes and the techniques used to study mummies today.
Tales from the Arabian Nights
Val Biro seems to be revelling in the daring adventures, bandits, genii and caves full of treasure as he retells and illustrates seven of Scheherazade's stories from the Arabian Nights: The Voyages of Sinbad, Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, The Enchanted House, Awake or Asleep?, True or False?, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and The Pot of Gold. Age 5+