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Most parents know and understand the value of children's stories. Reading aloud to your children becomes an occasion for family warmth and bonding. But quite apart from this, the true importance of introducing children to fiction helps them to make sense of the real world they will have to encounter at some later stage. Stories also give them hope, teach moral values and help them to understand the complex nature of the society that they will ultimately have to live in. Children's Short Works Vol 001 contains ten delightful traditional tales. Some of them are familiar while a few of them are less known. The first story, The Beauty and The Beast is famous in children's literature. Originally written in French by the French novelist, Jeanne-Marie Beaumont, the story is a classic fairy story, with elements of suspense, romance, a magical transformation and the final happy ending. First published in the eighteenth century, this is a story that has captured the imagination for generations. It has been widely adapted for stage, screen, television, opera and animation. It has also inspired thousands of adaptations in literature across the world. Other stories in this charming collection include old favorites like Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin, which were first published in 1812 as part of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Another well-loved tale is Aesop's Fox and the Grapes, retold by La Fontaine. The collection also includes some cute rhymes and verses. Other stories include The Feast of the Lantern by Victorian writer WT Stead and a couple of stories penned by unknown authors. An interesting “cumulative story” The Little Gingerbread Man teaches kids to memorize events. These stories promote an understanding of different cultures and help to create awareness, empathy and understanding of the problems that people encounter in their lives. A treat for both parents and children alike!
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