Once upon a time there were some wonderful fairy tales waiting to be read. Fourteen classic stories are retold with beautiful illustrations and a sprinkle of story magic, bedtime will never be the same again. Enchant your child with favourite tales like Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk , or tell them some wonderful new stories; The Fisherman and his Wife or Diamonds and Toads . Mary Hoffman's charming retellings use simple language, ideal for reading or hearing aloud, while Julie Downing's stunning illustrations bring the characters to life, so children can follow and enjoy the fairy tales through the pictures. This is a wonderful collection to quietly enjoy together - making bedtime easy. AUTHOR: Mary Hoffman is a popular children's author with more than 90 books to her name. Her unique observations bring vitality and humour to each of her stories, including A First Bible Story Book (available in DK's A First Bible Story Book and A First Book of Prayers), Amazing Grace, A Twist in the Tail, and Song of the Earth.