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Every generation is enthralled by much-loved classic stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Wind in the Willows, and the Usborne editions are beautifully illustrated and retold for today’s children.

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New this month: Usborne jigsaw and picture books

These classic fairy tales are retold as beautiful jigsaw and picture book sets, each presented in a sturdy and attractive box.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs jigsaw and picture book

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs jigsaw and picture book

A sturdy box with a delightful 30-piece jigsaw and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs picture book beautifully illustrated by John Joven. Little children can talk about the story as they do the jigsaw and the book and puzzle set makes a lovely gift. The large jigsaw pieces are suitable for little hands, and the completed puzzle measures 35 x 35cm.

£9.99

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Cinderella jigsaw and picture book

Cinderella jigsaw and picture book

A beautiful 30-piece jigsaw and Cinderella picture book, both illustrated by Lorena Alvarez. Presented in a sturdy, attractive box, the book and puzzle set makes a lovely gift and a delightful way for children to enjoy this much-loved story. The large jigsaw pieces are suitable for little hands and the completed puzzle measures 35 x 35cm.

£9.99

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Peep Inside a Fairy Tale

Peep inside a fairy tale: Beauty and the Beast

Peep inside a fairy tale: Beauty and the Beast

A beautiful retelling of the classic fairy tale, with fabulous illustrations by Lorena Alvarez and intricate, cut-out windows to peep through. Little children will love following Belle and the birds into the Beast’s house, discovering the shy Beast hiding in the garden, the harp that plays itself – and the handsome Prince in the mirror.

£9.99

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Peep inside a fairy tale: Little Red Riding Hood

Peep inside a fairy tale: Little Red Riding Hood

An enchantingly illustrated, lift-the-flap version of the classic fairy tale. Little children can peep through intricate, laser-cut holes into the dark woods, lift the flaps to see what's beyond the trees, and keep an eye out for the Big Bad Wolf as they follow Little Red Riding Hood through the fairytale forest.

£9.99

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Peep inside a fairy tale: Cinderella

Peep inside a fairy tale: Cinderella

Little children can peep through the laser-cut pages of this magical book and follow Cinderella through a fairytale city to meet her perfect prince. Beneath the flaps they can discover Cinderella’s fairy godmother, her selfish stepsisters and a fabulous golden carriage. A delightful way to introduce children to this much-loved tale.

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Usborne has produced something wonderful – this is a book to treasure. The Guardian review of Peep inside a fairy tale: Little Red Riding Hood

Illustrated story collections

With their striking covers and luxury padded hardback covers, these illustrated story collections make perfect gifts.

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Illustrated myths from around the world

Illustrated myths from around the world

Where did the moon come from? And what happened when giants roamed the land? Find out in this enthralling collection of myths from around the world, including the African folktale, “Anansi and the Box of Stories”, the Japanese fairytale, “The Fox Maiden” and the Irish myth, “Fionnuala”.

£12.99

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Illustrated classics Huckleberry Finn and other stories

Illustrated classics Huckleberry Finn and other stories

This wonderful collection contains six beautifully illustrated classic stories retold for younger readers. Packed alongside The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, you'll find The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped, King Solomon's Mines, White Fang and The Phantom of the Opera. With lovely illustrations throughout and with a luxury padded hardback cover, this makes a beautiful gift.

£12.99

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This collection of stories from all Shakespeare’s plays, with beautiful illustrations and quotations, is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare. Each story includes short details about the main characters, and famous and memorable quotations from the play. Find out more...

Complete Shakespeare

Shakespeare books

Introduce children to the world of Shakespeare with gift books, classic adaptations and sticker books.

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Shakespeare books

Classic story gift sets

These beautifully designed gift boxes all come with a special discount of £10 off the full price.

Shakespeare collection box set

Shakespeare collection box set

A collection of five beautifully illustrated hardback books telling the stories of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Presented in an attractive slipcase, the stories include Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. The books are part of Series Two of the Usborne Young Reading Programme and have been specially written for children growing in reading confidence.

£14.99

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Dickens collection box set

Dickens collection box set

This collection features five of Dickens’ most well-known novels, presented in a beautifully designed gift box. Includes beautifully illustrated retellings of David Copperfield, Bleak House, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and A Tale of Two Cities. Each story is taken from Series Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Each hardback book is attractively produced with colourful endpapers and ribbon page markers. An excellent introduction to the works of Charles Dickens, and a timeless gift.

£14.99

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Greek myths box set

Greek myths box set

A collection of the most well-known Greek myths and legends, presented in an attractive slip case. Includes beautifully illustrated retellings of The Odyssey, Hercules, Perseus and the Gorgon, The Minotaur and The Wooden Horse. The stories are taken from Series Two and Three of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially written for children beginning to read more confidently alone. All five hardback books are attractively produced, with colourful endpapers and ribbon page markers. A brilliant introduction to Greek mythology, and a timeless gift.

£14.99

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Fairy tales box set

Fairy tales box set

Five classic fairy tales in a beautifully designed gift box, specially produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Usborne Publishing in 2013. Includes the much-loved stories of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Billy Goat’s Gruff, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Puss in Boots. Each hardback book is colourfully illustrated and has a ribbon page marker, making a wonderful gift sure to be treasured. All titles are taken from Series One of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially retold for children who have just started reading on their own.

£14.99

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