An Inside Look at our new Treasured Classic Story Collection!

08 June 2018

This month, Hinkler serves up six big slices of adventure, fantasy and magic in our new My Treasured Classic Story Collection! We’re so proud of this book, with its all-star cast of classic tales bound together in one big, gorgeous volume. Katie Hewat’s faithful thirty-page adaptations tell these six beloved stories in satisfying detail, while being short enough to keep little ones engrossed, and each story is illustrated with stunning full-colour pictures to captivate young and old. They’re sure to become favourites with the whole family!

Start by flying to Neverland with Peter Pan, with the help of Lyn-Hui Ong’s bright, magical illustrations. J. M. Barrie’s story about the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up will enthral your littlies with its swashbuckling pirates, fairies, mermaids and, of course, Captain Hook and the fearsome crocodile.

Peter Pan and Wendy and the boys take off – from sketch to final art.

The next stop is Alice in Wonderland, taking children down the rabbit hole to join Alice in a world that becomes ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as the story goes on. Agnès Ernoult’s quirky illustrations are a perfect match for Lewis Carroll’s kooky dream tale. Oh, that Cheshire cat!

Agnès Ernoult brings Alice and the Cheshire cat vividly to life.

Generations of adults and kids alike have loved the unforgettable quest story Treasure Island, which we’ve had beautifully illustrated by George Ermos. With pirates, treasure, tropical islands and talking parrots, it hits all the right notes, and everyone will shiver and cheer as brave Jim Hawkins and his friends outwit Long John Silver.

For a sweeter, homelier and yet just as adventure-filled storytime, choose Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. We adore Lee Holland’s charming illustrations for this story, its glimpse into rural Edwardian England and, as always, the utterly loveable Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad.

An idyllic moment messing about in boats – look at little Moly’s shoe coming off!

It’s not just the horse-mad who will be enchanted by Anna Sewell’s touching, tender Black Beauty. This is a tale that gives everyone who reads it a new perspective on the lives of animals and the importance of caring for them – whilst still being a gripping story, gorgeously illustrated by Javier Salas and Patricia MacCarthy.

Completing our collection is L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, illustrated by Geraldine Rodriguez. Follow the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Toto and her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and the cowardly Lion to the Emerald City, as they take on the Wicked Witch of the West!

We hope you love My Treasured Classic Story Collection as much as we do and enjoy many happy storytimes with this jam-packed treasury.