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Modern Fairy Tales for 5-8 Year Olds

The Cherry Pie Princess

Enjoy some of our favourite retellings of classic fairytales for 5-8 year olds

These clever and often humorous books will engage children with their witty takes on old tales. 

  • Me and You

    Author: Anthony Browne

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  • Me and You

    Author: Anthony Browne

    The resolution of this story about a girl and three bears will challenge perceptions and provoke much thought in those who read it…

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  • Previously

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Bruce Ingman

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  • Previously

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Bruce Ingman

    Using just the word 'previously' various fairytales are retold – starting with their endings and working back to their begin…

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  • Cloud Tea Monkeys

    Author: Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham Illustrator: Juan Wijngaard

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  • Cloud Tea Monkeys

    Author: Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham Illustrator: Juan Wijngaard

    Tashi's mother is an impoverished tea-picker, and when she becomes ill, the little girl tries to continue her mother's job.

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  • Spinderella

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sebastien Braun

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  • Spinderella

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sebastien Braun

    Spinderella is a spider who lives with her spider mum and brothers and sisters on top of a ceiling light at a school. A story…

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  • The Eel Question

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Beth Holland

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  • The Eel Question

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Beth Holland

    A mythic-feeling story about a girl who lives on the flat marshes, fishing for eels, and soon befriends an otter that will help he…

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