A haunting, magical fairy-tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes (among others) 'The Happy Prince', who was not so happy after all, 'The Selfish Giant', who learned to love little children and 'The Star Child', who did not love his parents as much as he should. Each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoyed by children of every age. This is a perfect collection for children young and old, introduced by Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief.
- classic fiction
- poetic, literary text.
- challenging read: nineteenth century style and diction are likely to be unfamiliar to most upper juniors
- could be read alongside Hans Christian Andersen. For example, 'The Nightingale and the Rose' was in part inspired by Andersen's 'The Emperor and and the Nightingale'. Also David Lucas, The Robot and the Bluebird.
- 224 pages
- see case study in Guiding Readers: layers of meaning
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