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Sinbad the Sailor & Other Stories from the Arabian Nights<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Sinbad the Sailor & Other Stories from the Arabian Nights

Transl. Laurence Housman, ill. Edmund Dulac, intro. Marina Warner

We all know The Arabian Nights – or do we? Though today we are most likely to meet the stories in collections made for children, the originals were for an appreciative adult audience.

Shadow<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Shadow

Lucy Christopher and Anastasia Suvorova

After the move to a new home, Ma seems completely preoccupied. She doesn’t see the Shadow; the Shadow that lures the child into the forest to become truly lost and alone.

Iced out<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Iced out

C. K. Smouha, illus. Isabella Bunnell

Wilfred and Neville do not fit in. How can they? One is a Walrus (rather large and smelly), the other a narwhal (with a dangerous pointed horn). The arrival of Betty Beluga changes everything.

The Little Fir Tree<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

The Little Fir Tree

Christopher Corr

The little Fir Tree wishes to be cut down and go and see the world, but whilst the other trees are taken to be used in what is perceived as exotic and wonderful places, he is left to grow.

Life on Mars<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Life on Mars

Jon Agee

Everyone says there is no life on Mars but is there? Whilst the little space boy roams around Mars looking for life, life just evades him, always one step behind or not quite where he looks...

Fly flies<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Fly flies

Ziggy Hanaor, illus. Alice Bowsher

The little Fly just wants to have lots of fun practising flying in her own way. But there are others who think she is doing it all wrong, and convince her to try flying their way.

Here comes Lolo<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Here comes Lolo

Niki Daly

This book is part of a mini series​; it consists of four short stories all featuring Lolo, a spirited ordinary seven-year-old girl of colour.

Beyond the Fence<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Beyond the Fence

Maria Gulematova

Piggy lives with Thomas. They do everything together - but only what Thomas wants. Then one day Piggy gets the opportunity to do something by himself and he meets Wild Boar. Will Piggy be able to break free from the stultifying life in the Big House controlled by Thomas?

Child of St Kilda<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Child of St Kilda

Beth Waters

What was it like to live on the “islands on the edge of the world” - or rather on Hirta, the largest island of St Kilda? Beth Water’s has based her account of life on this the remotest island off the coast of Scotland on the memories of Norman John Gillies, the last child to be born on Hirta.

Born Bad<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Born Bad

C K Smouha, illus. Stephen Smith

Does the way we look affect the way we see ourselves? The wolf of this story would certainly say yes. He was born bad, he looks bad and in turn, he is expected to act bad. But what happens if he wants to radically change?

testingdivifunctionality<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

testingdivifunctionality

A collection of postcard images addressing the subject of migration, featuring bird images

Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders<img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=92&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/10599b06dd355a179eb9929ef1cd6ad7?s=184&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-92 photo' height='92' width='92' loading='lazy'/>

Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders

A collection of postcard images addressing the subject of migration, featuring bird images