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Cinderella: The Fairy Tale Files
by Alan Durant, illustrated by Ross Collins
(Walker Books)
This hilarious version of the traditional story is written as if it was a case file compiled by Rumple Stiltskin, private investigator, working on behalf of Cinderella's future in laws. His report is accompanied by plenty of evidence which is enclosed in envelopes within the book, including a birth certificate, drawings of feet, a shopping list, a wish contract and an invitation to the ball. The final envelope contains a wedding card from the Fairy Godmother that opens out like a flower.
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Dear Tooth Fairy
by Alan Durant and Vanessa Cabban
(Walker Books)
When Holly's tooth falls out, she doesn't want to part with it so she puts some plastic vampire fangs under her pillow instead. In the morning, the plastic teeth are still there but they've been joined by a tiny envelope. So starts a regular correspondence with the tooth fairy which finally persuades Holly to part with the real thing. There are real envelopes on the pages for readers to open and take out the fairy messages inside. These are written in tiny writing - Holly uses a magnifying glass at one point in the story and children may enjoy doing the same. The whole effect is delightful, particularly for girls who'll be attracted by the pink and gold cover.
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The Jolly Postman
The Jolly Pocket Postman
The Jolly Christmas Postman
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
(Viking Children's Books)
These three books were some of the first to build on children's love of receiving letters, but they are still as delightful today as they were when they were first written. The rhyming text tells how the Jolly Postman delivers the post to characters well known from nursery rhymes and fairy tales while some of the pages are envelopes which contain the actual letters. So, in addition to enjoying the story, children can open the post and read such delights as a letter of apology to the three bears from Goldilocks or a get-well jigsaw for Humpty Dumpty. Books 3-6 year olds will enjoy looking at again and again.
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