Charles Baker Books Limited, London. U K

The Arabian Nights, also called A Thousand and One Nights, is a collection of oriental stories of uncertain date and authorship. Tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sindbad the Sailor, have become part of western folklore now.

The tales originated from countries far and wide like - India, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, and possibly Greece.

The Arabian Nights
ISBN 1-84665-067-4
Pages 112
Price £2.95

This novel tells the story of a gentle and handsome horse called Black Beauty. He is high-spirited at work and is humble by nature, has a sweet temper and a noble heart. The story of Black Beauty tells about his experience with his different masters.

Black Beauty
Anna Sewell
ISBN 1-84665-066-6
Pages 96
Price £2.95

The Adventures of Pinocchio is a children's classic. Carlo Lorenzini was born in Florence in 1820, of humble parents.

He took the pseudonym of Collodi from the village of Collodi where his mother was born. In 1881 Collodi was in urgent need of money, and Pinocchio was born out of inspiration and necessity. The characters in Pinocchio are vivid and remain with us for a long time. It depicts class struggles, social injustice and also shows the contrast between the rich and poor.

In 1940, Walt Disney adapted "Pinocchio". Translations of this famous story have appeared in more than two hundred languages and dialects.

This story is about a wooden puppet who was brought to life by a Blue Fairy. The fairy in turn tells him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself worthy by learning, courage, kindness and honesty. Thus begins the puppet's adventures to become a real boy.

The Adventures of Pinocchio
ISBN 978-1-84665-112-0
Pages 80
Price £2.95

Around the World in Eighty Days is one of the Jules Verne's stories about EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGES.

The route Fogg takes on his journey is the quickest and goes through places largely occupied by the British. Fix, Fogg and Passepartout can never be really lost. They keep bumping into one another. Humour, also an integral part of the story, makes reading enjoyable.

Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne
ISBN 1-84665-069-0
Pages 96
Price £2.95

Heidi is often considered among the most enchanting stories ever written for children. It's a story about a little orphan girl named Heidi, who is unusually kind and thoughtful of others. As a bright young girl of five she is taken to live with her Grandfather, a sort of hermit in the Swiss mountains. To everybody's surprise, Heidi's innocence brings out the soft compassionate side of her seemingly hard hearted grandfather. He begins to look after her as if she was a gift of God to him.

Johanna Spyri
ISBN 1-84665-068-2
Pages 96
Price £2.95
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