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Favorite Tales That Should Be In Every Child’s Book Shelf

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Fairy tales are magical stories of great events, of otherworldly incidents, and of characters with supernatural abilities. They are surreal narratives. When we talk of fairy tales we talk of magic, fairies, mermaid, talking animals, walking trees and otherworldly elements. Fairy tales are more than just stories; the morals of their narrative can also be used to teach children about kindness, courage, bravery, endurance and a whole lot of other human values.

Here are some short fairy tales that should be in every child’s book shelf

Beauty And The Beast

Written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740, Beauty And The Beast is the story of a young beautiful girl, Beau, who sacrificed herself by taking the place of her father who was taking prisoner by a mean beast.


Snow White

Snow White tells the story of a Princess whose skin was white as snow and her hair as black as ebony and with lips red as a rose. After the death of her mother, the queen, her father married another queen. A beautiful queen, who had a magic mirror that she often consult to tell her who is the fairest between her and the young Princess.

As the Princess began to grow, she became more and more beautiful, and the mirror began to say she was the fairest. Filled with jealousy, the queen decided to kill her. She hired a huntsman to bring her the heart of Snow White. But the huntsman took pity on the innocent Princess Snow White.


This is the story of Cinderella, a kind-hearted young maiden who was treated cruelly by her step-mother and sisters. One day the king invited all the young maidens in his kingdom to a ball. Her sisters attended the king’s ball without Cinderella. Alone at home, Cinderella was visited by her fairy Godmother and she helped Cinderella go to the ball with a magic that would only last until midnight. Cinderella caught the eye of the prince at the ball as she was the most beautiful girl there, and they danced all night.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Maleficent, an evil fairy, who cursed the much-awaited daughter of the king and queen to die by the prick from the spindle of a spinning wheel, because the it was not invited to her christening. But one of the good fairies who had been invited to the christening saved her.


Goldilocks And The Three Bears

This is the story of Goldilocks, a curious liitle girl and three bears. This family of three bears had gone out into the wood while their porrige cooled. While they were away, Goldilocks, who had been lost in the wood stumbled upon the cottage of the three bears. Curious, she let herself into the house, ate baby bear’s porridge, broke his chair, and slept in his bed. She started awake, frightened, when the bears returned, and she jumped out the window and ran away.

All of these world’s favorite tales are available in the Rasmed Publications Graded Readers Series. They include titles as various as:

The Wolf And The Seven Little KIds

The Three Billy Goats

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Princess and the Pea

Little Red Riding Hood

Ginger Bread Man

The Ugly Duckling

Snow White and Red Rose

Twelve Dancing Princess


Jack and the Beanstalk


The Adventures of Pinocchio

Puss in Boots

Pied Piper of Hameline

Peter Pan

Jungle Book

Gulliver in Lilliput


Black Beauty

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Reading Can Make You A Better Person

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People who inspire great change possess a huge reservoir of knowledge. And, often, when we speak about them, it is their wealth of knowledge that astounds us really. We relate extraordinary strides with extraordinary knowledge; when we look through the times, from the great philosophers of antiquity, to the great renaissance artists, to the great generals who led great armies what we find is the remarkable threshold of knowledge.  And it goes without saying that books are the most phenomenal source of knowledge.

More than the display of great knowledge, it is the capacity for empathy that reading bestows on people who read that touches us the most in the narratives of their life.

Empathy is a vital leadership skill. Not only does it allow you to experience the feelings of people who are your subordinates, you also earn the trust and confidence of those around you.

Often times when people talk about the admirable grace of Obama what they really mean is Obama’s capacity for empathy. How he effortlessly connects with people’s emotions. Obama is a great reader. It shouldn’t be of great surprise then that Winston Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of Britain in modern times, won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Winston Churchill was a great leader who paid great attention to the art of reading.

And what is this thing about knowledge and empathy and books. Every book lover can tell you that reading a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses. Reading can physically change the brain structure. And there is a certain kind of indescribable bliss that comes with losing oneself in a book. As we let go of the emotional and mental weight of everyday happenings, we give in to the joy of deep reading that allows us to feel what the characters in a story feel. This in turn makes us empathetic people in real life, becoming more sensitive and attentive to the lives of other people.

Books allow us see ourselves in someone else. We relate easily with the conditions of other people. We become the characters we read; we understand them from the inside.

Human beings are extremely social and we have to understand other people, the culture of other people, the sentiments of other people’s traditions, and the differences that exist in humanity. And reading is the best way to know all of these things.

What book does simply is give us an insight into the minds of other people. And every time we read a book, we make an effort at being a better person.

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