Stories for young readers: The best folktales for children

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Folktales offer the comfort of old friends: a structure and storyline to ease the young reader through life’s greatest challenges.

In Nordic Tales (Chronicle Books, £16.99, 8+), beautifully compiled and illustrated by Ulla Thynll, the folktales are set in the far reaches of Scandinavia, but the themes explored are universal: fealty, friendship, not judging appearances. From the ornamental themed pattern of the inside cover and chapter pages, Thynll’s soft watercolour illustrations lends a misty mythic mystery to the mountainous landscapes of the Northern regions.

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