With heat burnished covers and foil stamping, Word Cloud Classics editions are eye-catching, easy to hold, and the perfect size for a stocking stuffer. Make sure you let your loved ones know that these are what you really want for the holidays!
Anna Sewell’s 1877 classic, Black Beauty, is considered to be one of the foremost works in animal welfare literature and a leading work in the children’s pony book genre. Narrated by the horse himself, the book follows his trials and tribulations as he passes from one owner to another and experiences the full spectrum of human treatment—from the knowledgeable and kind to the ignorant and cruel.
“Where we saw people who loved their neighbors, and were kind to man and beast, we might know that was God’s mark.”
—Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
Fairy tales are timeless treasures passed from generation to generation, and few are as beloved as those of Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen. From the princess so sensitive she is discomforted by a single pea beneath a tower of mattresses to the unfortunate-looking duckling who matures into a stunning swan, these are the stories that stay with us long after we leave childhood behind. First published in 1835, Andersen’s tales continue to delight the modern audience.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg!”
—Hans Christian Andersen, “The Ugly Duckling.”
Penned by English Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling in 1894, The Jungle Book is a collection of allegorical stories that take place deep in the Indian jungle. The most famous stories of The Jungle Book are those featuring a young feral boy named Mowgli who was raised by wolves, is friends with a panther, and was educated by the animals of the jungle. Also popular in this collection is “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” about a mongoose who protects his human family against cobras.
“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack,”
—Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
A book so iconic that its title is synonymous with split personalities, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, was first released in 1886. The story of a virtuous Dr. Jekyll who mistakenly creates an alter ego of unadulterated evil serves as an examination of the duality of human nature and the battle between good and evil.
“Man is not truly one, but truly two,”
—Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Perhaps the most iconic pirate story of all time, Treasure Island was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1881. The book follows young Jim Hawkins who finds himself in possession of a treasure map and embarks on a journey to unearth the pirate booty. His adventure takes him through the turbulent waters of morality, and his subsequent coming of age has captivated generations of readers.
“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
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