A brave daughter proves she is more than capable of using her wits to save her sick father in The Water of Life...
Down in the depths of the ocean, The Little Mermaid makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to win the love of a princess...
With the flick of a wand and a little help from her friends, Cinderella's life changes in the most extraordinary way...
Diversity in literature shows us that everyone matters.
We live in a rich, multi-cultural world with an array of different skin colours and sexual orientations. Children's books need to reflect this. Because when kids see themselves and their families represented in the stories they read, it boosts their self-esteem and creates a sense of belonging. When groups of people are excluded from books, it shows them that they're not important.
It's also important for our kids to read about others who don't look or act like them. This helps to build empathy, reduce stereotyping and promote tolerance toward those we perceive as different from ourselves. It also teaches them kindness and compassion - values we all want to instil in our little loved ones.
Wouldn’t it be great if all kids could see themselves reflected in the stories they read?
* Female and male heroes - Girls save the day just as often as the boys, proving once and for all that gender has nothing to do with being a hero.
* Blossoming heterosexual and same-sex relationships - Love is love. Reading about different types of romance within the same context helps readers acknowledge the normalcy of all relationships.
* Racial diversity - Characters of different skin colours show that anyone of any race can be the primary figure in the fairy tale narrative.
* Modern values - Female characters, once admired merely for the way they look, are now celebrated for being clever, kind and brave.
* Absolute acceptance - There is no fanfare when a character is revealed to be outside the fairy tale norm. Race, gender and sexuality is never questioned.
18 of your favourite stories:
* Briar Rose - Sleeping Beauty
* Little Red Riding Hood
* The Frog Prince
* The Golden Bird
* Diamonds and Toads
* The Little Mermaid
* Jorinda and Joringel
* The Elves and the Shoemaker
* The Four Clever Brothers
* The Princess and the Pea
* Jack and the Beanstalk
* Beauty and the Beast
* The Water of Life
* King Thrushbeard
* The Six Swans
Diamonds and Toads remains faithful to the early versions of these fairy tales. Told in the words of The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, Perrault and other master storytellers, these are the same stories that have been delighting children and adults alike for hundreds of years - but with girl heroes alongside boy heroes, burgeoning same-sex relationships alongside heterosexual ones, and a cast of different skin colours - just like we see in the world around us.
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