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Lesley Sims

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Lesley Sims

  • 5 stars across 96 books
    1st January 2017

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll's fantastical tale is an artist's dream. With the complete, unabridged text and glowing full-colour illust... More

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    3rd April 2017

    The Secret Garden: V&A Collector's Edition

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a magical novel for adults and children alike. This new hardback i... More

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    1st September 2010

    The Gingerbread Man

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    16th April 2014

    The Snow Queen

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    22nd January 2013

    The Snow Queen

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    1st January 2013

    The Wizard of Oz

    A brilliant read-aloud version of the much-loved classic by L. Frank Baum, sure to capture young imaginations. When Doro... More

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    21st September 2012

    Little Red Riding Hood

    A beloved fairy tale, retold for young children in classic picture book format. Arriving at Granny's cottage, Little Red... More

    (3 reviews)
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    1st April 2009

    Alice Through the Looking-Glass

    Walker Ilustrated Classics is a new series which brings together some of the best-loved stories ever told, illustrated b... More

    (1 review)
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    1st April 2009

    The Wish Fish

    This is a new edition of this popular title in the fantastic "First Reading" series, accompanied by an interactive CD. B... More

    (1 review)
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    28th January 2011

    Anansi and the Bag of Wisdom

    This is a new title in the fantastic "First Reading" series, based on an African folktale and part of the "Usborne Readi... More

    (1 review)
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    12th December 2008

    Stone Soup

    This is a new title in the fantastic "Usborne Reading Programme", aimed at children who are beginning to read. When trav... More

    (1 review)
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    1st November 2013

    Crow in the Snow

    A lively story with humorous illustrations, ideal for children who are beginning to read for themselves, or for reading ... More

    (1 review)
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    20th January 2014

    Roman Soldier's Handbook

    Offers an introduction to Roman history. This survival guide for studious centurions is about how to stay alive in the R... More

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    1st April 2013

    The Rabbit's Tale

    A captivating picture book based on a traditional English tale. Rabbit's burrow is too small so he goes to Owl for advic... More

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    1st December 2012

    The Ant and the Grasshopper

    A charming picture book based on Aesop's well-loved tale. While Ant works hard to prepare for winter, Grasshopper mocks ... More

    (1 review)
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    27th March 2009

    The Three Wishes

    A new title in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Nat and Ned are poor a... More

    (1 review)
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    25th August 2014

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    The much-loved story of Snow White, specially retold for beginner readers and illustrated with fresh, colourful pictures... More

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    28th September 2007

    The Dragon and the Phoenix

    This work contains four new titles in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read.... More

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    1st August 2017

    The Snow Queen

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    1st August 2010

    A Christmas Carol with Sounds

    An atmospheric picture book with accompanying sound effects based on the classic story by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scro... More

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    29th June 2008

    Ancient Egypt

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    28th February 1994

    Ancient Greece

    Looks at the history and culture of ancient Greece through their artifacts, beliefs, customs, crafts, and a representati... More

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    1st November 2011

    First Reading Two: Stone Soup

    Eight titles in the popular "First Reading" series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wal... More

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    27th February 2004

    Story of Flying

    The history of man-made flight for children growing in reading confidence. From Da Vinci to the Wright Brothers, find ou... More

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    30th March 2007

    The Story of Flying

    The history of man-made flight for children growing in reading confidence. From Da Vinci to the Wright Brothers, find ou... More

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    1st September 2013

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, which includes over 250 titles across seven levels - all developed in conjunction... More

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    30th March 2007

    The Railway Children

    A brand new addition to "Usborne Young Reading Series 2", aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, ... More

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    20th October 2014

    Jingle Bells

    A picture book version of the well-known Christmas song, with sound buttons to press to hear the melody.... More

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    1st November 2013

    365 Illustrated Stories and Rhymes

    An enchanting collection of classic stories and rhymes - one for every day of the year. Including classic tales and nurs... More

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    1st November 2013

    Ballet Stories for Little Children

    Stories of the best known and best loved ballets, beautifully told, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty... More

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    31st May 2007

    The Magical Book

    When young King Leo disobeys all his advisors and opens a magical book, he gets a huge surprise as a greedy dragon is re... More

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    28th November 2013

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most popular comedies of the legendary playwright, William Shakespeare. The play... More

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    30th November 2007

    The Story of Ships

    The fascinating history of ships and the explorers who sailed in them told for children growing in reading confidence an... More

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    24th June 2005

    Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

    A lively retelling of this classic fairytale from the Brothers Grimm, recounting the story of a beautiful princess with ... More

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    1st August 2012

    Swan Lake with Musical Sounds

    An enchanting picture book with buttons to press to hear six tunes from Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. Younger readers wil... More

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    27th June 2009

    How Zebras Got Their Stripes

    This is a new title in the fantastic Usborne Reading Programme, based on an old African folktale and aimed at children w... More

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    23rd February 2007

    The Castle That Jack Built

    There are four new titles in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read by themse... More

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    27th April 2007

    The Enchanted Castle

    The Enchanted Castle tells the story of Jerry, Jimmy and Cathy, three children who discover a magical castle occupied by... More

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    1st September 2011

    First Reading Two: King Donkey Ears

    The traditional tale retold for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence struc... More

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    14th December 2015

    Fairy Ponies Sticker Book

    Welcome to the magical world of the Fairy Ponies - a collection of ethereal characters who also appear in a series of 6 ... More

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    31st October 2003

    A Christmas Carol

    Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one ... More

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    1st November 2015

    A Visitor's Guide to Ancient Rome

    A spoof travel guide written with time-travellers in mind, this humorous book introduces young readers to all aspects of... More

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    1st November 2015

    A Visitor's Guide to Ancient Greece

    Travel back in time with this humorous guide crammed with information and advice for the adventurous time-tourist. Arran... More

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    1st September 2013

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas

    This is a gorgeous gift edition of the traditional and much-loved Christmas poem with a sound panel to play Christmas mu... More

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    1st November 2014

    Old Macdonald Had a Farm

    Everyone knows the story of farmer Macdonald and the multitude of noisy animals who live on his farm, quacking, mooing a... More

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    1st May 2015

    How Elephants Lost Their Wings

    A traditional Indian folktale, lyrically retold for young readers. In a time gone by, the story tells us, elephants coul... More

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    1st July 2011

    Young Reading CD Packs: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    The classic Brothers Grimm tale is presented in a delightful hardback gift edition, which young children are sure to tre... More

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    1st March 2016

    Fairy Ponies Sticker and Colouring Book

    Explore Fairy Pony Island with Holly and her pony friend Puck in this enchanting activity book. Among the magical scenes... More

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    1st April 2016

    Kangaroo at the Zoo

    A funny picture book featuring a madcap story about a new kangaroo arriving at the zoo, which uses phonic repetition t... More

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    1st May 2013

    The Castle that Jack Built

    This is an original tale based on the classic nursery rhyme "The House that Jack Built" with simple text and delightful ... More

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    1st April 2009

    Little Book Of Castles

    This is a handy pocket-sized book packed with facts and detailed information about castles and castle life. It shows who... More

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    1st March 2012

    The Little Giraffe [Book with CD]

    Three titles in the popular "First Reading" series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wal... More

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    1st November 2012

    A Midsummer Night's Dream [Book with CD]

    Each book in this series is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a range of subject matter, including th... More

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    29th May 2009

    Illustrated Alice

    A charming collection of Lewis Carroll's famously quirky stories retold for younger readers, featuring Alice in Wonderla... More

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    1st October 2012

    The Christmas Cobwebs

    This is an enchanting retelling of a traditional German tale, written for children just learning to read. It's Christmas... More

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    1st March 2012

    The Wind in the Willows [Book with CD]

    The classic story retold for children growing in reading confidence as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme. Mole... More

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    1st March 2006

    The Usborne Book of Castles

    This is a new edition of this hugely entertaining guide to castles, published in association with English Heritage. This... More

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    28th September 2007

    How the Elephants Lost Their Wings

    This work contains four new titles in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read.... More

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    26th March 2010

    Moon Zoom

    The eighth title in the new "Usborne Very First Reading" series, designed for younger children to introduce them to read... More

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    26th March 2010

    Knight Fight

    The fourteenth title in the new "Usborne Very First Reading" series, designed for younger children to introduce them to ... More

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    1st November 2012

    The Dragon and the Phoenix [Book with CD]

    Aimed at children aged four and over, each title in this series combines simple text and illustrations to delight and in... More

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    25th July 2003

    Nursery Rhymes

    Including traditional nursery rhymes from all over the world, this book's brightly coloured pages and illustrations shou... More

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    1st July 2009

    King Donkey Ears

    This is a new title in the fantastic "First Reading" series, part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, aimed at child... More

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    1st November 2013

    Visitor's Guide to Ancient Greece

    This is a handy guide for would-be time-travellers planning a trip back to Ancient Greece. It is full of fascinating his... More

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    1st December 2015

    Book of Castles [Library Edition]

    Children can discover who lived in castles, what they ate, where they slept and what they did for fun in this engaging a... More

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    28th September 2007

    The Little Giraffe

    This work contains four new titles in the fantastic "First Reading" series, aimed at children who are beginning to read.... More

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    1st October 2012

    Noisy Twelve Days of Christmas

    This magical picture book is filled with festive sights and sounds from the classic song, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'... More

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    1st September 2015

    The Twelve Days of Christmas

    'On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree...' The lyrics to this well-known, tr... More

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    1st September 2015

    Twas the Night Before Christmas

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...' The trad... More

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    31st August 2007

    The Wind in the Willows

    A brand new addition to "Usborne Young Reading Series 2", which is aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning ... More

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    1st June 2016

    Mole in a Hole

    A funny picture book featuring a madcap story a builder-mole, which uses phonic repetition to help children learn to r... More

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    22nd August 2016

    Fairy Gardens Magic Painting Book

    Brush the pages of this book with water and see the fairies and flowers in the enchanted garden burst into beautiful col... More

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    19th December 2016

    Fairy Palaces Magic Painting Book

    See fabulous fairy palaces magically burst into colour in this delightful activity book. Each page has a beautiful, blac... More

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    1st November 2017

    Chimp with a Limp

    Cheeky Chimp has a limp... or does he? Follow his extremely tall tale as he explains why he cannot possibly help Cheetah... More

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    1st October 2017

    Baby Jesus

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    27th April 2006

    Puzzle Adventures: Dark, Dark Knight

    It's an ordinary day for Haley and Martha - until they accidentally wake two knights from a thousand-year sleep. Suddenl... More

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    7th November 2003

    Starting Soccer

    This new edition has been revised to include innovative Internet links in this practical guide to soccer. It gives step-... More

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    1st August 1997

    Agent Arthur's Island Adventure

    Agent Arthur is trapped on an island in this puzzle adventure and needs the readers help to solve the pu zzles that will... More

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    31st December 1995

    Dark Dark Knight

    In this new title in the popular Usborne ser ies, in which each action-packed story combines a good read with challengin... More

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    30th July 1999

    Spy's Guidebook

    This classic book features a range of fun activities, puzzles, and problems to solve. Find out how to write coded messag... More

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    31st December 1995

    Usborne Children's Atlas of Britain and Northern Ireland

    This atlas shows children around Britain, ov er hills and fields, through historic towns and villages, an d across mount... More

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    1st August 2005

    The Story of Knights

    The Young Reading programme is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a wide variety of fiction and non-fi... More

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    1st October 2008

    Illustrated Classics for Boys

    This volume contains a retelling of six classic stories of action, adventure and daring that boys will want to read agai... More

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    28th October 2005

    The Snow Queen

    These two titles from the hugely successful "Usborne Young Reading" series are each accompanied by a captivating CD, bri... More

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    2nd February 2018

    Seal at the Wheel

    Seal loves her new speed boat, but she keeps going too fast! Can she learn to be more careful? This entertaining story f... More

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    26th March 2004

    The Story of Castles

    This charming series is designed for young children who are just beginning to read alone and are looking for lively stor... More

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    27th March 2004

    The Story of Knights

    The 'Young Reading' programme is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a wide variety of fiction and non-... More

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    31st May 2018

    Spider in a Glider

    Spider wishes she could fly, so she builds her very own glider. But when danger strikes, can Spider save the day? This e... More

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    26th June 2018

    Sleeping Beauty

    At Sleeping Beauty's christening, the king and queen forget to invite a very important guest. Sixteen years later, that ... More

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    26th June 2018

    Giraffe in the Bath and Other Tales with CD

    This humorous short story collection contains Giraffe in the bath, Chimp with a limp, Spider in a glider, Hyena ballerin... More

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    1st November 2018

    Lizard in a Blizzard

    Lizard has decided to make a snow machine. The trouble is, once it starts to snow, he can't make it stop... This entert... More

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    5th March 2019

    Weasels with Measles

    The little weasels have woken up covered in spots! Have they really caught the measles? Find out in this entertaining st... More

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    8th August 2019

    Poppy and Sam's Animal Stories

    Ten delightful stories from Apple Tree Farm, fully retold for young children. Poppy and Sam have new adventures every da... More

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    8th August 2019

    Axolotl Finds a Bottle

    Axolotl longs for adventure. One day, she finds an old bottle with something amazing inside. What could it be? A fun rhy... More

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