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Story Books

  1. The Ugly Duckling

    The Ugly Duckling

    'The Ugly Duckling', a popular fairy-tale, was written by Hans Christian Andersen. It was first published in 1843 as a part of a collection of stories titled New Fairy Tales and became instantly popular. It is a heart-warming story about a little duckling born in a farmyard whom no one loves because he is ugly. The duckling is ill-treated by everyone around him. Deeply saddened, he runs away from home one day, but his travails do not end. Thought he finds shelter with people, he continues to face unkindness and cruelty. In the end, when the duckling is just about to give up, he and the reader get a wonderful surprise; for he is ugly no more. In fact he has grown up to become a beautiful swan. Written more than 170 years ago, this story is as popular today as it was when first published. Translated into different languages and published around the world, 'The Ugly Duckling' has become the most famous story by Andersen. Learn More
  2. The Shoemaker and the Elves

    The Shoemaker and the Elves

    ‘The Shoemaker and the Elves’ was originally written in German by Jakob Ludwig Grimm and Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the authors of all-time favourites like ‘Cinderella’, ‘Snow White’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’. This story has been around for more than a hundred years and still has the power to hold a reader spellbound. It is a heart-warming tale about a kind but extremely poor shoemaker and his wife who are helped by two elves and how they in turn show their gratitude to the tiny benefactors. The story reiterates the importance of positive values like goodness, kindness and generosity. Learn More
  3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    One of the best loved books of Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is acknowledged as one of the greatest pieces of American fiction and is as popular today as it was when first published in 1876. Set in St. Petersburg, Missouri, Tom Sawyer is an exuberant tale of youthful adventures, and recounts the escapades of Tom and his friend Huckleberry Finn. Replete with stunts in the schoolyard, pranks to impress girls, a haunted house, getting lost in a cave and playing pirates on the Mississippi river, the novel illustrates Twain's exceptional ability to capture the idylls of boyhood in a vivid and dramatic manner. The series, AUP Classics Retold, endeavours to encourage reading habits in children and inculcate the love of books from an early age. This series is planned for children from ages 7 to 14+ and is graded from Level 1 to 6. Learn More
  4. Tales from Panchatantra

    Tales from Panchatantra

    The Panchatantra tales are one of the earliest collection of fables ever written. The authorship of these stories is attributed to a learned Brahmin by the name of Pundit Vishnu Sharma who devised these tales for the purpose of instructing a king's irresponsible sons in the art of kingship. Thus, through the medium of interesting tales, the Pundit succeeded in imparting to his royal pupils the wisdom and common sense needed to become good and effective rulers. The values and noble ideologies incorporated in these ancient tales are as relevant today as they were centuries ago. It is hoped that like the princes of yore, today's young readers too will be inspired by Panchatantra tales and obtain valuable lessons from these stories. Learn More
  5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

    One of the most popular stories from the Grimm's Fairy Tales, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", is an all-time favourite among children. Originally written in German, by the the Grimm brothers - Jacob Ludwig Karl and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, the earliest known translation into English was made by Margaret Hunt in 1884. Since then, hundreds of versions of the story have been written in different languages. A tale of enchantment, the story of Snow White takes place in a magical world, where good triumphs over evil. It is inhabited by kings and queens, witches and dwarfs, the innocent and the wicked; in short, it has all the ingredients needed to fire the imagination and enthral a child. The beautiful illustrations in this book are intended to enhance children's ability of image a story. Learn More
  6. Puss in Boots (AUP Read Aloud Fairy-tales)

    Puss in Boots (AUP Read Aloud Fairy-tales)

    “Puss in Boots” is the story of one of the cleverest cats in the history of fairy-tales. Though different versions of the story can be found in almost all parts of the world, the current version of the tale was written by Charles Perrault in 1697 and was based on an Italian folk-tale. Perrault is also the author of such all-time favourites such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, etc. “Puss in Boots” is an engrossing tale about a shrewd cat who thought his ingenious ideas helps his poor master in gaining the King’s favour and ultimately gets his master to marry the princess. It has all the ingredients needed to propel the thought process of the reader. The rich illustrations kindle the fire of imagination of the reader/ listener of the fairy-tales and enthuses creativity of the mind. Learn More
  7. Kumbhakarna: The Sleeping Demon

    Kumbhakarna: The Sleeping Demon

    This book is a part of the AUP Mythology Series. Kumbhakarna is a highly interesting character in the Ramayana. He was the devil brother of Ravana, the King of Lanka. Kumbha means a kind of water pot; Karna means ear. Kumbhakarna had a giant, enormous body and he slept constantly for six months at a time. When he woke up he could eat up anything he could see in his path. Therefore, the day Kumbhakarna was awake no one stood before him. However, there had to be a deviation from Kumbhakarna’s usual sleeping time. Ravana told his men to wake up his giant brother as Kumbhakarna was supposed to go into a battle against the brothers Rama and Laxman. But what happen then? How did the Rakshasas wake up the sleeping demon? And how did he manage to go to the battlefield when he was sleepy? You will read all this in this graphic tale. Learn More
  8. King Harishchandra of Ayodhya

    King Harishchandra of Ayodhya

    This is a story of a great man’s truthfulness in spite of a lot of suffering – how far one could go to keep his words. The soul of India remembered this King for ages. The honest and noble king Harishchandra who lived in the Treta Yuga was popular among his subjects. He lived peacefully with his wife Shaivya and son Rohitashva in his kingdom Ayodhya. But suddenly he fell prey to a terrible misfortune. The truthful King had to give away his kingdom and to sell his family to fulfil a promise he had made to the sage Vishwamitra. Mahatma Gandhi was deeply influenced by the virtues of telling the truth when he watched the play of King Harishchandra in his childhood days. Learn More
  9. Heidi (AUP Classics Retold)

    Heidi (AUP Classics Retold)

    An all time classic, Heidi is as popular today as it was when first published towards the end of the nineteenth century. Heidi is a heart-warming story of a little orphan girl who is sent away to live with her grandfather in the Alps. She falls in love with the mountains and through her simplicity and goodness, she is able to change the lives and attitudes of everyone she comes in contact with; including her solemn, no-nonsense grandfather, Peter, the goatherd and his blind grandmother. Heidi is uprooted once again when she is sent away to live with a rich family in the city. She is unhappy in the constricted atmosphere of the city and yearns to return to her beloved mountains. Regardless, her spirit shines through all her travails and touches the lives of all those around her. She finds happiness in the end when she is allowed to return to her grandfather. Learn More
  10. Gulliver’s Travels (AUP Classcis Retold)

    Gulliver’s Travels (AUP Classcis Retold)

    ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift is a masterpiece story. The book enjoys a unique status in the English literature as a travelogue, children’s storybook, a satire on the political state of affairs during the eighteenth-century England – the accolades, connectivity are endless. In short, Jonathan Swift’s classic is ageless, an all-time entertainer for the old and young at heart. ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, a magnum opus, draws attention to the very many foibles that we have, but at the end of it nothing appears more natural than to reconcile to these and move on. ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ has been greatly appreciated for the language style. The English poet and dramatist John Gray wrote in a letter to Jonathan Swift in 1726 about this book that, “It is universally read, from the Cabinet Council to the nursery,” and since then the book has never been out of print. Learn More
  11. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    Goldilocks and the Three Bears

    This book is about the adventure of a young girl named Goldilocks who wanders off into the forest and comes upon a hut which belonged to a bear family consisting of Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear. She eats their porridge, sits on their chairs and goes to sleep in the Baby Bear's bed. In the end when she is discovered, Goldilocks jumps out of the window and escapes. The story has all the ingredients needed to fire the imagination and enthral a child. It is hoped that children will enjoy listening to this delightful story. The beautiful illustrations are intended to enhance children's pleasure in the book, and to encourage creativity. Learn More
  12. Folk Tales from Far and Near

    Folk Tales from Far and Near

    This book is designed keeping in mind the children in their formative years of language learning. The book intends to instil interest for story reading in the kids with special emphasis on the vocabulary and sentence composition. Stories have been purposely taken from the treasures of the folk tales from Asia, so as to widen the appreciation for different cultures. Learn More
  13. Cinderella

    Cinderella

    "Cinderella" is one of the most popular fairy-tales ever told. Though different versions of the story can be found in almost all parts of the world, the original story is believed to have been written by Charles Perrault (also the author of "Sleeping Beauty" and "Little Red Riding Hood") in the seventeenth century. A wondrous tale, the story of Cinderella takes place in an enchanted world, where good triumphs over evil. It is inhabited by kings and princes, fairies and magical beings, the innocent and the wicked; in short it has all the ingredients needed to fire the imagination and enthral the child. It is hoped that children will enjoy this delightful story. The beautiful illustrations are intended to enhance the child's pleasure in the book and also to encourage creativity. Learn More