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​Common Sense Press Reading Guides will introduce you and your children to many classic short stories. Unlike novels which can have many characters, complicated plots, and multiple themes, short stories have one or two main characters, a simple plot, and a centralized theme and can usually be read in one sitting. They come in every genre such as mystery, thriller, fantasy, and comedy. These stories are intended to be read aloud and enjoyed, and to encourage family interaction. You will find thoughtful discussion questions, suggestions to broaden your knowledge, and ways to develop your children’s creativity and writing skills.
This Reading Guide includes three fairytale-like short stories by Hans Christian Andersen:
“The Nightingale” – Approximate reading time 30 minutes
“The Emperor's New Clothes” – Approximate reading time 15 minutes
“The Fir Tree” – Approximate reading time 25 minutes


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