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Great Christmas Gift Idea for Young Readers

If you are a parent or grandparent concerned about the quality of today’s children’s books, you’ll find National Review’s “Bedtime Classics” a reassuring safe haven. Graced by the Thornton Burgess’s very unique literary talents — his witty poems are as wonderful as his stories are captivating — and by Harrison Cady’s unique and exquisite drawings, both volumes of The National Review Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories are refreshingly old-fashioned: The tales are clean, wholesome, fun, innocent, and instructive. These are the type of horizon-opening stories that one would look back upon, as an adult, with fond and cherished memories.

These are books that you will really want to share with a deserving child, and for good reason: They burst with the kind of little dramas you can read to wee ones or grandchildren at night as a prelude to sweet dreams. Each of the “adventure” stories (ten in each volume) unfold and progress over some 24 chapters (because they are designed to be real “bedtime” reading!). And new and developing readers (first and second graders) will take to the book on their own like, well . . . like Chatterer takes to acorns!

The original cost for each book was $29.95, but now you can get both volumes for the low price of $39.95, a big $20 savings! Shipping (via USPS “Media Mail”) and handling are free. And if your final order (at the NRO Store) is over $75, we will ship your books free via UPS Ground. If you’re sending the books as gifts, please look at the form below – we will gladly send them along to the lucky recipients, and we will include a gift announcement card (with your personal message, if you’d like that!). This is a complimentary service.

And if you order before December 24th, we’ll send you a free copy of the Burgess/Cady classic, Tommy and the Wishing Stone. This big (7” by 10”) 120-page quality softcover collection of a dozen delightful and instructive stories – about a young daydreaming boy, a magical sitting stone, and more woodland creatures (from Thunderer the Ruffed Grouse and Bobby Coon to Honker the Goose and Billy Mink) than you can shake a swamp reed at! – features some 36 beautiful Cady illustrations. These stories were first published in 1914 and 1915 in St. Nicholas Magazine, and we’ve brought them all together into one happy place. This will make a great gift and delight the young readers in your life.

Order here.

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