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Diamonds and Toads is a bold new treasury of all your favourite fairy tales for children aged 8 to grown up. Featuring a host of diverse new heroes, this book is for every girl and boy - regardless of gender, skin colour or sexual orientation. 

This treasury has something for everyone!


  •  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
  • Rumpelstiltskin 
  • The Four Clever Brothers
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Cinderella
  • Rapunzel 
  • 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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