Welcome to A Classic Tale Blog. At A Classic Tale, we strive to provide you with classic children's products updated for todays child. We offer you your favorite classics by Babylegs, Pluie Pluie, Daylee Designs, San Diego Hat Co, White Rabbit & more.

Join us in our journey, celebrate with giveaways, be the first to hear about new amazing products, & most of all take time to celebrate the classic kids in our lives.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

So Long For Now....

Hey it's me...Filburt T. Squirrel...just quickly scrambling onto our Classic Tale Blog to send you an update. Our owner is saying "So Long For Now" as she shuts down for a redesign and update. We'll miss creating Giveaways, designing Promos and hunting for new fantastic classics with a twist. We'll also miss all of you!!! I'll be taking the rest of the Summer and Fall off too and will be back good as new in January 2010. Cheers from Filburt and your Classic Tale Team!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

I Scream, U Scream... we all scream for Eyes Cream Shades!




Our Weekly Special!
Save 40%
June 22nd - June 28th

I Scream, U Scream....we all scream for Eyes Cream...Shades that is!! Save 40% this week only!! Use the code: eyescream40 at checkout. Blending fashion with function, Eyes Cream Shades offer "total eye protection" for kids with polycarbonate lenses that block 100% UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Typically sold in optical stores, A Classic Tale offers you a variety of quality kids & toddler sunglasses in yummy colors and as always....they come kid tested and mother approved!!

Our Weekly Coupon Code:
eyescream40 for 40% off of Eyes Cream Shades

We're screaming out an Eyes Cream Shades Giveaway! (Closed)
One lucky Classic Tale Fan will win a pair of Eyes Cream Shades of their choice.
To Enter: Drawing June 28th, 5pm pst

Congrats to Frugalista Mama for winning a free pair of Eyes Cream Shades!

To Enter: Remember to leave a comment at the end of this post (help below) to tell us about all your entries.

  • 1 Entry - Easiest way to enter. Go to our Eyes Cream Shade section & look around. Come back here and share your favorite.
  • 1 Entry - Tell us another Classic Tale favorite other than Eyes Cream Shades.
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Giveaway | Sharing Classics With A Twist

Hi! It's me..... Filbert T. Squirrel! I've been hanging out on top of that great classic book and decided to offer all of our fans assistance, assistance, assistance!! You'll see me around here on A Classic Tale Blog and on my home site, AClassicTale.com. I'll be sharing tips, sales, and secrets.

First off...to help out my owners and to reward you...I'm asking for you to share your input. Hop on over to our facebook page, click on our discussion, share your classics with a twist and enter to win a $35 Classic Tale Gift Certificate. We have three to give away!! Drawing ends tomorrow, June 15th at 5pm PST. So don't be slow.....we'll be waiting!! ~Filbert T. Squirrel

***Our winners are: Kerstin, Emily, Alicia & Sarah! More info at the bottom of our discussion on our Facebook page. Congrats to all four of our winners. We had such wonderful input and wanted to reward all of our contributors. Thanks again!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Weekly Special: Last Call...Rileyroos Sandals


Our Weekly Special!
June 9th - June 15th



Last Call...Rileyroos In Stock Sandals are 30% off. Use the code: weekly30 at checkout. These adorable sandals are kid tested and mother approved. By far the best, flexible soft sole sandal that we've found. Rileyroos for girls and boys are stylish, comfy and durable. Running on the large size, we recommend using our size chart to get a perfect fit. Our 2 1/2 year old classic kiddo has just grown into the 18-24 months.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sweet Summer Vacations


No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old familiar pillow.
-Lin Yutang


Going on a family trip this summer? Make sure to pack at least one special outfit for your little girl. Saurette dresses are designed with detail and are made of fabulous fabrics. Recently featured On Tippy Toes.....read more.

Shop Saurette and get 20% off plus free shipping with the code: summertravel.

Friday, May 22, 2009

We're Mixing it up | Red, White & Blue Style

In honor of Memorial Day, we're mixing it up...Red, White & Blue Style.

This isn't a traditional weekend sale. It's a little out of the ordinary. Below you will find three coupon codes. Each code can only be used once. If the code doesn't work, it's already been used. Sorry....better luck next time! Three of our customers will have the opportunity to save, save, save! Good Luck!

Our Weekly Sale

Coupon Codes:
Red65 for $65 off of a $100 min order - Congrats to Matthew from PA!
White50 for $50 off of a $100 min order - Way to Go, Amy from WA!
Blue40 for $40 off of a $100 min order - Our last shout out goes to Amy from MS!!
Offer good only on in stock items. Previous orders can not be adjusted.

Click here to start shopping!

Sweet Dreams | Bramble Red Nightlights


Magical Bramble Red Nightlights from White Rabbit England are back in stock. These whimsical lights offer the softest light that will sooth your little one into dreamland.

These beautiful hand painted night lights are decorated with dancing elves and fairies. White Rabbit England nightlights are designed by sisters from England who wanted to recreate the magical nightlight that sat in the center of their bedside table.

A true treasured keepsake! A Classic Tale Tip: Sign the bottom of the nightlight with a permanent pen & leave a sweet message. Your little gift recipient will cherish their nightlight for years to come.

White Rabbit England Night Lights, including the Dewdrop Toadstool Pink Nightlight, Bramble Red, and Rabbit Cottage....always ship free to the Continental US. In addition use the Classic Tale Coupon Code of rabbitsave10 to save 10%.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We're Tootin' Your Horn | Gluten Free Playdough


Cheers to Daily Candy for shoutin' out about non-toxic, child safe playdough made with all natural ingredients....by ItsMadeAtHome, an amazing Etsy Shop.


Want a little bit of Playdough history? Did you know that Playdough was first introduced as a wallpaper cleaner? Appearing in 1956, an off white pliable dough was invented as an alternate form of "modeling clay". In 1965, Mr. McVicker applied for a patent. Little did he know that this clay would someday provide hours of child entertainment...capturing imagination and developing fine motor skills in children all over the world. Remember those card board cans? 1986 brought the new plastic containers sure to keep the brightly colored playdough soft and pliable. And what is it made of? That remains a secret but we know for sure that the recipe includes wheat flour and salt (yup, salt....a taste that left a lifetime impression).

Wheat flour? You got it! And for those kiddos who are allergic to Gluten, playdough is a no, no! For you moms that want an alternative....check out ItsMadeAtHome Gluten Free Playdough. Shouldn't every child be able to engage in Playdough fun?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Weekly Special: 1 Hat, 2 Hat, 3 Hat, 4...


Our Weekly Special!
May 15th - May 21st



Daylee Designs Cotton Spring Summer Baby & Toddler Hats. Click here to view the "pretty little" details. Coupon code included.



Thursday, May 14, 2009

We're Tootin' Your Horn | Cici Art Factory

Portraits: capture a memory

Toot toot!! Yup...we're tootin' your horn. Our first blog entry sharing fabulous finds. While scouring the web, kid's shows, & magazines, we find amazing products. Items that fit our mission...classics with a twist, with "wow" appeal updated for todays' child.

Introducing Cici Art Factory.... fun & colorful art that will add cheer to any playroom or nursery. Our favorite is Cici Art Factory
's custom portraits. Capture the interest & personality of your own child in whimsical portraits....timeless treasures. More here...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Twinkle Twinkle..My Little Star | Dandy Wishes

In honor of dandelion season and the little hands that carry bouquets of sunshine:

A dandelion is a lovely thing
A gift only a child would bring
Grown where tiny feet can trod,
Symbols of love placed by God.

Too sweet! Yes.. to some dandelions are weeds but to a child they are beautiful flowers. Pick a few, leaving the stems long and tie them together to make a dandelion flower crown. Your child will feel so special showing off their hand made flowered tiara treasure! Shine, Shine, Shine!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

BabyLegs Cool! Free Shipping & UPF 50+


All New!
Light weight mesh design with UPF 50+ sunprotection

This new BabyLegs Cool! collection features fun summer past time favorites: sailboats, cherries, butterflies, daisies & more. They're all here at A Classic Tale and will ship to you or a gift recipient with free shipping at checkout. This fantastic new fresh design is made of a light weight mesh and blocks 99.8% UVA & UVB rays.

To celebrate BabyLegs Cool! and honor moms on Mother's Day, A Classic Tale is going to give away a $35 gift certificate. We hope you try out these new BabyLegs Cool! designs but the stores the limit. No limitations....no strings attached.

$35 Gift Certificate Giveaway Drawing May 10th! (closed)

Congrats to Alicia from AZ for winning our $35 Mom's Day Gift Certificate. Happy Shopping!!

Remember to leave a comment at the end of this post (help below) to tell us about all your entries.
  • 1 Entry - Easiest way to enter. Go to our BabyLegs Cool! section & look around. Come back here and share your favorite new design.
  • 1 Entry - Tell us a Classic Memory linked to that pattern.
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  • Made multiple purchases? Your the greatest! 3 entries per invoice number.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle....Squirm!


A sneak peak| Bellflower Textiles Tooth Buddy Pillow!
Several fun printed styles (including a custom pink print) are arriving next week. We'll pair these amazing fun tooth fairy pillows with a special hardcover classic book. Check out the cute tooth pocket made for tooth fairy treasures. In our house, the tooth fairy is almost as "big" as Santa Claus. A great way to help those growing children celebrate changes. I know I was always scared but thrilled when a tooth was loose. Dreams of the tooth fairy made me brave! I have to say though as our classic kids "wiggle, wiggle, wiggle" those little white teeth....I still "squirm" inside!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

From A Mother's Cupboard - Rainbow Layered Finger Jello


A good friend of mine from preschool (yes...preschool..long long time friends) always had yummy Rainbow Layered Finger Jello at her birthday parties. Eye catching and oh so good! The kids love them and a no mess snack for mom :)

Rainbow Layered Finger Jello

Colored Layers:

4 (3 oz) boxes of Jello

4 c boiling water

4 envelopes of Knox Gelatin


White Layers:

1 can Sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 c boiling water

1/2 c cold water

4 envelopes Knox Gelatin


Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. Mix 1 pkg jello with 1 env knox gelatin & 1 c boiling water. Mix til dissolved. Pour into pan, remove any bubbles using a fork and place in fridge on a flat surface. Let set 15 min while mixing white layer.


Put 4 envelopes knox gel in a bowl. Pour 1/2 c cold water over powder and stir, let set. Pour 1 1/2 c boiling water over mixture and whisk. Add 1 can sweetened condensed milk and stir. Pour 1 c of milk mixture over the set jello and refridge for 10-15 min.


Repeat layers as many times as you want. The milk recipe will make 4 layers. If the milk mixture thickens too much while waiting for the jello to set, you can place it in the microwave for a few second until it melts...stir again to smooth out. Cut into rectangles or us cookie cutters to make cute shapes. Have fun & experiment with different colors. Red/White for VDay, Red/Green for Christmas etc

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Kaiya Eve is knocking at our door!!!


The Original Pettiskirt...Kaiya Eve will be here tomorrow!

We are so thrilled and honored to be of the select few to offer you the Kaiya Eve Line. Kaiya Eve is in a class of its own. No other pettiskirts can compare. Soft and feminine...some might even refer to them as girly girl!

Kaiya Eve is a beautiful line from infant to junior sizes in an array of styles reminiscent of yesteryear. Vintage designed and in demand worldwide! Timeless...a "tuck away" keepsake. A classic with a twist! Give us a few days to add them to our inventory. Once in stock and ready for purchase...we'll celebrate with A Classic Tale Giveaway!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Made With Love | In The "Spark" Stage




A Crayon Holder by Bellflower Textiles!

Classic with a Twist...updated for today's child? Yep, passes our test! We hope to offer this soon!


So the wheels are churning at A Classic Tale. We're in the "spark" stage. Here's our thoughts. We're always on the look out for fabulous finds. Classic kid items that stop us in our tracks. We thought you could push us in the right direction. Items made with love have been given to children for generations. That special dress, stuffed bear, or bracelet....is treasured for years! With that said....Made With Love will be a category in our store offering you unique hand made kids' products. These items will be tested by our Classic Tale Crew & will have to meet high quality standards. We'll be on the look out for "wow items", classics with a twist that have been updated for today's child. Like I mentioned, we're in the "spark" stage so stay tuned for more details. We'd love to hear your thoughts! Oh and yes we're aware of the new lead law....yes yes yes still in the "spark" stage! Comment below or email madewithlove(at)aclassictale(dot)com.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thank You Mama Jen!


That's Mama Jen over at MomAppeal.com!!



Recently a customer of A Classic Tale, Mama Jen purchased one of our Pluie Pluie Polka Dot raincoats for her kiddo. She just sent us a note telling us that she "blogged" about us! Check her post out here.

MomAppeal was born when two mom friends wanted to take their gift for gab, gossip, and style live. MomAppeal is a stamp of approval, a rave review, a “plug” for products, concepts, or people. Rest assured, MomAppeal will keep you in the mommy/daddy/granny/gramps/nanny/kiddo “know”.

Thanks again Mama Jen!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

April Showers & May Flowers


All eleven Pluie Pluie kids rain boots are now back in stock!! Just in time for any remaining April showers and beautiful May Flowers. We know that we'll have our share of the latter here in the North West.


Our Top Pluie Pluie Prints
  • New Flower
  • Brown Flower
  • Blue Truck
  • Pink Stripe
  • Green Frog (shown)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Green Deals!

In honor of our Mother Earth, A Classic Tale is offering you Green Deals!!

Our eco-friendly brands are 25% off now thru Friday, April 24th.

  • Picaflor Kids - Committed to fair trade practices, made in Peru, & 100% natural fibers made from recycled wood pulp. This line is not only environmentally friendly but adorable, comfortable & soft.
  • Satch & Sol Slippers - For the love of family and earth! These slippers are handmade in Mongolia by a fair trade artisan cooperative. Fun colors & eye catching styles.
Enter the code GREENDEALS at checkout!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Twinkle Twinkle....My Little Star

Warm up your senses with Kool-Aid Playdough!!

It's easy as 1,2,3...ok and maybe 4.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
3 tbsp oil
1 sm pkg Kool-Aid

Combine the above ingredients. Add in 1 cup boiling water. Stir and knead until it forms a soft ball. Store in a sealed bag or storage container. This playdough will stimulate smell and tactile senses, while developing fine motor strength. Get out your cookie cutters and rolling pin and get ready to squish and pound this non-toxic playdough. Let your kiddos shine and show off their sweet smelling creations.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Anchors Away, My Dear

Rileyroos are arriving weekly and are shipping Free!

Your little tyke will be hoisting their anchor and sailing away in our new Rileyroos Sandals!

At our customers request....we've been hunting for more great classic styled shoes for little boys (and girls of course). Our classic tale kids have been testing out their Rileyroos and I must say....they're smooth sailing!

Rileyroos design inspiration comes from a combination of European fashion trends and American spirit and casualness. The line is designed to imitate barefoot walking and to protect little feet. The sole of a Rileyroos shoe is flexible and its rubber-padded sole curls above the toes to provide leverage as a child begins crawling. Unlike many heavy or bulky first walking shoes, Rileyroos’ lightweight construction and protective bottoms support a child’s foot as he or she starts walking and provides traction to prevent falls on slippery surfaces.

Seven styles here...many more arriving weekly. Just in Dakota Sporty Sandals, Chessie Fisherman Sandal, Sporty Tiger & Sporty Wahoo. Currently offered up to age 24 months, the Rileyroos brand will soon go up to size 12 youth.

Rileyroos Giveaway- Two chances to win

1) A Dakota (Ocean or Sunset) Sandal FREE with Purchase (closed)
The first person to make a purchase of $20 or more at AClassicTale, note "Anchors Away" at checkout, will receive a Free pair of Sandals.
Congrats to Megan from PA for mentioning "Anchors Away" at checkout! Your free pair of Rileyroos Dakota Sunset sandals are sailing your way!

2)A Rileyroos Sandal of Your Choice! To Enter: Drawing May 5th, 5pm pst (closed)
Remember to leave a comment at the end of this post (help below) to tell us about all your entries.

Drum Roll Please.......Sylvia from Idaho won a free pair of Rileyroos Ocean Sandals. Congrats Congrats! Thanks to those that entered!!

  • 1 Entry - Easiest way to enter. Go to our Rileyroos section & look around. Come back here and share your favorite.
  • 1 Entry - Tell us another Classic Tale favorite other than Rileyroos.
Bonus Entries:
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Triple Bonus. Score 3 Entries:
  • Made a Classic Tale purchase? Cheers to you! Note your invoice number.
  • Made multiple purchases? Your the greatest! 3 entries per invoice number.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

The Easter Egg
I take an egg
All shiny white
And then I dip
It out of sight.

I leave it there
Within the cup
Then after a minute
I pick it up.

And oh!
It's a lovely
Shade of green!
The prettiest Easter egg
I've ever seen.


One of our favorite classic memories....coloring Easter eggs! Our kiddos went to bed this evening with the tips of their fingers tinted a rainbow of colors. True signs of Easter fun!!

Whatever your belief or tradition, A Classic Tale wishes you wonderful day spent with family, friends & loved ones. Happy Easter!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Richard Scarry Classics - Back in Print



"Its the fun I want to get across." - Richard Scarry

American artist and writer Richard Scarry created more than 300 books that have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. Scarry considered himself an entertainer disguised as an educator and few children’s book authors have equaled him in that role. “Everything has an educational value if you look for it,” he once said.“But it’s the fun I want to get across.” And he did, with a wacky gorilla in a bananamobile, a bagpipe-playing pig, a one-legged worm called Lowly, and plenty of things that go crash, smash, and splat in a winningly slapstick style.

Two Richard Scarry Classics are back in print and available at A Classic Tale! Now, a new generation of kids can fall in love with his wonderful stories, colorful art and irresistible characters. Check out the matching Mudpuppy Richard Scarry Puzzles too!

Two Classics Now in Print:
1) Find your ABC's...read more
2) Peasant Pig and the Terrible Dragon...read more

Just in time for a sweet Easter Gift.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail....


Hopping Down The Bunny Trail.....Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's way!!!

Not sure if that's exactly how it goes. But it's how little Miss M sings it. To celebrate this special holiday, A Classic Tale is hoppin' down the trail and hiding easter eggs. Twelve Easter eggs (similar to those pictured here) have been tucked here and there on our Classic Tale site. Find all twelve to enter to win one of three Easter Giveaways: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Mudpuppy Peter Rabbit Floor Puzzle, or a Pluie Pluie Spring Raincoat of your choice.

Three Giveaways : The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Mudpuppy Peter Rabbit Floor Puzzle or a Pluie Pluie Spring Raincoat. (Closed)

To Enter: Drawing April 10th, 5pm
  • 1 Entry - Start hunting here....ask your kids to help! Little Miss M had great fun finding all of her eggs! Email us the egg locations at hunt (at) aclassictale (dot) com.
Check back by daily as we reveal hints to help you out:
1)Think of Spring, Easter, Rabbits, Chickens & where you might prepare your easter eggs!!
2)Every girl needs a dainty pink Easter hat to top off her Easter outfit.
3)This Easter chick would make a jumbo sized peep...start here.
4)This popular game has been played for thousands of years. In 1890, the first round glass piece was created in Germany and later in the US. Look in here.
5)Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies (5 hmmm?) ...hunt here.
6)At night, the lights turn on & this little bunny peeks out of his little house.
7)First produced in wood around 1760 & in cardboard during the 1800's, this educational past time product challenges brain development . Peek in here.
8)The last hunt hint...You'll find me here all weekend. Can you smell the goodies that I'm baking? All decorated up in Easter Pastels...start your hunting here.

Hippity Hoppity....the Easter Bunny was good to Aura, MaryEllen, & Jennifer!!! The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the Mudpuppy Peter Rabbit Floor Puzzle & and an adorable raincoat are headed your way. Happy Easter!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Twinkle Twinkle....My Little Star


Help your child Shine Shine Shine. Engage in a fun creative activity that sparks imagination, challenges fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.



Paper Dolls - Paper Bag & Magazine Makeover
Supplies:
Paper Bag
Scissors
Glue Stick
Magazine

Cut a 6 1/2 by 24 inch piece of the paper bag. Fold it accordion style about 4 inches wide. Use a paper clip to keep it together. Cut out the silhouette of the doll making sure to leave hands that connect. You may want to help your little one draw the image and then cut. Lay the linked dolls out flat and decorate with pretty magazine paper. Use your imagination....funky printed skirts with matching sun hats, sporty trousers with a textured shirt. Have fun!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Top 20 Classic Children's Books


Read Aloud: adj. A book that can be read outloud with animation to capture the attention of a child.




Our Classic Top Read Aloud Books
For books 1-5 click here
For books 6-10 click here
For books 11-15 click here

16. Richard Scarry's Best First Book Ever!
Favorite Scarry animal characters introduce simple learning concepts and over 700 words. "Kids will enjoy the surprises as Scarry teaches the alphabet, numbers, and vocabulary".--The New York Times.

17. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel have delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers -- the very symbol of industrial America.

18. 65 Years of Little Golden Books
This beautiful boxed set includes the six most popular Little Golden Books of all time: "The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Tawny Scrawny Lion, Scuffy the Tugboat," and "The Shy Little Kitten." A bonus blank Little Golden Book with the official gold foil spine lets children create their very own classic.

19. Amos & Boris
A tender yet comical story of friendship between Amos a mouse and Boris a whale. First published in 1971, two winning heroes are brought to life and deliver a message of courage, love and friendship. Personalize this book with a special message for your friend and give a timeless keepsake.

20. Harry The Dirty Dog
A classic since its first publication in 1956. A charming story about a dog with spots. Now available with a splash of color.

Two Giveaways : Your Chance to Win One of our top 20 Classic Children's Books

(Both Giveaways are closed)
1) First Classic Children's Book FREE with Purchase -

The first person to make a purchase of any item at AClassicTale, note one of our top 20 Children's Books listed on our blog at checkout, will receive their book of choice free.

Curious George Treasury it is...shipping free to Aura from NY. Congrats Congrats!

2)To Enter: Drawing March 27th, 5pm
Remember to leave a comment at the end of this post (help below) to tell us about all your entries or fill out our secure form here.

  • 1 Entry - Easiest way to enter. Go to our Classic Books section & look around. Come back here and share your favorite from our list.
  • 1 Entry - Tell us your all time favorite book from your childhood.
Bonus Entries:
  • Subscribe...click here
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  • Follow on Facebook...Click here
  • Blog, Twittter, or post on FB with a link back
Triple Bonus. Score 3 Entries:
  • Made a Classic Tale purchase? Cheers to you! Note your invoice number.
  • Made multiple purchases? Your the greatest! 3 entries per invoice number.
Yeah!!! Another lucky winner.....Lauren S from New York selected the adorable classic, Corduroy!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Top 20 Children's Classic Books


Read Aloud: adj. A book that can be read outloud with animation to capture the attention of a child.




Our Classic Top Read Aloud Books

For books 1-5 click here
For books 6-10 click here

11. The Complete Adventures of Curious George
“This is George. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey, and always very curious.” With these words, H. A. and Margret Rey introduced the world to Curious George in 1941, and the world has loved him ever since. A 60th Anniversary Edition.

12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Carle's classic tale of a caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a beautiful butterfly has been reissued in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick pages.

13. Where The Wild Things Are
In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to where the wild things are.

14. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
A Commemorative Edition. First published in 1902, this beloved tale made its author a household name. This special gift edition is a replica of the very first edition of the book.

15. The Nut Shell Library
Four tiny books in a darling box! The stories include Alligators All Around - An Alphabet book, Chicken Soup with Rice - A Book of Months, One Was Johnny - A Counting Book, and Pierre - A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue. Written and illustrated by Sendak. What more could anyone ask?

More top Classic Books to come. Posting five at a time with a Giveaway on our last post. Five more to go with a Giveaway.....posting Friday! Check back for more great all time Classic Children's Books that have been beloved for generations! Shop all of our Classic Tale Classics HERE!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Party Girls for our New York Fans

Who could pass up meeting Snow White, Cinderella or Alice? For our New York Fans, you're in luck. Treat your sweet little princess to a New York Princess Party! Classic characters from our childhood....creating memories today.

Read the full article here at The Daily Candy New York. Your royal invitation is waiting at the New York Princess Party. (www.nyprincessparty.com)

Need a gift? We've got you covered....Classic Tale gifts fit for a Princess!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

From A Mother's Cupboard - Irish Soda Bread


Tradition - noun - the handing down from generation to generation.

Irish in heritage, this Irish Soda Bread recipe has been handed down from great grandma, to grandma, to mom and now to me. We're proud to be Irish and celebrate the traditional way. I can already smell the corned beef, cabbage & potatoes cooking on the stove. This sweet smelling bread will be baking in the oven to be enjoyed by my family on St. Patties Day!!!

Cheers to you and yours!

Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
3 tbs sugar
2 tsp bake soda
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 c buttermilk (or 1 1/12tbl lemon and 1 1/4 c milk...set for 5min)
1/2 cup raisins or not :)
1 egg

Add dry ingredients. Cut in butter, add buttermilk or the substitute and egg. kneed 10 times. Flatten into a 6" circle. Bake at 375 for 30-35 min. Serve with butter.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Top 20 Children's Classic Books


Read Aloud: adj. A book that can be read outloud with animation to capture the attention of a child.



Our Classic Tale Top Read Aloud Books

Click here for books 1-5

6. Toot & Puddle
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Toot & Puddle with this redesigned hardcover edition of the story that started a series. This anniversary edition of the book includes a limited edition Holly Hobbie print suitable for framing. "Toot and Puddle" is a classic tale about two friends with different interests but share a special bond.

7.The Giving Tree
Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy.' So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. A story about saving our environment. So relevant for todays day and age.

8.The Little House
The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer. Winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1943.

9.Make Way for Ducklings
This 60-year old story is still as charming today as it was when first published it in 1941. A true classic, sure to win yet another generation of fans! A Cladecott Medal winner. A family of ducks make a home in Boston's Public Garden...not the safest place to call home.

10.Henny Penny
Convinced the sky is falling, Henny Penny and a band of gullible friends march off to tell the king, only to meet their end at the hands of a wily fox. A classical favorite.
More top Classic Books to come. Posting five at a time with a Giveaway on our last post. Check back for more great all time Classic Children's Books that have been beloved for generations! Shop all of our Classic Tale Classics HERE!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Top 20 Children's Classic Books



Read Aloud: adj. A book that can be read outloud with animation to capture the attention of a child.


Our Classic Tale Top Read Aloud Books

1. Goodnight Moon
A 60th Anniversary Edition. In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.
2. Guess How much I Love You
With endearing watercolors that capture a deep, tender bond between the characters, "Guess How Much I Love You" measures the immeasurable--the love between a parent and a child. A much-loved classic for all ages.

3. The Runaway Bunny
The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.

4. Corduroy
Corduroy is a stuffed bear without a home until Lisa comes along. Despite being "less than perfect," Lisa takes Corduroy home. This is a sweet story about friendship that teaches us to appreciate friends "just the way they are." A true classic first published in 1967. Let us personalize this book for your special friend!

5.The Little Engine That Could
The special 60th anniversary edition of The Little Engine That Could™ contains the entire text and original artwork. A laminated jacket, gold-stamped cloth binding, and colored end papers complete the deluxe package. Young readers, as well as parents and grandparents, will treasure the story of the blue locomotive who exemplifies the power of positive thinking. Poster also included.
More top Classic Books to come. Posting five at a time with a Giveaway on our last post. Check back for more great all time Classic Children's Books that have been beloved for generations! Shop all of our Classic Tale Classics HERE!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

BabyLegs Free Shipping Celebration


We're celebrating BabyLegs Style! To introduce our new BabyLegs Collection, we are offering Free Shipping to all of our Classic Tale customers. What a deal! Get yours today while our styles are in stock. With over 100 fun prints, you'll be able to match any outfit. A Classic Tale offers you the best prices and cheapest shipping options on BabyLegs. New to Babylegs? Read more here from a previous blog post or click here to view our entire collection.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pssst! BabyLegs Warm Weather Protection

BabyLegs Cool! Collection

Just a quick update to share. It's public but not widely shared yet. BabyLegs is extending it's collection to include a line for warm weather protection. They are described as lightweight, mesh & breathable with UV protection. Fabulous!!! Perfect for protecting little legs during warm summer months. This new BabyLegs Cool! Collection will be out this Spring & will feature all time summer favorites.... sailboats, red cherries, daisies & more. I'm already dreaming of delightful summer fun!

Sign up for our newsletter here to be in the know! An update will be sent as soon as these Cool! patterns arrive.

Straight from A Mothers Cupboard - Tomatoes with Feta & Shrimp

Handed down from my mother in-law, this tasty recipe is one of our family's all time favorite. Healthy & Simple!

Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp & Feta
5 lg tomatoes, peeled & cut into 8th's
3 tbl olive oil
2 tbl fresh minced garlic
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup feta, crumbled
3/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 1/2lb med shrimp, peeled
1/2 c chopped Cilantro
2 tbl lemon juice

Preheat oven to 450. Place the tomatoes in a large baking dish. Spoon olive oil and garlic over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss. Place on top oven rack & roast for 20 min. Remove and stir in shrimp, cilantro, & lemon juice. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Place back in oven for 10-15 min or until shrimp are cooked. Serve warm with angel pasta and a loaf of crusty bread.



Sunday, March 8, 2009

White Rabbit England Night Lights - Ship Free


Back in stock and ready to Ship Free Same Day!!! Whimsical White Rabbit England Night Lights are a child's answer to sweet dreams. Bramble Red, Pink Toadstool and White Rabbit Cottage night lights are made of the finest earthenware decorated with elves, fairies & bunnies. Each piece is hand painted and designed by two English Sisters. Free Shipping and 10% off with the code: rabbitsave10

Click here to read more blog posts or here to start shopping for your enchanting night light.

What are customers are saying about these night lights?

Thank you for allowing me to purchase this night light at a discount. It is gorgeous! We just love it! It is much prettier than one can see on the web. The details are darling. - Christine, OR

This was easily one of the best shopping experiences I've had. Nightlight is amazing; customer service was top notch. - Anonymous

Thank You STLMommy!


A Classic Tale would like to thank STLmommy and those of you who entered our Daylee Designs Spring/Summer Hat Giveaway. We were overwhelmed with all the positive responses about our site and this adorable kids crocheted hat line. With over 250 entries....an STLmommy from Ohio won our Vroom Vroom Daylee Designs Car Hat for her little boy. Thanks again and cheers to you and your families!

Friday, March 6, 2009

About Us - A True Classic Tale

Our ClassicTale...

Once upon a time, in the noble Kingdom of Wash Ington there was a castle. This charming, little castle sat snuggly on a hill overlooking a dancing, blue bay. And in this castle there lived a princess, Princess Entre Preneur. Full of fun and vigor, this princess enjoyed a happy childhood full of charm and joyful memories. She pranced through her castle exploring the Realms of Imagination. She roamed the gardens and read of worlds unknown under swaying poplar trees. She even waded in the shimmering water, scooping up little creatures of mystery. Yes, this princess had a storybook childhood full of life, love, and laughter.

As the happy years passed, the child-princess grew into a lovely young woman. Princess Entre became slender and graceful with dark, flowing hair and sparkling hazel eyes. As she approached the end of her childhood, she prepared for the journey that every princess must make, the Journey of Growing Up. She left her fine King and gentle Queen for an unknown land, the Land of Coll Ege. There the princess learned all the lessons of grace and courage that could be so taught.

One day, as Princess Entre strolled though the Orchard of Bliss in the Land of Coll Ege, a handsome, young prince rode gallantly by. He gave her a smile that spoke of eternity. In that moment, her heart was freely and lovingly bound to him forever. And so Princess Entre Preneur and Prince Ed. U. Cator. were married and set to live happily ever after.

And happily ever after they did live, until the night of their first son’s birth. Medical complications threatened this young life and though he escaped death’s dark clutches, in the end, he did not remain unscarred. Princess Entre’s beautiful baby boy would have physical repercussions that would last a lifetime.

It was then that the Princess awoke from her dreams of a perfect world. Prince Ed and Princess Entre moved to the Kingdom of Re-Ality. There the Princess tenderly cared for the needs of her son. She loved him and held him and taught him to hope. Through her child, the Princess discovered the miracles of devotion and innocence—lessons she could never have learned in the Kingdom of Wash Ington or the Land of Coll Ege. The Princess discovered that real life is full of Beauty—that each person has a story and each story is wonderful and unique.

With this newfound knowledge, the Princess endeavored to share her finding with the world. She wanted people to know that their tale is one worth living—one worth sharing. So, the Princess Entre became wiser and now, as she discovers Beauty in the world, she offers it to her three beautiful children and to people like you who are living and loving their Classic Tale.

The End.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Spring Has Sprung + BabyLegs Giveaway

spring: our new playful collection

Check out our Giveaway at the bottom of this post

Leg warmers with a twist....updated for today's child! The original BabyLegs Leg Warmers just arrived at A Classic Tale. Including SIX hip new Spring 09 styles with playful names that remind us of classic past time fun...Marbles, Leap Frog, Chutes, Ladders, Abacus & Leap Frog. BabyLegs offers one size to fit most. Even adults can wear BabyLegs.

How do you wear your BabyLegs? Keep little feet free to dance dance dance. Protect knees while crawling. Great for potty training, for providing lightweight sun protection, and for adding a splash of color as a fashion statement. Protect skin conditions, cover a cast, or keep bandages protected. My little guy just recently wore his to big sisters swimming lessons under his Tee. The pool waiting area is very warm so I slipped off his BabyLegs to cool him down. Then on they went for winter warmth & style.

Two Giveaways :

4 to Give Away- Your Chance to Win a Pair of BabyLegs:
1) First Pair Free with Purchase - (Closed)

The first person to make a purchase of any item at AClassicTale, use the checkout code of playful, note your choice of BabyLegs from our Sale Collection, will receive a pair free.
Cheers to Kathy from MI for selecting her Free Pair of Organic Light BabyLegs!

1)To Enter: Drawing to be held March 15th! Three Winners! (Closed)
Remember to leave a comment at the end of this post (help below) to tell us about all your entries or fill out our secure form here.

  • 1 Entry - Easiest way to enter. Go to our BabyLegs section & look around. Come back here and share your favorite pair.
  • 1 Entry - Tell us how you'd use a pair of BabyLegs.
Bonus Entries:
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Triple Bonus. Score 3 Entries:
  • Made a Classic Tale purchase? Cheers to you! Note your invoice number.
  • Made multiple purchases? Your the greatest! 3 entries per invoice number.
Waiting to hear from our three winners.... Cheers to: 1) Jennifer from SC. She selected a Free Pair of Busy Bee BabyLegs. 2)Aura from NY. A Free Pair of Cabana Blue BabyLegs is on the way & 3)Katrina from FL. Her Free Pair of Pink Ribbed BabyLegs will look adorable on her little princess.

New to blogging? Let us help you enter. Look below this post, find the word "comments", click on it and tell us what you did to enter. You can enter as anonymous but please leave us a way to contact you. Call us at 800.503.9140 if you need help entering.



Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Straight From A Mothers Cupboard - Meatza Pie


A yummy alternative to meatloaf! As I share my mommy recipes with my Classic Tale readers, I am reminded weekly of the importance of family tradition. Each recipe post is shared personally with Megan, a mommy fighting breast cancer. As each week passes she is closer and closer to completing her treatment. One more week of treatment Megs! Here's a recipe that you shared with my family while we were growing up, handed down from my mom....

My family enjoyed it last night. All three kids were scraping their plates and asking for more!

Meatza Pie

1lb ground beef
2/3 c evaporated milk or reg milk
1/2 c fine bread crumbs or oatmeal
1/2 teas garlic salt
Combine and press into bottom and sides of a pie plate.
Layer in order:
1/3 c catsup
1 c shredded sharp cheese
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c ripe sliced black olives

Bake 375 for 30 minutes. Serves 5-6.
Easy as pie...quick and yummy!


Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fresh From Mongolia - Satch&Sol Has Arrived!



Check out our Giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Guess what came knocking at our warehouse door? Satch&Sol slippers in 9 cozy styles. They're all stocked up at A Classic Tale and ready to warm the coldest little piggies.

In a breathable design for all seasons, our new Satch&Sol slipper collection includes moccasins and flower buds from sizes 5 to 3Y. Watch for new posts as more styles arrive.

These slippers are handmade in Mongolia by a fair trade artisan cooperative. Each piece is made of 100% seamless felted wool and ancient traditional process. Felting creates breathable & durable designs that hold shape marvelously. Dying & cutting by hand make each pair artistically unique. Most designs include a soft suede sole sewn to each slipper providing a non-skid surface and interesting detail.

Are they washable? That was our first question. They sure are. In fact Susan the owner of Satch&Sol says that her sons' slippers have been washed and worn and washed and worn. Like an old sweater, they get comfier with use. She recommends to wash delicate or hand wash and air dry.

Two Giveaways - Your Chance to Win a Slipper of your choice: (Closed)
1) First Pair Free with Purchase - The first person to make a purchase of any item at AClassicTale, use the checkout code of Fairtrade, note your Satch&Sol Slipper of choice and we'll send you a pair FREE.
Congrats to Becca from NY for receiving a Free pair of Pink Flower Slippers!
The above offer can not be combined with any other offer and requires a $20 min purchase.

1)To Enter: Drawing to be held in one week, March 8th!
Remember to leave a comment at the end of this post (help below) to tell us about all your entries or fill out our secure form here.
  • 1 Entry - Easiest way to enter. Go to our Satch&Sol Slipper section & look around. Come back here and share your favorite pair.
Bonus Entries:
  • Subscribe...click here
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  • Blog, Twittter, or post on FB with a link back
Triple Bonus. Score 3 Entries:
  • Made a Classic Tale purchase? Cheers to you! Note your invoice number.
  • Made multiple purchases? Your the greatest! 3 entries per invoice number.
And the winner is...drum roll please....Aura from NY, waiting to hear her slipper of choice!

New to blogging? Let us help you enter. Look below this post, find the word "comments", click on it and tell us what you did to enter. You can enter as anonymous but please leave us a way to contact you. Call us at 800.503.9140 if you need help entering.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Twinkle Twinkle...My Little Star


Help your child Shine Shine Shine. Engage in a fun creative activity that sparks imagination, challenges fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

Macaroni Necklace
Supplies: Macaroni that is tubular in shape, hand sanitizer (or rubbing alcohol), food coloring and yarn.

Directions:At least one hour before, color the macaroni by mixing in a bowl or ziplock bag. 1 cup of macaroni to three squirts of sanitizer, add three drops of food coloring then mix. Spread out mixture on a wax paper covered cookie sheet, let dry. Have kids string the noodles with yarn for necklaces. Depending on your childs age, they could color the macaroni once sealed in the baggies.

Let your kiddo sport there fancy necklace on the go. Showing off their artsy talents will fostering self confidence...let them Shine Shine Shine!

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Dutch Babies - Savored in the Company of Family

Another Classic Recipe for an amazing friend, mommy & wife who is fighting breast cancer. Breakfast, as a family sitting around a table, is a rarity these days. Now more than ever, I am reminded of the importance of family time. This recipe is a delicious tasty favorite. Easy to make but looks impressive.

Dutch Babies
6 eggs
1 1/2 C milk
1 1/2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tbl lemon zest


Heat oven to 425. In a bowl whip eggs & add the remaining ingredients. Place 3 tbl butter in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Place in warmed oven to melt butter. Pour in egg mixture and bake for 20 min. You'll be amazed at how it puffs! Serve with syrup, powdered sugar or your favorite fruit sauce. We love warmed sliced peaches sweetened with brown sugar. Impressive enough to serve company yet simple enough to make any day. Cheers to a family breakfast!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

L'Amour & Angel Baby Shoes - Spring 09


Spring has sprung at A Classic Tale. We're stocking our shelves with new styles of L'Amour and Angel Baby Shoes. Check out the new flexi soles on these Spring Mary Janes in Lime!

Typically sold in children's boutiques, L'Amour shoes offer classic styles with a twist: Fancy Sandals, Fresh Mary Janes, Fun Canvas Slips-Ons & More. They are designed with comfort, durability and price in mind for boys and girls size 0-4Y. Angel Baby Shoes is a division of L'Amour. An infant and toddler line specifically made for those cute little feet.

Giveaway: We're Giving Two Pair FREE

1) First Pair Free with Purchase - The first person to make a purchase of any item at AClassicTale, use the checkout code of Spring09, note your L'Amour/Angel Baby Spring shoe of choice and we'll send you a pair FREE.
The above offer can not be combined with any other offer and requires a $20 min purchase.
Congrats to Emily from MS. Your Free Angel Baby 2036 Sandals in pink will be on the way soon!

2)Earn entries...drawing to be held in one week, March 1st! (closed)

  • Remember to leave a comment at the end of this post (help below) or fill out our secure form here and tell us what you did to enter with your contact info.
  • 1 Entry - Follow us on Facebook....click here and become a fan.
  • 1 Entry - Sign up for our newsletter....click here. Already a subscriber? Thank You! A Free entry for you :)
  • 1 Entry - Do you have a blog? Facebook or Twitter account? Add a post about this drawing.
  • 1 Entry - Easiest way to enter. Post a comment below and tell us which pair of Spring 09 L'Amour/Angel Baby Shoes are your favorite.
New to blogging? Let us help you enter. Look below this post, find the word "comments", click on it and tell us what you did to enter. You can enter as anonymous but please leave us a way to contact you. Call us at 800.503.9140 if you need help entering.

Drum Roll Please.....the lucky winner is Kathleen from OR. Now to select her free pair of L'Amour or Angel Baby Shoes.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Satch & Sol - For the Love of Family & Earth

The search for the perfect kids slipper... A Classic Tale started out as a children's classic book store. And who could offer children's bedtime stories without cute PJ's and Slippers. We've been on a hunt for a timeless traditional look ever since. We wanted to offer you a line that catches your eye. Is unique enough for todays child but simple and classic in style. We finally found the perfect line....Slippers by Satch & Sol!!

These slippers are handmade in Mongolia by a fair trade artisan cooperative. Each piece is made of 100% seamless felted wool and ancient traditional process. Felting creates breathable & durable designs that hold shape marvelously. Dying & cutting by hand make each pair artistically unique. Most designs include a soft suede sole sewn to each slipper providing a non-skid surface and interesting detail. They even come in an adorable mary jane style.

Stop back by. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear. These adorable slippers are soon to come! A Giveaway will be held as soon as our Satch & Sol Slippers arrive. Now on to the search for the perfect PJ's!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sweet Deals for Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day! As a child this was always one of my favorite holidays. I couldn't wait to pass out my cards at school and get sweet little notes back. It's amazing how the Valentines have evolved over the years....now filled with stickers, candy, and treats. Still an all time favorite in our home are yummy pink frosted cupcakes topped with a sweet little candy heart and Valentine sugar cookies sparkling with sprinkles (recipe to follow). Humm....sweet seems to be the theme here :)

Here's our current sweet deals:
  • $10 off of a $75 dollar order with the coupon code of MY10
  • Always FREE shipping over $50
  • L'Amour and Angel Baby Shoes Ship FREE
  • Pluie Pluie Rainboots and Raincoats Ship FREE
  • Check out our current Daylee Designs Hat Giveaway Here
Just a few fabulous offers to sweeten your day!

Now for the recipe I promised. The best sugar cookies of all time.

German Sugar Cookies
1 lb butter
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 teas vanilla
5 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Cream together butter, sugar until fluffy. Add eggs 1 @ time. Blend in vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add slowly to butter mixture. The dough will be very soft so have extra flour to use when rolling. No need to put in fridge. Roll out to 1/4" thick. Bake at 350 for 6-8 min for soft cookies. Tip: Dip your cookie cutter in flour before cutting out each cookie. These are the yummiest and softest sugar cookies. Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day!