My four-year-old son has been telling short, once-upon-a-time, stories for about eight months. His stories are quirky, funny, silly, profound and offer a glimpse into the mind of a preschooler. Anne Rockwell's Long Ago Yesterday are stories that she gathered from her young relatives, and transcribed, illustrated and edited into a collection. Her "contributors" were slightly older than my storyteller, but her stories also are quirky, funny, silly, profound and a offer a glimpse into the mind of a child.
The illustrations are sweet and simple, and don't overwhelm the text. I think that when telling children's stories, as in stories that children have told, these are important qualities. In fact, these are qualities I try to apply when illustrating my son's stories.