Each of the folk tales in this collection comes from one of the 28 countries that make up the European Union. Whatever the country of origin, the stories combine unusual and familiar ingredients in ways which suggest the richness and diversity of a common European heritage. The reader encounters wily and wise animals, wishes and magical shape shifting, kindness and wisdom rewarded, exemplars of selfishness and stupidity getting their just deserts. Combining simple retelling and lively narration these are short but compelling reads, both familiar and unsettling, ranging from comic to deeply scary. The text is interspersed with small silhouette style illustrations.