In 1905 Hamilton Wright Mabie published Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know, as distinguished from the author's similar works, Famous Stories Every Child Should Know and Myths Every Child Should Know. What does Mabie require children to know in this audiobook? Actress Samantha Worthen tells listeners the familiar fairy tales of Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Sleeping Beauty as well as lesser known tales from The Arabian Nights, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop's Fables, Charles Perault, Hans Christian Andersen, and others. Worthen's warm, amiable, child-friendly voice brings a light to sometimes dark material. In classic children's narratives she has clearly found a genre where she can shine.
This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".
Public Domain (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
It's the best my favorite in the light princess I am 10 years old and I feel when listening to It I feel like someone is reading me a book all night
I think it was a great narrator but the story's seemed too short so
4 stars overall I liked it
I have had a very difficult time struggling to finish this book, but I have resolved to quench the pain inflicted on me by the reader. Don't know how, but I made it.
Strongly recommend choosing a different narration.
These stories are awful. Really not for small children. May be ok for older kids looking for alternative fairy tails, but they're pretty weird stories.
With a title like "Fairy Takes Every Child Should Know" I assumed it would actually be appropriate for children and I wouldn't need to preview it. I won't be making that assumption again. We turned this on in the car and were shocked when they described a horrible mother killing her child's goat. By that point, we attempted to turn it off, but we decided to let it play out hoping there was a moral at the end to explain such a horrible act in a children's story. Nope! It was the typical "rescued by a handsome prince" ending. I know this is a fairy tail and sometimes that's how "happily ever after" is often expressed but this is a poor choice to include in a book entitled "Fairy Takes Every Child Should Know". The only thing we felt we could do to repair what it exposed our son to was to say, "boy there were some unkind people in that story! That poor girl had a very mean mom and sisters who did terrible things. We're grateful you have a nicer family."
I give it 500 stars but I don't think that they have 500 star ratings. But boy do I wish. It met all my expectations. And that is all I have to say about it.
Really a good one which made me enjoy and also loved it the way it was been narrated.
We didn't like the reader. Some of the stories were good and some were just too long and ridiculous for young children like the little princess.
The narrator has a very robotic cadence, and some of the stories have vern anti-semitic undertones.
I would cut the scenes from "Aladdin" which reference the selling of silver trays to the "Jew" and the further scenes that said, "Don't sell your goods to the Jew, you'll never get a fair price!"
I was disgusted and shocked that content such as this is still available and receives such high reviews.
"Too American for me"
Don't get me wrong, I love most things American - great writers, actors, TV dramas, movies - cultural beacon of the western world, etc. But the narrator was just too saccharine-sweet, monotonously ploddingly cutesy for my taste - and, I suspect, for any Brit's taste. To be fair, the stories are good and my children seem to like it (I bought this for long car journeys), but it would be sooo much better with a different narrator.
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