Oscar Wilde told and retold his fairy tales to friends in private readings, refining them further each time before finally publishing them in two collections between 1888 and 1891 to great acclaim and lasting popularity ever since. Much of their charm is due to Wilde's intention that the stories be "studies in prose... meant partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy, and who find in simplicity a subtle strangeness."
Magical retellings of four classic fairy tales.
"The Little Mermaid", read by Tamsin Greig: The youngest child of the Mer King lives in a beautiful underwater city. "Rumpelstiltskin", read by Stephen Mangan: A beautiful miller's daughter is locked away by the King and told she will never see her family again unless she spins straw into gold. "The Snow Queen", read by Stephen Mangan: Sebastian and Anna are best friends who do everything together. "The Little Match Girl", read by Tamsin Greig: It is bitterly cold, and the Little Match Girl is walking the icy streets in bare feet, trying to sell just one box of matches.
Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales have become so much a part of the Western culture that they are often assumed to be a part of folklore and not credited to the strange and gangling Dane who wrote them. Several years before the fairy tales came out, the Brothers Grimm had published their tales taken from the folklore of European stories, but Andersen was to change the understanding of what a tale can achieve.
Together at last, your favorites like Cinderella, P. I. and Cinderella, Undercover along with six new stories. Join our clever detective as she tracks a missing child into the deep, dark woods in Cinderella, Sleuth. Take a wild ride or two with Cinderella and Prince Charming in The Prince C Letters. Travel far and wide with Cinderella and her fairy godmother on the trail of the magic wand (missing again!) in Cinderella and the Usual Suspects.
This is a sparkling collection of short stories, dealing with love, loss and the tiny happenings that make up our everyday experience. Her most brilliant stories are about successful couples who own comfortable houses, enjoy interesting lives, raise attractive children - and commit adultery. On the other hand, the author is equally concerned with the old, the lonely and the hard-up, perceiving the exiguous sources from which they derive their hope or consolation and the last straws which drive them to despair.
With music, sound effects, and all the expertise of the BBC, these traditional nursery rhymes are brought magically to life. Includes "Aladdin", "Puss in Boots", "Cinderella", and "Dick Whittington".
Follow one large ungainly "duck" as he is laughed at, kicked, and pecked for being different. Hans Christian Andersen shows that beauty is only skin-deep, and many other important moral lessons in more than five hours of his best, inspiring stories.
Ladybird presents First Favourite Tales Audio, a fabulous collection of classic stories for toddlers, brought to life through the magic of audio. Produced with enchanting sound effects and lively music that will delight children, and introduce them to the world's most famous stories.This collection of six classic tales contains:The Gingerbread Man,The Three Little Pigs, Chicken Licken, The Enormous Turnip, Sly Fox and Red HenHansel and Gretel.
Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Listen as Blackberry Blue rises from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king; and join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse. These beautifully written and original stories will delight listeners of all ages.
Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: Book One offers traditional and new original folktales that explore the love, joy and challenges between mothers and children. "Epaminondas", a traditional folktale told to Becky Parker Geist by her mother, is about a boy who tries so hard to please his mother, but can't seem to get it right. "Grandmother Moon and the Homeless Child", is a touching story about searching for home.
Here's the classic tale of how the ugly duckling, who is teased by the other birds on the river, turns into a beautiful swan. Also included are "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Tinderbox", and "The Little Mermaid".
Expanding upon the four-line nursery rhyme, storyteller David Novak spins an epic tale as young Itsy prepares to attempt what no spider has done before: scale the water spout. A nervous Mother Bitsy prepares her little Itsy as nourishing lunch; a fly salad sandwich, a bag of grasshopper chips, and a bottle of fresh-squeezed moth juice (100% natural). The result is an epic on a child's scale, in which determination, concentration, and grit are championed.
"excellent for children and young adults"
Four stories and fairytales which have remained popular for centuries come together in The Ugly Duckling and Other Stories. This collection is a must for anyone who loves animals - there's a whole menagerie here from ducklings to geese to sheep to a very slow but determined tortoise!
In Cinderella and Other Stories, you'll find four of the world's most popular children's stories and fairytales. Full of character, wit and fun, these stories have everything from a glass slipper to an invisible suit of clothes!
Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories brings together another four of the world's favourite children's fairytales. Written and read with character and fun, this is storytelling at its best!
Magical retellings of three classic fairy tales, read by Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan. "Pinocchio": When Geppetto makes a wooden puppet of a little boy, he is astonished when the puppet comes to life! But Pinocchio dreams of being a real boy.... "The Princess and the Pea": The King and Queen have made all the plans for their son's Royal Wedding, but the Prince still hasn't chosen a bride. Will he ever find a wife who is a princess through and through? "Tom Thumb": A woodcutter and his wife are desperate for a child - even one as small as his father's thumb.
Magical retellings of three classic fairy tales, read by Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan. In "Aladdin", Aladdin is a tailor's son who dreams of making his fortune and marrying the Sultan's daughter, but is tricked into becoming apprentice to a cunning magician. He needs Aladdin to do a very special job - climb down into a deep, dark cave and fetch an oil lamp...
Magical retellings of three classic fairy tales. The Three Billy Goats Gruff: The two younger Billy Goats Gruff want to be as big and fat as their older brother. Beauty and the Beast: Beauty is kind and loving; even though her two sisters tease her and her merchant father is too poor to buy her presents. Her father sees a beautiful rose bush on the grounds of the Beast's castle, he plucks a flower for her. The Beast is angry, and demands something precious in return.... >"The Emperor's New Clothes": The Emperor loves to wear the finest clothes in the land. Two strangers suggest that they can weave him a special suit - which is invisible.
This audiobook contains eight of Aesop's best-loved tales, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain's most well-known actors. The stories are The Heron and the Fish, read by Jonathan Pryce; The Eagle and the Tortoise, read by Alison Steadman; The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, read by Richard Briers; Belling the Cat, read by Brenda Blethyn; The Too Fat Fox, read by Jane Horrocks; and The Rat and the Elephant, read by Richard E. Grant.
La donna di picche, novella pubblicata nel 1834, è considerato l'opera narrativa più riuscita di Puskin, la cui prosa è caratterizzata da uno stile limpido ed essenziale. Il racconto fonde in maniera originale l'elemento fantastico e il sapore gotico della vicenda riconducibili alla narrativa romantica tedesca con il realismo della rappresentazione di alcuni personaggi, quali la vecchia contessa e la sua sfortunata dama di compagnia.