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."
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.
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.
A delightful collection of four classic children's stories all hosted by a delightful fairy godmother and read by charming narrators. Featuring "The Three Little Pigs" by Joseph Jacobs, "The Roly-Poly Pudding" by Beatrix Potter, and L. Frank Baum's "The Story of the Cat and the Fiddle" and "The Story of Little Tommy Tucker".
Kushtaka or Kooshdakhaa is a Tlingit word meaning “land otter man.” The Kushtaka is on one hand the nemeses of the Tlingit people, yet necessary to their Shamans who play a critical role in the survival of the Tlingits. The Tlingit people are as mysterious in their beliefs as the Kushtaka, making for strange bedfellows.
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.
Here are 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 include The Hare and the Tortoise, read by Richard Briers; The Frogs and the Ox, read by Jane Horrocks; The Fox and the Crow, read by Jonathan Pryce; The Monkey as King, read by Alison Steadman; The Bundle of Sticks, read by Brenda Blethyn; The Gnat and the Lion, read by Richard E. Grant; and The North Wind and the Sun, read by Lindsay Duncan.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stories is a fun, colourful collection of traditional tales that's a must for younger listeners. From the curiosity of Goldilocks to the resourcefulness of the Three Little Pigs, these stories have been told for generations and are perfect for any young child's audio library.
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"
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.
Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses; vengeful owls; ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice.
"21st century 19th century lit"
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. 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...
Granna is ex-primary school teacher and grandmother Anna Gammond, who has been telling stories to countless numbers of children in her own warm distinctive style for more than 40 years.
Here she brings her personal touch to Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs as well as two other classic stories, Little Match Girl and The Elves & The Shoemaker.
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.
Giants, fairies, elves, Vikings, princesses, heroes, and a very special Man of Leaves weave their magic and mischief through the stories in this book, perfect for bedtime listenings. These tales inspire the imagination in children and will bring a smile to their faces.