A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.
"Every Adult should listen to this book"
Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur's knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It's a disaster! Luckily, there's a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who's willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store.
In this gripping follow-up to Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, demigod Percy Jackson tells the stories of twelve of the original Greek heroes in all their gory, bloodthirsty glory. Want to know who cut off Medusa's head? Which hero was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus, the winged horse? Percy has all the answers....
Enid Blyton's much loved The Faraway Tree stories read by Kate Winslet are now available as unabridged audio downloads for the first time. The Folk of the Faraway Tree is the third enchanting story in the Faraway Tree series by the world's best-loved children's author, Enid Blyton. When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, they discover an Enchanted Wood just outside their doorstep. Soon they find the Faraway Tree, which is the beginning of many magical adventures...
"Painless long car journeys with two young boys!"
A collection of classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, pulled from Margaret Hunt's 1884 translation. Including: The Little Brother and Little Sister", "Hansel and Gretel", "Oh, If I Could but Shiver!", "Dummling and the Three Feathers", "Little Snow-White", "Frederick and Catherine", "The Valiant Little Tailor", "Little Red-Cap", "The Golden Goose", "Bearskin", "Cinderella", "Faithful John", "The Water of Life", "Thumbling", "Briar Rose", and "The Six Swans," among others.
40 of Aesop's tales, specially adapted for young children. Read by Richard Briers, Jane Horrocks, Jonathan Pryce, Alison Steadman, Richard E. Grant, Lindsay Duncan and Brenda Blethyn.
"fantastic audio books!"
Atticus the Storyteller is determined to take part in the great Storytelling Festival near Troy. He leaves his family in Crete and sets off on a year-long journey round Greece with his donkey, Melissa; and wherever he goes he tells his favourite myths to anyone who'll listen. The 100 myths include all the favourites, such as the wanderings of Odysseus, the labours of Heracles, the stories of King Midas, Daedalus and Icarus, and Theseus and the Minotaur.
"Attic us the storyteller"
Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.
"What a cast!"
The perfect way to discover your favourite Greek myths Atticus the Storyteller leaves his family in Crete and sets off on a year-long journey round Greece with his donkey, Melissa, to take part in the great Storytelling Festival near Troy. Wherever he goes he tells stories to anyone who will listen - sailors, shepherds, actors, athletes, children and grannies.
A magical storyteller's timeless tales. Here are 127 of Andersen's classic stories, translated by "Mrs. Edgar Lucas" in the 19th century. Included are such well-known tales as "The Emperor's New Suit", "The Little Match-Seller", "Thumbelina", "The Little Mermaid", and "The Snow Queen".
Atticus the Storyteller is determined to take part in the great Storytelling Festival near Troy. He leaves his family in Crete and sets off on a year-long journey round Greece with his donkey, Melissa; and wherever he goes he tells his favourite myths to anyone who'll listen.
"Delightful introduction to Greek Mythology!"
Fairyland is home to seven colorful sisters. Together, they are the Rainbow Fairies! They keep Fairyland dazzling and bright. But when evil Jack Frost sends them far away, the sisters are in big trouble. If they don't return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be gray forever! The merry-go-round whisks Rachel and Kirsty away to a magical world. Could Heather the Violet Fairy have something to do with it? Help the girls find the last Rainbow Fairy, and bring the color back to Fairyland!
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.
When Rachel and Kirsty meet on the ferry to Rainspell Island one summer holiday, they have no idea that such incredible adventures with the fairies await them! in this second book in the series, the girls must try to find Amber the Orange Fairy and reunite her with her sister, Ruby.
How can the Tortoise run faster than the Hare? What happens when the dog growls at its image? Or when the Country Mouse goes to supper with the Town Mouse? These wonderful stories have delighted adults and children for centuries, with their witty observations on animals and humans too. The stories are told with the enduring magic of a master story-teller, and set against the bright sounds of Vivaldi's Four Seasons and sound effects.
The Secret Garden is a story about Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old child who never received love or affection from either of her self-centered parents, and was raised by the family's servants. She grows to be spoiled, selfish, and rude and after a cholera epidemic in India, everyone in her household is found dead except Mary. She is then transplanted to live with her uncle, whom she has never met before, at his manor in Yorkshire England.
Behind a hedge of impenetrable thorns stands a castle, wherein lies a beautiful princess cursed to sleep her life away. Can the bold and dashing prince save the young woman, or is her fate sealed?
When Rachel and Kirsty meet on the ferry to Rainspell Island one summer holiday, they have no idea that such incredible adventures with the fairies await them! In this third book in the series, Rachel and Kirsty follow the buzzing bees to try to find Saffron the Yellow Fairy.
When Rachel and Kirsty meet on the ferry to Rainspell Island one summer holiday, they have no idea that such magical adventures with the fairies await them! In this sixth book in the series, Rachel and Kirsty enter a magical world in order to find Izzy the Indigo Fairy....
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".
"Because you squeezed my bottle and set me free, I will grant you three wishes," Mister Bubble told the children.
Andrew Lang's fairy-tale books - also known as Andrew Lang's "colored" fairy books or Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colors - include a series of 12 collections of tales. In this audio edition, we offer you several selected works from those books. It's a great chance to get acquainted with new cultures and their traditional folklore. These stories are sure to appeal to everyone, from kids to adults. Wonderful and miraculous worlds await you!
A poor servant girl was traveling through the forest with her master's family when they were attacked by robbers. As she hid, everyone but her was killed. She couldn't find the road out of the woods. A dove brought her a golden key to unlock a tree, where she found something to eat. Then the dove came again with another key. In the next tree, she found a place to lay her head. Thus the dove helped girl to survive for many days. But then the bird asked her take a plain ring to an old lady's house.
The main characters are three brothers. Their father, the king, promises to give his kingdom to the brother who completes a difficult task. Two elder brothers are smart and cunning. They are arrogant and do not consider the youngest their rival. He is a simple and kind guy. Who is going to win and become king? Listen to the fairy tale and you'll find out.
Every night, the 12 princesses of the kingdom are locked safely in their rooms. And every morning, their shoes are worn through with holes! Michael, the gardener, longs to marry a princess. Will he win the Duke's challenge to discover where the princesses go at night? With some mystical help, he finds himself following the 12 dancing princesses to a midnight ball in a magical land.
A fairy tale written at my daughter's request, of love, loyalty, and staying true to oneself. She asked for her own version of Beauty and the Beast meets Cinderella and has loved the story ever since.
The Star Child is a brief story by Oscar Wilde that describes the care and love a poor woodcutter gives to a little child who is found in the forest. Ten years pass, and the little child grows up to become a selfish, proud man, but at the same time he is also handsome and very pretty. After a while, his appearance becomes as ugly as a toad! Why does he become so ugly? And what happens to him later?
Millie has been chosen to head the Halloween party this year at Halloween Town School. She enlists the help of her fiends to create a Ghoulish time!
This is a children's book about a boy named Lenny. Lenny lives with his father and grandmother and Grandma has a magical cup, a cup with healing powers. Grandma teaches Lenny the power of goodness by using her Magic Cup for good and not for evil or selfish reasons.
The story of King Canute on the Seashore is a possibly apocryphal anecdote illustrating the piety or humility of King Canute the Great; it was recorded in the 12th century by Henry of Huntingdon. In the narrative, Canute demonstrates, to his flattering courtiers, that he has no control over the elements (the incoming tide), explaining that secular power is vain compared to the supreme power of God.
The story tells about the king of Arabia, named Lino, who is a young, wise ruler. The neighboring kingdom is governed by the swan fairy, who has a charming daughter, Princess Hermosa. The swan fairy always has an ambassador at the young king's court, and upon hearing grumbles from the citizens that Lino shows no signs of taking a wife, the ambassador decides to bring Princess Hermosa and Lino together.
The story takes place on Halloween night, when all the demons, spirits, and evil creatures are awake. When the story begins, old Peggy warns her three grandchildren against going out that night...but will the three young men be afraid of Granny's tales?
"Fairy Ointment", or "The Fairy Nurse", is an English fairy tale included in The Lilac Fairy Book. The ointment itself is a substance that allows humans to see fairies. The story revolves around a midwife who is summoned to attend a childbed. The baby is born, and she is given an ointment to rub in its eyes. She rubs some of it in her own eyes and is able to see the house the way it really is. What secrets are revealed to her?
"A Long Bow Story" is a humorous fairy tale from The Olive Fairy Book, which was published in 1907. One day a banker was walking along a country road and overtook a farmer going in the same direction. Now, the banker was very greedy, like most of his class, and was lamenting that he had had no chance of making any money that day; but at the sight of the man in front of him, he brightened up wonderfully. The cunning banker joined him, hoping to make money, and offered to play a game with the simple-minded farmer.
The Princess Who Was Hidden Underground is a famous German fairy tale by Andrew Lang. This story is about a king who had three sons. The king divided his property between the sons; the older two squandered theirs and soon had nothing, but the youngest son was cunning and clever and soon became rich. He had an underground castle built, but killed the architect and had his daughter imprisoned. The youngest son said that whoever could find her would marry her, but whoever tried and failed would die. Who was able to find the daughter?
Once upon a time, there was a poor man. One day he caught a crane, and the crane pleaded to be let free. The man let the crane go, and the bird gave him a magic sack. "Two out of a sack!" was the command this magic thing answered to: Two young men got out of the sack and started to cook many delicious dishes and make refreshing drinks. The man had never seen anything so beautiful in his life, and he was delighted.... What happened next? Listen to the story to find out!
It has been many years since the village found an oracle. The strange creature, with scales like a dragon, is said to have the power of prophecy and to make strong and wise any who would eat it. Suah's father, Rashidi, is the village medicine man and would offer up the oracle in sacrifice to the elders. Suah, however, has different plans, and soon he and the oracle are struggling for survival in the wilds, far from home, with only each other to rely on.
Hans Christian Andersen's classic "The Little Mermaid" read by award winning narrator, Mike Vendetti. Sit back relax, and escape for an hour to the world of bittersweet happy endings.
This is a new and freshly published edition of this culturally important work, which is now, at last, available to you. Enjoy this classic work today.
Once upon a time there was an old man who lived with his wife and son in a dirty, tumbled-down cottage near the king's palace. Despite living in the miserable cottage, he was very wealthy; he was a great miser. He often lived without food all day instead of parting with one of his beloved gold pieces. One day, he died from weakness. Afterwards, one night, a stranger appeared in the house and told the man's son that his mother would die soon, then all the money would belong to him. But the treasures of his father were ill-gotten.
While fairy tales were not originally intended for children, they have become a staple of children's literature since the early 19th century. Here is a collection of English fairy tales, including many stories you will remember from childhood.
A collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the famous Brothers Grimm. Their most famous tales are instantly recognizeable: "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", "Hansel and Gretel", and "The Frog Prince." The collection is often known today as "Grimms' Fairy Tales".
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".
"Too American for me"
This is George Dasent's classic collection of Scandinavian folklore. This is not about Norse mythology per se; so if you are looking for tales of Odin, Loki, and Freya etc., you will have to look elsewhere. Rather, this is an anthology of folk tales, similar to the Grimm Brothers', or Campbell's Popular Tales of the West Highlands. All of the usual suspects are in place, including giants, trolls, witches, evil step-siblings, magical boons and tasks, and anthropomorphic animals.
This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.
"Classic fairytale for Xmas"
Here are 22 charming Japanese Fairy Tales, translated by Yei Theodora Ozaki, including "My Lord Bag of Rice", "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow", "The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad", "The Farmer and the Badger", "The Shinansha, or the South Pointing Carriage", "The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy", "The Story of Princess Hase", "The Story of the Man Who Did Not Wish to Die", "The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moonchild", "The Mirror of Matsuyama", and more.
Here are some of the finest fairytales from around the world - most of them old favorites: "Sleeping Beauty," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Cinderella," three from "The Arabian Nights," and many more. Andrew Lang was one of the most famous literary critics around 1900. He also edited a series of children's fable books that preserved and illustrated a host of tales which are still used extensively today.
India is often reputed to be the home of the fairy tale. Here are some of the best from the sub-continent, from the Jatakas to the folktales of Kashmir. You'll hear stories about the evil magician Punchkin, the magic fiddle, and more.
The Children's Book Of Christmas Stories is a wonderful assortment of 35 Christmas-themed tales that have been chosen by editor Asa Dickinson. Authors include Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, Susan Coolidge, and Elizabeth Harrison. Whether it is for children, or for family gatherings, everyone is sure to be captivated and enthralled!
Compiled by American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer Hamilton Wright Mabie, here is a fantastic collection of classic legends from ancient mythology, The classical work of Hawthorne has been generously drawn upon. Included are "Three Golden Apples"; "Pomegranate Seeds"; "Chimera"; "Golden Touch"; "Gorgon's Head"; "Dragon's Teeth"; "Miraculous Pitcher"; "Paradise of Children", and more.
These classic fables use simple allegories to convey universal truths. Though it is unkown if Aesop ever actually existed, dating back to the sixth century, BC, these fables are known in cultures throughout the world and have been translated into many languages.
This collection of 10 time-honored tales brims with enchantment, whimsy, and sly humor. Assembled by a renowned poet and student of Gaelic language and culture, this edition includes "The Birth of Bran", "The Little Brawl at Allen", "The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran", "Becuma of the White Skin", "Mongan's Frenzy", and other stories.
A poor miller with a beautiful daughter had an audience with the king. In order to appear important, the miller told the king that he had a daughter who could spin straw into gold. The king was impressed by this talent and asked for the girl to come to him. When the girl was brought to him he led her into a room full of straw, gave her a spinning wheel and spindle, and told her that if all the straw was not spun into gold by morning, she will die.
An unusual collection of stories from the myths by the author of Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata and Myth=Mithya which will bring the gods right into the world of children! Each book in this new series will introduce thoughts and aspects from our ancient treasure trove of stories for today's children.
When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer's afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit, she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears, and attending the very maddest of tea parties.
"Not in English"
Rip Van Winkle lives in a nice village at the foot of New York's Catskill Mountains. One autumn day he escapes his nagging wife by wandering up the mountains. After encountering strangely dressed men, rumored to be the ghosts of Henry Hudson's crew, who are playing nine-pins, and after drinking some of their liquor, he settles down under a shady tree and falls asleep. He wakes up 20 years later and returns to his village.
The original story of Aladdin is a Middle-Eastern folk tale. It concerns an impoverished young man named Aladdin. He is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb, who passes himself off as the brother of Aladdin's late father and convinces Aladdin and his mother of his goodness by making arrangements to set up the lad as a wealthy merchant. His real motive is to persuade young Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave.
A great listen for children! American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum includes classic stories that will keep your child riveted. In fact, it will keep the average adult entranced! The story lines and scenery created by the author are a thing of beauty. Vivid conversations between characters create an imaginary paradise your son or daughter can wander through for ages to come.