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.
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.
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 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".
Did you ever go to Silversands on a sunny summer's day? Then perhaps you saw the mermaid who sang in the deep blue bay. The singing mermaid is tempted away from her home at Silversands to join the circus. The audiences love her but the poor mermaid, kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, soon longs to return to the freedom of the sea. Will she ever escape?
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."
Once upon a time, a mysterious time that exists through a window in your mind, a time that seemed, to those present, exactly like now does to us, except their teeth weren't so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin.... In the first in his series of Trickster Tales, Russell Brand retells the classic children's story "The Pied Piper of Hamelin".
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!"
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"
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"
The classic tale of three little pigs who venture out into the big, wide world and build themselves houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But when the big bad wolf comes to call, will these little porkers let him in? Not by the hair of their chinny-chin-chins!
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.
A collection of songs to amuse your child, including "The Zoo Theme", "The Animal Fair", "The Bear Went Over the Mountain", "Who Cares if the Bear?", "The Animal Song", "How Doth the Little Crocodile", "The Pelican's Beak", "The Day the Animals Lost their Voices","Five Little Monkeys", "The Animals Went In Two by Two".
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 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.
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is an audiobook benefiting children orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, featuring Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, and Alan Rickman.
The little fir tree, which stands in the woods between all the big trees is so busy trying to become great, that it doesn't experience all the wonderful things happening around it. It only thinks of what it will feel like when it is bigger, older, and wiser. One day, it is chopped down and made into a Christmas tree - and finds that it may be too late to experience anything.
A traditional collection of animal rhymes and songs to join in and sing along with, accompanied by lively music and real animal sounds.
What if? Why not? Could it be? These are the eternal questions. In a Time that could have been but wasn't, yet might still be, a young bear cub wanders a strange valley where all the myths of the world are very real... and very deadly. In this timeless fable, the small cub evokes the largest of themes - hope and belonging, desire and compassion - with the lightness of a moonbeam's touch.
Il viaggio di Alice nel mondo dei sogni e del nonsense continua con questo secondo libro di Lewis Carroll, che è un vero regalo di "non compleanno" per ognuno di noi. Musiche originali di Manuela Daviddi e Ivan Genesio
This is a delightful and charming bedtime storybook adventure that quiets little imaginations and prepares them for a restful night's sleep. Stevie puts children at ease at bedtime with a cozy cadence of lovely thoughts that are on par with Disney. He brings about peace and smiles on every page. You will be hard-pressed to finish this book before the yawning begins - it's that good!
This audiobook is a collection of fairy tales that some animated princess movies have been based on. Many of these stories were written by the Brothers Grimm - Wilheim and Jacob. Other movies are based on stories by Hans Christian Anderson. Many of these stories can be found in collections of stories by these two authors. They can also be found in Fairy book collections by Andrew Lang such as The Blue Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, and so on.
As one of her final projects, Audrey Hepburn left the world a treasure in this collection of exquisitely told fairy tales, familiar and unfamiliar, inspired and accompanied by Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales features Mary Sheldon's fresh adaptations of Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast, and Laidronette, Empress of the Pagodes. The selections are woven together by fictional interludes.
Teryosha is a wooden boy who is brought to life by his loving parents. When an evil witch takes him deep into the woods, Teryosha must be brave and clever to make his escape. A folktale from Russia, rich with colourful illustrations.
A tale of fantasy and intrigue, The Stone Flower is sure to grab the attention of the young reader. Ambitious young Danila's quest for finding the perfect stone, the strange events that follows and all the startling characters make this story a spellbinding one.
An exciting and daring rescue story. While her parents are abroad Claire is staying in the countryside with her grandmother. The water supplies to the village and surrounding farmland have all dried up, and everyone is wondering why it hasn't rained for such a very long time. After a surprising encounter with a magical cloud Claire and her pet cat Sparkle set off on an eventful rescue mission. In the local woods they discover a number of rather strange creatures, some helpful and some who try their hardest to end Claire's quest.
A sister and brother are lost in a forest one day. Not heeding his sister's wise words, Ivanushka drinks from a puddle of water which was under a spell by a witch and turns into a goat. They must now find a way to release him from the spell and finally find their way home.
This Russian folktale is the story of a little girl who is tormented by her wicked stepmother. Left alone in the forest on a cold night, the poor girl is freezing. Father Morozko is impressed with the girl's courage and richly rewards her.
Jabu is a young Zulu cowherd who happens to love his job-taking care of his father's cattle. In fact, no one else in his village is as tactful and hard-working as he is. One fine day, when Bhubesi, the lion who has been causing havoc in the village gets caught in a trap, Jabu frees him even though instinct warns him not to. And soon he realises that an act of kindness need not always be repaid in kind.
It is election time in the bird kingdom and everybody wants to be the king. A meeting is held among the great winged creatures to choose the king. From the magnificent Eagle to the tiny Warbler, the nominees are not willing to back off. Soon, the meeting ends in a commotion as everyone is convinced of his worth and not others'. In the end of this Zulu folk-tale, a race would be the only way to choose the right leader.
Thumbelina is an old lady's wish that came true. She is a pretty little maiden who is no bigger than a thumb. Raised with love and showered with care, Thumbelina is without worries. Then comes an ugly frog who comes peering through an open window. She carries Thumbelina away to get her married to her hideous son. But with the help of some fishes, she manages to escape and finds herself travelling to strange lands filled with even stranger experiences.
A selection of eight fairy tales from the book Tales of Old Japan by A B Mitford: The Tongue-Cut Sparrow, The Accomplished and Lucky Tea-Kettle, The Crackling Mountain, The Battle of the Ape and the Crab, The Adventures of Little Peachling, The Foxes' Wedding, The History of Sakata Kintoki, The Elves and the Envious Neighbour
"This is no ordinary pencil," says the cat sitting on the end of nine-year-old Daniel's bed. "It's magic." Everything Daniel draws with his pencil - flying dragons, Octobears, and pizza-loving aliens from the planet Beezo - comes to life. It's pretty awesome until the pencil draws a line between Daniel and his best (and only) friend Annie. Come along with Daniel and his fantastic creatures on this fun-for-the-whole-family journey as he discovers that friendship is the greatest magic of all.
Both Kalemeleme and Kinku are lonely and unhappy men in a village in Central Africa, but that is where their similarity ends. Kalemeleme is kind and gentle at heart while Kinku is short-tempered and hot-headed. On a day of hunting, an act of kindness towards Moma, the mighty rock python makes Kalemeleme worthy of a special gift. When the arrogant and foolhardy Kinku expects the same, he learns that you only get what you deserve.
It is winter and Thumbelina is given shelter by a kind field mouse in her time of need. She leads a peaceful but dull life in the field mouse's house under a corn field. They have a regular visitor, their neighbour, the rich blind mole who asks for Thumbelina's hand in marriage. Crest-fallen and helpless, Thumbelina gives in to the field mouse's requests to accept the offer.
A magical selection of fairytales and nursery rhymes beautifully retold to enthrall children of all ages.
Outer-Space Travels on a Flying Saucer and Alien Abductions. Phasie's best friend gets into hot water - he is abducted by aliens and tickled all night. In order to figure out what happened and get back at the aliens, incredible and fantastic adventures are in store for Phasie.
Old Woman And The Magic Pot relates the story of an old woman who lived in a cottage in the forest. Three little boys got lost during their adventure in the forest and found themselves at the cottage. The old woman found them in the cottage and put them in the pot. What happened after was amazing.
The young prince wishes to marry and goes out into the world to find the princess he wants for his wife. When he meets the beautiful princess, he wants to find out whether she is as pure in her heart, as she is beautiful. So he disguises himself as a pig farmer in the King's stables and soon discovers the truth about the beautiful princess that is to be his wife.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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"
Ganesha has an elephant's head, a pot belly and a rollicking sense of fun. Full of mischief, he fools around with gods and humans alike. He is also wise and shrewd, gentle and compassionate.
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.
How does the president get his job? How do people know who will win an election before everybody's voted? Do the candidates hate each other? Dan Gutman takes on his strangest subject ever: the American political system. Reaching through history from the days of the founding fathers to today's voting system, Gutman tackles complex subjects in a clear, easy-to-understand way. Even grown-ups will find something in here that they've never learned before.
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.