Back in the 80’s Marshall Cavendish published a collection of stories. No biggy right?
These stories were released once a fortnight with a cassette tape for you to listen and read-a-long with.
Hidden within the magazine’s pages were tales from Oscar Wilde, poems from J. R. R. Tolkien and classics like Hansel and Gretel, mixed in with these were mythological tales from across the world, and comic book-like stories. All of this delivered in an episodic fashion, accompanied by beautiful illustrations and read by the likes of Joanna Lumley, Tom Baker, Tim Curry, Brian Blessed, Diana Rigg oh and so many more.
Clever eh? Introducing kids to stuffy old stories this way?
Those kids, now grown up, remember how those fortnightly magazines helped them to read, and allowed them to discover a world of poetry and prose. Parents and grandparents buy these collections on Ebay to pass that magic on to their children.
Myself included! Though I didn’t need to buy them, mine were stashed away. While George and the Dragon still roars, and the Three Wishes has me siding with the wisest, I no longer consider a cat a Witch’s cat after reading Gobolino. For me it was Pandora’s Box that opened my eyes to the world beyond my own. I never did look at a box the same way, any more than wonder, thanks to The Tinder Box, what might be hiding under an oak tree.
Each story is approximately ten minutes long. They are the perfect length to listen to with my girls, some quality snuggle time before bed.
I’m certain I am not the only one that remembers Story Teller, so what was your favourite tale?
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