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  • Hans-Christian Andersen

    The Tinderbox is a literary fairy tale by The Tinderbox is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. A poor soldier returning home from war meets a witch who asks him to climb into a hollow tree to retrieve a magic tinderbox. In the tree, he finds three chambers filled with precious coins guarded by three monstrous dogs, "one with eyes the size of teacups", who guards a vault filled with pennies, one with "eyes the size of water wheels", who guards a vault filled with silver, and one with eyes "the size of Round Tower", who guards a vault filled with gold; when the witch asks for the tinderbox, he kills her and keeps it for himself, thus acquiring the power of summoning the dogs....read more

  • Katie Haigh

    "Snow-White and Rose-Red" is a German fairy tale written by Brothers Grimm. Snow-White and Rose-Red are two little girls living with their mother, a poor widow, in a small cottage. They are very good little girls, they love each other dearly, and their mother is very fond of them. Dark-haired Rose-Red is outspoken and cheerful and loves to play outside. Fair-haired Snow-White is quiet and shy and prefers doing housework and reading. One winter night, there is a knock at the door. Rose Red opens the door to find a bear. At first, she is terrified, but the bear tells her not to be afraid. "I'm half frozen and I merely want to warm up a little at your place," he says. They let the bear in, and...read more

  • Brothers Grimm

    The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was or "The Story of a Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear" is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. It involves a boy who is considered foolish and good for nothing, so much so that he assumes (after hearing people talking about shuddering) that the shudders are an action or trade that he can learn how to do, for he is so foolish that he doesn't know to be...read more

  • Charles Perrault

    "Snow Drop and the Seven Dwarfs" also known as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves"is a German fairy tale, written by Brothers Grimm, known across much of Europe and is today one of the most famous fairy tales worldwide. A queen gives birth to a baby daughter, a girl with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony. She is named 'Snow White'. Sadly, the Good Queen, Snow White's mother, dies during childbirth. After a year has passed, Snow White's father, the King, takes a new and second wife, who is very beautiful, but a wicked and vain woman. The new queen, Snow White's evil stepmother, possesses a magic mirror, which she asks every morning, "Mirror mirror on the...read more

  • William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's best dramatist. His plays have been translated into every major language, and are the most performed ever. His work contains stunningly modern insight, witty jokes and soaring passion; it is an endless source of amazement and inspiration. The Tempest is now considered to be one of Shakespeare's greatest works. It has been adapted numerous times in a variety of styles and formats; it is a tale of magic, romance, and illusion. The sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place; he conjures up a tempest to lure his usurping brother Antonio to the...read more

  • Verlaine

    The 100 greatest poems of three major French authors, Baudelaire, Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine, translated into English with perfect accuracy and elegance, narrated by Katie Haigh and Paul Edwards. Excerpts from Hugo's Contemplations and Autumn Leaves, Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil, which started as a banned book in France because of its indecency, and Verlaine's Poèmes Saturniens: here is enough to delight in the greatest poetry lines ever written and to nourish one's literary...read more

  • James Gardner

    Jack and the Beanstalk is an English fairy tale, the best known of the "Jack tales", a series of stories featuring an archetypal English hero. According to scholarly research, this particular tale takes its roots in ancient stories told more than 5000 years ago, in which a boy steals an ogre's treasure. In this tale, Jack is a poor boy sent by his mother to the market to sell their dairy cow. He encounters a bean dealer who sells him magic beans; upon seeing him return with a few beans and no money, his mother is desperate, throws the beans on the ground and sends him to bed without supper. In the morning, they discover the beans have sprouted a fabulous beanstalk that would lead a climber...read more

  • James Gardner

    The legend of the famous hero Robin Hood originates in dramatic pieces and ballads from the 15th century in England. His story has been given shape and retold through the centuries, and is still universally known to children nowadays. The Tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, as retold by Mary Macleod, is a faithful rendition of the original Middle-age legend full of colorful and moral adventures. It is read by Katie Haigh, for the delight of children and as well as adults sensitive to literary...read more

  • Hans-Christian Andersen

    The Flying Trunk is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. A young man squanders his inheritance until he has almost nothing left. A friend sends him a trunk with directions to pack up and be off. Having nothing to pack, he gets into the trunk himself, only to discover that the trunk is enchanted and carries him to the land of the Turks. There, he will have a wonderful encounter... This fairytale suggests the flying carpets of "The Arabian Nights", a collection of tales Andersen read and loved as a child, but with a melancholy tone more typical of the Danish poet. It is read by Katie Haigh, for the delight of children and parents...read more

  • Hans-Christian Andersen

    The Fir-Tree is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, about a fir tree so anxious to grow up, so anxious for greater things, that he cannot appreciate living in the moment. It is a melancholy story, warning about the dangers of always expecting greater glory just around the corner, only to be disappointed or to regret the unappreciated instants; only the moment is worthwhile. This is an intensely emotional tale by one of the great masters of storytelling; it is read by Katie Haigh, for the pleasure of children and adults...read more

  • Beatrix Potter

    Beatrix Potter is the world-renowned author of the Tale of Peter Rabbit, a cautionary tale told in such a charming and lively way that it soon became a nursery classic and is now one of the most widely read books of all time. Beatrix Potter's efficient and simple writing is a delight for children and grown-ups alike. This album is a compilation of her best tales, recorded by Katie Haigh: The Tale of Peter Rabbit; The Tale of Benjamin Bunny; The Tale of the Flupsy Bunnies; The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle; The Story of Miss Moppet; The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher; The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes; The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, a farmyard tale; The Tale of Two Bad...read more

  • Various Authors

    Victor Hugo is one of the best-known French writers, and is part of the greatest literary figures of all time. His poetry made him famous very early, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest lyric poets when he was only 20 years old. He was also a novelist and a dramatist, and furthered the cause of Romanticism, this exalted artistic movement which toyed with Sublime and soared on the winds of emotion. The high-achieving poet was also actively involved in politics, defending the poor until his last breath; he was even forced into exile, from which he kept on writing, beloved by the masses he stood up for. When he died, it was an intense day of mourning in France, and more than two...read more

  • Lewis Carroll

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland began as a story told by Englishman Charles Ludwidge Johnson to three children in a boat, one of which was called Alice and enjoyed it so much she asked him to write it down for her. He did so, under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll. He was thus releasing a strikingly tale of fantasy, games with logic, and a wildly original play on narrative structure. Today, Alice in Wonderland is the sixth-best-selling single-volume book of all time, and its imagery has had an enormous influence on popular culture and literature. Dive in the original rabbit hole, as told by the entrancing voice of Katie...read more

  • James Gardner

    Here is a collection of the most beloved English poems, from century-old anonymous nursery rhymes to delightful texts from Edward Lear to Lewis Carroll and Robert Stevenson. Rediscover the classics that have been passed from parents to children for generations: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, Kindness to Animals, How doth the little busy bee, Twinkle twinkle little star, and 20 more timeless jewels, read by Katie...read more

  • Rudyard Kipling

    Just So stories is a classic of children's literature, and one of Rudyard Kipling's best known books. It was published in 1902, as a collection of the stories he told his daughter Josephine at bedtime; the little girl insisted that the stories be told "just so" or she would wake up and add the missing sentence, eventually making all these stories like charms, effective if untouched. They depict how one animal or another acquired its distinctive features: delight your children with the tale of how the camel got his lump, how the leopard got his spots, and why rhinos have folds in their skins and bad tempers, among many others read by Katie...read more

  • Madame D'aulnoy

    The Fair One with Golden Locks is a fairy tale by Madame d'Aulnoy. It has also been translated under the title "Pretty Goldilocks", which is not to be confused with the Story of the Three Bears. A princess is so beautiful and has such golden hair that she is known as Pretty Goldilocks. A neighboring king falls in love with her from her description and sends his servant to plead his cause. Much to his disappointment, the princess only agrees if a series of near-impossible tasks is completed for her. Luckily for the King, his faithful servant is wiser and more resourceful than he is; the girl will be conquered, but there does not lie the end of the story. This charming fairy tale is read by...read more

  • James Gardner

    The Goose Girl is a German fairy tale in which a widowed queen sends her daugther to her bridegroom in a faraway land, only accompanied by a waiting maid and a magical talking horse. But the evil maid rebels and forces the princess into trading clothes with her and swearing secrecy, effectively taking her place until they arrive at a foreign palace. There, the princess is made into a common goose girl while the maid is wooed as a princess herself. Bound by secrecy, the real princess seems helpless, unless magical powers come at her aid. This lesser-known tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm is read by Katie...read more

  • James Gardner

    These Tales for Tiny Tots are ageless and varied very short stories, aimed at those who are just nascent at reading, to provide them with delight and inch them towards a broader understanding of the world. Each tale contains a wise moral brought forth by colorful imagery: there you will find the Tale of Peter Rabbitt, by Beatrix Potter, Little Red Hen, Dolly Dimple, The visit to Santa Claus Land, and many more read by Katie...read more

  • Brothers Grimm

    Hans in Luck is a fairytale of German origin, recorded by the brothers Grimm. It is an ironic tale which inverts the normal "rags to riches" story format: in it, Hans gradually loses more and more while persuading himself of his good luck, thus warning children about the dangers of denial and bad business sense. This charming and ancient tale is told by Katie...read more

  • Charles Perrault

    Hop-o'-My-Thumb (Hop-on-My-Thumb), or Hop o' My Thumb, also known as Little Thumbling or Little Poucet is one of the eight fairytales published by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou Contes du temps passé (1697). Hop-o'-My-Thumb is the youngest of seven children in a poor woodcutter's family, and his greater wisdom compensates for his smallness of size. When the children are abandoned by their parents, he finds a variety of means to save his life and the lives of his brothers, eventually confronting a scary ogre. This tale has its origins in French medieval folklore and is now world-renowned thanks to Perrault and Robert Samber's translation; it is here brought to life by Katie...read more