Definitely lol’d a few times!
My Story Teller collection is complete!
This week I received the Story Teller 2 set of cassette tapes and magazines, the final set I needed. They join the Little Story Teller, the Story Teller one sets and a Christmas edition: all in time for April when baby Johnson arrives.
My brothers and I were lucky enough to have been bought the magazine and cassette tape, that was released every fortnight, by our parents.
Each magazine and cassette contained several stories, songs or rhymes from around the world: classic fairy-tales, new stories, folk stories and myths. They are all read by well-known actors and actresses, including Joanna Lumley, Derek Jacobi, and Brian Blessed, to name a few. Imagine being read to sleep by Brian Blessed (he read Sinbad the sailor).
It was from ST1 that I found my love for Oscar Wilde; listening to The Happy Prince over and over again. The ending broke my heart every time. There are lovely stories, silly stories, happy stories, sad stories and stories that scare the bejesus out of children, like the Japanese fairy-tale the Goblin Rat. Hear it here; it’s the screeches!
As an adult, about to have my first child, I appreciate them even more than I did, as they are not gender specific; boys and girls can enjoy ST without feeling excluded or like they’re listening to and reading a ‘girly/boy’ story.
Bought from EBay, they are not cheap these days, so it has taken a while to collect everything. However, I’d urge anyone with children to look into Marshall Cavendish Story Teller collection, which I have seen available digitally (although I’m not sure if they are legitimate), as there is nothing else like them, and never will be. They are available on YouTube also.
Parents I urge you to check them out!