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Jim Henson's the Storyteller [Hardcover]

Anthony Minghella , Jim Henson , Darcy May
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An illustrated edition of a collection of nine European folk tales, based on Jim Henson's award-winning Channel 4 series. The stories encompass familiar themes of folk literature - fear and need, enchantment, folly and greed, courage and diversity - and the characters include princesses and giants.
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  • Hardcover: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039458256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394582566
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch storybook for older children 20 Dec 2010
By Amadeus
I got this having seen some of the original series, and it didn't disappoint. As a storybook, the writing is excellent and the pictures are wonderful. The stories each take about an hour to tell, the language is quite rich, and the imagery often rather dark, so this is an excellent book for older children (say 7+) who have wearied of Rapunzel and the Three Little Pigs, and have a good vocabulary. It also doesn't shy away from serious and difficult topics, like death. Because of all of these, they also make very respectable out loud reading for adults, if you like that kind of thing (which, in our household, we certainly do!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Teller 10 Aug 2009
This is a book suitable for all ages. The text is easy to follow and the illustrations are truly gorgeous. Anthony Minghella certainly hit all the right buttons when recrafting these enchanting stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem 7 Dec 2004
Why can't I get this series on video or DVD? The 2 "The Storyteller" series on Channel 4 all those years ago was wonderful in every way. The production was superb, as were the scripts. The use of language was outstanding and the stories never fail to engage children - and adults. Whoever owns the rights - Channel 4 or HBO or ? You are really missing a trick both for trade or if you launched it to the educational market - It fits right in with The Literacy Hour and, if it were shown at school, children would buy it when they saw it in the shops. So, why not lauch this - and the wonderful "Greek Myths" from the same stable, first into schools - then into the trade.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So *that's* what the Griffin was saying! 8 Sep 2003
By Philip Thwing - Published on
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Just so you know, all 9 episodes of The Storyteller are now out on a single DVD - something many of us have been waiting for for years. This book is, I think, the original screenplay of Jim Henson's Storyteller series because it follows *very* closely to the stories and dialogue seen on TV. The illustrations are also taken from the show and are very nice. The written word is different from television, however, and these stories take on a different light often in one versus the other, and there are some expansions here that didn't make the final editing cuts.
My kid and I love "The Storyteller" series, and this book is a pleasant addition for bedtime reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfection 10 Dec 1998
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Perfection is the TV series that preceded this book. Of course, I must gloat and say that I knew all those many years ago that Anthony Minghella was the most exquisite writer I had ever heard/read. His words coupled with the genius of Jim Henson and company made for the best (no exaggeration) thing ever to be broadcast on television. To be able to read the words from these shows and have them readily available on your bookshelf is heaven. I've been recommending the TV series and this book for years. I still recommend it today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best pieces of magic ever written 9 April 2000
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Many years ago my family sat around the television, wide eyed and filled with magic; we were watching the Jim Henson Storyteller series. We waited and waited for it to reappear one day- to no avail. But FINALLY, a book! To be able to relive the "hugs and snoodles" of Hans My Hedghog, the stone soup tale of a "Story Short"- all of it beautifully, and creatively written, with illustrations to match- will take you back to your childhood. I find it hard to believe this has yet to be discovered. Don't miss the videos that are now out, at long last!
5.0 out of 5 stars The language of storytelling 27 July 2000
By Kristine Fonacier - Published on
The television series was one of the best things ever to be shown on TV, but it's more than worthwhile to pick up this book just to be able to focus on Anthony Minghella's (yep, he of "The English Patient") way with words. Minghella doesn't just write good narration, he writes good, old-fashioned *story-telling* Like, say, Kipling's "Just-So Stories," Minghella's "The Storyteller" captures the language of the very best tale tellers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 31 Aug 2001
By turtlepi - Published on
This book is fabulous. I grew up watching these stories come to like on the Jim Henson Hour, and I love having these stories at my finger tips. The stories are very intersting and original. The art work in the book is also fabulous!! They match the television portrail of story exactly. I am so glad that I am able to read and share these stories with my friends and family!
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