I really can't praise the Storyworld collections highly enough. Animals Tales was our first set, given to me by my mum, when my eldest was two. Three generations of my family were immediately enraptured with these beautiful cards and they have now become part of our family routine, bedtimes, play times and even sometimes mealtimes!
We choose specific cards or other times at random and use the wonderful illustrations and ideas to craft our own tales. The cards were clearly very carefully devised with insight into the folklore , myths and stories of many cultures and with awareness of what is so important in the tradition of oral story telling. So many authors and academics have written about mythic symbolism and its potency for our growth and well being (CG Jung, Joseph Campbell, Karen Armstrong etc). However, with Storyworld you have a simple, easy to use tool for accessing the power of symbolism, mythic mind and archetypal characters without need to intellectualise. It can all be accessed through playful story telling and imagery, which is absolutely the best way for children to access this learning.
I work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and can even see these cards being useful in this context with my patients. The cards encourage the asking of questions, the fertility of imagination and the dreaming of dreams! I wish more bookshops stocked them!