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World Fables & Tales - Alibaba And The Forty Thieves

by Culture Voyagers
Windows, Mac


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  • Over a dozen exciting games and activities
  • Wishing well with meanings of difficult words
  • Great graphics, animation and sound
  • Introduction to the Arabian nights
  • Story told over 12 chapters

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Alibaba and the Forty Thieves is a story CD-ROM that tells this very famous tale from the Arabian nights. Scheherazade the new queen manages to stay alive for 1001 nights by telling her husband a tale so exciting and interesting that he has to keep listening to the tale. By the end of the story he has fallen in love with his queen and cannot have her executed.

Children can listen to the very good retelling of this story over 12 chapters. There is a useful bookmark function that allows children to return to their place at any time. Children can watch as Alibaba discovers the cave that the 40 thieves are using to store their gold and escapes death as the chief thief tries to seek his revenge. There is a very good glossary function that children can use if they want to have a word explained to them. It is a shame that the text for the story is not shown as well.

There is also an option to play three games, which involve children having to move squares to the correct places to form a picture of a treasure chest. They can also try to find the correct combination of keys to open a treasure chest. The last game involves spotting the bad man and zapping him into a good one. The people move more quickly across the screen as the game progresses and points are awarded.

Alibaba and the Forty Thieves would be a good buy for children who enjoy listening to stories and are aged eight to 11 years old.--Amanda York

Manufacturer's Description

The Arabian Nights is a compilation of 200 colorful stories from Arabia, Persia, and India said to have originated centuries ago. Narrated by Queen Shahrazad to her husband King Shahryar and her sister Dunyazad over a thousand and one nights, these stories saved her life.

Of these, one of the most popular is the story of Alibaba and the Forty Thieves.

Presented as a narrative, this multimedia extravaganza brings to life Alibaba, the poor woodcutter; his brother, the greedy Kasim; the villainous bandit chief; and the beautiful, intelligent Margina. An animated story filled with excitement and suspense, it will capture the imagination of every child and remain a favorite for years to come.

Spiced with animation and liberally peppered with games, this package has much more besides Ali's tryst with the thieves.

And then, there's Freddie the Fly -- a naughty, sassy creature who lends it a deliciously modern flavor. His chirpy presence and lively antics add a fresh, cross-cultural dimension to this timeless tale. Freddy will also take you through more than a dozen spunky, original games that offer a whole lot of fun.

Learning Opportunities:
Introduces the mystical east in all its sense of suspense, discovery, color and pageantry.
Opportunity to learn about important literary characters, through chapter based deep content.
Vocabulary and pronunciation enriched.
Exciting games to improve analytical skills.
Activities to enhance memory and retention.


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