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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2006
Both my four year old daughter and I like the stories but having listened to The Enormous Crocodile read by Stephen Fry and other stories read by Hugh Laurie, we were both disappointed by the Hugh Lupton's lack of enthusiasm and zest when reading the Story Tree.
My daughter quickly pointed out that all the characters have the same voice, even the old lady and the young girl in the Magic Porridge Pot.
I think how a story is read (especially one without the visuals) is essential for its enjoyment so all these stories would have benefited from a different kind of reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2006
The packaging is attractive and the collection of stories are trusty traditional narratives. Really, this audio book should be a super part of any child's collection and could have easily been a super resource for primary schools over both Key Stages... It is however the most uninspiring presentation I think I have ever heard! Mr. Lupton should have had the grace and good sense to realise that his, is not the voice to enthuse children. His tones are totally flat and lifeless; more suited methinks to teenage horror stories!

What a pity that this potentially wonderful package is ruined by his, sorry, awful reading voice.

P.S. If Barefoot Books want to do a remake - I'm available!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2002
A delightfully illustrated book of seven unusual stories, each with a moral for children to think about. A charming, calming bed time story book with tales from different cultures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2006
The narrator manages to make these lovely stories sound utterly depressing. I bought this on the strength of earlier reviews and everyone (including the children) was so disappointed. The only nice bit is the little music in between the stories. For the rest forget it, it's not worth your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2011
This is a lovely collection of traditional tales from several different countries, so included old favourites that we knew and ones new to us. I was surprised to read the other reviews that weren't happy with the reading style. Hugh Lupton is only one of the countries finest story tellers! Being lucky enough to live in the same county as him our daughter has been treated to magical moments of sitting spellbond with other children whilst he weaves a magical tale - trust me they were all enthralled. I will say though that these tales are told in a traditional storytelling style, Hugh's voice is full of warmth and character and I think a rythmical quality which young children love but he does not go to town giving different characters different voices - this is to allow the child to use their own imagination to create the character for themselves.

We really treasure this book in our house and my 6 year old still loves it. They are beautiful, gentle stories for children as opposed to a lot of literature these days which seems aimed at exciting children rather than really speaking to their hearts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2009
I have to say the reader spoils what are interesting and lovely stories - he is a celebrated storyteller - supposedly one of the best in the country and a pioneer for storytelling - but sadly his style here is without enough umph or energy or emotion or anything really and he reads with a repetative intonation going from loud to quiet at the end of a sentence which is very tedious
Lovely pictures great stories just poorly read
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2005
My son loves audio CDs and has lots but this has to be the best one yet - not the usual nursery rhymes and mainstream stories which pop up on other Cds but a rich variety of lovely and unusual stories from around the world - we love this and the great tune too - highly recommended !
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on 22 May 2009
This is a lovely book, with great stories that are really fun and easy to read aloud. We've been reading them to our two-year old, who loves them. They have a nice rhythm to them - so the first line repeats "Once upon a time there lived a little girl and her mother. Once upon a time there lived a little girl and her mother and they were hungry." The stories are from all over the world, too, so while I knew the story of the Little Red Hen (English) and the Three Billy Goats Gruff (Norwegian, apparently), I didn't know any of the others and it was nice to learn some new stories from different places as well.
We don't have the CD, which I've seen some people haven't enjoyed as much, but as far as the book and the stories are concerned: it's great. I wish there were more.
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on 13 January 2012
The book has great illustrations, and the stories are just short enough for my 2 1/2 year old son to follow. The stories are well selected - there are some stories that are well-known, like the 'Three Billy Goats Gruff', as well as less familiar ones, like the 'Blue Coat' and 'Little Cock Feather Frock'. This is probably my son's favorite book for reading aloud.

As with other reviewers, I didn't like the CD recording, but if you buy it as a book alone it is easily worth 5 stars.
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on 9 February 2013
It's a lovely story book with alternative version of traditional fairy tales that children know well but with a slight twist.
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