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Jim Henson's Storyteller Hardcover – 15 Nov 1988

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd (15 Nov. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852830263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852830267
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 20.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,068,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As my sister and I loved the series as children I wanted to get the series for my children bit it is so expensive I bought this book instead and I have not been disappointed it is bitter sweet and mysterious a perfect addition to the family if you do or do not have the series already it was such a happy surprise when I found this book
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover
When I was a young girl, I remember being utterly entranced by the television series, THE STORYTELLER. Everything seemed to be just perfect in regards to this series; John Hurt's voice was just right as the storyteller himself, having a lovely cadence, making the tales spellbinding. Henson's creatures also added a lovely charm to the tales; from ogres to goblins to creatures that you would find in a forest, and of course, the storyteller's loyal dog who was listening to the tales and commenting upon them. So, when I realised only a few months ago that there was a book with some of the tales included, I was eager to buy it.

This edition includes nine tales. Before buying it, I was unsure which of the tales appeared here, but I was very glad to find that my favourites are included; "The Three Ravens", "The Soldier and Death" and "Sapsorrow." Some of the other tales included are "The Luck Child", "Hans my Hedgehog" and "The True Bride." If, like me, you were also a fan of the televised series, as you read these tales you will more than likely imagine John Hurt reading them out to you. The writing seems to have stayed very true to the scripts used for the series. The illustrations also remind me of scenes from the televised series; Sapsorrow scrubbing the kitchen floor, for example, as the prince looks on in disgust, unable to see beyond the fur and the feathers.

These tales are just lovely. With the beautiful writing, they do beg to be read out loud, either to children or to those who remain young at heart. But, they also come alive if read by yourself. I would certainly recommend this book to either those who, like me, grew up with the series but also for those who may not know the original series, but who enjoy folk tales and fairy tales from around the world.
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Often rather dark, with a wide vocabulary, this book fully stands up in comparison with the excellent television series. It IS for older children, mainly because the stories are rich and rather long, but stands the test of reading aloud very well.
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Item arrived fairly quick! The book is in awesome condition. The only issue I have is that the image used in the advert looks nothing like the book I received "/
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most magical books alive 30 Aug. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books which I hope to hand down to my children, and my children's children. It will stay on the shelf, tattered, and well-loved.
Each story is based on an old fairy tale, beautifully and magically written. For adults and children, to be read aloud or alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting, beautiful collection of fairy tales. 4 Sept. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
This book is an enchanting, beautifully-illustrated collection of fairy tales by the same author who wrote the screenplay to "The English Patient." The stories are all based on ancient European folklore, but Minghelli's lush and vivid language ('...while his mother felt a crack faulting her heart, like a tiny pencil line. And with each hour the pencil line grew thicker and thicker until one day, not long after, her heart split in half and she died.') makes each story new and unique, and definitely full of surprises. Nearly every page is enhanced with gorgeous full-color illustrations by Darcy May. Definitely not just for kids, and, no, there's not a single Muppet in it!
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