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The Puffin Book of Stories for Five-year-olds Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Publisher: Puffin; Unabridged edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141806923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141806921
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.1 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

About the Author

Wendy Cooling was educated in Norwich. After travelling, she became a teacher which she later left to work as Head of the Children's Book Foundation. She is now a freelance book consultant and reviewer. Among the authors included in this anthologyare, Vivian French, Margaret Mahy, Ted Hughes, Ann Cameron and Eve Rice.


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Format: Paperback
I've just read this collection of seventeen stories to my five-year-old son at bedtime. He's a typical little boy, obsessed with ninjas and Captain Underpants, and this anthology wasn't really aimed at him.

A batch of stories were retellings of old folktales, where someone was at risk of being eaten by wild beasts or having their head cut off by an angry king. He quite enjoyed those, and exclaimed "Read another one!"

Some of the modern stories were quite lively, like Malorie Blackman's story of two friends getting jealous over some expensive trainers. He quite enjoyed those too.

A couple of stories were written in a dated, flat style, like Enid Blyton on Prozac.... "Billy Bunny was going to deliver an umbrella for his mother. Oh dear, it was starting to rain!" Didn't this kind of thing go out before World War Two?

One strange story hinged on the children misunderstanding the parents' threat to "whip and beat" them (the American terms for spanking). A British child has no emotional connotation with those words. Even after I explained the term to my son, it still remained a flat story about making a pudding.

And many of the other stories were quite dull, and with no dynamics in them. (Sorry, authors!) As in, no dynamic of humour, or adventure, or magic, or anything! In one story, a girl and her mother go to a shoe shop, buy some shoes, and come home. That's it. That's the story. My son rocked back and forth during these readings, and then loudly exclaimed "That was boring!" at the end.

In her introduction, Wendy Cooling says the anthology is aimed at reception teachers to read aloud to the class when they have a spare ten minutes, and that the stories have already been test-read to five-year-olds.
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Format: Audio CD
The CD is excellent. My daughters, who are aged 4 & 7, and I listen to the stories again and again, particularly in the car. We all enjoy them and all have our favourites. There's a good mix of traditional and modern and the actors read them beautifully. As a result, we bought the one for 7 year olds which my older daughter and I also love (my younger daughter doesn't understand them so well). My girls are bilingual Spanish (first language) and English, and the stories are also a great help in building their listening and general language skills.
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Format: Audio CD
Wonderful selection of stories perfect for a five year old. Stories aren't too twee, which is what I have found of stories for this age group in the past. Just scary enough in places to add a bit of interest, but not scary enough to keep your child awake all night. My child listened to this CD every night for a long time.
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Format: Audio Cassette
I would highly recommend this tape for any five year old who likes listening to stories. It has a good mixture of traditional and modern stories which my daughter has found both entertaining and interesting. Importantly the stories are well read, clear and easy to understand. I especially like the modern stories which are both relevant and true to life. Good buy.
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Format: Audio CD
Bought this Story CD to keep two kids entertained on a long car journey and it didn't disappoint. Both my three year old and my five year old loved the stories and it kept the grown ups quiet too. Highly recommended.
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This was a big hit with both my 4 year old and my 7 year old.
They both love listening to a story at bedtime either from us or CD and they love these tales.
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Bought this for a long car journey for our 4 (and 2) year olds. They enjoy them and they grew on me. A little disappointing that there are only 6 (?) stories so can get repetitive, but keeps the kids quiet so thats all that matters!
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Bought for my 4 year old but 10 year old will listen as well. 4 year old loves it, especially The Special Trainers story. Well read with variety of accents and stories. 2 CD's. Going to buy the 8 year old one as well. As we use it at bedtime it has no scary stories!
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