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The Puffin Book of Stories for Five-year-olds Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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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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.Read more ›
They both love listening to a story at bedtime either from us or CD and they love these tales.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Surprised at the reviews. Stories dated and inappropriate for this day and age. Have had to 'adapt' all we have read to be more suitable and frankly will be 'losing' this the first... Read morePublished 18 hours ago by HumptyDumptyEgg
Very prompt delivery. Looking forward to hearing the stories,as a Christmas gift.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer