Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ladybird Tales: Princess Stories + The Gingerbread Man and Other Stories (Children's, Audio book, 3 years +, 10E/10E)

Such a pretty cover for the Princess Stories! (Oddly not saying the title on the front...)

Run, Gingerbread Man, Run!!!
July 2014, Ladybird, Audiobook, Review copy 

Summaries from Ladybird
Ladybird presents Ladybird Tales, a bright, richly adventurous audio story-telling experience. Re-imagining classic fairy tales in a magical audiobook collection. Perfect for entertaining the little ones aged 5 and up. Featuring immersive sound design and beautifully composed music to whisk the whole family away on a magical adventure. This collection of seven classic tales contains: Cinderella The Princess and the Frog Beauty and the Beast Sleeping Beauty Rapunzel Snow White The Little Mermaid Approximately 1 hr 30 mins running time

Ladybird presents First Favourite Tales Audio, a fabulous collection of classic stories for toddlers, brought to life through the magic of audio. Produced with enchanting sound effects and lively music that will delight children, and introduce them to the world's most famous stories. This collection of six classic tales contains: The Gingerbread Man The Three Little Pigs Chicken Licken The Enormous Turnip Sly Fox and Red Hen Hansel and Gretel Approximately 1hr running time Ladybird is a trusted publisher of pre-school stories. The First Favourite Tales have been specially created for toddler comprehension and content. Also available: Ladybird Tales audio, for children aged 5 onwards.

Nayu's thoughts
Since I'm becoming rather captivated by audio books I was thrilled to review a few of Ladybird's latest titles. Although I've listed these two collections, I actually heard a variety of tales found in these collections and others. Here's what I listened to and which bundle they come from: 

Ladybird Tales: The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Animal Bundle
Ladybird Tales: Cinderella - Princess Bundle
Ladybird Tales: The Gingerbread Man - Tea Time Stories Bundle
Ladybird Classics: A Christmas Carol - Bundle 1
Ladybird Classics: Peter Pan - Bundle 2
Ladybird First Favourite Tales: Alice in Wonderland - Bundle 1
Ladybird First Favourite Tales: Goldilocks and the three bears - Bundle 2
Ladybird First Favourite Tales: Three little Pigs
Ladybird Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk - Heroes and Villains Bundle

They are all awesome! The narration includes some sound effects - those on The Three Billy Goats Gruff had me petrified as I listened out for the troll. My favourites are Cinderella & Goldilocks & the Three Bears - which, if you're regular NRC readers then they aren't a surprise. Fairytale retellings never get old, least of all these. 

I love that Ladybird are introducing readers/listeners to tales that I grew up with, in a fun way for the digital age which we live. Audio books are perfect for just before bed, for car journeys, for listening to when needing some quiet time or when you're ill. Ladybird Tales are for children of all ages - go and try them! The links to the collections include a free sample so you can see/hear what I'm talking about. Get listening!

Suggested read 
A fun ballet themed audio book is Delphie and the Magic Ballet Shoes by Darcy Bussell (Children's, Audio book, 7 years +, 9/10E)

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