Tale Time’s **Rumpelstiltskin and Other Stories **includes five captivating audio stories handpicked by Tale Time from the great treasure trove of world folklore, myth and legend. These stories are a great listening task for KS1 and KS2, perfect for Storytime.
Rumpelstiltskin - the classic tale from Brother’s Grimm
When a girl’s father boasts of her skills, the girl finds herself at the mercy of a greedy King who wants her to turn straw into gold. With no other choice, the girl accepts the help of a magical imp. But as the King keeps demanding more gold, the imp’s price rises and the girl finds herself locked into a deal she will one day regret. Can she guess the imp’s name and save herself and her baby?
Length: 10.31 minutes
Monkey and the Crocodile - an Indian folktale from the Panchantantra
Monkey loves to hang out near the river, he’s not worried about crocodiles, in fact he makes friends with one… they love to chat about food. One day Crocodile is excited, he has some of monkey’s favourite food… if monkey will just jump on his back, they can go and get it. This is a classic trickster tale of but will monkey or crocodile get what they want?
Length: 7 minutes
Theseus and the Minotaur - favourite Greek myth
Every year the King of Athens sends children to be sacrificed to the Minotaur (a monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull). When the young prince learns of their fate, he determines to kill the Minotaur. Travelling to Crete, Theseus must enter the Labyrinth and fight the Minotaur. But once the Minotaur is killed, will Theseus be able to find his way out?
Length: 10.47 minutes
The Stonecutter - folktale from Japan
An unhappy Stonecutter sees a Lord Mayor and wishes for the Lord Mayor’s life, through the magic of stories his wish is granted. But he is soon unhappy again and wishes to be King, then the Sun, then a Cloud, then a Mountain and finally a Stonecutter, bringing him back to where he started. A lovely circular tale with a wise and memorable life lesson.
Length: 7.24 minutes
The Three Princes - story from Arabian nights.
The Queen sets a tasks three brothers to find the best gift for her kingdom, whoever brings her the greatest gift will become her Queen. The brothers each set out, one finds a magic rug, another a magic tube and the third a magic apple. The brothers are all convinced that their gift is the greatest, but when the Queen is sick, they discover by working together they can save her.
Length: 11.15 minutes