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Rumpelstiltskin and Other Stories

Vicky McFarland - Tale Time Stories

childrens, short stories, storytelling, audio

Five captivating audio stories to keep the whole family amused.

Rumpelstiltskin - Brother's Grimm
When a girl’s father makes wild boasts about her, the girl finds herself at the mercy of a childish but lethal king, who demands she turns his straw into gold. With her neck on the line, the girl has no idea how to save herself – until a devilish imp offers his services. But is his price one she is willing to pay?
Adapted from the Brothers Grimm traditional tale, this story is approx. 10 minutes.

The Monkey and the Crocodile
Monkey loves to hang out in the low branches near the river, where it's nice and cool. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with Crocodile, who loves to talk about food. But when Crocodile invites Monkey to his house for dinner, Monkey will need to have his wits about him to get home alive.
This classic trickster tale adapted from the Panchatantra is around 7 minutes.

Theseus and the Minotaur
A terrible thing happens in Athens every year… fourteen children are sent to Crete and sacrificed to the Minotaur, a beast with the body of a man and the head of a bull. When the young Prince Theseus hears of this, he is determined to kill the Minotaur. But Theseus must face the minotaur inside a dark maze: once he’s killed the creature, how will he find his way out?
This retelling of a classic Greek myths is just under 11 minutes.

​The Stonecutter
This traditional tale from Asia tells of a Stonecutter who, unhappy with his lot, wishes for a better life. Through the magic of story, his wish comes true. But the Stonecutter is soon wishing for an even better life. Will he ever be satisfied? 
This story is 7(ish) minutes.

The Three Princes
This modern spin of a story from Asia tells of a Queen who wishes to find herself a suitable King so sets a task for three eligible princes: The prince who brings her the best gift, shall be her King. But each brother finds a gift of use, so which is the best?
Originally from the Arabian nights, our version is just over 11 min