Story Teller 1

The original series was first released in 1983. Here’s how the editors introduced the collection in Part 1:

“Story Teller will bring … stories to your children in a new way by combining the values of a book with the excitement of a sound recording. Each issue contains a rich mixture of classical and original stories, with specially commissioned illustrations from some of the best artists working in children’s books today. And all the characters come to life with the voices of well-known actors and actresses who bring their own style to the recordings.

“Whether your children are old enough to read and learn from the book, or simply ready to listen and follow the pictures, Story Teller will provide a wonderful and lasting collection for all to enjoy.”

Part 1

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Part 2

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Part 3

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Part 4

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Part 5

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Part 6

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Part 7

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Part 10

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Part 11

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Part 14

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Part 15

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Part 18

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Part 19

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Part 20

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Part 21

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Part 22

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Part 23

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Part 24

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Part 25

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Part 26

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96 thoughts on “Story Teller 1

  1. I bought the complete Story Teller 1 set and the first few of 2 for my two daughters back in the 80’s fortnight by fortnight. They were fantastic. My two daughters loved them and have both managed (via e-bay) to get hold of sets for their children. My son loved them too during the 90’s. I’d love to see them reissued for a new generation as they were of such good quality with amazing contributors.

  2. I grew up listening to these tapes well after I should have stopped, in australia they were called story time tapes but exactly the same thing. I would also love to see these rereleased for my own children I know they would love them as much as I did . they are very hard to come by on ebay in australia unless you want to pay for shipping from the UK . I do have a book that has all the stories from series 1&2 in it that me and my mum found, but its just not the same without the tapes, I had no idea there was a series 2 until I found this site

  3. Hi there, I have been a fan of story teller since it first came out.
    I have tapes 1-25 of story teller 1, but lost the books when i moved as a child. I have been looking 4 the books for years, can anyone help me as the tapes are not the same without them

  4. hi i am on the hunt for story teller 1, im missing number 10 and 13 onwards, although i liked the tapes its not so important. its the magazines id like my boys love the parts we already have and are fast making their way through them.Any idea where i can get them?
    please email me at

  5. I collected all of story teller 1 as a child and luckily decided to keep the set for my own children some day. Now I can’t beleive it is 27-28 years later and I am reading them to my daughter. She too loves them and I get such a kick out of reading them again. I still have the tapes but am afraid to play them now, some of them have become tight and I am worried they will snap. I do so wish they could be made available on cd as the narrating, sound effects and music were just another contribution to the beautiful illustrations of the books and I still remember the way I felt about each story when I look at them now.

  6. Hi Sue,

    I was so excited! I remember this series from when I was a child and have been trolling the net to find them. Then my father-in-law turned up today with a box with 15 parts from StoryTime 1!!! Collected when my husband was little! After a bit of research I’ve discovered that it is relatively easy to convert the tapes into mp3/wav files which can then be burned onto cd…

    Will keep me busy for a while… :-) Now I just have to see if I can find the earlier issues (the ones from my in-laws are mostly from 13ish onwards…)

    What a find/gift!

    • Hello everyone, if anyone can help me get the mp3 of the happy prince by tim curry, I’ve been looking for it for years!! Used to listen to it as a child and it was so incredibly moving, beautiful. I would be so very grateful if anyone can help me, Thanks

  7. Hello everyone, if anyone can help me get the mp3 of the happy prince by tim curry, I’ve been looking for it for years!! Used to listen to it as a child and it was so incredibly moving, beautiful. I would be so very grateful if anyone can help me, Thanks

  8. How do you buy these now? I loved them as a child, but would love to have my children also enjoy them. I still have a storyteller tape (molly whopie) I think it was number 9 and my kids love it, but it’s now so old it’s hard to hear it clearly. Does anyone know a way to purchase these again?

  9. I had my husband convert the tapes I had onto CD. We are missing a few but I am thrilled that we now have most of both storyteller 1 and 2 on disc.
    Not hard to do and it means the tapes are not at risk of further deterioration.
    Highly recommended.

  10. Gosh, just reading back through the names of the stories is making me gasp with the memories! I so wish they would re-release the tapes on CD. We collected them as children but don’t know how many my parents still have. Would have to fight my sister for them too I should think! Always remember Dot and the Kangaroo, Gobolina the witch’s cat, the last slice of rainbow.

  11. I grew up with these tapes. I’m now 30 years of age, and I still have these tapes. I cannot express how much I love them or how much they impacted me. Every child should be brought up with these tapes. So imagine how absolutely, unbelievably THRILLED I was to discover someone has converted ALL the tapes AND magazines and put them on DVD. I’m probably not supposed to do this, but I’m going to post the link, because I know people are going to want them. I’ve already ordered my own copy. Mum will soon order hers.


    • Anita I am trying to track all story teller times for my son. I loved them as a boy. Please can you help. Please let me know where I can buy the series on DVD or cd as you suggested. They are awesome. Please help.

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  13. Im 32 and I still have all the tapes in the case and booklets in binders… but in French, as this is my first language. Ive always thought Id keep these for when I have children of my own. Now I live with my English husband and have a 5 year old boy who doesnt speak French and would really love to have those in English. Im very sad that I cannot buy the collection. It really needs to be republished on CD as Im sure most of the original tapes would have been damaged after all that time. Hope it happens and soon so my son can enjoy them!

  14. hi please could you tell me if these story teller books and tapes are availiable to buy as i bought them for my children and would like to buy them for my grandchildren
    many thanks maria

      • Thank you so, SO much for posting these – these files are terrific and I am so grateful as my collection has slowly been lost over the years. Brings back so many happy childhood memories. Just so you know one of the files is corrupted (storyteller2, part 2), but all others worked perfectly. THANKS AGAIN!

      • HI there,
        I would also love to get these for my nephew and a young lad in USA I send gifts to. The link here doesn’t work any more. Have you uploaded elsewhere since or would you consider doing so please?
        Also, has anyone else tried tracking down the owners of the rights and suggesting a reissue with CDs due to the interest there is in the series?
        I adored mine but they sadly got lost in various moves over the years.
        Any help is appreciated and I can also be contacted via email at jadziadaxf gmail com (replace first space with @ and second with . )
        Alli :)

  15. This is awesome, I’ve been periodically checking the internet over the years to see if anyone had uploaded the story teller tapes, so glad it’s finally happened!

    There was one story that I hated as a kid, but I can’t remember the name of it. My vague memory of the story was something about a kid in a man’s house, and his wife was trying to catch him to feed him to her husband. The only part I truly remember is the kid sticking a chair leg out from under something and the woman chopping it with a meat cleaver…

  16. Wow! I am amazed at Finding this. I used to love falling asleep to the wonderful stories as a child and now delighted to re live them over again.

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  18. I only ever had Story Teller 1 tape 14, so I am very glad to finally find the rest. I can give these to my niece when she is older. Thank you.

  19. Storyteller are wonderful! I also bought them all for my three children and my daughter has most of storyteller 1 for her daughter. The publisher has no intention of republishing, which is a shame. Does anyone have a copy of tapes 22 and 25 I could borrow (I promise to return them), so we could listen to part 5 of Heidi and the final part of Aldo in Arcadia!

  20. I am kinda freaking out over this, as a 29 year old i can remember getting this as a very young child and the picture of the box for the cassettes with the train on just blew my mind, now to collect it all for my kids =)

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  22. Does anyone remember what story this is?
    It’s been a while so my memory of it isn’t to clear.
    There was a princess or something and she sent a man up a mountain? to get some rare thing but he died so she went up the mountain after him and she died to and her ghost would haunt the area

  23. i thought i was the only one who still remembered these! Im looking for story teller 1 books and tapes so my youngest can enjoy!

  24. PLEASE HELP! Im in a bit of a pickle. My GF loved these books as a child and I was downloading them to give to her on her birthday. I have all the Tapes from MegaUpload But since the site has been shut down I have not been able to get the PDF version of the books anywhere. Would love to no if anyone has uploaded the Books anywhere?
    I dont mind uploading the tapes for people to use. But would need to be told the best way to do this?

  25. These should be re released for sure, everyone I talk to remembers them and all say would buy for their children as I would for my little one

  26. If you’re looking for Story Teller to download, do an Internet search for: The Complete Marshall Cavendish Story Teller Digital Collection Torrent

  27. I had a few of these and my brother and myself used to listen to them all the time. Brings back some great Memories. Thanks a million

    • Hi, I have the complete set as a digital copy along with all the PDF files of the magazines. I used to sell copies on eBay years ago before I got told off. I wouldn’t know where to put them to share. But if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

      • It would be so great if you uploaded these somewhere, or even sold through a different channel. All the torrents seem to be dead and so do any other download links. Would be amazing to have these as digital copies and I for one wouldn’t mind paying!

      • Hi, do you by any chance still have the digital copy and pdf files. I really want a copy for my kids, I loved listening to them before bed and worn some out! Over the years they were thrown out by my parents. Please email me info.


  28. I would try again on eBay now. I’ve seen others do it. I would totally buy them for a descent price. They were my childhood! :-)

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  30. Hi all I’ve just come across my old tape box & magazines from series 1 & I’ve just noticed I never got number 25 – must have been naughty that fortnight!!!
    I was just wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction of where I may be able to get this.

  31. I have the entire first series including the christmas special in digital format, for anyone desperate for it, I’m just not sure on the best way to share. Perhaps emailed in a compressed file? or loaded to a torrent site?

  32. Does anyone have the little story teller series in digital format? I have all the books but the tapes are taking serious strain :(

  33. I would love this to be put onto CD’S. I have the first set still from when I was a boy and now I let my children listen to them. They absolutely love them as much as I did and do. The best place to find them these days is on e-bay.

  34. Hi i have the complete series 1 of the storyteller collection…books and cassettes. Plus the 1st book and cassette of the 2nd series. Anyone interested in purchasing them? I am only interested in selling them altogether. There is one or two that have been drawn on but other than that they are in perfect condition. Thanks :-)

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  36. I have the full Storyteller 1 & 2 books & cassettes, can anyone tell me what kind of price they would go for if I was going to sell them. Thanks

  37. Thank you so much for this posting. I grew up with these tapes, in Spanish though. Now I share these tales with my children, it is absolutely terrific being able to listen to the stories in English.
    Again, thank you.

  38. Omg! I’m so so so excited to come across this I had all of volume one when I was a child and loved these stories! I can play them to my little girl! (which is just an excuse for me to listen to then again!) good memories!

  39. I am so pleased to have found this website, and reading all the comments!! I had every single tape of set 1 and 2, and remember most of the stories on set 1 like it was yesterday!!! So pleased I can listen to them all again.
    Brilliant!!! :-)

  40. Was overjoyed to find this website tonight. I had the story teller tapes as a child and loved them dearly, sadly I no longer have them and have been unable to find any to buy. I had told my children about them, so when I saw the utube recordings I was so pleased. Just listened to the shoe tree which was one of my favourites with my 6 years old son. He is desperate now to listen to some more! Thank you so much for going to the trouble of recording these!

  41. I would like to buy the entire collection if anyones selling?
    I live in Australia but have a Brother who’s in the U.K who could bring them back for me. Do let me know if anyones selling.

    • Hello Linda

      I am not sure whether you found a set. I have a full set which I would like to sell but I am in SA.

      • Hi Ingrid, I am in South Africa too and am desprately looking for a set! Please let me know if they are still available. My set was given away by my gran when I was a little girl.

  42. I am very lucky, I have all the magazines and the tapes are somewhere in my attic. It is these that inspired my love of books and I absolutely love sharing them with my children. Thank you so much for this site and adding the videos. It is wonderful to be able to show them the magazines while listening to the videos, it takes me back and is just as magical as when I was a child.

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  44. What a find. I was given the complete collection from a parent of twins I taught. I have used them in the classroom since 1991. I converted the collection last year using the downloadable ‘adacity’. It took time, so imagine how I felt when our IT guy cleaned my laptop last term and they disappeared. I will use this, thank you.

  45. I’m thrilled to have re-discovered Storyteller! Thank you very much for creating this lovely website, it’s brought back many beautiful memories!

    I recall the first Christmas edition with fond memories of the illustrations and magical stories. I’ve enjoyed relistening to Shelia Hancock tell the story of Gobolino the Witches Cat.

    Treasure haven of childhood!

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