Story Teller (Marshall Cavendish)

A Tribute to the Collection of the World's Best Children's Stories Published by Marshall Cavendish

Christmas Story Teller


Three Christmas editions were released: Christmas Story Teller 1 (1983), Christmas Story Teller 2 (1984) and Christmas Story Teller 3 (1985). Each had “bumper 64 pages”, roughly the equivalent of two normal Story Teller issues. These three special editions had a fantastic mix of festive stories and popular carols.

Each festive issue complemented the Story Teller series published in that same year by featuring some of the most popular characters from that series. For instance, in Christmas Story Teller 1 Timbertwig (the star of a five-instalment series from the original Story Teller) returned for a Christmas adventure and the story What Wanda Wanted had cameo appearances from Rapunzel, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.

Surprisingly, Gobbolino (surely the character most identified with Story Teller) did not appear in the first Christmas Story Teller but had starring roles in the second and third. Christmas Story Teller 3 was the most light hearted of the three Christmas editions. Clearly aimed at a younger audience, it contained shorter stories including three featuring the Magic Mountain characters from that year’s series, Little Story Teller.

Christmas Story Teller 1

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Christmas Story Teller 2

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Christmas Story Teller 3

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36 comments on “Christmas Story Teller

  1. Narelle
    11 November, 2009

    Hi! Excellent website! My favourite magazine was actually called Story Time not Story teller. Exactly same cover but different name.

  2. Belinda
    16 November, 2009

    I have the second christmas story time I use to read and listen to it every christmas and now when i read it it brings back so many memories of christmas but have lost the casset and have been searching for it ever since. So I thought I would seach online for a copy but im not having any luck here either! 😦 If anyone has any ideas let me know please…I would even be happy with a copy someones tape.

    • Eve
      21 December, 2010


      I’ve found story teller at

  3. Andy
    13 March, 2011

    This has to be one of the defining moments of my childhood!! I loved listnening to the tapes while reading the book at bedtime,I only wish i could get hold hold of the full set!!! “Pleeeeaaaassssseeee” The powers that be, any chance of a re-release or a full collectors set??

  4. Ed
    4 April, 2011

    So fantastic to find again such enchanting beautiful moments from my childhood

  5. Sarah
    26 November, 2011

    OMG! this is amazing. My sister and I had the christmas storyteller 3 and it was a part of our xmas eve ritual to listen to it for so may years when we were kids.

    It was just magical. PLus the story about the young girl who had never seen the snow and her cat “chang poo” as i recall used to make us hysterical πŸ˜‰

  6. Sarah
    26 November, 2011

    re release
    re release
    re release!!!

  7. Christmas Carols
    28 November, 2011

    My grand-daughter loves these!

  8. KAV
    20 December, 2011

    My brother and I used to listen to Christmas Storyteller 1 on Christmas Eve and this brings back so many memories I have the tape still but would love it on CD any chance they would re-release it. I would love my Children to be able to listen to it and continue the Christmas tradition.

  9. lisa
    21 December, 2011

    you can also find all the pdf version of the books and audios for the whole collection of story teller 1 &2 , including the christmas storytellers on pirate bay as a torrent ( along with a pdf version of the big book of fairy tales ). Excited !!!!!!

  10. jaime
    28 October, 2012

    I have been searching absolutely high and low for the Christmas book details on this collection for the last 10 years…I remember this collection of stories so fondly and clearly, although having read them aged 5-8 years of age, I had no idea of the name/publisher or anything to re locate them…I just remember the stories…I have now found them:-) YAY!!!!!
    but I remember having the full collection in hardback all those years ago, would anyone have any details or remember a hardback version, Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. Andy
    28 October, 2012

    Wouldn’t it be great if the whole lot could be released as an app for iTunes, Android, and windows? I personally think it would be a hit!! πŸ™‚

    • Rosalind
      22 May, 2014

      That would be amaaaaazing!!!!

  12. Jay Piper
    31 October, 2012

    Where can i find the christmas story teller set? im desperatly looking for it! please help!

  13. Andy
    31 October, 2012

    Possibly eBay or there used to be someone on Amazon with the full set for sale, but not sure if its still there. Good luck πŸ˜ƒ

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  15. olivier
    8 November, 2013

    I’ve found fantastic vdeos on “youtube” (the telemaque31s’ channel)in French. Really nice …

  16. Sharlotte
    17 November, 2013

    I loved the whole series, absolutely fantastic to hear the title music again and see the stories…just looked at a couple on youtube, it has bought back so many happy memories. Brilliant website! Thank you πŸ™‚ x

  17. 80's kid
    12 December, 2013

    Shame Christmas Story Teller 3 doesn’t have any links to click on. I have it on cassette somewhere but just wanted to hear “A Carol for Gobbolino”.

    • junpineda
      12 December, 2013

      Please keep checking this page. I know for a fact that a member of the Facebook Story Teller Group is making at least some of the videos from Christmas Story Teller 3 and I’ll update the links as and when …

    • Vicky Davis
      20 December, 2013

      Me too! That scary music when the other cats chase him is classic!

    • junpineda
      1 January, 2014

      Most of CST3 is now listed, with the rest coming up soon. Enjoy!

  18. Vicky Davis
    20 December, 2013

    Please please please put the Christmas story teller 3 on here ASAP. I listened to that from the year I got it until I was about 16 every Christmas Eve (not that I would ever admit it!) I still have the tape but not the book! Story tellers were without a doubt the best thing to come out of my childhood and even at the age of 34 and a mother of one I come on here each night and listen to one to send me to sleep! Thank you do much for this web page!

  19. Paula Surry
    1 January, 2014

    As a mum of then 3 small children., I bought these from 1983-1993…when no more were printed…now my married daughter would love to hear them with her little one…so up in the loft i will go…smashing web site…all emotional now…lol

    • junpineda
      1 January, 2014

      Thank you, Paula. Always good to hear from others who love ST. I hope you’ll also join our happy group on Facebook!

  20. Liam Kitson
    9 June, 2014

    They should do a Pinocchio’s Christmas special

  21. Elizabeth
    1 November, 2014

    Ah, Bertie’s Escapade! I loved listening to this story, (still do) and the music at the beginning of the story truly takes me back to my childhood. Wonderful!

  22. Merilyn Lanthois
    22 March, 2015

    I have set of story time 1-26
    Also Christmas story time 1and2 with tapes stored in great condition. What would be a fair price to sell them for. Any ideas.

  23. Merilyn Lanthois
    22 March, 2015


    • Merilyn Lanthois
      23 March, 2015

      Sorry do not have binders or box for tapes. Will take $200 Aust plus postage. Merilyn.

  24. Robert Brookes
    11 July, 2015

    Thank you so much this website for letting me know about the other stories. I had the Storyteller 2 Christmas story. I just can’t express it.

  25. Miggser
    15 August, 2015

    This is an amazing website , it has taken myself and my two sisters back to our childhood, we loved storyteller thanks for taking the time to put this together πŸ’œπŸŽΌπŸ‘πŸ˜€

  26. Ishbel
    27 November, 2015

    will the story be true one day?

  27. Marilyn
    4 December, 2015

    Would be wonderful to have these stories on cd. Have many tapes and books from when my children were young. Would be brilliant to have them in a modern medium so my grandchildren could now listen to them.

  28. nobody
    29 December, 2015

    As someone already pointed out, there once was a Torrent with every single Story Teller (including Little Story Teller & Christmas Story Teller) all with the PDF magazine files, THE WHOLE LOT…complete. I happen to have this 17GB file which took me weeks to download as I had to wait for it to be seeded from people who kept closing the file after it was complete at their end. I was planning to advertise this and sell memory sticks and post and packaging for perhaps around Β£40. I understand there is some kind of legality involved here but….hey ho.

  29. Matt
    27 September, 2016

    Hi – Just wanted to say thank you very much for the excellent website and the links to YouTube – especially Christmas Story Teller 3! Listening to it on my HTC M8. It’s weird not hearing the tape player motor running away quietly in the background! God I’m so old! Did you also do the videos on youtube with subtitles? If so – your work is stunning – thank you so much!

    Hi ‘Nobody’ – I’d be willing to pay a bit less than Β£40 if you’re still offering the stick?

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