The Magical World of Story Teller

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

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 8

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Part 9

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Part 10

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Part 11

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Part 12

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Part 13

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Part 14

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Part 15

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Part 16

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Part 17

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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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Story Teller 2 Special Preview Issue

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108 comments on “Story Teller 1

  1. Catherine Woodward
    7 January, 2010

    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. jemimah
    19 January, 2010

    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. michelle
    20 January, 2010

    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. kerri brock
    8 March, 2010

    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. Sue
    27 March, 2010

    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. Nicola
    13 May, 2010

    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!

    • Mark
      30 June, 2010

      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

      • djaead1818
        20 October, 2014

        I have the complete collection. In MP3 format and scans of all the books.

  7. Mark
    30 June, 2010

    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. Nicola
    6 August, 2010

    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. Yvonne
    8 August, 2010

    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. Alice
    9 November, 2010

    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. Anita
    16 December, 2010

    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.

    • Mike
      5 March, 2011

      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.

    • Ed
      4 April, 2011

      Please can you do me a copy of DVD? For a cost obviously. Please emailme at


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  13. Melanie Williams
    10 March, 2011

    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. Lorraine
    23 March, 2011

    I had these when I was young and would love a collection for my daughter, if anyone knows where I can buy these please let me know

    Please help!! =)

  15. david marshall
    22 April, 2011

    where can i buy marshall cavendish’s story teller collection from
    ive been trying to get hold of them again
    but never seem to find them anymore

  16. Farscape247
    29 April, 2011

    I have the entire collection available on megaupload, all tapes, magazines(pdf) and inserts, Story teller 1, Story Teller 2, Little Story Teller, if this helps anyone.

    • Nixxy
      10 November, 2011

      Hi Farscape, are they still there? I’d love them!

      • farscape247
        10 November, 2011

        Yes they are enjoy

      • Charmeon Carneson
        20 April, 2015

        These would be ideal for my grandson who is 6 and fighting cancer. He is unable to speak and I would love to get these for him. Please help.

    • belinda
      21 November, 2012

      Hi Farscape247 – do you by any chance still have storyteller 1 and 2 uploaded anywhere – desperate to find them? Thanks

    • Jen
      9 February, 2014

      Do you still have the pdf magazine files!??

  17. maria maddock
    15 May, 2011

    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

    • Farscape247
      15 May, 2011

      they can be found on ebay or through other sources, you won’t find any new, i have the entire collection but will not part with them, like i said i have made them available for download here

      this is the est choice as the tapes can spoil after alot of use and the mags will get ripped easily due to the age of them.

      • TaraD
        12 June, 2011

        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!

      • Sandy
        7 March, 2013

        Why can I not find them on this site? What am I doing wrong? Please help…

      • Alli
        18 October, 2013

        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 :)

  18. Jimbo-in-Arcadia
    19 May, 2011

    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…

    • Story Time Forever!!!
      24 October, 2011

      Yeah that story was creeeeeepy! It’s Mr Miacca from #25.

  19. Lee Roberts
    16 June, 2011

    You can get the full set of Story Teller 1 & 2 in digital format at this website:

    Little Story Teller, the Christmas Specials and Raconte-Moi des Histoires (the French version of Story Teller) will also be available soon!

  20. Mel Toon
    19 June, 2011

    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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  22. Regulus
    24 July, 2011

    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.

  23. pat
    14 August, 2011

    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!

  24. Warran
    11 September, 2011

    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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  26. farscape247
    10 November, 2011

    Yes they are, enjoy

    • leesw1
      27 April, 2012

      Please could you reupload?

  27. Daniel Barnes
    12 November, 2011

    Remember this fondly from when I was a kid. Would love it to come out on CD, I have started reading the stories from the different sources off the internet.

  28. Andy
    6 February, 2012
  29. Robert
    29 February, 2012

    The link for megaupload forum is dead. Any chance of a reupload elsewhere?

  30. Warren
    8 March, 2012

    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

  31. embee
    19 March, 2012

    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!

  32. Damian
    3 April, 2012

    farscape247 :
    Yes they are enjoy

    The link is dead now! Any chance you could upload them elsewhere? DYING to have all of these!

  33. Gareth
    8 April, 2012

    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?

  34. Loucas
    17 April, 2012

    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

  35. leesw1
    27 April, 2012

    Please re upload farscape247. Or anyone else who has downloaded please share, thanks.

  36. Teek
    3 May, 2012

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

  37. Pete
    1 October, 2012

    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

    • Wendolina
      5 November, 2012

      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.

      • Joe
        14 December, 2012

        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!

      • akhenmosis
        4 September, 2013

        Hi, would you consider Uploading to

      • Stephen B
        24 October, 2013

        Wendolina – How much did you charge when you used to sell the digital copy plus pdfs? Stephen

      • Michael Williams
        27 June, 2014

        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.


  38. nicola
    5 November, 2012

    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! :-)

  39. nicola
    21 December, 2012

    I agree. The old links are bad now, but if someone put to something new, I would buy them for a reasonable price.

  40. nicola
    21 December, 2012

    I did fine the on the UK amazon website, although they are ridiculously priced in my opinion. I would pay less for just even a digital copy or cd copy.

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  42. Jonathan Avery
    28 January, 2013

    Which was the story with the big green living slime lake? could anyone post a link for me? cheers!

  43. Martin Kincaid
    20 February, 2013

    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.

    • Yvan
      21 February, 2013

      eBay has one now mike £3.50 tape in case with insert. No magazine though

      • Martin Kincaid
        22 February, 2013

        Hi just managed to get a copy of book & tape for £7 from a private sale on ebay.
        Thanks for the suggestion though.


  44. Age
    24 February, 2013

    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?

    • Rhidame
      27 February, 2013

      I would love that if u could do it please

    • Rhidame
      27 February, 2013

      Can I have please?

      • Age
        12 March, 2013

        Teek seems to have got a good link to the downloads. Havn’t checked them out, but seems to be o.k. Just get u-torrent or vuze or your p.c and snap them up.

  45. Sandy
    7 March, 2013

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

  46. Jonathan
    17 May, 2013

    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.

  47. clare manley
    20 May, 2013

    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 :-)

  48. Jonathan
    20 May, 2013

    Hi, I am very interested in buying them. What were you looking for? Kind regards Jonathan

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  50. Craig Wilson
    16 September, 2013

    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

    • junpineda
      16 September, 2013

      If they’re in good condition and both series are complete, you could get around £200. Members of the Facebook Story Teller Group ( are always looking to buy so might be an idea to “advertise” there.

    • Linda George
      15 April, 2014

      If you want to sell them I would love to buy them for my Granddaughter.
      Can you quote me for the set plus postage to Melbourne in Aus dollars please?

  51. Craig Wilson
    16 September, 2013

    That’s great thanks, both sets are in excellent condition and tapes as well in the carry case.

  52. Age
    19 October, 2013

    I sell the series in Digital format for $50NZ. email

  53. altresegosSusana
    2 February, 2014

    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.

  54. Jen
    8 February, 2014

    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!

  55. Jen
    8 February, 2014

    Do you have the pictures of the front of the magazine covers for volume 1!?? I’d love to see all the covers again properly!

  56. Lizzie barrow
    20 February, 2014

    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!!! :-)

  57. Faye mckinney
    12 March, 2014

    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!

  58. Linda George
    15 April, 2014

    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.

    • Ingrid
      5 June, 2014

      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.

      • natalie
        10 June, 2014

        Hi Ingrid, how much are you selling it for?? regards, Natalie

      • Sam
        19 July, 2014

        Hi Ingrid
        Are you in South Africa? How much would you sell for? Sam

      • Loren
        22 July, 2014

        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.

      • Charmeon Carneson
        20 April, 2015

        OMW Linda I am in SA and would LOVE to buy these for my grandson Reef who is fighting cancer and is unable to speak PLLEEEAASSSE

  59. Ree Mahoney
    4 July, 2014

    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.

  60. age
    20 July, 2014

    I have a drop box with the audio for series 1 in mp3 uploaded so far, with the pdf’s for the magazines to come if anyone wants the link.

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  62. gretchen buwalda
    9 September, 2014

    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.

  63. Elizabeth
    31 October, 2014

    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!

  64. collectivemass
    21 November, 2014

    I have been searching everywhere for these! The Christmas Storyteller is a tradition at our house during the holidays!

  65. Pamela Grimsley
    6 January, 2015

    I have the full set of the first series but have lost the tapes in moving from South Africa to Australia and would love to get them. Can anyone help me. I would love another set of the books too.

  66. Nicola
    17 March, 2015

    Amazing work – hearing these stories again brings back so many memories. Our collection was extremely well loved and used, and very little of it has survived. I’m so, so happy that my sons will now be able to hear these stories. I really do wish they would reissue the printed copies with CDs, what a treasure trove that would be.

  67. Kara
    7 April, 2015

    I LOOOOVED this when I was younger. I’m so devo that we got rid of it, I really want to listen to these again and look through the book; the artworks was great.
    I’m 30 now.

  68. Seb Rattansen
    30 April, 2015

    Thanks for putting together this website – I used to listen to these when I was younger. The stories, narrators and music are fabulous.

  69. Andy
    15 May, 2015

    Really struggling to find digital copies of these. I’d love to share them with my kids but £100 on ebay seems a bit steep. Does anyone have any copies they would be willing to share?

    • age
      16 May, 2015

      Andy. Try Another person who contacted me asking to download my copies of series 1 put me onto it after they found it. It has everything. Both series, plus the little teller & all three christmas editions. To download them just select save to computer instead of view file when you open each one individually. Hopefully the page stays viable for a while. Enjoy people!

      • rebeca
        12 September, 2015

        hi, I am spanish and I have this collection in my language. I don´t know if someone like, and I don’t know if this is a correctly forum. Anyway if you or someone wants I can send a mail with audios. Sorry with my english. bye

  70. Robert Brookes
    11 July, 2015

    Never had the Storyteller 1 stories, my father tries to find them but couldn’t, but I might yet.

  71. daniel
    17 September, 2015

    Hi, I had these tapes as a child, I think they came out each fortnight, these tapes were a luxury at the time as my father was a cost miner. They gave me much joy at that time in my life. I am so happy this Web site has them all and I am looking forward to listening to them all again with my daughter

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