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Publisher's Summary

This collection of children’s stories offers a mix of some best-loved tales as well as newer favorites. Included are “Puss in Boots”, read by Robby Benson; “A Day at Santa’s Workshop”, read by Betty White; “Elfis, the Elf Who Saved Christmas”, read by Brian Austin Green; “Jack and the Beanstalk”, read by John Ritter; “Peter Pan”, read by Sandy Duncan; and “The Wild Swans” and “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, both read by Michael York.

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Critic Reviews

“‘The Wild Swans’ is an old classic. ‘The Elf Who Saved Christmas’ may be a new one. Old and new are freely mixed in this intriguing collection read by celebrities, albeit names that most kids won't know (except for the newly hot Betty White). As name actors, the narrators all have appealing voices, and sometimes a connection to the material. Sandy Duncan, for instance, played Peter Pan on Broadway and here reads ‘Peter Pan,’ the collection’s longest story. British actor Michael York is the only actor to read twice, and it's a joy to hear him handle both ‘The Wild Swans’ and ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker.’ The celeb/classics concept is continued on two more Classics of Childhood volumes.” ( AudioFile)

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Utterly weird and scary version of jack the beanstalk

This is a terrifying vindictive and pretty violent telling of jack the beanstalk. Don’t recommend for small children. Full of threats of dire punishment and death. While perhaps it’s more true to the original— really regretting playing this for my small child. I wish audible would screen this stuff better and put advisories on frightening content that’s supposed to be “for children”.

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love it

thanks for the fabulous vouces telling lovely family heartfelt tales.micheal york and betty white were great.you should add angela lansbury

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