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Storytime

February 2020

Storytime is a kids’ magazine full of brilliant stories. It’s packed with fairy tales, myths, poems, fables and much more – all beautifully written and illustrated, with puzzles, games and colouring in too! Each month we highlight a classic children’s book, plus we have storytelling tips and fun activities to bring the stories to life. Storytime is full of colourful, engaging illustrations, all specially commissioned from talented illustrators from all over the world – and we have a NO advert guarantee! If you love stories, and feel passionately about encouraging children to read, then Storytime is right for you! “Storytime brings classic tales to children every month. The perfect way to start them on a lifelong storytelling adventure” – Michael Morpurgo – former children’s laureate

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Luma Creative Ltd
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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
annie mcmarvellous

My name is Annie McMarvellous, and I’m a magician – just like my mum and dad. I’ve been learning magic since the age of four, and it was all going brilliantly until I had a little accident. I asked Mum if I could practise making things disappear and she said, “Yes, dear, but try it on something small, like this coin.” So I ran up to my bedroom and got to work. Even though I wore my tallest top hat and muttered all the right magic words, the coin just would not disappear. “Hmm, perhaps I need to try it on something bigger,” I thought. Then I spotted Mrs Flops hopping around. Mrs Flops is Mum’s favourite bunny and magic show assistant. I knew I really shouldn’t, but I did. I waved my wand…

3 min.
the interrupted wedding

One summer in Norway, Elli the milkmaid was working in a barn churning butter and making cheese. She had only the cows and her dog for company and she felt lonely. She especially missed her sweetheart, who she was due to marry soon. That afternoon she was thinking about him when he walked into the barn and sat beside her. “Let’s get married straight away!” he said. Elli was excited, but when she looked at her sweetheart closely, she noticed there was something a bit strange about him. Her dog’s hair immediately stood on end and he began to growl. Then Elli felt drowsy as if she was in a dream. Moments later, people began to crowd into the barn. They carried in a long table and laid it with cutlery, plates, candles, flowers and…

4 min.
barracuda boy

Long ago in Vanuatu in the South Pacific, two young brothers named Atoni and Chikau loved to go swimming in the sea every weekend. They played all day long until the sun went down. One day they were splashing around when a third boy joined them. He was an excellent swimmer and showed the brothers how to hold their breath and dive to the ocean floor to collect shells. They splashed about in the sea until it was time for the brothers to go home. That’s when the third boy disappeared. The next day, the boys decided to go swimming again. After a short while, their mysterious friend joined them. This time, he taught them how to play hide-and-seek among the seagrass. They had a great time, but when the brothers were ready…

7 min.
rumble-mumble goose-egg

Once upon a time five women were walking along when they came upon a giant goose egg. They quarrelled over it until, at last, they agreed to take turns sitting on it to hatch the egg. The first woman sat on it for a week like a broody goose. At the end she said, “I’m not sure there’s a goose in here. I heard it rumbling and mumbling, ‘Herrings and porridge and milk’.” Each woman sat on the egg and heard the same rumbling and mumbling. After the fifth woman had been there for a week, the eggshell cracked and out burst a huge baby boy. The women named him Rumble-Mumble Goose-Egg. From the start Rumble-Mumble Goose-Egg had a big appetite – and his favourite foods were herrings and porridge and milk. He grew…

3 min.
the elephants and the moon

Once upon a time in Africa, a huge herd of elephants ruled the savanna. They were so big and strong that nobody dared to challenge them. One summer it didn’t rain for months and the savanna was bone-dry. The sun dried up the last trickles in the riverbeds, plants withered and everywhere was dry as a desert. Soon there was only one watering hole left. Every day the elephants stood around the hole sipping water whenever they felt thirsty and showering when they felt hot. They took up so much space the other animals couldn’t squeeze in. “What will we do?” cried a gazelle. “If we don’t drink soon, we will die!” “Somebody needs to persuade the elephants to move,” said a zebra. “Not me,” replied a spotted hyena. “I’m too hot to think…

3 min.
orpheus and eurydice

Orpheus was the son of Apollo and had inherited his father’s talent for music. No god, human or animal could resist the wonderful melodies he played on his lyre. Orpheus was performing at a gathering when he spotted a wood nymph called Eurydice in the crowd. She was entranced his music and he was bewitched by her beauty. They fell in love at first sight and were married shortly after. For a long time, Orpheus and Eurydice lived very happily. When they weren’t together, Orpheus was entertaining people with his lyre and Eurydice was with her friends. One day, Eurydice was with the wood nymphs when a farmer called Aristaeus leapt out and tried to grab her. He had loved Eurydice for a long time and wanted to take her away. Eurydice screamed and…