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Storytime

Storytime

July 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
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the people upstairs

The people upstairs all practise ballet Their living room is a bowling alley Their bedroom is full of conducted tours. Their radio is louder than yours, They celebrate week-ends all the week.When they take a shower, your ceilings leak. They try to get their parties to mix By supplying their guests with Pogo sticks, And when their fun at last abates, They go to the bathroom on roller skates. I might love the people upstairs more If only they lived on another floor. ANSWER: There are 5 cats hiding! COUNT IT Can you count how many cats there are hiding in this scene? Write the number of cats you found in here:…

5 min.
the high life

Romeo was born in a bushy green park in the middle of a very big and busy city. When he was young, his mother made him and his brothers stay safely in their hidden den in the bushes in a quiet corner of the park. As they grew older, Romeo, Balthasar and Benvolio began to venture out into the park and then the streets beyond. This was very exciting for the young foxes because there were so many things to experience. The city smelled of oil and rubbish and fried chicken, and there were cats to chase and tasty things to dig out of rubbish bins. When Romeo and his brothers were seven months old, their mother said it was time for them to leave the den. “You’re big and clever enough to…

4 min.
moon river melody

When the Twelve Dancing Princesses announced that they were throwing a fabulous Summer disco, everybody in Storyland was thrilled – especially the Pied Piper, because he had been hired to provide the music! The Pied Piper got this gig because he played magical tunes that were guaranteed to get everyone dancing. (Of course it didn’t hurt that the Magic Harp band was out of town, as they were on their first-ever tour of Wonderland!) The Pied Piper was busy practising beside the Moon River, getting the baby ducks on the bank to boogie, when he was rudely interrupted by a sound – a BIG, deep, booming, sad sound that rattled him to the back teeth. It also upset the ducklings, who ran back to their mother and hid under her wing. The noise…

2 min.
the celebrated jumping frog of calaveras county

Many years ago in California, there lived a man named Big Jim Smiley. Big Jim’s job was chopping down redwood trees for timber, but what he really liked to do was bet on things. If there was a catfight, Jim would bet on it, if two roosters kicked up a fuss, Jim would bet on it, and bless me, if there were two birds on a fence, Jim would bet on which one would fly away first! One day, Big Jim went to the swamp at the bottom of the hill and caught a frog, which he called ‘Daniel Webster’. He spent many days teaching this frog to leap a great distance whenever he told it, “Jump, Daniel Webster, jump!” One day, a stranger came to town and visited the dining hall, where…

6 min.
the dragon’s tail

In Germany, there is a little town called Eisenach, and in Eisenach, there lived a brave boy named Helmut. He loved stories about knights and heroes of old and imagined himself to be a mighty warrior. Helmut did not look like one, being a skinny lad, but he liked nothing better than putting on his helmet, strapping on his wooden sword, and leading his friends Felix and Werner on ‘quests’ into the forest. However, one summer’s day during the school holidays, Helmut had a special adventure in mind: they should venture into a narrow chasm outside town called Dragon Gorge, and find the beast that was said to lurk there. “Bring your toy guns,” Helmut said, “and some lunch as well! Who knows how long it may take us to find that scaly…

2 min.
the story of pan

The ancient Greeks believed in many gods, but perhaps the strangest of them all is the one they called Pan. Pan’s mother was a wood nymph (a kind of nature spirit), and his father was Hermes, the messenger of the gods. Pan was born with curly hair, an ugly little face, goat’s horns on his forehead, and crooked hairy legs like those of a goat. In fact, he was so ugly that when his mother first saw him, she ran away! Hermes, however, wrapped his son up in a hare’s skin and took him safely to Mount Olympus, the home of the gods. The gods of Olympus were beings of great beauty and power, but they grew to love little Pan because he was always singing and dancing and playing tricks. Dionysus, the…