Classic Children’s Tales Collection – Audiobook

10May10

By EDCON Publishing Group

The Classic Children’s Tales Collection on Audiobook is an interesting compilation of short traditional tales. Musical accompaniment helps set the mood for the different stories, and the use of different voices help the listener separate narrator and different characters as well as maintain engagement.
In total, there are forty-five traditional tales recording over a set of volumes.

In the volume that I listened to,  I was only familiar with seven of the seventeen stories, including the following classics: Rumpelstiltskin, The Little Magic Pot, The Little Red Hen, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and The Three Little Pigs. The other tales were much completely unfamiliar to me, such as Epaminondas, Penny’s Travels, and Mother Hulda.  My critique for this collection is that I think the EDCON Publishing Group that created these series perhaps cast their net too wide, causing me to question the relative quality of this particular collection.

Overall, I felt there is a general  lack of traditional tales included in the series that would be beneficial in providing children with a broad base of literary references.  I would feel differently if these less familiar stories had something else to offer to young readers, such as exposure to other cultures or time periods. Additionally, the style of the recordings seem to be dated and I think children might be less auditory receptive to this recording based on the typical types of high-engagement media they are presented through TV and the internet.  An audio sample from these series is available at the following link, and can offer you an idea of the overall feel of the series: http://www.educationalebooks.com/estore/files/samples/SDL_estore/EDC/edced5518mis.mp3.

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