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Fifty Famous Stories Retold Audio CD – 2009


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Epic Audio Books; Talking Book edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VFWV5I
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,297,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I would love MORE short stories.
gen
The stories teach such lessons as perseverance, self-sacrifice, compassion, diligence, and much more.
Kurt A. Johnson
This is one of my favorite books my 6 year old and I have read.
Shelley Hurley

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By living book lover on April 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to read aloud to your children. My girls (age 8 and 6) love this book. They took it with them for their vacation at Grandma's and made Grandma read nearly the whole book in the week they were there.

The fifty stories are short 2 or 3 page stories of famous persons, mostly real, a few fiction.

This book is a GREAT way to introduce important historical figures and a love of history to your children. This would be a great book for a dad to read to his child that would keep them all (dad included) interested.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By K. Havard on May 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been reading these stories to my preschooler. She has such a adventurous spirit and loves stories of "heroes". This is a perfect collection to inspire true heroism while opening her mind to beautiful stories of Julius Caesar, King Alfred and others. Each story is short, but well told. I am very happy I bought this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By V. Wolfe on September 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm using this book for my 1st grade son as part of our home school program. The stories are short and quick to get through so you can have short lessons. These stories and figures are so often referred to our in literature, sayings and culture that it's a great book for children to read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reader1003 on December 16, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fifty Famous Stories is a GREAT book, BUT get a different edition of this book if you want a paper copy. I bought it for a gift and had to return it. This one has the illustrations, but no one took the time to format the book before printing, so a page of text is often split into two pages to fit a full page illustration in between. The captions for the illustrations are often at the top of the next page instead of under the picture. This book is available for free in the public domain. There is no excuse to charge $11 for a free book that isn't even formatted correctly. That explains why this printing lacks any copyright or publisher info. This is the equivalent of printing an ebook on your home printer. Try the Yesterday's Classics edition instead.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is interesting to adults and children alike. Some stories are familiar, and some, though old stories, will be new to modern readers. It is an easy read and a nice read-aloud, also.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By broadwing on January 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was one of my favorite books as a third grader in the 1950's. I bought the book for my six year old grandson since he loved the stories I had been telling him from my memory of having read them fifty years earlier in the original edition. While it was a dated book even in the 1950's, at least the copy I had was in its original printing, and in hardcover, with simple but memorable line drawn engravings. In attempting to acquire the same book, I opted for this "hardcover" edition. Upon opening the package, I noticed that the book had some blank pages. To my dismay, the original engravings were missing. It seemed perhaps to be a situation in which the text had reverted to public domain material, while the illustrations had not. Possibly the publisher had simply ripped the original text layout free of royalty obligation, blanked out the illustrations, and put it into a low grade hardcover to appear to be the "quality" edition. Additionally, the last minute slapped-on cover art seemed to come from outer space. Disingenuous, and disappointing.

Perhaps there is a paperback or some other new edition with the original print layout and illustrations, but too late for us. Luckily, notwithstanding some culturally/religiously presumptuous and dated material, the stories themselves are for the most part excellent and very engaging for a 6 year old to hear.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lisel on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has many short stories that are written in such a way that students in my first grade class like to read this, despite the fact that it has no pictures. The stories help students appreciate and want to learn more about history. It's a very exciting book which keeps childrens attention and helps build reading skills.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Price on July 8, 2007
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Great wholesome short stories that are also educational. A joy to read aloud to my children.
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