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  • The World of Stories frontispiece.
  • The opening page of The Musicians of Bremen depicts the cat, dog and donkey recruiting the cock.
  • Illustrations of the dog and donkey meeting in the Musicians of Bremen.
  • In a pair of illustrations, the Musicians of Bremen alarm the robbers and drive them from their lair.
  • The opening page of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
  • Illustrations of a general, the crowd laughing and the naked Emperor fleeing.
  • Two illustrations from The Nightingale of the Chinese Emperor receiving a mechanical nightingale from a Japanese envoy.
  • Opening page of Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • Illustrations of the Giant fallen to ground and Jack commanding his hen to lay.
  • Three illustrations of a foreign messenger arriving, the King departing for the ball and Tattercoats watching from her attic window.
  • The opening page of Beauty and the Beast.
  • In a pair of illustrations Beauty and the Beast say their farewells and Beauty nurses her sick father in bed.

    World of Stories

    Six Stories Told By Katharine Hepburn


    An actress with one of the greatest artistic reputations in cinematic history, Katharine Hepburn retells favourite stories from her childhood, including The Musicians of Bremen and Beauty and the Beast. Recorded on cassette, her iconic voice has created a world of delight for children from two to eight, or ten times eight.

    • RRP: £15.95
    • Format: 230 mm x 190 mm (9 x 7 ½ in)
    • Presentation: Boxed set
    • Pages: 128
    • Tape Length: 70 minutes
    • Weight: 0.7 kg (1.5 lb)
    • Pictures: 130 colour
    • Binding: Hardback
    • ISBN: 978 1 873329 27 6
    • Publication: 1990

    When Katharine Hepburn was a little girl she loved to hear her grandfather telling The Musicians of Bremen, and in her first acting part at the age of 12 she played the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. In this beautifully produced book/cassette pack she brings six traditional tales vividly to life: The Emperor’s New Clothes, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Nightingale (from China), The Musicians of Bremen, Beauty and the Beast and Tattercoats. She has firmly put her own stamp on the way the stories are told and her voice brings to today’s children that wonderful resonant personality which has delighted several generations of movie-goers. The book features illustrations by Alison Claire Darke, Brian Lee, Ginny Humphreys and Christopher Marlowe.



    The Musicians of Bremen

    The Emperor’s New Clothes

    The Nightingale

    Jack and the Beanstalk


    Beauty and the Beast


    Photograph of Katharine Hepburn, author of World of Stories

    Born on 12th May 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, Katharine Hepburn was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, by whom she was always encouraged to speak her mind. She attended Bryn Mawr College where, in 1928, she received a degree in History and Philosophy. It was here that she decided to become an actress, appearing in many of the college productions. With four wins, Hepburn still holds the record for the most Oscar for Best Female Actress, and is probably best known for her roles in The African Queen and Bringing Up Baby. She died in 2003, at the age of 96.

    The World of Stories frontispiece.
    The frontispiece is a medieval couple dancing at a ball.

    These stories are called fairy tales. They are the secret tales of the world of our childhood, where anything is possible. The animals talk, there are large beanstalks, people can be changed into animals. Anything – just anything – can happen. And of course, don’t forget, virtue is its own reward. Help the weak. Do good. Punish the wicked. These are the messages that shine through stories.

    ‘Yes of course, Dad, we’re old enough to catch on to that idea.’

    But Gosh! Well, that takes me back a while.

    When I was a child I listened, enchanted, as Grandfather Hepburn, who was a minister, told his special versions of fairy stories. He retold the old stories, but added something of his experiences and personality. And this is the way with the best of story-telling. It is live, it keeps on growing.

    The opening page of The Emperor’s New Clothes.
    A crowd of onlookers erupts into laughter.

    A long time ago, there was an Emperor who was very rich, and he was very proud.

    The Emperor, of course, was supposed to rule his Empire, but he left all the real work to his ministers and was totally absorbed with his own silhouette. He simply walked up and down before the mirror in his splendid clothes.

    Let’s face it, the Emperor was very vain.

    Now the Emperor was certainly the richest person in his country, and so naturally he could buy the most beautiful clothes.

    They were made of silks and satins and velvets, and they were in lovely colours, too. The Emperor looked at himself in his big mirror, and he murmured, not only to himself but to those nearby, “I am indeed, no question about it, the most handsome man that ever lived.”>

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