Item description for Once upon a Fairy Tale: Four Favorite Stories by Starbright Foundation...
Outline ReviewLittle Red Riding Hood, the Frog Prince, Goldilocks, Rumplestiltskin... You may remember this cast of characters from story hour. Stand this beloved crew on their heads, stretch them, twist them, and surround them from all sides and you have Once upon a Fairy Tale, the second star-studded children's book project (following The Emperor's New Clothes) to benefit the Starbright Foundation for seriously ill children. Twenty-one celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Barbra Streisand to Robin Williams to Steven Spielberg share their short, unique takes on four traditional stories, teaming up with a dizzying array of artistic talent from Chris Raschka to Anita Lobel. (Among our favorites are Berkeley Breathed's goofy rendition of the Frog Prince and Giselle Potter's odd perspective on Goldilocks.) A full-length audio CD, slipped into a pocket in the back of the book, is chock-full of bedtime stories read by celebrities, complete with delicate musical accompaniments. (Please note: you can't listen while reading along with the book--there are enough discrepancies in the recorded version to make it too distracting.) Brief biographies of the cast of celebrities and illustrators end this eclectic collection. If you never imagined Bruce Willis reading a bedtime story, or Calista Flockhart as Goldilocks (okay, so that's easy), dreams come true here for the pop-culture-entrenched. (Ages 6 to adult)
Product Description After a successful debut last year, Once Upon a Fairy Tale is on its way to becoming a timeless, best-loved storybook. Stars from Steven Spielberg, Hugh Grant, and Martha Stewart to Whoopi Goldberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike Myers, and Robin Williams bring four classic stories-The Frog Prince, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rumplestiltskin, and Little Red Riding Hood-to life. Your image of these well-loved characters will be forever changed by the illustrative contributions of Chris Van Allsburg, Anita Lobel, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, and others.
Included is a full-length compact disc with celebrities performing the stories-all to benefit the STARBRIGHT Foundation, established to improve the lives of seriously ill children.
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Studio: Viking Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12.1" Width: 9.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2001
Publisher Viking Juvenile
ISBN 0670035009 ISBN13 9780670035007 UPC 051488030003
Availability 56 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 23, 2016 06:23.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Once upon a Fairy Tale: Four Favorite Stories?
Once Upon a Fairy Tale Aug 14, 2007
A fantastic book! The celebrities bring an amazing feeling to these classic stories. I love the way it is told from different perspectives.
Enjoyment for Everyone in the Family Jan 9, 2007
We discovered this book at our local library. It was not only entertaining for our three children ages 8, 6 and 2 but my husband and I enjoyed it as well. This year we purchased it as a Christmas gift to our family. We keep it in the car and local or long distance trips fly when the cd is in the player. Now that the kids know the stories well, they like following along with the book and admiring the unique illustrations of each character. It truly is a fun collection of classic stories for everyone.
Once upon a Fairy Tale: Four Favorite Stories Mar 17, 2006
Nicely done fairytale book. Good to read - also for people with another native language like me ;-) I also use it in my English-lessons in school. My pupils like to listen and read the texts, to whom they are already familiar in their own language!! Great++
A brilliant combination of the traditional fairytales and new and amusing viewpoints Feb 3, 2006
A charming example of multi-media entertainment for children, `Once Upon a Fairy Tale' brings together four, new takes on classic fairytales, wonderful illustrations created by contemporary artists, and warm, familiar audio provided by some of the best known television, movie, and media personalities in Western Civilization. All of the efforts were combined to benefit the Startbright Foundation, and nicely done at that.
The four fairytales included in `Once Upon a Fairy Tale' are Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Rumplstilskin. The new spin on these timeless children's stories, however, is the perspective. Each character tells the story from his or her own, unique perspective. For example, in Little Red Riding Hood, "Iris Brown," "a loving mother who needs her daughter out of the house" begins the story as "Red" leaves on her journey to Grandma's house. The story is then picked up by "Wolf von Big Baden," the stranger who Red encounters on her way, continued by "Woodcutter Gunderson," the big-hearted woodsman, "Alberta Louise Johnson," Red's grandmother, and finally completed by Red herself, "Hannah Milner Primrose Red Brown." The stories are a brilliant combination of the traditional moral fairytales and new and amusing viewpoints.
Illustrators who contributed include the likes of cartoonist Berkeley Breathed and Caldecott Medal winner Chris Van Allsberg, to name a few. The voices included on the audio CD read like a Hollywood and Broadway telephone book. Among the contributors are Nick Cage, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Calista Flockhart, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelsey Grammar, Hugh Grant, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kevin Kline, Lisa Kudrow, Mike Myers, Gyneth Paltrow, Martha Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Willis, and Robin Williams, who provides the distinctive and hilarious voice of Wolf von Big Baden. Frankly, all of the characters are both witty and hilarious.
Any aunt or uncle, grandmother or grandfather, other relative, or family friend who gives this book to a special young person will be rewarded many times over for the thought, both from the child and the parent whose child is so fortunate to have such a thoughtful and generous benefactor. `Once Upon a Fairy Tale' will be read and played, put on the shelf temporarily, and then read and played again. That will be all the thanks needed for any gift giver.
Not as funny as I hoped Oct 10, 2005
I was hoping for something funnier. Not even Robin Williams rendition was that great. The best part of the book are the illustrations.