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Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936)

An extraordinary tale of triumph over adversity, Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes describes the trials and tribulations of the remarkable Fossil sisters: Pauline, Petrova, and Posy. Adopted by the eccentric professor Great Uncle Matthew as babies, the sisters are sent to live with Sylvia and Nana when he goes on an expedition abroad. When money begins to run out, the sisters must take to the stage in order to support the household. Read by Janet Streatfield, the author’s great-niece, this delightful story about dance, determination, and different talents, will stay in listeners' hearts forever.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894)

Few stories have captivated readers as much as Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Read by actor Rhashan Stone, this audiobook tells the tale of Mowgli the ‘man-cub’. As he grows up, Mowgli is taught all the wonderful ways of the Jungle by Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther, and Kaa the rock python. Get ready to experience all the magnificence of the mighty jungle.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

In this dazzling full-cast dramatisation starring David Bamber as the White Rabbit, Roy Hudd as the Mad Hatter, and Sarah-Jane Holm as Alice, Lewis Carroll’s fantastic classic comes to life. One day, Alice, a bored little girl, spots a white rabbit in a waistcoat scampering past. He is so very late for wherever he must be! Alice catches up with him and tumbles down a rabbit hole, landing in a whole other world of wonderful Mad-Hatter nonsense.

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900)

Prepare to be transported to another world in this outstanding audio version of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel. One day, Dorothy and her little pup Toto get caught up in a Tornado that uplifts them from Kansas and drops them in the fantastical Land of Oz. Along the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy and Toto make friends with the Tinman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, and invite them to join their journey to Emerald City. With exciting sound effects and music, this is a stunning adaption of a treasured American fairy tale.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

When Mary Lennox – a spoilt young orphan – is sent to stay at her Uncle’s grand-but-gloomy manor in Yorkshire, she starts to explore the tumbledown grounds for herself. With time, Mary discovers not only the lost key to a secret garden but the healing and everlasting power of friendship too. Frances Hodgson Burnett's much-loved story receives a fresh lease of life in this engaging audiobook edition read by Indira Varma.

The Twits by Roald Dahl (1980)

Comedian and actor Richard Ayoade breathes new life into Roald Dahl’s splendiferous story about the foul Mr and Mrs Twit. But unbeknownst to them, the family of monkeys they keep locked in a cage have a wicked plan to escape and teach the Twits a lesson they'll never forget... This witty and engrossing retelling will keep listeners of any age entertained from start to finish. Not to be missed!

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (1911)

Starring Toyah Willcox, June Whitfield and Ron Moody, this is a magical audio version of J.M. Barrie’s beloved story of a mischievous boy who never grows up. One night, Peter Pan flies into the Darling nursery and takes Wendy, John, and Michael on an unforgettable adventure. In Neverland they encounter an extraordinary cast of characters, including fairies, Native Americans, mermaids, and of course, callous Captain Hook!

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908)

This is a not-to-be-missed full-cast dramatisation of Kenneth Grahame’s charming classic. Narrated by Alan Bennett and starring cast members from the acclaimed National Theatre production, this enchanting audio production will delight a new generation of listeners. Hearts will be warmed and imaginations captured by the wonderful escapades of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad along the banks of the River Thames.

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