Supergreat Kids' Stories

Supergreat Kids’ Stories

Welcome to Supergreat Kids’ Stories, fun tales to make you laugh and cry with some of the best storytellers from around the world, recommended for ages 5 to 105…

In this series we bring you ‘How and Why Stories’ which are stories which people made up years ago to explain how things like stars and mosquitos got into the world..and why things are the way they are.

Supergreat Kids’ Stories is a co-production between Wardour Studios and storyteller Kim Normanton.

If you love the stories we’d love to hear from you, please get in touch.

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More information about our storytellers can be found here.

Episode 20 – This episode’s tale is called The Coyote and Baby Turtle. It’s from North America and it’s told by Tuup. Even if you’re small and slow you can still “out-trick” a trickster.

Episode 19 – Kojo is a very clever rabbit, but he’s also a trickster rabbit. He’s a bit naughty, and uses tricks to get what he wants. In this story, Kojo wants wisdom. The story is from West Africa and is told by Kim.

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Episode 18 – In the next set of Supergreat Kids’ stories, we’re going to hear Trickster Tales from around the world. We’ll meet lots of characters, who like to play tricks on their friends.

This story is about Anansi the spider who tried to trick his friends and steal their food…..but it didn’t quite work as he’d planned. The story is from West Africa and The Caribbean, and is retold by Kim Normanton.

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Episode 17 – Have you ever had a grumpy, bad tempered Christmas or Special Day when nothing went right? That’s how Joe felt, until his Christmas blew away all together. This is the story of how Joe rescued Christmas and made it much better. It’s written and told by Kim Normanton.

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Episode 16 – This is a story about a little fish and a star who both have secret wishes to explore beyond their own small world. It’s written and told by our storyteller Pamela Marre. If you like the story, maybe you could draw a picture of the fish and the star and send it to us here or just tell us which is your favourite Super Great Kids’ Story. We’d love to hear from you.

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Episode 15 – Have you ever found a star which has come down to earth? The Native American people from North America tell stories about the star people. This tale is called The Star Maidens and it’s told by Tuup.

Episode 14 – On a clear night, if you look up at the sky, you will see the Milky Way. Scientists tell us it’s a galaxy made from billions of stars and gas, and it looks kind of…… milky.

But the Shoshoni people of North America have their own ‘How and Why’ story about those stars which involves sparkly snow, and some rather grumpy bears. Here’s storyteller Pamela Marre to tell us more.

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Episode 13 – In the next set of Supergreat Kids’ stories, we’re going to hear starry and wintery tales from around the world.

This story is about a snow wolf and a boy who are friends. It was inspired by the Nenets people who live at the top of the world in the snowy Siberian Arctic. There is a scary moment in this story when the hunter comes along with his gun, but keep listening, because it has a twinkly, happy ending.

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Episode 12 – This tale is from East Africa and told by Tuup. It’s all about a magical tree. When you call out its name, it grows delicious fruits and gushes water from its roots. But, you have to remember its name!

Episode 11 – Can you imagine having hundreds of rats running around your house and nibbling at your toes while you’re in bed every night? Storyteller Pamela Marre is going to tell us a fairytale from Germany which is full of rats!

Episode 10 – Have you ever been walking in the woods and heard strange voices?
Well, this magical fairytale told by Tuup is about the things that live within the woods.

Episode 9 – This fairy tale from Zimbabwe, in Southern Africa, is a bit like Cinderella – except that the fairy godmother is a crocodile. And instead of a Prince’s ball it’s a birthday party. Is a crocodile at a birthday party a good idea? Have a listen, and you’ll find out.

Episode 8 – This next tale is from Russia. Russia has a lot of great fairy tales. You have to be brave to listen to this story because it’s about a witch – Baba Yaga, who eats children… but she’s only a “story witch” not a real one. And the story has a happy ending!

Episode 7 – In the next set of Supergreat Kids’ stories, we’re going to hear fairy tales from around the world. We have a witch from Russia who eats children, a giant from the Philippines who crushes creatures under his feet, and we bring you a rather unusual version of ‘Cinderella and the Crocodile’ from Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. But first, we hear from a grandmother in India who outwits a wolf, and a tiger in order to get through the dark, dark, woods to visit her
granddaughter. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin. Mouth open, story jump out!

Episode 6 – Have you ever been out at night an looked up at the stars and wondered how they got there? Well in this episode we hear a story which people tell in Southern Africa about ‘how the stars became’.

Episode 5 – Have you ever seen a lion dance during Chinese new year? Well in this episode, the story which I’m going to tell you is ‘how the lion dance became.

Episode 4 – If you like snakes – you’ll like this story, so listen closely, because in this episode we’re going to hear from Tuup about a story from South America about why the rattle snake rattles and how snakes got their poison.’

Episode 3 – Would you eat the sky if you could? In this episode we’re going to hear a story told by Pamela Marre about a time when people did eat the sky. Pamela has always been surrounded by her Jewish family stories and she tells tells traditional stories from many cultures. Today her story is from Nigeria in West Africa about Why the Sky is Far Away.

Episode 2 – In this episode I’m going to tell you a story about how the mosquito became. Do you know, what a mosquito is? That’s right! It’s a little fly which buzzes and bites.. There are giants in this story. But don’t be scared, they’re only story giants. Are you ready? ‘mouth open, story jump out!’

Episode 1 – In this episode we’re going to hear an Innuit story from Tuup. Tuup is an wonderful storyteller from London with Guyanese parents. He’s going to tell us an Innuit story from Northern Canada about ‘How the Whale got it’s Sad Song.’ So sit back, relax, and let the magic begin…. As we storytellers say: ‘ Mouth Open, Story Jump Out.’




Kim Normanton has been telling traditional stories in schools and museums around the UK for twenty years.
She began telling stories in her children’s school and her interest just grew ‘bigger, and bigger, and bigger’. As a qualified teacher (UK QTS) with a specialism in Early Years and Key Stage 1, she particularly enjoys stories for 3 – 8 year olds, with an emphasis on participation and fun. She uses rhymes and singing and has a world repertoire from African fables to Indian fairy tales. Kim has produced many feature programmes for BBC Radio. Her interest in storytelling has emerged on the airwaves. She’s produced programmes about Cinderella, Creation Stories and Indian folktales. To learn more about Kim go to

Godfrey Duncan (who likes to be known as Tuup) was born in West London, of Guyanese parents. From the age of about 20 he took the name Tuup, a name born out of a vision he had one night. TUUP joined the West London Storytelling Unit, run by Ben Haggarty and Georgiana, an Innovative Arts group looking at Performance Storytelling for Adults.
In the late 80s he formed a storytelling group along with Indian dancer Flora Devi called “Tellers of Time” (Indian tales & dance & Afro-Caribbean tales & rhythm.)
TUUP has been retelling traditional stories for many years. He is one of the most inspirational storytellers from the African-Caribbean community, as well as the wider International Storytelling. If you liked Tuup’s stories about the snake king and the whale and want to contact him, his website is here.

Pamela Marre has always been surrounded by her Jewish family stories. She began working with them in experimental theatre in the late 70’s with various improvising groups and in a duo with Japanese artist Kazuko Hohki. In the late 80’s Pamela started linking the stories together and working as a solo storyteller. She works with traditional storytelling material from all cultures. Pamela’s interest in history and the spoken word, led her to work for many years at Imperial War Museums where she captivated adults and visiting school children with her stories. Kim has vivid memories of Pamela running an evacuation re-enactment day – mesmerising children with her version of the Pied Piper. Contact Pamela via



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