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paul wrote at 2007-06-30 06:39:16
i have the full set i perfect condition

paul wrote at 2007-06-30 06:53:28
i have the first issue of which there is 60 tapes

and books all in very good condition

if interested email

Tania wrote at 2007-07-11 09:27:03

I used to collect the series of books you have asked about. There are definitely more than 20 as I have about 30 and know that it is not the full collection.

I collected them when I was a little girl and have stored them in boxes for years. Now I have a four year old daughter so decided to get them out for her a few days ago.

I would love to have the full series and so found myself searching the internet but to no avail. This is the first web page I have come across that actually mentions them.

Strange how they seem to have just dissapeared into thin air?

Some information on the tapes that I have is as follows:

Once Upon A Time (story title) read by Carole Boyd and introduced by John shrapnel

Fabbri Publishing Ltd 1990

dolby system

produced and directed by Joa Reinelt-

Joa Productions

Recrded at redwood Recording Studios

Engineer: Andre Jacquemin

Alex wrote at 2007-08-12 15:42:06
Hi, I was just 'browsing' the net for the 'Once Upon a Time' series by Fabbri. I've got 60 of the books (in very good condition), but unfortunately not all the tapes. I'm not sure if 60 is the whole set. I came across them at a car boot sale in the UK (very very cheap!) and would like to add to the set. I'll keep looking.

Best of luck in your search.

Alex. Essex. UK

Alex. wrote at 2007-08-12 15:47:40
Hi again... look at ebay UK there are some sets of both tapes and books there for sale at the moment. They only seem to be for the first 24 books, though.


kate24 wrote at 2007-08-28 20:40:07
I have managed to locate some tapes for once upon a time, but no books, I spoke to fabbri and the company that they subconctracted too said that if you originally had an account with them, like having the tapes sent to your door, they won't send them out, then I hit a brick wall with it and temporarily gave up. hope this helps.

sarah wrote at 2008-02-04 10:40:09
i have a set of these books and tapes there are 24 all together and I have them in good condition wanting to sell them

Dee wrote at 2008-05-14 19:25:15
I have the complete set of these in very good condition. My children loved them but are now grown up and my grandchildren sadly don't seem to be as enthuisiastic about them.

I am willing to sell if the price is right

Jennifer wrote at 2009-03-31 18:55:15
I would love to purchase the full set I have a few of them just now and I am looking for the rest for my four year old daughter.

Chris wrote at 2009-04-03 11:34:55
Just wondering if someone still has these available? would really love to get these, they were grat. If so contact me at chrispoleon at ireland dot com. Thanks

Jess wrote at 2009-06-10 15:43:07
I have three cases of the books and tapes and wanting to sell them. They are in really good condition. If you are interested please send me an email and I'll get back to you.  

emma wrote at 2009-07-16 13:24:45
i have a collection of once upon a time story tapes but they don't come with books. they are in a red case. and i collected them from magazines that came out fortnightly. i would like to know how much they are worth.

mrs harrison wrote at 2009-08-22 01:26:46
hello Louise

i have a full set including both books and tapes i collected these as a child and wanted to keep them for my boys but they weren't interested in them so i would be will to sell them if you wanted to make a sensible offer... thanks Mrs Harrison. UK.

mand wrote at 2009-08-22 01:35:47
i have a full set books and tapes 4 files full of books and 4 tape cases full...offers..AMANDA.4 at sky dot com

kaylz4 wrote at 2009-10-08 00:19:34
they sell them on a Cambridge website. type in once upon a time audio tapes into google and the website will come up. they are also sold on ebay. i collected them when i was younger and still have them all, but im too nostalgic to part with them. hop this helps

PJ wrote at 2009-11-03 02:36:08
can some one please put a list of the titles of the once upon a time books for me please I had them as a child and would like to find them for my children.

Ellyll wrote at 2009-11-26 15:56:26
Please, mrs harrison, Dee, or anyone else who has the full set, if you would still have them I would love to buy them for whatever reasonable price you asked. I have never been on this site before so I don't know if i'm doing this right. So can someone please respond? Thanks :)

monepalmer wrote at 2009-11-30 19:13:40
Hi, I am so glad I found this site.  I too have been searching for somewhere I can find this set.  I collected them when I was younger and have misplaced them and really want them to read to my family.  If anyone is selling, I too would be interested, monepalmer at hotmail dot com.  please get in touch if you can

Grant wrote at 2009-12-25 02:08:34
G'day all,

I, too, wanted to find if there were any more to the set as I just picked up 24 books and associated tapes for $10 at the local second-hand shop :0)

I'm a teacher of Grade 1s and 2s, and I'll be recording tape-to-CD and use them in class.  I'll also photocopy the books so I'll have the originals when I need them again. (Did someone say copyright???)

It's a great resource and well produced.  I love old-skool because it's very fresh for the littlies who have everything that's new.


Lee wrote at 2010-02-26 12:32:25
I actually have the full two cases of Once Upon a time and Books my mum used to collect when i was younger i now play to my children

mrsharrison wrote at 2010-03-26 22:23:20
hello if you still require these story tapes and books please contact me.

mrs harrison AMANDAHARRISON4 at sky com

Rowen wrote at 2010-05-10 18:06:52
hello people

i know this thing says no questions but it's the easiest way to reach everyone. i'm doing a theatre in education module at uni and need story material. if someone could send me a list of the fabbri once upon a time stories and their numbers, that would be a HUGE help to me.



Katy wrote at 2010-07-20 15:53:43

I have all 60 tapes I think, however none of the books! I saw that someone above has/had them. Would anyone be willing to sell me the books?


Angie wrote at 2010-08-12 13:48:24

I had the full collection of Once Upon A Time, and unfortunately when my parents separated they went missing. I am looking to buy the whole set again for my 3 year old son and would be willing to pay a reasonable price. Please can someone get back to me who has both the books and the cassettes. I would be very interested in this.


neil-shades wrote at 2010-10-09 13:15:33
im just about to put the whole collection on ebay 60 cassettes & 60 magazines

just search once upon a time in audio books :)

vicki wrote at 2010-10-16 23:02:37
Gutted, I have missed the ebay by a week!!!

I have been searching for ages for these, loved them as a kid!!!

Would love to know where I could find them, any help much appreciared!!

Shiree wrote at 2010-11-05 12:39:47
Yes I too would love to get the once upon a time series, I am from Australia so if anyone knows where I can get one???

Babs wrote at 2011-04-02 18:02:33

I have a full set of the books and cassettes - have been well looked after

I am just about to put them on e-bay if anyne is interested???  

Babs wrote at 2011-04-02 19:24:02
E-bay link selling the whole set of 60 books & cassettes in good condition.

princess1234 wrote at 2011-05-10 21:31:41
I remember these books. I think they were put out monthly by the publishing company. Yes, free tape and read-a-long book. I remember these being around in the mid 80's and bugging my dad to let me listen to Jack the Giant Killer in the car. These were a mix of lots of different stories on one tape, if I remember correctly. I also remember that you could get classics for kids, such as Kidnapped and about any Enid Blyton book you could think of narrated by the top actor/actress of the day.

These days you don't really have the luxury of sending your kid off to sleep with a story tape, instead they want to pinch your iPod to listen to audio stories.

If you're looking for audio books in the same vein (and possibly even this collection), you could try a site like yourlisten ( as they have a pretty comprehensive collection of audio books. Also, don't forget to try Ebay!

Jeanette wrote at 2011-06-14 16:48:56
Was just having a clear out and found a set of these books and tapes that I had collected for my children when they were younger. I was checking on forums and came across this site if anyone wanting them wants to get in touch we could sort out a price contact me at

Cinders McTrapp wrote at 2011-06-17 01:04:16
I'm wondering if anyone can help me. I had some of these stories and can put a name to every one I had, Almost.  There is one story that I can remember but can't name.  It's the one about the clock that people come out of as it strikes the hours.  This has been annoying me for years and if anyone could help me it would be great.

Cinders McTrapp wrote at 2011-06-17 03:54:52
hey guys, I just created a Facebook page for these, so if anyone want's to join here's the link.

Hope to see you there :).

George wrote at 2011-07-25 10:44:08
Hi to everyone searching for the once upon a time series. I have the full set of cassettes and books, so make me a reasonable offer and their yours.

stacey wrote at 2011-07-30 17:52:40
hi george, do you still have these available?  

Jaycee lilac wrote at 2011-08-03 16:28:38
Hi Everyone,

I have 24 tapes in two red and yellow plastic cases. Very good condition. If anyone would like to buy them please make me an offer. Cheers. Look forward to hearing from you.

Mandy wrote at 2012-01-08 23:36:49
I am looking to get hold off the 'Once upon a time' cassette tapes... If anyone has any for sale Please contact me -

I live in England (just incase!)



Anhara wrote at 2012-02-22 17:19:53
I actually kept mines, I have up to the 70th book, not sure how far up it goes though, the shop that my mum got them from shut down.

If you are interested please contact me:

Anhara wrote at 2012-02-22 17:36:50
Firstly, I have up to issue 70 if anyone here wants to buy them, just contact me at:

Secondly, Cinders, I know exactly the one you mean, there were musicians and they played Vivaldi 4 Seasons but damn you woman for bringing this up cos its gonna bug me now too, Lol. Is it called like the Magic Clock or something like that? Mum used to laugh at me because I'd listen to Little Matchgirl and bawl my eyes out so I'd hide it in the cupboard (doing a Joey with The Shinning). My favourite was the Enchanted Princess where the good guy helps all these random creatures out so they help him with the test to find the Princess. It's been like 20 years and I still remember it. Was always well ahead of my class with reading because of these books  

Dragonwife wrote at 2012-05-11 18:19:04
I have a set of 48 books and cassette id like to sell if anybody know the best place to sell them

Krystina wrote at 2012-06-17 14:05:15
are these the storybooks that begin and end with a song?

michael wrote at 2012-08-21 03:24:15

I ahve been looking everywhere for this set, If anyone has the 60 books and 60 tapes i would really love to hear from you.

I have a young daughter that would cherish this set.

Please contact me on 0402 689 861 or


Emma wrote at 2013-02-10 01:47:56
I have the full set (I'm pretty sure) and have been frantically searching the internet to see how much they're worth.. all anyone would say was that they were very rare so any ideas on how much they're worth would be appreciated.. (I'm not likely to sell just yet so I would appreciate honest answers too, and not people trying to get a cheap deal) :)

Chanel wrote at 2013-03-15 12:57:37
I am desperately searching for the full collection of these cassettes and magazines.

I did find a listing on ebay recently, but it doesn't include the magazines, which is pretty useless.

Emma... I'd be interested in having a chat with you about your collection. I did see another listing on ebay that ended a while ago (I think it was the full collection) and the bidding went up to 36.00... but other collections have sold for 0.99p, so I really can't tell you how much they're worth...

If anyone can help me... my email address is


Donna wrote at 2013-07-15 12:22:01
Good afternoon

I have 48 cassettes & books I am looking to sell

All in very good condition, some have never been played.

Have been boxed in the loft.

Thanks for reading  

Charli Barkshire wrote at 2014-01-01 21:54:37
Donna- please could you contact me- very interested in your collection for my little girl.

lee wrote at 2014-02-22 12:40:09
I am looking to buy the full set of books and tapes.  If anyone has them for sale please contact me at

Many thanks


sarah wrote at 2014-04-22 06:33:52
Looking to buy the fabbri once upon a time collection (in full or part). Please contact me if you're selling!

chel20x wrote at 2014-05-10 23:49:28
I am looking for these too. If anyone has them please contact me

Thank you.  

Lindsey wrote at 2014-08-01 12:35:41
I am also looking to buy these. I collected the full set as a child but over time they were damaged by my younger siblings.

I would like the complete collection to pass on. If you know of anywhere I can pick up a full set or individual parts, please get in touch via my facebook at  

Sal8655 wrote at 2014-09-25 18:37:31
I am also after ideally the full collection, money waiting. My email is

Kaylee wrote at 2015-01-11 11:46:20
I have the full set which goes up to 60 (Wikipedia*) I have all 60 books and 60 cassettes, which are all in mint condition.  The only thing is that the cassette cases are a little worn at the corners.  Please contact me via email ( if you would like to purchase them.  

leanne wrote at 2015-04-24 09:52:14
I have two cases of the once upon a time story cassette tapes in good condition email on if interested :)  

pat wrote at 2015-04-28 18:43:22

There were 60 audio tapes and 60 magazine issued.

I have Lost 1 cassette, thus I have 59. However, I  have all the magazines that were issued(60).... and the cases.  

pat wrote at 2015-04-28 18:44:28

There were 60 audio tapes and 60 magazine issued.

I have Lost 1 cassette, thus I have 59. However, I  have all the magazines that were issued(60).... and the cases.  

Lisa wrote at 2015-11-20 13:53:04
If anyone has the full set for sale please contact me on  

Kate wrote at 2016-02-15 21:06:16
Have full set used but still good, contact on

DON wrote at 2016-02-15 22:31:02
once upon a time audio cassettes by fabbri publishing



Jessica wrote at 2016-07-04 12:59:35
Does anyone still have the full set available? Would love to have them for my little boy

emma wrote at 2016-07-18 16:20:03
I have just digged these books and cassettes out, looking at selling if anyone interested, got all 60 books mostly still in there clear packets and cassettes, the cassette has a bit off wear on it, contact me on demon_tiger666 at hot mail  . Com  

CJ wrote at 2016-07-25 10:31:27

does anyone still have a set of these books they would like to sell?  

Lucia wrote at 2016-07-28 14:58:05
OMG! I have just found my collection - I have all 60 cassettes and 60 books in the 4 Red Cases - in great condition - If you are interested in buying, please let me know.

Many Thanks, Lucia

Lucia wrote at 2016-07-28 14:58:11
OMG! I have just found my collection - I have all 60 cassettes and 60 books in the 4 Red Cases - in great condition - If you are interested in buying, please let me know.

Many Thanks, Lucia

Liz wrote at 2016-07-29 08:46:43
I have the cassettes but not the books. Does anyone have them and are willing to sell?  

Katie wrote at 2016-09-15 12:04:41
Hi lucia I am interested in the set of you are still selling, how much are you looking for, many thanks katie

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As a writer, a mother, and a children`s book reviewer for Family Fun magazine, I can answer questions or give advice on good books for kids of all ages. Although I have some familiarity with picture books, I specialize in chapter books for school-age kids, including adolescents. My husband and I and our two boys, ages 10 and 14, are all avid readers. We also love to read books aloud and listen to audio books. You can read some of my book reviews at PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME QUESTIONS ABOUT OLDER BOOKS OR COLLECTIBLES. THESE ARE NOT MY AREAS OF EXPERTISE. TRY OR IF YOU'RE SEARCHING FOR THE TITLE OF AN OLDER BOOK YOU REMEMBER.


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