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July 2, 2015

Celebrities read fairy tales for a good cause

The GivingTales app for your Lumia allows you to enjoy Hans Christian Andersen classics read by celebrities and give to charity at the same time.


How much would you pay to hear “The Princess and the Pea” read to you with the dulcet tones of James Bond himself, Sir Roger Moore?

Before you answer, what if I told you that 30 percent of those proceeds went directly to Unicef?

For only $3.99 per story, four of Hans Christen Andersen’s most famous fairy tales are brought to life in the free GivingTales app for Windows Phone. Each story is read out loud by a different famous British celebrity and is accompanied by lush artwork and enchanting music.

The stories have been shortened and modernized for children learning to read. What’s more, 30 percent of each purchase is donated to Unicef, the children’s rights and emergency relief organization.

Here are the stories currently available:

The Princes and the Pea

Read by Sir Roger Moore (“For Your Eyes Only”), this story tells of a would-be princess whose royalty is tested by the placement of a single pea in her bed—under 20 mattresses! Only a real princess would have the regal sensitivity to be upset by a pea, after all.

The Ugly Duckling

A young duck suffers taunts and abuse from the other animals on the farm because they consider him homely. Maturity gives way to self-acceptance as he grows to realize he is actually a beautiful swan in this tale ready by Stephen Fry (“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”).

The Little Match Girl

A poor, young girl who sells matches on the street finds hope in the memories of her grandmother in this story read by Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”).

The Emperor’s New Clothes

A vain monarch is taken advantage of by swindlers who promise to clothe him in the finest of suits, made from fabric that is invisible to anyone who is unfit to hold his position. Unwilling to admit the truth, he marches through town naked to the delight of his subjects in this charming story read by Joan Collins (“Dynasty”).

To enjoy one of these classic fairy tales today, download the GivingTales app for your Lumia here.

Which of these Hans Christen Andersen adventures is your favorite? Tell us why in the comments below.