Set C: Dr Best's "Learn to Read" for Advanced Learners: SPECIAL OFFER!


This special offer is made to celebrate Janmastami and will be running till the end of September. The offer means that you get the books of less than one pound.

Please note, the PENpal is not included in the pack, but can be bought separately for a reduced price.

You will need PENpal to hear the sound enabled content. Click here to buy PENpal

Now one PENpal will read all three sets.

  • Ages for reading pleasure: 3-10                                                   

  • Ages for reading instruction: 6- 8               



  • 14 colour talking STORY books in 25 languages (£6 each totaling £84)
  • 14 ACTIVITY books and teaching guides (£4 each totalling £56)
  • Overall Guide (£4)
  • 14 Krishna talking stickers (£4)
  • 100 recordable stickers (£4)

You will need PENpal to hear the sound enabled content.Click here to buy PENpal


The Talking Books have the text in English and can be listened to in the following languages, page by page:
English, Hindi, Gujarati, Telegu, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada
Mandarin, Thai, Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Afrikaans
Croatian, Finnish, Portuguese, Italian, Slovenian, Slovak
Spanish, French, German, Russian, Hungarian, Dutch

Listen to the stories in your home language, understand and then listen in English. Practice reading. The associated Activity Book, full of ideas, will help you familiarise yourself in reading the words in the Story book. Develop speaking skills by saving your own voice onto every page. Each book gets progressively harder but nevertheless has a clear message of care and concerns for others.
(Users have found that the books help in developing speaking skills in any of the languages mentioned above.)

In SET C children learn more advanced sound-spelling patterns and explore more complex themes, characters, and plots. Krishna stories and books featuring Sita, Ravi, and Vikram are in this set so children again meet familiar characters. They also meet Siva, Vidura, Bharat, Pariksit, Narada Muni, and other persons whose stories have inspired and thrilled children and adults for many centuries. The moral values learned in the many traditional tales as well as modern stories help children to choose a life of personal satisfaction and meaning, while doing good for others.

The activity books and guides in this SET include many additional stories to extend what is presented in the talking books. The activities and games are both fun and challenging—children will ask for more, and look forward to reading time!

This set is designed for approximately 14 weeks of instruction spread over a calendar year. Children will return to the talking books again and again over many years since they are enchanting stories with interactive features. And children as young as 3 years old will love being read to from the books in this set. Older children long past the instructional level of the books will enjoy the interactive features of the PENpal that has the characters speak and sing, and allows a child to record his or her own voice into the books.

To see all the books and how they work with the PENpal , you can watch these videos and to virtually try out the MagicPEN yourself you can try this demo.



Talking Stickers Krishna Stickers Alphabets  

List of Books


Photo of an Elephant

A Photo of an ElephantLook Inside

Elephants sometimes walk through the streets of Indian villages, but they are an uncommon sight. Elephants are trained to be part of festival processions as they have been for centuries. In this story, Ravi and Vikram want to take a photo of the elephant, but their camera is nowhere to be found.

Look Inside


Be a Mouse Again


Be a Mouse AgainLook Inside

A traditional Indian tale of a mouse and a yogi explores themes of gratefulness and happiness. Will the mouse really do better if the yogi turns him into a cat?

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Matthew’s Toy Rocket

Look Inside

The three friends Jack, Zak, and Matthew like to pretend they are sending out a magic arrow when they lauch their toy rocket. While Jack and Matthew are excited about playing the roles of Arjuna and Karna, Zak thinks only about Matthew's rocket and how he would like one for himself.

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The Treasure in the Watermelon

The Treasure in the WatermelonLook Inside

Siva and Parvati give a beggar a treasure. But he needs faith and curiosity to find it. In this traditional tale, we learn that things are not always what they seem.


Seven Things for Krishna

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Sita likes to do volunteer service with her father at their local temple. She decides to do seven services there for her seventh birthday, but she can only think of six.


Friend of the Poor

The Friend of the PoorLook Inside

Raju is too poor to bring anything to the school festival. He's relieved when Deena Bandhu gives him a pot of yoghurt to bring, but there is hardly enough for one person and many people will be coming! This traditional tale expands on the first mantra on the Iso Upanisad of the Vedas.


Safe from the Forest Fire

Safe from the Forest FireLook Inside

Krishna and his friends are responsible for the cows, goats, and buffalo in their village. But one day the animals walk far away and then a fire surrounds them. This story from the Puranas tells how Krishna saves his friends and animals.


Vidura’s Banana Peels

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The three lives of Bharat as king, deer, and sage is a fascinating story from India's Puranas. This chapter book gives a simple example of the concept of renincarnation and some of the principles of bhakti yoga.

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The King and the Sage

The King and the SageLook Inside

This story of insults, anger, forgiveness, and faith from the Puranas explores how we act when things aren't the way we would like them to be. What is the best way to act when someone insults us or someone we love?


Little and Quick

Little and QuickLook  Inside

Here is a collection of short stories and poems. Some are based on traditional tales, such as the stories of the yogi who could walk on water and the four blessings. In these "little and quick" tales we learn about values and spiritual truth.

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Swing in the Monsoon

Swing in the MonsoonLook Inside

In this blending of fiction and non-fiction, we learn how fans and swings help to keep us cool in hot and humid weather. Children explore the ancient pastime of swinging in the monsoon season as Ravi and Vikram build a swing at home.


The Hunter and the Sage

The Hunter and the SageLook Inside

The famous Narada comes upon crying animals and confronts the hunter who wounded them. In this traditional story from Bengal, the hunter surprises everyone with his transformation.

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The Priest and the Cobbler


The Priest and the CobblerLook inside

Should we judge people by their race, wealth,job or by their character? The famous Narada is surprised by the character differences between a priest and a cobbler in this traditional tale.