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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
CelloTales: The Melding of Music, Myth & Memories

CelloTales: The Melding of Music, Myth & Memories

Fall 2004 Storytelling
A splendid marriage of cello and story, this CD transports listeners to Japan, Spain, and Germany. The cello produces the wings of the flight, and the stories become the nourishment—creating an unforgettable journey. In the Japanese folk tale Suki, a crane’s magic alters the life of an elderly, childless couple. The second story, El Desafio (Spanish for “The Dare”), is a popular urban legend that makes listeners think twice (or thrice) before accepting a dare.

The Fisherman and His Wife personifies the adage, “Be happy with what you have; be careful what you wish for.” This German tale describes a humble fisherman who lives with his wife in a modest shack by the sea. After the husband tosses back a “talking fish,” the greedy wife implores him to recall the fish and demand a reward of a nice, clean cottage. She then demands a big stone castle with acres of land; shortly afterwards she wants to be ruler of an immense crystal palace. Still not satisfied, she soon demands to be Lord of the Universe. Del Seamonds wittingly demonstrates what happens to those with insatiable greed. Children whose mantra seems to be “Buy me this.... Give me that....” might do a double take after hearing this story. Although this folk tale is found in most cultures, this musical and narrative adaptation is captivating, compelling, and highly suspenseful.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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