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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Baby Hawk Learns to Fly

Baby Hawk Learns to Fly

Spring 2005 Storytelling
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $14.95
Review:
Bobby Norfolk is a storytelling engine. Norfolk's extraordinary vocal range, using dialect both authentic and respectful, bring larger than life characters to his clever story adaptations, will keep young listeners glued to these audio adventures. Each of these six stories is designed to build a specific character trait, such as patience, confidence, humility, obedience, and integrity.

Norfolk begins the collection with Moocher and the Butcher's Meat (an adaptation of Aesop's The Dog and His Shadow), which teaches a lesson about being too greedy. As a dog is walking home with a large piece of meat in his mouth, he sees his reflection in the water -but he wrongly perceives it as another dog carrying his own piece of meat. Greed causes the dog to attempt to get the meat from the "other dog," but when he opens his mouth to bark, his steak falls into the water and disappears.

The title story reminds us all that making our way in the world requires that we exhibit strong character, patience and courage. Not many lessons are as valuable - or timely.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2005 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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