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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
The Teacher in the Patriotic Bathing Suit

The Teacher in the Patriotic Bathing Suit

Spring 2006 Storytelling
Ages: 10 & Up
Producer: Quarrier Press
CD Price: $12.95
Here, Bill Lepp delivers four tall tales designed to amuse and entertain listeners of all ages. Students can easily relate to the title track story in which most of the fourth graders believed their teacher was actually “Wonder Woman.” A sequence of far-fetched events involving mischievous boys in conflict with the class's “perfect student” (Alicia Snitch) led to the discovery of their teacher's real identity. Subsequent stories continue the tall tale genre, with Das Buck introducing listeners to details of Jack London's adventures (while enjoying fun with language, such as contriving a buck duck decoy ploy). The story content entices young learners to query into the potential truths of several story details—thus providing an opportunity for educational explorations into scientific facts and common sense. Stop Sign Man offers the tall tale in poetic form, and When Pigs Fly ends the CD with a very tall tale about how three men received their college degrees by building a submarine.
Dr. Flora Joy   ©2006 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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