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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Sisters All . . . and One Troll

Sisters All . . . and One Troll

Spring 2006 Storytelling
Ages: 8 & Up
Producer: Hidden Spring
CD Price: $15.00
Without fanfare or flourish, Mary Hamilton not only captures listeners’ attention, she refuses to let it go. Hamilton’s powerful delivery is simple, and elegant. No tricks or gimmicks required.

Kate Crackernuts, demonstrates how the genuine love for another can overcome human selfishness. Ironically, it is the mother who does the ugly deed (for the purpose of making her daughter better able to attract a husband), resulting in an unusual adventure for the daughter who possessed more love and passion for her stepsister than her own desire to marry. Sibling love is also demonstrated in Hamilton’s adapted Norwegian folktale, Three Sisters and the Troll, in which the brave and clever youngest sister heroically saves her family. An eleven-segment Cinderella story that takes listeners to Chile, Russia, France, China, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Nigeria, Ireland, and three subcultures in North America. Brilliantly crafted, the segments work like blocks of a quilt: individual works of art that make up a whole. Here, Hamilton chooses to place her stories emphasis not on the stereotypical “wicked stepmother” but rather on the inner character of the struggling stepdaughter as she encountered difficulties during her journey.

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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