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Juanita The Spanish Lobster

Juanita The Spanish Lobster

Spring 2006 Storytelling
Ages: 7 & Up
CD Price: $16.98
Juanita the Spanish Lobster is a dazzling “package” with an array of gifts: an unusual story, a talented orchestra, intriguing information, a sing-along opportunity, and an important “lesson” to ponder. When we first meet Juanita, she is rude, overbearing and selfish. Unhappy with her hum-drum undersea life, she will stop at nothing to live on the land. Juanita is impulsive, uninformed and blind to the attributes of other lobsters. Yet, in spite of all this, she is quite loveable. When, with the help of an admiring friend, Juanita narrowly escapes being trapped and dragged off to the fish market for someone’s dinner, she learns that life as a lobster isn’t so bad after all.

The background of how and why Johnny Morris, a former pig farmer turned television star, composed the story is filled with fun. James Shaffran’s Elvis Presley-styled “O Juanita” is repeated on later track in a sing-along format—for participants of any age or singing talent. Of particular interest is the explanation about how the music was specifically designed to heighten the story’s theme by combining flamenco and operatic parody. A 24-page booklet details words and music, insights, activities, and talented cast members.

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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