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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Wolves: Stories Featuring Our Best Friend's Wild Cousin

Wolves: Stories Featuring Our Best Friend's Wild Cousin

Spring 2007 Storytelling
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00
Review:
Many fairy tales (such as Little Red Riding Hood) depict wolves as “big and bad.” In contrast, this CD contains three wolf stories that feature a different (and truer) nature of the character while still personifying the animals. Hungry Wolf's Lucky Day trails an old wolf that is outsmarted (by a cow, pigs, a donkey, a chicken, and a ram) each time he tries to find and devour his “dream” breakfast. Just as he is ready to give up, Mother Nature comes to his aid and satisfies his hunger. Two additional stories also offer entertaining and informative narratives that deal with the consequences of how we treat each other. St. Albe's Wolf Mother is a clever re-crafting and delivery of the human-raised-by-wolf motif with many of the same details as the traditional story. The Dog and the Wolf involves an old dog that was chased away from its home because it had become useless to its owners. Dog met Wolf, and together they devised a clever plan to make the dog “appear” useful to its former owners (by sav-ing a baby, chasing away the wolf, etc.).

Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder tell the stories in a unique tandem style that adds excitement and flair to the listening experience. Their talents are refreshing and their delivery genuine.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2007 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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