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The Legend of the Quetzal - Tales and Tunes of Latin America

The Legend of the Quetzal - Tales and Tunes of Latin America

Fall 2007 Storytelling
Ages: 5 - 9 yrs.
CD Price: $14.99

When crises arise, talking and listening to each other can go a long way to help avoid fighting and to help solve practically any problem. This message is the underlying theme of the stories and songs on this CD, beginning with the title story (The Legend of the Quetzal) in which an insignificant creature saves the entire village through its bravery and willingness to give its life for others-even after bigger creatures have demonstrated their cowardice. The Little Cockroach shows the potential bad effects of greed and the benefits of forgiveness. In The Tiger and the Armadillo, Tiger annoyed Armadillo and then provoked a fight. Armadillo defensively formed an army of four-legged creatures, bees, hornets, and mosquitoes-who cleverly assisted in a victorious battle against Tiger. Ah, but if each of these villains had only paused for a "conversation" before the provoca-tion, such fights might have been avoided!

Young's musical presentation of each story and song enlivens the narration as it impassions the listeners. Her introductions and accompanying songs help young learners associate Spanish words with their English equiva-lents via repetitions in both Spanish and English. The liner leaflet additionally offers the words for the songs in both languages.

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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