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Treasury of Christmas Stories Volume One

Treasury of Christmas Stories Volume One

Spring 2008 Audio Book
Ages: 4 & Up
CD Price: $11.95
Review:
The spirit of the holiday season comes to life with Susan Saint James' reading of Tim Raglin's tender story "A Gingerbread Christmas." No, this isn't a story about how to make a sweet cookie for a holiday treat. Instead, it is an adventure in the town of Gloomsbury after Mayor Fussbudget officially declared that Christmas had been cancelled! Listeners will cheer the Prince and Princess of Gingerbread in their (successful) efforts to reverse the mayor's decision. In "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" Jeremy Irons' mesmerizing and melodic bass story voice fuses with this powerful narrative for a heart-rending performance. No matter how many times listeners might have heard or read this story, fighting back the tears will be a challenge as they follow the adventures of the one-legged tin soldier who is enchanted by the beautiful paper ballerina. This Hans Christian Andersen classic will awaken the romance in both the young and old.
Dr. Flora Joy   ©2008 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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