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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live

Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live

Fall 2008 Storytelling
Ages: 8 & Up
CD Price: $17.99
Review:

Singer, storyteller, National Public Radio commentator Bill Harley channels his inner kid in smart and rambunctious style, regaling listeners with real-world-based humor. Recorded live during a 2007 concert, Harley's comic observations of school and family include signature songs and tales -- about the risk kids take when forced to listen to mom's oldies station in the car, a sled race with painful repercussions and a fourth grader's wild odyssey of discovery just before school's out for the summer.

Harley's "The Echo Song" and "The Teacher's Lounge" story receive repeat wacky outings, and older sisters get the best of little brothers in "The Ballad of Dirty Joe." And, as always, no matter what zany path Harley travels, he brings along respect, compassion and understanding: "The stuff that happens to you when you're 7 is really important," he observes at one point. "It makes you who you are."

Lynne Heffley   ©2008 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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