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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Bear's Tail and Other Animal Tales

Bear's Tail and Other Animal Tales

Fall 2010 Storytelling
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $12.99

These seven animal stories from across the globe are adaptations inspired by traditional tales that were pleasantly modified for greater listener interest and appeal. Many are origin stories, explaining the development of a peculiar physical or environmental phenomenon, such as why the bear has such a short tail (in the title story) or how the sun and moon came to be (in "Porcupine and the Sky"). Children will be charmed by Marshall's delightful and soothing delivery and will be enchanted with her vocal effects, as with the song in "Turtle's Music." The stories will also initiate discussions about life's choices (via "A Gift for the Hoopoe" when all the hoopoe birds wished for diamond crowns), or cleverness (as in "Monkey and Crocodile" when the chief croc demanded the monkey's heart for his birthday dinner). These animal adventures are full of fun and are rich food for thought.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2010 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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