Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Lights & Laughter: Joel ben Izzy Spins Hanukkah Tales

Lights & Laughter: Joel ben Izzy Spins Hanukkah Tales

Fall 2002 Storytelling
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Artist: Joel ben Izzy
Record Label: Old City Press
CD Price: $17.00
Tape Price: $12.00
"Light is a funny thing; it's around us all the time, but we only see it when it's dark. The darker it gets, the brighter it shines." Lights & Laughter, a charming, delightful, heart-warming, and uplifting group of traditional and new stories, is vintage ben Izzy.

The appropriately numbered eight-story collection opens with an amusing version of the origin of Hanukkah. Parables, fairy tales and stories from his own life, are magic in the telling and listening. Joel ben Izzy's stories are at once "grabbers" and timeless. "The Tale of a Shammes" walks listeners through a whirlwind of unexpected adventures - and arrives at a humorous conclusion about the value of learning to read and write. A treasure!

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2002 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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