Celia Lottridge | A World of Stories

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A World of Stories

by Celia Lottridge

Celia Lottridge has been a storyteller and author of children's books for many decades. This 3 CD set contains her most beloved stories from childhood: her mother's Persian stories; prairies stories from her father & others; & her favourite Russian tales.
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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1. Storyteller's Comment Disc 1
0:48 album only
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2. Chestnut Grey
13:48 $0.99
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3. Vasilisa the Beautiful
22:08 $0.99
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4. Music for the Tsar of the Sea
17:54 $0.99
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5. The Innkeeper
7:33 $0.99
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6. My Mother's Story
29:03 $0.99
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7. The Golden Candelabra
31:42 $0.99
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8. Storyteller's Comment Disc 3
0:16 album only
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9. The Wind Wagon
14:32 $0.99
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10. Tickets to California
7:08 $0.99
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11. The School Horse
20:14 $0.99
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12. Hat Story
10:01 $0.99
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13. The Tea Party
7:42 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Storytelling has been woven through my life, starting in my childhood when my parents told stories about their early lives. I read every collection of fairy tales I could get my hands on and it seemed to me that these stories should be told aloud. Luckily I had a younger sister who was happy to listen. Later I became a children's librarian (in San Diego) and teacher-librarian (in New York City and Providence, Rhode Island) and told stories in those jobs, but it was not until I moved to Toronto in 1975 that I met other people who seriously called themselves storytellers.

In Toronto I was lucky enough to be one of the seven who founded The Storytellers School of Toronto, now Storytelling Toronto, and went on to tell in festivals and at schools and libraries across the country. I have taught many courses for Storytelling Toronto. Katherine Grier and I built on the work of Joan Bodger to develop The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program that continues to offer parents and their young children in many communities the chance to become immersed in oral rhymes and stories.

I was at the first meeting of what became Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, was secretary for several years and received the first Storykeeper Award and also was named StorySave teller for 2014.

I have written books for children and adults including retellings of folktales and novels, some based on the stories my parents told about growing up on the Canadian prairies and in Persia.

All of this because I love nothing better than the told story.

My books that are in print include:
The Name of the Tree, illustrated by Ian Wallace. Groundwood, 1989. An African folktale
Ten Small Tales, Folktales from Around the World. illustrated by Joanne Fitzgerald. Groundwood, 1993.
Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel, retold from the Bible, illustrated by Gary Clement. Groundwood. 2004
Stories from the Life of Jesus, retold from the Bible, illustrated by Linda Wolfsgruber. Groundwood, 2004
One Watermelon Seed, illustrated by Karen Patkau, Fitzhenry, 1986. A picture book
Ticket to Curlew. Groundwood, 1992. A novel
Wings to Fly, Groundwood, 1997. A novel
Home is Beyond the Mountains, Groundwood, 2009. A novel
The Listening Tree. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. 2010. A novel
Telling Tales: Storytelling in the Family, with Gail deVos and Merle Harris, University of Alberta Press, 2003
You Can Tell a Story, A Handbook for New Storytellers, The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, 2002

About the Recordings

Like all storytellers I tell the stories I love. The stories on these recordings reflect three streams of stories are especially important to me.

Persian stories: My mother lived her early life in western Persian. Her real-life stories and folk tales from Persia have always been especially alive for me. I have recorded examples of both.

Prairie stories: The prairies are woven through my family history. My father spent his growing years on a farm in Alberta around the time of WWI. His stories of those times were full of joy as well as hardship. And I have found other prairie stories to include.

Russian wonder tales: These have appealed to me since my early storytelling days because of the strong sense of the land and the presence of powerful mythical creatures who dwell there. I have recorded four of my favourites.

Learn more about Celia Lottridge here: http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/lottridge.html

To buy a CD of this recording, visit the Storytellers of Canada online shop: http://www.storytellers-conteurs.ca/en/shop/A-World-of-Stories-Celia-Lottridge.html


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