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Donna Washington | A Tureen of Tales

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A Tureen of Tales

by Donna Washington

A fast paced, gloriously told, romp through a deliciously varied collection of stories from Africa to Mexico featuring Anansi, La Mariposa, a wise mouse, an enterprising wolf and a hard working grasshopper!
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Knock At the Door
9:33 $1.99
2. The Grasshopper and the Ants
8:33 $1.99
3. La Mariposa
11:00 $1.99
4. The Tiger the Man and the Mouse
9:54 $1.99
5. Anansi and the Liar's Contest
9:19 $1.99
6. Isaac and the Glum Drum Bridge
9:28 $1.99
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Album Notes
This "Food for Thought" story collection leaves listeners with several important ideas to contemplate, beginning with A "Knock at the Door" (a modified version of "The Wolf and Seven Little Goats"). This tale of deceit reminds us never to open the door "until we're positive who's on the other side."

"The Grasshopper and the Ants" (a modified plot of a similarly titled Aesop fable) stresses the usefulness of music in our lives (as opposed to viewing music as "fiddling away quality time" and having little importance to others).

"La Mariposa" is a humorous rendition of a traditional tale, with the added spices of the storyteller's charm. As a variety of creatures propose to La Mariposa (a Monarch butterfly), listeners discover why this specific insect looks, travels, and eats as it does.

The remaining stories also address important lessons in life. "The Tiger, the Man, and the Mouse" is a story of cleverness, with three different character styles: (1) those who are nice but not very smart, (2) those who are smart but get mad too easily, and (3) those who know how to stay calm and figure things out logically. This is a creative and intriguing version of a classic fable! "Anansi and the Liar's Contest" features a trickster character from West Africa (Anansi). In this story a flea, a fly, and a moth devise a scheme to trick the spider-who turns the tables on the three foolish creatures. The final story (from Scheherazade), "Isaac and the Glum Drum Bridge," is a refreshing version of a Middle Eastern tale about the logic of trying to follow one's dreams.

Donna Washington's expert delivery and magnificent character voices enliven and magnify these revised traditional stories. Each story has pertinent introductory story information that sets the stage for each narrative and is followed by a cleverly crafted and thought-provoking story.

Dr. Flora Joy ©2013 Parents' Choice



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