Debra Olson Tolar | The Stars in the Sky

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The Stars in the Sky

by Debra Olson Tolar

Strong women, wise men, and a mysterious hobgoblin are just some of the characters you'll meet while listening to Debra tell these engaging folktales from around the world.
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The King's Wise Advisor
4:30 album only
2. A Full Measure of Wisdom
5:57 album only
3. Lady Ragnall
14:52 album only
4. The Stonecutter
4:57 album only
5. The King and His Falcon
3:35 album only
6. The Stars in the Sky
7:52 album only
7. The Hedley Kow
5:09 album only
8. Gather Together
2:06 album only


Album Notes
Debra Olson Tolar is an accomplished storyteller who has delighted audiences from kindergartners to senior citizens. Her world folktales and personal stories are empowering, educational, and entertaining. Whether telling stories of strong women and girls or tales of wisdom and wonder, her enthusiastic style sweeps listeners into another time and place. According to one reporter, \"This talented lady has certainly perfected the art of storytelling. She had us all on the edge of our seats waiting for her words.\"

Debra has shared her stories at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles World Storytelling Festival, and the Texas Storytelling Festival, as well as at many schools, libraries, festivals, women\'s conferences, meetings, and churches. In addition to telling throughout California, she has traveled to Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas to tell stories and present storytelling workshops.

Debra\'s background includes a B.A. degree in Acting, an M.A. in Communication (both from the University of Northern Colorado) and a Ph.D. (from the University of Denver) in Speech Communication. She was a Professor of Communication Studies at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA, for 19 years, where she taught \"The Art of Storytelling\" and \"Studies in Storytelling.\"

In addition to performing, Debra conducts workshops for teachers on using storytelling in the classroom, teaches intensive weekend workshops for other storytellers, and conducts individual and small group coaching sessions for those who want feedback on their storytelling skills.

Debra is a member of the National Storytelling Network, and presented workshops at their national conferences in July 2004 and July 2006.



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Great stories - My favorite is Lady Ragnall! It's wonderful to be able to use your imagination while HEARING a story in this oh-so-visual world.

Elaine Soos

Fantastic stories with classic themes and morals.
I think the CD is a great blend of different cultures and stories. Tolar really does a great job expressing emotion, as usual.


LOVE IT LOVE IT the kids really enjoy storytelling wonderful!!! THANKS


Very expressive storytelling
This is a wonderful CD for both adults and children. The woman telling the stories has a very expressive voice. My favorite is the one about King Arthur and the Knights of the round table. I like to listen before I go to sleep.