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Presents a collection of American short stories drawn from Native American tradition, true stories, and folk classics.
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Professional storyteller Novak serves up this eight-course listening treat: "The Cookie Girl," about a girl who will eat nothing but cookies; "Peter Piper's Plan," an extension of the traditional tongue-twister; variations of the fable "The Grasshopper and the Ant;" "Oh! That's a Good Idea!" an adaptation of a tale of Coyote as creator of people; "Give Me Back My Button!" a Turkish folktale; and three other stories. Novak creates a cozy storytelling circle, as is evident from the chorus of young voices responding during the live performance. Listeners young and old will join in with laughter. C.R.A. (c)AudioFile, Portland, MaineReview:
Lively, experienced storyteller David Novak spins comical tales recorded before an appreciative young audience. A daughter outsmarts her busy mother and comes up with a telling observation of life in "A World Puzzle"; a magic rooster gets the better of a greedy sultan in "Give Me Back My Button"; there are surprise endings in store in "The Fiddler Crab," which is filled with vivid sound effects; you'll even hear a creation tale, "Oh! That's a Good Idea!" With comfortable delivery and musical punctuation, Novak gives familiar tales a new twist. In the title story, a little girl with a passion for cookies becomes one herself and rolls away, avoiding capture. Novak tells the rest of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's story- in which the vain reindeer learns a lesson in humility after he misses one of Santa's Christmas Eve flights. Novak also expands mightily on the alliterative nursery rhyme "Peter Piper," involving Peter's Papa and plundering pirates. He ends with "The Grasshopper and the Ants," told three times until the ending is just right. A Parents' Choice Approval. (Lynne Heffley, Parents' Choice, 1999) -- From Parents' Choice®
When storyteller David Novak asked a young girl what she wanted for dinner, the answer he got was "Cookies!" That girl didn't get cookies for dinner, but she did get a story. Now we can all share what the storyteller told about the girl who always wanted to eat cookies. It's a story with a lesson (as most stories are) but mostly it's a story that's fun and memorable. Throughout this collection, listeners will be gently reminded that new stories are often old stories warmed up. The Fiddler Crab is built on a frame that might have been used for classics like "The Golden Arm". Rudolph's Light mixes elements of Aesop and Dr. Seuss. Mouse's Valentine revels in that age-old rivalry between cat and mouse. The Grasshopper and the Ant drives home the idea. Novak takes the listener through the story three times and each time the story changes. These stories are designed to delight children pre-kindergarten through third grade. -- Midwest Book Review
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