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Editorial Reviews

Author and narrator Pleasant DeSpain performs these charming tales from around the globe. Each tale in turn celebrates the turtle. The humble turtle is a famous icon, a symbol of traits such as patience, endurance, self-awareness, wisdom, and adaptability. DeSpain tells these 11 tales in a slow, groovy, and fluid voice. The pace is unhurried and DeSpain’s tone is calmly theatrical. True to the traditional style of folk tale narration, DeSpain performs dialogue in a mocking and exaggerated manner. His voice flirts with and wraps around the mystical background music. The vintage ambience of this performance will please adult listeners. Young listeners will receive a subtle moral and philosophical education while enjoying these humorous and insightful stories.
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Publisher's Summary

Slow but steady Turtle exhibits wisdom, perseverance, and cunning in these world folktales. Full of adventure that's sure to captivate young listeners, these tales hold meaning for all ages. Turtle is alive with possibilities. Living on land and in the water and breathing air, Turtle joins these three elements of creation, becoming symbolic of the earth itself. Always clever, always wise, and ever patient, Turtle never fails to find humor in any situation. For Ages Seven to Adult
©1994 Pleasant DeSpain; (P)1995 August House Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"His stories bring imaginations leaping to life." (The Seattle Times)
"DeSpain is a master storyteller who has remarkable insight." (Robert L. Fulghum)
"If you love critter tales like I do, you're really going to enjoy Eleven Turtle Tales." (Jackie Torrence)
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