"What is your favorite story?" is the question children across the country often ask professional storyteller Pleasant DeSpain. As he attempts to answer, his list grows longer and longer, until he confesses he likes them all. An untiring researcher of oral traditions, DeSpain is known for his concise versions of world folktales specifically crafted for retelling. This new, digital recording of 10 stories is excerpted from DeSpain's 22 Splendid Tales to Tell from Around the World, Volume One. The accompanying music, original compositions for this recording by Jim Wolfe, reflects the styles of the featured cultures. For Ages 4 to AdultMore
These 20 diverse stories share themes of creativity and perseverance in overcoming hardship. They're told in a lighthearted, easy-to-follow style, which appeals especially to children. Adults who retell the tales can benefit by experimenting with DeSpain's techniques. He's a professional storyteller with a touch of carnival huckster about him. It's easy to imagine him winking at the crowd, enticing all in earshot to gather round. Most likely he's mugging it up for the sound engineer from the recording booth. DeSpain's razzmatazz makes this collection fun to hear and encourages listeners to tell stories themselves.
"Very funny!" (The New York Times)
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