Maria’s Gift

Maria’s Gift Ages 7 and Up

Maria’s life is hard but she faces it with courage.  She does all that she can for her family, despite the cruelty of others, there in that little village where she lives.  Then she goes a journey and meets unusual strangers.  What will that meeting bring her?  Click on the link to listen and find out.  A story that has its origins in Greece and which I brought to North America.  20:56 mins. 

What do you think of Maria?  What will you remember about her?  Make a comment and share your thoughts.

Story origin: Originally from Joanna Coles Best Loved Folktales but you can find this version in my book  Out of the Everywhere.  Tales for a New World.

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Nagila and Navoma and Na

Nagila and Navoma and Na  Ages 9 and up

Three young women make wishes for when they are married.  Their wishes are granted.  They even get to marry a prince.  But will this bring them happiness?  Click on the link and find out.  A story from Africa.  11:42 mins.

This story has to do with people who act out of jealousy and fear.  Have you ever been in a situation like that?  Make a comment and share your thoughts.

Story origin for me: A teller who came to Ottawa from either Ghana or Nigeria.  It’s so long ago I don’t remember.  I just know the story was always one I could not forget.

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Gold Tree And Silver Tree

Gold Tree and Silver Tree  Ages 11 and up

A queen and her daughter go walking.  They come to a glen and a brook.  “Am I not the fairest in all the world?” the queen asks the fish that swims there.  “No,” says the fish, “You are not.”  What happens next?  Who is the fairest?  Click on the link to find out. A story from Britain.  10.59 mins.

This story has an unusual solution to a big problem.  Do you think it’s a good one?  Leave a comment below.

Story origin for me: Alan Garner’s Book of British Fairytales

 

 

 

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Lion, Hyena and Rabbit. A Story In A Story

Lion, Hyena and Rabbit.  A Story in a Story  Ages 11 and up

Three animals decide to hunt together but then there is a problem.  This is a story that is more serious than you might think when you first hear it.  It’s a story that meant something special to at least one listener.  Click on the link to learn how all that went.  A story from Africa.  4.05 mins.

What would you like to say about this story?  Do you know of any similar situations in your life?  Leave your comments below.

Story Origin for me: Seneghalese-Canadian storyteller, Ndiouga Sarr when we were on a tour of Children’s Festivals.

 

 

 

 

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The Salmon Cariad

The Salmon Cariad  Age 7 and up

On a moonlit night, a young man goes to the river to fish.  He catches a salmon but what happens next is beyond his imagining.  He goes a journey he was not expecting.  Where does he travel?  Click on the link to listen and find out.   A story from Wales.  6.20 mins.

This is a story to make pictures in the head.  Leave a comment below and tell what you saw.

Story origin for me: A Bag Full O’Moonshine by Alan Garner

 

 

 

 

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Tiddy Mun

Tiddy Mun  Ages 7 and Up

Scary creatures live in the marshes but Tiddy Mun is the people’s helper.   He walks at night, they hear him laughing.  He has saved them over and over again but will he come to save them now?  Click on the link to listen and find out.    A story from Britain.  9.30 mins.

The story talks of how times change.  What changes do you think have happened by the story’s end?  Leave a comment below.

Story origin for me: Kevin Crossley-Holland’s The Old Stories: Folk Tales from East Anglia and the Fen Country.

 

 

 

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Wise Father, Wise Daughter

Wise Father, Wise Daughter  Ages 7 and Up

Paul comes to Canada because he has been driven out of his own country for the colour of his skin.  He starts a business but he is growing older.  How will he choose which one of his daughters should inherit?  Click on the link and listen to find out.  A story from Africa.  9:50 mins.

What do you think of the way Paul made his decision?  Leave a comment below.

Story origin for me: Toronto storyteller, Itah Sadu.  You can also read my version in my book, Out of the Everywhere.  Tales for a New World. 

 

 

 

 

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