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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Find out more about Out of the Everywhere at http://janandrews/books/out_of_the_everywhere.html

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How Ti-Jean Became A Fiddler

How Ti-Jean Became a Fiddler  Ages 7 and up

Ti-Jean’s brothers set out to seek their fortunes but they are more likely to be thrown in prison than win the promised bride.  Can T-Jean help?  He certainly means to.   Where does the fiddle come in?  Click on the link to find out.  A story from French-Canada.  22:08 mins.

Ti-Jean stories have been around a long time.  Why do you think that is?  Leave your comments below.

Story Origin: From my book, When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew.  Tales of Ti-Jean. 

 

 

 

 

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Find out more at: http:janandrews/books/When_Apples_Grew.html.  Give a cheer.  This book has  been nominated for the Silver Birch Express Award 2012 in the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading program and the Canadian Library Association Children’s Book of the Year Award.


Ivan Crookback

Ivan Crookback  Age 7 and up

Ivan goes looking for a way for a way to change himself.  The journey is long but he is determined.  What will he find?  Will he be rewarded?  A new twist on an old story from Brittany.  13.26 mins.

I reshaped this story because I have friends like Ivan, friends with disabilities.  Can you imagine how?  Leave your comment below.

Story origin for me: Ivon Tortik in Alice Kane’s book The Dreamer Awakes. 

 

 

 

 

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The Young Horseman

The Young Horseman   Age 7 and up

The Young Horseman sets out from his village, seeking for a wife.  He meets an old man on the road.   Will the old man help him?  What will happen when he picks those lemons from that tree?  Click on the link to listen.  An African story.  10.10 mins

What will you remember about this story?  Leave your comments below.

Story origin for me: Seneghalese-Canadian storyteller, Ndiouga Sarr.

 

 

 

 

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Horse For Sale

Horse for Sale  Age 7 and up.

A terrible plague has struck this boy’s village.  Everyone has been blinded.  He must go on a journey to help them but he must remember his grandfather’s instructions every step of the way.   Can he succeed?  What will happen?  Click on the link and find out.  A story from Africa.  10.22 mins.

Would you have done what this boy did?  Leave a comment for others to read.

Story origin for me: Seneghalese-Canadian storyteller and drummer, Ndiouga Sarr.

 

 

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Find out more about Jan and her books at http://janandrews.ca