Mother Moose tales, says storyteller Willy Claflin, preserve traditional moose values. If laughter is a moose value, we have to say they succeed!
Children's LiteratureListening to Maynard Moose tell tales from his childhood is like getting to listen to Bullwinkle tell stories. Using those same inflections and creating nuances of his own, Willy Claflin has created a humorous collection of twisted tales that will tickle youngsters as they listen. Changing words like "ugly" to "uglified" gets the same point across but serves to flesh out the character for the listeners and instill humor in the telling. Taped live with an audience, the reaction and participation of the crowd helps make this fun CD come alive. Claflin is masterful and manages to add asides as he tells his stories, which almost makes you suspect that he is making them up as he goes. While he is clearly spontaneous, it is only when he repeats the names of a character with seven different names that you realize he has these stories down pat. It is that spontaneity that makes this collection so strong. Among the fine stories in this collection, "Lazy Jack" and "Sleeping Beastly" stand out. Lazy Jack is a not-so-clever boy who does everything wrong. In this retelling, which smacks of the Eppossamundas story, Jack makes mistake after mistake. It is his naïveté and his mistakes that land him in the palace married to the princess. Sleeping Beastly is more like "Beauty and the Beast" than Sleeping Beauty. A princess finds true love where she least expects it and realizes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The American Library Association included this CD on its Notable Recording list. 2002, August House Audio,
- August House Publishers, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.54(w) x 5.01(h) x 0.29(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 18 Years
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