Troubadour's Story Bag: Musical Folktales of the World


Nearly 40 stories have been collected from around the world and retold to celebrate the universal language of music.
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Nearly 40 stories have been collected from around the world and retold to celebrate the universal language of music.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Divided into themes like "Musical Miracles" and "Flutes and Panpipes," Troubadour's Storybag: Musical Folktales of the World by Norma J. Livo presents 38 stories. Each of its six sections ends with a list of suggested activities, like finding pertinent pictures and recordings; meeting with musicians and instrument makers; and making instruments from household items and found objects. This collection appeals to the ear more than the eye-it is unillustrated-but is a useful resource for discovering the overlapping roles of story and song.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Stories, says the introduction to this lively collection, are "light-as-air, deep-as-breath, transforming heirlooms passed down with beauty and form." Here Livo brings together thirty-nine tales about music or musical instruments, from selected cultures around the world. Favorites like "The Magic Flute" rub shoulders with murder mystery tales, as well as variants of familiar stories. How's "The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse and the Bum-Clock," for a rollicking version of Jack and the Beanstalk? The book includes an index and suggestions for enhancing the storytelling experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555919535
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/19/1996
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Norma J. Livo retired as professor of education at the University of Colorado at Denver in 1992. Author of many books on storytelling and folklore, she is a licensed private pilot, reviewer of children's books for the Rocky Mountain News, former National Storyteller Association board member, and past president of the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Where Music Came From (Mexico) 6
Pt. 1 Music All Around Us 9
Iktomi and His Bag of Songs (United States) 11
St. Peter and the Gypsies (Yugoslavia) 16
The Nightingale (China) 17
The Talking Bird and the Singing Tree (Russia) 26
The Bird Singing in the Middle of the Woods (Ireland) 31
Pt. 2 Flutes and Panpipes 39
The Gift of the Elk (United States) 41
The Pipes of Pan (Greece) 43
A Shepherd Wins His Bride (Turkey) 45
The Yoruba Flute (Nigeria) 47
The Young Chief Who Played the Flute (New Zealand) 51
The Magic Flute (Germany) 56
Pt. 3 Stringed Instruments 61
The Lute Player (Russia) 63
Vainamoinen, the Singer, and His Harp (Finland) 68
The Legend of the Irish Harp (Ireland) 73
How the Fiddle Came to the Gypsies (Gypsy) 75
The Magic Violin (United States) 78
The One-Stringed Fiddle (Ireland) 82
The Magic Fiddle (Byelorussia) 84
The Russian Fiddler in Hell (Russia) 88
The Legend of the Fiddler of High Lonesome (United States) 91
The Legend of the Tuscany Guitar (Italy) 93
Arion and His Harp (Greece) 95
Orpheus and Eurydice (Greece) 98
Pt. 4 Musical Miracles 101
The Singing Bone (Germany) 103
The Singing Bones (United States) 106
Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (Israel) 108
Jordy and the Ladies from Hell (Canada) 110
Pt. 5 Drums 113
Osebo's Drum (Ghana) 115
The Drum (Congo) 118
Pt. 6 Musicians Et Musical Animals 121
The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse, and the Bum-Clock (Ireland) 123
The Musical Mice (United States) 130
The Singing Frogs (China) 132
The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces (Germany) 133
The Dancing Sheriff (United States) 137
The Dance of the Monkey and Sparrow (Japan) 141
Where the Mice Danced (United States) 144
The Pied Piper (Germany) 146
Wampanoag Legend of the Singer of Sekonnet Point (United States) 149
Index of Folktales 151
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