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Saltarello - Songs & Stories

Saltarello - Songs & Stories

Fall 2004 Music
Ages: 3 - 10 yrs.
Producer: Fiddletales
CD Price: $12.99
This CD is a metaphorical “Sea Sandwich,” layered with songs, stories, jokes, riddles, and lullabies—mostly from traditional Irish folklore.

The text, content and music are lively and appealing.

Selections such as Seahorse Lullaby are clever musical renditions containing interesting and relatively unknown facts about the sea—its inhabitants and its unique vocabulary. Jokes and riddles are musically interspersed for fun and laughs. [One pirate said to another, “I see you got your ears pierced. How much was it?” “A buccaneer.”]

The first of the two stories, Pirate’s Promise, begins with the discovery of two babies in an abandoned boat. The ship’s crew immediately adopted them and named them Weedy (the boy—from “seaweed”) and Shelly (the girl—from “seashells”), and they all grew to be a loving family as the years passed. However, the children turned out to be Selkies (sea creatures who are humans on land, and seals in the water when they wear their seal skins), leaving the crew in a dilemma regarding their family unity. Facts about sea life are cleverly woven into this story’s plot.

A hard-working fisherwoman in the story Saltarello unknowingly taught a lesson to a mean neighboring fisherman who, because of his uncontrollable greed, was starving his family. Listeners will recognize people in their own lives who have comparable behaviors to these strong story characters.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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