Tales Alive! Books and DVDs

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Achieving Greatness: What Folk and Fairy Tales Teach Us About Goals, Success, and Accomplishment

 

Achieving Greatness

Reaching our goals and achieving greatness is not a magical process reserved for the very few. We can all do it. The encouragement and steps to guide us to our achievements have always been there for us, hiding in plain sight. They are in the folk and fairy tales we have told for generations around the world. These fanciful tales provide more than entertainment, they provide lessons and advice that worked when they were first told and will work today. “Once upon a time” can lead you not only to storytime but also to “Congratulations, you did it! You've succeeded!"

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Choose Your Fairy Tale: You Are...Puss in Boots

 

Choose Your Fairy Tale: You Are Puss in Boots

"Puss in Boots" is a 16th century Italian fairy tale made famous by Charles Perrault. In this version of the tale, YOU are the master cat. As you read through the story, you choose your tale by selecting the options at crucial decision points. If you make the right choices, your tale will end Happily Ever After! If you make the wrong choice...you can always start over.

This interactive version of a classic tale is great for readers of all ages!

Great to read by yourself or for teachers to read aloud to classes!

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Choose Your Fairy Tale: You Are...The Frog Prince

 

Choose Your Fairy Tale: You Are The Frog Prince

“The Frog Prince” (originally titled “The Frog Prince; or, Iron Henry”) is a German fairy tale first recorded by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 and first translated into English in 1823 by Edgar Taylor. In this version of the tale, YOU are the Frog Prince. As you read through the story, you choose your tale by selecting the options at crucial decision points. If you make the right choices, your tale will end Happily Ever After! If you make the wrong choice...you can always start over.

This interactive version of a classic tale is great for readers of all ages!

Great to read by yourself or for teachers to read aloud to classes!

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Choose Your Fairy Tale: You Are...Tortoise Triumphant

 

Choose Your Fairy Tale: You Are Tortoise Triumphant

Great for readers of all ages, this interactive version of the African tale "Tortoise Triumphant" puts YOU in the role of the tortoise. Select the right choice and your tale will end Happily Ever After! If you make the wrong choice...you can always start over.

An entertaining and interactive way to enjoy this tale from West Africa, great for readers of all ages!

Great to read by yourself or for teachers to read aloud to classes!

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The Wisdom of Folktales: Lessons on How to Live Happily Ever After (ebook)

 

Tales Alive! The Wisdom of Folktales

We often go through life looking for answers and ways to find happiness today and in the future. These answers have been put in a form that is not only accessible but enjoyable: folk and fairy tales! The wisdom of the ages exists in the stories we have been raised on and told to our children for generations. Whether we seek advice on love and marriage, self-respect, or finding our purpose, the words and guidance exist in the tales told around the world for generations. This ebook provides stories and insights on: Balance and Tricksters, Growing Up, Love and Marriage, Jealousy and Envy, Kindness and Generosity, Self-Respect, Your Heart's Desire is Waiting to be Found...At Home, We All Have a Purpose, There is a Higher Power, The Time to Live is Now, and Happily Ever After.

Available in EPUB or MOBI format. Also available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

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The Lion's Drum

 

Tales Alive! The Lion�s Drum

"The Lion's Drum," based on a folktale from West Africa, is the first book from Tales Alive! In this colorfully illustrated tale, Ajani discovers a lion playing a magical tree stump. When he tells the people of his village what he has seen and heard, they don't believe him. Can Ajani make the villagers believe him?

This book captures the color and imagery of Africa in an enjoyable story about how the drum came to be.

NOTE: Available only as a PDF eBook (approx. 14MB) readable on computers and tablets.

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Chieko and the Pine

 

Tales Alive! Chieko and the Pine

A beautiful story of magic, mystery, and music. Chieko ("child of a thousand branches") lives in a remote mountain village surrounded by trees. She plays the koto and one night she is accompanied by a mysterious flute player from the forest. For many nights Chieko and Matsuo play together, but when a great pine tree is needed to rebuild the village bridge, Matsuo disappears. After finding his flute where the tree was felled, Chieko plays her koto on the bridge where their music is heard again through the village.

The illustrations in this book were done using Japanese sumi-e ink and gansai on rice paper with Japanese sumi-e brush.

Hard cover, 32 pp., $13.95 + free shipping within the U.S.
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The Lion's Drum DVD

 

Tales Alive! The Lion�s Drum

Winner of a Parents' Choice™ Award!

The Lion's Drum DVD is a one-of-a-kind children’s video that brings to life a magical folktale from Africa! This musical story tells how the drum came to be, specifically the African djembe, the most popular hand drum in the world. Vibrantly illustrated with visually enhanced images, this video captures the color and imagery of the people and culture of Africa.

This video also features live performances by Papa Malick Faye, a renowned, traditional drummer from Senegal, Africa; Akayaa Atule, a master dancer from Ghana, Africa; and footage of real lions in their natural habitat with fun facts!

Adapted from the book “The Lion’s Drum,” this tale follows Ajani, a young African hunter, as he discovers a lion playing a magic tree stump deep inside a jungle alive with rhythm and dance. When he tells the people of his village what he has seen and heard, they do not believe him. How can Ajani make the villagers believe him?

DVD, NTSC, approx. 23 min., $14.99 + free shipping within the U.S.

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Chieko and the Pine DVD

 

Tales Alive! Chieko and the Pine DVD

Winner of a Parents' Choice™ Award!

"Chieko and the Pine" is a beautiful story of magic, mystery, and music. In this moving Japanese folktale, Chieko lives in a remote mountain village and plays the koto. One night she is accompanied by a mysterious flute player from the forest. For many nights Chieko and Matsuo play together, but when a great pine tree is needed to rebuild the village bridge, Matsuo disappears. After finding his flute where the tree was felled, Chieko begins to play her koto on the new bridge...their music is, once again, heard throughout the village.

In addition to the story, the DVD features a live performance by renowned Japanese koto player Reiko Obata; a talk with Fred Miyahara, bonsai curator at the San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden; footage of Nihon Buyo, Japanese traditional dance; and a demonstration of Japanese sumi-e brush painting by award-winning artist and "Chieko" illustrator Takashi Ijichi.

DVD, NTSC, approx. 30 min., $14.99 + free shipping within the U.S.

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