These traditional folktales are told animatedly by two entertaining, professional tongue-flappers from the Ozarks. The stories are amusing to listen to and fun to think about later. This rapid-fire overview of a vanishing art, backwoods storytelling, includes such imaginary creatures as the sharp-clawed Gowerow and Ozark wonders like the six-pound crappie. Human trials are a frequent theme, with lessons for everyday living buried deep in the humor. The traditional music by John and Jan Corbin is easy on the ears, coming infrequently between a few stories. One cautionary note: The packaging states this tape is for "ages 9 and up." But parents and teachers may wish to decide if they want their children listening to one story after another peppered with Ozarkian expletives.
For Ages Nine and Up
©1992 Richard Alan Young and Judy Dockrey Young; (P)1992 August House Publishers, Inc.
"The Youngs' stories accurately reflect the culture they are derived from and offer the hearer a vivid picture of that culture." (Teresa Pijoan, Storyteller)
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