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  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears | Bobby Norfolk

    Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    Emmy Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk brings his electrifying energy to world folktales (African, Eastern European, Appalachian, and Irish traditions), to the delight of all ages. From Anansi, the African trickster, to Jack, the bumbling, lucky, persevering Everyman of traditional stories, Norfolk's characters instruct while they entertain.

  • The Moral of the Story | Bobby Norfolk,Sherry Norfolk

    The Moral of the Story

    • ABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk
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    Throughout history, traditional cultures have recognized the role of storytelling in teaching values to children. Yet most educators have not fully capitalized on the connection between storytelling, folktales, and character education.

    Paul says: "Good fun!"
  • Anansi and the Tug o' War | Bobby Norfolk,Sherry Norfolk

    Anansi and the Tug o' War

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    In this trickster tale from Africa, Anansi proves to Elephant and Killer Whale that in a battle of wits, brains definitely outdo brawn. Illustrated by Baird Hoffmire.

    wolfspyder says: "Anansi Does It Again!"
  • Anansi and the Pot of Beans | Bobby Norfolk,Sherry Norfolk

    Anansi and the Pot of Beans

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    Did you ever wonder why spiders have no hair? After reading this African trickster tale, you will know. When Anansi goes to help his grandmother, he can't resist her steaming-hot pot of beans. Bobby and Sherry Norfolk take a wonderful new look at a classic story. Illustrated by Baird Hoffmire.

    wolfspyder says: "Short, But Not To Be Missed!"
  • Anansi Goes to Lunch | Bobby Norfolk,Sherry Norfolk

    Anansi Goes to Lunch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    Anansi is invited to three parties and wants to attend them all. He gives each of his hosts a rope to tug, ties the other end around his own waist, and waits to be summoned when the food is served - but when all of the food is ready at the same time, Anansi is caught in the middle! That's why Spiders have small waists today.

  • Anansi and Turtle Go to Dinner | Bobby Norfolk,Sherry Norfolk

    Anansi and Turtle Go to Dinner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    In this trickster tale from Africa, Annasi learns the value of being a good host. He also learns the truth of the old saying, "What goes around comes around."

    Ve says: "Great lesson for kids and adults"
  • Anansi Time | Bobby Norfolk

    Anansi Time

    • ABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    Bobby Norfolk plays a prominent role in African-American storytelling. But when he recently visited Africa, he went as a humble student, hoping to glean new insights, to immerse himself in a living oral tradition. He went as a pilgrim to the cities, villages, and jungles of Africa. Yet he was caught completely by surprise when, during a visit to an obscure African village, he was invited to a community-wide afternoon break at which elders told traditional Anansi stories and everyone else listened intently.

    Ramses says: "Too child focused"
  • Timeless Tales | Bobby Norfolk

    Timeless Tales

    • ABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    The children who populate these classic stories are heroes and heroines of timeless tales. Their unpredictable antics confound evil and treachery at every turn and leave listeners of generation after generation transfixed and uplifted. A forced marriage. A dangerous job. A horrible assignment. "Character-building experiences," we quip. And that's the truth. Painful as the truth may be, we cannot achieve our potential without facing force, danger, and horror head-on.

  • Norfolk Tales | Bobby Norfolk

    Norfolk Tales

    • ABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    Emmy Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk brings his electrifying energy to world folktales (from the African, Eastern European, Appalachian, and Irish traditions) to the delight of all ages. From Anansi, the African trickster, to Jack, the bumbling, lucky, persevering Everyman of traditional stories, Norfolk's characters instruct while they entertain.

    Jeanne says: "Bobby Norfolk Rocks!"
  • Baby Hawk Learns to Fly: Stories About Purpose, Patience, Confidence, and Courage | Bobby Norfolk

    Baby Hawk Learns to Fly: Stories About Purpose, Patience, Confidence, and Courage

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Bobby Norfolk
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    Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk brings his talents to six traditional stories. A mixture of classics and lesser-known folktales, these are all performance-tested audience favorites, capturing Norfolk's trademark energy and humor. Whether the story is from the American South, Japan, or the Caribbean, Norfolk pinpoints the message of the story and invites his listeners to celebrate the best in all of us.

  • Norfolk Tales

    • ABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
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    Emmy Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk brings his electrifying energy to world folktales (African, Eastern European, Appalachian, and Irish traditions) to the delight of all ages. From Anansi, the African trickster, to Jack, the bumbling, lucky, preserving Everyman of traditional stories, Norfolk's characters instruct while they entertain.

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