Teachers, Parents, After-School Programmers, Camp Counselors, Librarians, Music and Theater Directors, welcome to The Planet Earth Songbook: A new repertoire of 67 songs and skits for children, K-5, to play, sing, and act-out from the perspective of all forms of life (not just humans): animals, insects, flowers, trees, birds...even a rock!
In My Friend Nessie, Wilver, a seven year old boy, is living with his eccentric grandmother near the sea. He hasn't spoken for two years, since the trauma of his parents' death. Wilver's first words are to Nessie, a sea monster. She comes to him simply because his need is so great.
Hopping rides in a hot-air balloon, a canoe and atop a moose named Taloose, Rufus and Nellie Rabbit travel to Maine to help save a wilderness waterway from being flooded by a giant dam. From critters and people to the mayor of Iffick to the governor to the president, a petition goes around to "Save The Allagash!" And who is the heroine? Why, a tiny flower, the Furbish Lousewort (based on real happenings in Northern Maine).
Here are Aunt Winnie and Uncle John's "Storysongs" for the very young. "Our songs and stories celebrate the variety, humor, magic, and 'oneness' of life here on beautiful Planet Earth," they say.
The hometown of rabbits, frogs, woodchucks, skunks, and Wiley Fox is threatened by "bullydozers". Two children, with Rufus and Nellie Rabbit, rally the animals to stage a startling demonstration, declaring their rights to the human citizens. A suspenseful town meeting decides the fate of the Briar Patch (based on real happenings in Sandwich, Massachusetts).
Rufus and Nellie Rabbit and other critters stowaway with their human friend, Meridith, on a space-chariot made of things from the dump. (Zeezabyth, the inventor-explorer, is seeking his special Place-in-Space.) After frightening encounters with planets Clang, Tinkle-Clink, and Gummy-Goo, Zeezabyth finds the friendly Place-in-Space-for-Pumpkin-Trees, but it's not quite "real". The Pumpkin Queen sends him home with a pumpkin seed.