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  • The Magic Pot | Pleasant DeSpain

    The Magic Pot

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Pleasant DeSpain
    • Narrated By Bethany Eyrich
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    In this story from China, when a woodcutter finds a magic pot that makes two of everything that he puts inside of it, he thinks all of his troubles have disappeared! Or have they just doubled? Illustrated by Tom Wrenn.

  • Thirty-Three Multicultural Tales to Tell | Pleasant DeSpain

    Thirty-Three Multicultural Tales to Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pleasant DeSpain
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo, Jennifer Ikeda, Nyambi Nyambi, and others
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    People just can't live together without telling stories. We tell stories that are funny, ironic, insightful, or just simply pleasing to the tongue and ear. Stories just seem to happen. When a story happens with the force of universality, it finds its way into that pantheon of tales that is the common denominator of cultural exchange. Here are 33 such tales, collected from Brazil, China, Korea, Russia, Tibet, Africa, from America's native peoples, and other lands, and chosen for the universality…

  • Eleven Turtle Tales | Pleasant DeSpain

    Eleven Turtle Tales

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Pleasant DeSpain
    • Narrated By Pleasant DeSpain
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    Slow but steady Turtle exhibits wisdom, perseverance, and cunning in these world folktales. Full of adventure that's sure to captivate young listeners, these tales hold meaning for all ages. Turtle is alive with possibilities. Living on land and in the water and breathing air, Turtle joins these three elements of creation, becoming symbolic of the earth itself. Always clever, always wise, and ever patient, Turtle never fails to find humor in any situation.

  • Tales to Tell from Around the World: Volume One | Pleasant DeSpain

    Tales to Tell from Around the World: Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Pleasant DeSpain
    • Narrated By Pleasant DeSpain
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    "What is your favorite story?" is the question children across the country often ask professional storyteller Pleasant DeSpain. As he attempts to answer, his list grows longer and longer, until he confesses he likes them all. An untiring researcher of oral traditions, DeSpain is known for his concise versions of world folktales specifically crafted for retelling. This new, digital recording of 10 stories is excerpted from DeSpain's 22 Splendid Tales to Tell from Around the World, Volume One.

  • Multicultural Tales to Tell | Pleasant DeSpain

    Multicultural Tales to Tell

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Pleasant DeSpain
    • Narrated By Pleasant DeSpain
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    From 20-year veteran storyteller Pleasant DeSpain, known for reducing folktales to their essence, 20 "retellable" folktales from around the world. Folktales captivate generation after generation because they remind us that our forebears overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and we can, too! Folktale characters show us the best in ourselves; our sense of humor, our perseverance, our resilience that overcomes giant hurdles, and our innate sense of fair play.

  • Tales to Tell from Around the World, Volume Two | Pleasant DeSpain

    Tales to Tell from Around the World, Volume Two

    • ABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Pleasant DeSpain
    • Narrated By Pleasant DeSpain
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    "What is your favorite story?" is the question children across the country often ask professional storyteller Pleasant DeSpain. As he attempts to answer, his list grows longer and longer, until he confesses he likes them all. An untiring researcher of oral traditions, DeSpain is known for his concise versions of world folktales specifically crafted for retelling.

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