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An album to treasure

I have always been in awe of Diane Wolkstein's way with a story regardless of where it came from, and this album, featuring five tales from her classic collection of Haitian folklore, is further proof that she is a geniue cultural treasure.

A very warm collection of stories which pulse with the heartbeat of Haiti.

These stories and songs are a gift from the Haitian people; they touch deeply and live within a rich and nuanced emotional landscape, possessed of much more heft than a typical story collection.

Wolkstein disappears into the stories until only the characters themselves remain alive for you: the young girl with the cruel step-mother, the donkey bride and groom who take on human form to outlast a dry season, the handsome owl shamed at his own appearance, the resourceful Tipingee, and the boastful horse and clever toad.

Ultimately, these new companions of the imagination linger long after the listening has ended. I'd recommend this collection to anyone, of any age, for whom growth and imagination remain important treasures to be cherished... and that should include just about everybody.

Very Touching

The first time I listened to this collection, I was moved to tears... twice.

The very first story, about a young girl who comes into possession of a Magic Orange Tree which helps her to thwart her cruel step-mother's oppression, struck a chord and instantly took me back to what it felt like to be young and powerless. What a genuine journey-- and release-- to have arrived at the conclusion of the tale and retrace in my memory my own path into maturity and empowerment. And that's just the first story!

I also deeply connected with Owl, so handsome, yet so unable to feel handsome that he could not understand that others could possibly see him that way.

These are powerful stories, and like all worthwhile stories, they will connect you to yourself, in addition to the spirit of the Haitian people.

The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales, Volume 1, Diane Wolkstein
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