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

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The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales, Volume 1

by Diane Wolkstein

The songs, stories and spirit of Haiti come alive in this long-awaited audio edition of the beloved classic!
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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1. Cric? Crac! (Introduction) Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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1:22 $0.99
2. The Magic Orange Tree Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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8:18 $0.99
3. Erzulie (Whistling) Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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0:28 $0.99
4. The Two Donkeys Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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4:16 $0.99
5. Donkey Will Jump and Bray Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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6. Rosemarie's Dance (Intro to Owl) Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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7. Owl Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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8. Feuilles-O Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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9. Tipingee Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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5:57 $0.99
10. Erzulie Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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11. Horse and Toad Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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12. Do Do Ti Ti Diane Wolkstein & Shirley Keller
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In the 1970's, Diane Wolkstein traveled throughout Haiti and recorded a rich collection of Haitian folktales. With delightful musical accompaniment by Shirley Keller, Diane tells five of these stories so intimately we feel as if she is sitting directly in front of us, inviting us into the unique culture and imagination of the Haitian people.

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Haiti's recent tragedy has given rise to an incredible outpouring of good will and generosity throughout the world. And yet despite recent events many people are unfamiliar with Haiti's vibrant culture and artistic traditions.

For nearly 40 years, Diane Wolkstein's ALA Notable book, The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales, has been a classic for those wanting to learn more about Haiti and their unique customs, stories, and songs. Traveling through the Haitian countryside, Wolkstein, herself a well-known storyteller, harvested a rich collection of over 400 tales which she winnowed down to twenty-seven stories. These stories not only have led generations of children and adults around the globe to experience the spirit of Haiti through their magical folktales, but Diane's work has proven so relevant to Haitian culture that many of these stories have been re-translated back into the original Creole.

Now, for the first time on CD, Diane tells five of these stories so intimately, we feel as if she is sitting directly in front of us. Interspersed with songs, and featuring delightful musical accompaniments by Shirley Keller based on recordings she made in Haiti, this long-awaited CD could not have arrived at a more appropriate time. With 10% of all proceeds going to Partners in Health towards the rebuilding of Haiti, Diane invites the listener not only to "stand with Haiti," but also to enjoy and learn from the resilience and wisdom of this proud culture-- a vibrant, vital culture which has enabled the Haitian people to thrive in the face of adversity.


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Phil Robinson

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.