Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy | Imagine the Brave with Olive

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Kids/Family: Children's Storytelling Kids/Family: Educational Moods: Mood: Fun
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Imagine the Brave with Olive

by Olive Hackett-Shaughnessy

Olive's voice is immediately present with a resonance and intimacy that brings comfort and humor even when the brave character is facing a dragon, a witch, a tantrum, a storm, or a giant.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Storytelling
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1. The Gold Reed Flute
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2. Elena the Brave
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13:06 $0.99
3. The Blind Mouse
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4:40 $0.99
4. Snowdrift
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5. Jack and the Beanstalk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Though characterized as a collection of traditional stories for children, this recording is meant to be a deep listening experience for all ages. Just like in the olden days before TV when families and neighbors gathered for the fun, the wisdom, and the calm that settles upon a community when listening together.
Each of the five stories on this recording is lively and vivid to a child, while holding layer upon layer of insight for all ages. Scary as a story might be, the heroic chacacters perservere through wits, courage, compassion, art, and humor. Only one story, "The Blind Mouse" has a moral that is clear, but all are teaching tales for our inner selves.
These five stories come from China, Russia, Korea, Dedham,Massachussets, and England. They were chosen with the purpose of opening wide the window to the world of universal courage.
Stories full of magic are like dreams. They may not be real life, but they feel true in the heart whether for a
five-year-old, or her grandfather.
My wish is that this CD will be shared in families and in classrooms for the experience of slowing down time. "Once upon a time" is an invitation to leave our frantic material lives for the chance to listen to old wisdom in a story. It is a chance to visualize and enjoy the adventures of the brave ones. When we imagine the brave, we fear with them. As they find their balance with wits, with kindness and with courage, so do we.
The language is beautifully descriptive with a resonant tone and vocabulary that invites self-confidence in the audience. The musical interludes by Daryn Roven and Charity Kahn enhance and evoke each story like an acoustic echo. "Imagine the Brave with Olive" becomes a place to visit over and over again.


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Christopher Hackett


I thought they where grate all five of them, The Gold Reed Flute Will Dance, Elena the Brave Will Love, The Blind mouse wing sing

Susan Richards


I am reviewing on behalf of my grandsons, ages 7 and 4, who gave the album a raucous thumbs up, to cries of "Again! Again!" It is wonderful to play in the car. They soak it in like little sponges.

The memoir story, Snowdrift, is a departure from the traditional stories of the rest of the album and from the earlier album. Olive is a gifted storyteller indeed. Her own childhood story has become a classic legend, with fortunately a happy ending.

Jenny Malchow


My kids love these stories! They have both memorized Olive's last CD (a classic) and now they have a new one to take in. The theme of bravery in the stories makes this CD perfect or us because my 6 year old son struggles with a lot of fears. My 4 year old daughter likes the brother/sister relationships in the stories. She likes the idea of brothers saving sisters and sisters saving brothers. We like to listen to it in the car. It's very engaging for parents too!
Olive's voice is an affirming force in my children's lives. Her stories are nourishing and delightful.