CDs and Daddy John Stories

CDs– Frog and Friends     Courage and Wisdom: Stories Make the World Go Around

Prince the Frog Picture Book  (Click here to see on YouTube )  — and Books by Daddy John

CDs and Books available from  Mary Garrett  and   CD Baby and iTunes.

Each CD    Courage and Wisdom     Frog & Friends   is $10.00 U.S., and $2.00 for shipping and handling to anywhere in the continental U.S.; add $0.50 shipping for each additional CD.

Also available

Prince the Frog Picture Book  $10

•Little chap books of father’s stories, collected and edited by Mary Garrett   $10 each or all 3 for $25  plus $2.50 shipping

Bedtime Stories by Daddy John (Fussner) 35 pages   “Sweet dreams,” stories of fairies and nature

Stories from the Land of Make Believe by Daddy John (Fussner) 53 pages  Dough Doughy and friends build a church, face a blizzard, enjoy life.

Homespun Stories from Uncle John 32 pages   Old time tall tales in dialect: mosquitoes big enough to eat a car, a mixed-up hen, pet skunks

 

 

Bedtime Stories

by Daddy John  (Fussner)

The Many Lands of Childhood

We all live on the planet Earth.  Earth has many lands, as you can see on a map or globe of the Earth.  We each live on one of the land masses.

Childhood also has more than one land to live in.  First is your home, on your street or road, in your town or way out in the country.

The second land of your childhood belongs to God.  It has the church,  Sunday school, church picnics and lots of fun things to do.  In the land of God we learn how to live a good life and to love our fellow man.

The third land of childhood is dreamland.   Dreamland is where we go when we go to sleep.  Some people say that the sand man is the keeper of the gates of dreamland, and when we enter, he puts a grain of and in our eyes.  It could be true because often when we awake we feel what feels like sand in the corners of our eyes.  When we remove it, it looks like sand.  So who knows?  We do know if we are good boys and girls and love and mind our Daddy and Mommy, we will have pleasant dreams.

The fourth land of childhood is the land of make believe.  It is somewhat like dreamland, but we visit it without going to sleep.  Lying on the grass on a warm summer day, watching the clouds and seeing all kinds of things, such as ships, white whales, dragons, and far too many things to name is a trip to the land of make believe that most boys and girls enjoy quite often.  Where is the land of make believe?  It’s just over the next hill.  If you go over that hill, it’s just over the next one; so you can’t really go there.

One thing we must be very careful of is not to get the two lands mixed up.  Our real land is a good place to live, with Mommy, Daddy, our school teachers, our Sunday school teachers, all our aunts and uncles, and our many playmates.  We don’t want to be thinking we are in the land of make believe when we should be in our home land, doing school work or our chores around the house, or sitting and talking about real life.  You can visit dreamland and the land of make believe, but you must live in your home land and do and learn real things.  In real life you must keep up with father time and learn day by day your school work.  If you cannot do one day’s work today, how can you do two days’ work tomorrow?

With that thought in mind, we will go visit dreamland, and maybe the sandman will give us the answer.

The Rainbow

There is a country way far away across the land and across the sea.  In this country live many little wee folk.  The country is dear old Ireland, sometimes called the Emerald Isle, and the wee little folk of this story are called fairies and brownies.  Yes, they are related to the leprechauns.

Now of course, the fairies are sweet, cute little girls, with long wavy hair, dancing little feet, and the prettiest, cutest little wings you ever saw, or ever hope to see.  With a sparkle in their eyes, and tosses of their heads, the little fairies danced merrily into the woods one day, to play among the brightly colored flowers.  The brave little brownies ran along with them, laughing and singing.  Sometimes dancing, sometimes running, they all went into the woods.  They were all having lots and lots of fun.

Suddenly it grew dark.  a big black cloud had come over, shutting out the light of the sun.  There was a big flash of lightning and a loud clap of thunder, and down came the rain.  Fast, big drops fell, and there was no shelter anywhere for the wee ones of the woods.

Rain doesn’t bother the brownies.  To tell the truth, they like it as well as any little boy does.  Oh, but the little fairies, that’s different!  They are like little girls dressed in their party clothes. Rain doesn’t really hurt them, but they don’t like it one bit.  Not only does it get their dresses all wet, but it also dampens their wings.  When a fairy gets her wings wet, she can’t fly.  No fairy likes that.  Would you?

Soon it stopped raining, and of course the wee ones wanted to go home.  The brownies could walk, but it was much too far for the fairies. Besides that, the ditch they had to cross was full of water.  How were they going to get home?  They couldn’t wait for all the water to run out of the ditch, because they all had jobs to do.  You will hear about their jobs in another story.

After much talk and many ideas that did no good at all, the head man brownie told everyone to pick some flowers.  After they had picked all the flowers they could find — red ones, blue ones, yellow ones, and the all the other colors there are — the brownies all got busy and built a big bridge.  The fairies and brownies all crossed the big ditch on the bridge made of flowers.

A little boy and a little girl saw the bridge that looked like a big bow, and they called it a rainbow.  That’s how we got the rainbow in the Land of Make Believe.  How do we prove it’s there?  Well, we all know that the Land of Make believe is always just over the next hill.  Cross that hill and it’s over the next.  So you just watch a rainbow some time when you are riding with Daddy, and you’ll see that it, too, is always just over the next hill.

(more stories filed under  the “stories” category)

CDs– Frog and Friends     Courage and Wisdom: Stories Make the World Go Around

Prince the Frog Picture Book  (Click here to see on YouTube )  — and Books by Daddy John

CDs and Books available from  Mary Garrett  and   CD Baby and iTunes.

From Aesop to Uncle Remus, stories have been a way to entertain as well as illustrate life lessons and simplify complex situations. Stories delight children and adults alike, and they enhance critical thinking and problem solving.  This CD  presents some favorite stories that both entertain and enlighten. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.   More details and  links below.

•Each CD is $10.00 U.S. and $2.00 for shipping and handling to anywhere in the continental U.S.  Add $0.50 shipping for each additional CD.

•Prince the Frog Picture Book  $10   Click here to see on YouTube     and here for another Prince story.

•Daddy John stories collected and edited by Mary Garrett    $10 each or all 3 for $25

To order or ask questions, please e-mail me.

Storyteller Mary Garrett  —  Stories make the world go around

Frog and Friends CD

Prince, the Eastern Grey Tree Frog who came to stay

To hear  short snippets, click on the link for CD Baby or iTunes.  Frog Songs on YouTube.

Frog and Friends

by Mary Garrett

**Music by Mike Anderson!

1 Frog Prince (4:02)

2 Wide-Mouth Frog  (5:30) (Trad.)

3 Frog Songs – Prince Trilling (0:59)

4 Bill’s Iguanas (5:15)

5 One Wish (5:26) (Trad.)

6 Grandmother Spider (9:23)  (Elizabeth Ellis’ story, from a dream)

7 Princess Joy (5:26)

8 More Than a Match (13:02)  (written by Aaron Shepard )

9 C.J’s Lost Puppy &Lost Purse (9:11)

10 Daddy’s Lightning Bug Story (3:15)

11 Carnival Elation Tall Tale (10:37)

12 Prince Has Left the Building (3:57)

Mary Garrett combines folk tales, humorous tales, and personal stories in the saga of Prince, the tree frog who spent the winter.  Mary believes in the world of story and the power of story to make this world a better place.

“Let’s look for tree frogs!” Coverdell Elementary students.

“Your stories held me captive.” Justin, Boys’ Help, Girls’ Help, St. Louis

“I don’t want to go have snacks. I want to hear more stories!” Castlio student

“I love the story, and even more I love the emotion in the teller’s voice,” Kevin Young.

Listening to Frog and Friends made me smile–I mean really big, even though I was all alone!  It is so much fun!  Both the music and the stories are artful, and I love the enthusiasm that bubbles up in your young listeners.  I’m getting ready to run another errand, and I can hardly wait to hear more “Frog and Friends.”–Mary Grace Ketner  http://talesandlegends.net/

I just spent an happy hour listening to Mary Garrett’s new CD. Mary deftly weaves the story of her “adopted” frog, Prince, throughout the CD. Listeners will learn the difficulties of frog feeding in “My Frog. Prince.” Her take on “Wide Mouth Frog” is too cute. I can just see the frog with his survey clipboard.

You just have to hear “Bill’s Iguana” to learn how this pet creates a Thanksgiving dinner dilemma and how he saved the family jewels! “One Wish,” “Grandmother Spider,” “Lost Purse,” and “Lightning Bug Story” add just the right combination of traditional and original tales with the perfect amount of imagination and wit.

“Princess Joy,” another original story, provides a very important lesson for listeners of all ages.     Way to go, Mary!

Let the Stories & Songs Begin!   Carol Connolly        WWW.TALESNTUNES.NET

Mary has given us a very rare and wonderful gift… bringing us some beautiful stories intertwined with her personal experiences with a precious friend!  She seamlessly weaves in the story of her endearing little tree frog Prince with some traditional tales … you’ll hear her adaptation of Aaron Shepard’s tale More Than a Match… with an assist from some delightful little friends.  Listen in to Story Lovers World and enjoy your journey from “here” to “there”! !! It’s a wise tale told so well!     http://thmm.com/ksvy/  Thanks, Mary, for sharing your stories with us!

Jackie Baldwin  Story Lovers World    www.story-lovers.com

Courage and Wisdom:  Stories Make the World Go Around 

Courage and Wisdom: Stories Make the World Go Around

By Mary Garrett

To hear  short snippets, click on the links for CD Baby or iTunes.  King Solomon Story on YouTube.

1) Real or Make Believe (5 min.)

All good stories contain truth, and this one actually happened. My father was my first storyteller, and I joyously carry his gift of story along with my kindergarten teacher’s gift of respect as I invite listeners into the world of make-believe.

2) Smell of the Bread (2 min.)

This story can be found in many variations. I have heard it as Jewish and Arabic in origin. On a flight from Istanbul, a Chinese medical student claimed it as Chinese. Stories travel light and need no passport.

3) Innkeeper’s Wise Daughter (11 min.)

Riddles within riddles, and a love story. I’ve seen it attributed as Jewish or European (and I loved it on Corinne Stavish’s tape).

4) Mary Culhane (8 min.)

I told this scary story at an Irish festival in St. Charles. Afterward, a woman asked if she could buy it on CD, which put this project on my “to do” list. Now if I could just find that woman . . .

5) King Solomon (2 min.)

Shall we live forever? Karen Chace found this story of King Solomon’s toughest judgment — a bit of perspective on life, wisdom, and coffee.

6) Scheherazade (10 min.)

The frame story of 1001 Arabian Nights. Scheherazade became my hero the first time I heard her story, and I’ve loved every version since. Could stories save the kingdom? The world? I hope so!

7) King Solomon (1 min.)

This wonderful Sufi tale is my mantra on difficult days. I first heard it as told by Doug Lipman, and it was my farewell story when I retired from teaching.

8) Minstrel Queen  (10 min.)

This story is also known as “The Lute Player.” I learned it for my friend Susan’s wedding. The tiny bit of singing in it is only possible because of the “Singing for People Who’ve Been Asked Not To” class at COCA (Center of Creative Arts).

9) Heaven and Hell (3 min.)

I used to tell this story early in the school year to set a tone of cooperation for my classes. In the Chinese story the problem is very long chopsticks.

10)Broken Fan (4 min.)

A Spanish story remembered from high school, a favorite at the Renaissance Faire.

11) Black Bubble Gum (13 min.)

Inspired by a John Steinbeck story, told with help from Brianna, Hannah, and Josiah.

Praise for Courage and Wisdom: Stories Make the World Go Around

We absolutely love your cd! The music and nature sounds add a very nice touch! Well done!

—  Annie Gross (and Hannah, Josiah, and Marc)

I really enjoyed your CD. Your voice is not pretentious, but is in the natural, conversational tone that makes good storytelling. I felt like I had sat with you for the time and just had a “talk.” Congratulations, you have a created a product to be proud of for a long time.

—  Mike Anderson

Thanks to

Mike Anderson at http://www.dulcimerguy.com for the use of his music, •”Simple Gifts” and “The Minstrel Boy.”

•Mike Ehrhard at Sidetrack Recording Studios, 314-432-0447

•Elizabeth Ellis for holding me in the light through this project and to many other storytelling friends for help and support

•My former students for listening and commenting. One young man asked, “Are all your stories about women?” Not all, but I do love strong women stories and tell them often. Not only is feminism not a dirty word, but it’s also not new. There have always been strong and capable women, and thank goodness for that!

 

Each CD    Courage and Wisdom     Frog & Friends   is $10.00 U.S., and $2.00 for shipping and handling to anywhere in the continental U.S.; add $0.50 shipping for each additional CD.

Also available

Prince the Frog Picture Book  $10

•Little chap books of father’s stories, collected and edited by Mary Garrett   $10 each or all 3 for $25  plus $2.50 shipping

Bedtime Stories by Daddy John (Fussner) 35 pages   “Sweet dreams,” stories of fairies and nature

Stories from the Land of Make Believe by Daddy John (Fussner) 53 pages  Dough Doughy and friends build a church, face a blizzard, enjoy life.

Homespun Stories from Uncle John 32 pages   Old time tall tales in dialect: mosquitoes big enough to eat a car, a mixed-up hen, pet skunks

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