NAPPA 2005: Spoken Word and Storytelling for Ages 4 and Up
By Marilyn McPhie

Nappa Gold Winners
Once upon a time ... Just hearing those words conjures memories of cuddling close and quieting within, allowing oneself to be gently transplanted into another world. It's an expression that, for kids, ranks right up there with "I love you" and "Want some ice cream?" This year's Gold Award-winning recordings envelop children in a rich collection of warm, funny, thought-provoking and reassuring stories.

Gold Award Winners

Stories in Music: Casey at the Bat, by Stephen Simon with Yadu and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Magic Maestro Music, 2005; $16.98 CD; Professional, but not stuffy, this listener-friendly CD sets this well-known, beloved poem in a landscape of historical background, classical-style music, marches, tangos and sing-along songs. Covers all the bases (so to speak).
Tales and Scales: Stories of Jewish Wisdom, by Karen Golden, Goldenbutton Productions, 2004; $15 CD; Gefilte fish, anyone? Seven tales take listeners from Lithuania to California. All told with zip and laughter (and saxophone, ocarina, accordion, recorder, fiddle, oud, dumbek and mouth orchestra). A great blend of good and good-for-you. And, if you can't get enough of this, check out Karen Golden's Pass It On: A Journey Through the Jewish Holidays in Story and Song.

Honor Award Winners

Buzz, Buzz, Once There Was, by Len Cabral, 2004; $15 CD; Have you ever wondered where stories come from? Len Cabral knows, and in his mesmerizing voice he'll tell you that story plus several more multicultural and inspiring tales.

Magical Tales, by Jessie Modic; Fiddletales, 2002; $13 CD & Book; 707-986-9310. Stories and music - like peanut butter and jelly - are a delicious combination. Two enchanting stories about fairies, fiddles and helpful animals are told against a backdrop of toe-tapping music with fiddle, harp, drum and children's voices.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by EarTwiggles; EarTwiggles Productions Inc., 2005; $16.99 CD; This classic tale is well-told with sound effects, music and a bonus book. Let the cyclone sweep you away with this pared-down version of the story we all know and love.

Return to NAPPA 2005 Award Winners: Spoken Word & Storytelling to see winning albums for other age groups