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How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin

rhinocerosRudyard Kipling the author of "Just So Stories" created this book in 1902. "Just So Stories" is filled with stories about how different animals from around the world got different body parts. Also the book is filled with different aspects of life and how they came to exist. In the podcast you will hear a story about a Rhino. Rhinoceros are large, thick-skinned, herbivorous mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, of Asia and Africa. Rhinos are found to grow 8 -14 ft long and 3 - 6.5 feet tall. Also they can weight up to 5 tons.

The Norman Public Library Children's Department would like to share a few of these stories with you in the coming months. The second Kipling story is "How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin" read by the fantastic Ms. Basha.

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How the Leopard Got His Spots

lepoard drawingSince 1902, Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories has been entertaining children and adults alike with tales of how things came to be as they are now. The Norman Public Library Children's Department would like to share a few of these stories with you in the coming months. And, to start it off, we have the fantastic Ms. Kim reading "How the Leopard Got Its Spots."

If you would like to follow along, Just So Stories  is available as a book from the library or ebook from our OverDrive collection.

But first, we have provided you with definitions for some words found in the story that you may not know:

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PLS Presents: Children's Fable Podcast

shepherd boy and the wolf“The Boy Who Cried Wolf or “The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf” is one of Aesop’s most well known fables. Many of us know the basic plot in which a boy falsely claims to see a wolf several times and then when a wolf really comes, the town people do not believe him and do not come to help. This basic plotline has even been the inspiration for episodes on some well known television shows. On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Cardassian Garak interpretes the moral as "Never tell the same lie twice". On the Simpsons, Bart attempts to avoid a test with several lies. And on Sesame Street, Cookie Monster enjoys some cookies after no one believes a little boy who cried “Monster” one too many times.

Below, staff at the Moore Public Library have retold the story of the shepherd boy and the wolf for your enjoyment in both English and Spanish.

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PLS Presents: Children's Fable Podcast

Fox and Grapes by Darryl FunkHow is it that fables are still so popular? In searching the library database Books in Print, which lists books currently published, you can find over 6,000 books that concern fables in some shape or form. Writers and artists still draw from the tales of old.

Our illustration this month features the work of one such artist, Darryl Funk. Mr. Funk is a freelance illustrator in Canada who does work for a children's magazine called Zamoof! And he drew a lovely piece featuring the Fox and the Grapes. When asked about why he used a fable for inspiration he said, "For me I think that it's kind of like going back to the beginning. These fables are the basic building blocks for storytelling. The simple, moral lessons are as valid today as they were way back then. I'm sure most modern stories have just taken that information and expanded upon it."

The longevity of fables may be because they were intended to be cautionary tales for dangers which are timeless. They were told to warn those who are weaker and to provide advice on a means of escape from difficult situations - some advice being good and some bad. Perhaps that is why fables are so popular as children's books. They are constants to which both adults and children can relate.

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PLS Presents: Children's Fable Podcast

Ants and Grasshopper image from Project GutenbergAs winter approaches we find ourselves taking stock of our cabinets and ourselves. Many of us will be cashing in food for fines over the next few days. As we do this we ask ourselves, "Do we have enough to last the colder season? Have we done enough to help those around us?"

The December, Children’s Fable Podcast, features a classic tale which touches on the above themes – in the ancient and modern telling.  Most of us know the tale of the Grasshopper and the Ants from the 1934 Walt Disney Silly Symphony  telling. In this version the hard working Ants show compassion for their idle Grasshopper neighbor and share food and shelter during the harsh cold season. In exchange the Grasshopper must earn his keep and entertain the Ants with his fiddle playing.

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