With a gift for phrasing and subtle characterization, Birch’s narration blends her candor with the tenderness of a trustworthy friend. These new recordings astound! — Dr. Gwendolyn Nowlan, Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University.
More Than A Cup of Kindness
A balm to the soul in a weary world, Carol Birch’s luminous stories and warm, soothing voice assure us that even in the most desperate of times the human capacity for compassion and kindness shines like a beacon to guide our way." — Jennifer Munro, storyteller and author
EXCHANGE is recorded here, as told by me, and most of it is just as Bradbury wrote it. Nonetheless, after forty years as a librarian, I would counter it is not books on the shelves, but books waiting to be shelved that overwhelm a library staff. And, the sound of children laughing remained a joy throughout my career; it was the sound of children shrieking that left me ragged.
Bradbury wrote that books are satisfying “like fresh bread when you’re hungry.” Here is one warm story to savor.
Ray Bradbury remarked he didn’t go to college; he went to the library! Here is one from yesteryear: rubber stamps mark due dates; wooden drawers hold catalog cards; and one woman alone can “man” a library. In his tender story, Bradbury captures the paradox of treasured books both enlarging our world and leading us home.
Spirits abound in "EXCHANGE," and this recording is dedicated to the spirit of Kate McClelland (1937-2009), friend and extraordinary librarian.
“With story slams’ endless commentaries about personal lives, it is refreshing—and necessary—to have someone like Carol who knows we often understand ourselves and our world best through the universal mirror of great literature.”—Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi
“Carol’s either the best short-story teller or the best, short storyteller around—either way she has the timing to know the difference.”— Donald Davis
Carol Birch Records Through The Years
A two disc CD set with material previously recorded.
DISC ONE re-issues three stories from the cassette
"No sound effects or background music are provided or needed. The storyteller's expressive, clear voice holds the listener's attention." -Fritz Mitnick School Library Journal, April, 1994
DISC TWO contains a corrected, re-edited & re-mastered version of L—G-----: The Story of a Great Man.
Birch's storycrafting is nuanced, capturing the essential qualities of the man in carefully chosen words and images. A fine listen for older children and families.
“Birch’s voice is fluid with expression and the range of emotions satisfying resonant for both characters and narrator. Superlatively produced…” Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books, Spring, 1998
Buy all three for $35; CT residents add 6.35% tax.
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