Eighteen fables explain the origins of common phrases and events. Why rats have dull coats, why hens scratch the dirt, and why the sun comes up when the rooster crows are all creatively described. An ensemble of adults and young girls and boys perform individually and together. A few bars of music separate stories, and animal sound effects abound. The kids are the best, sounding about 8 years old or younger. One boy is a bit stilted, but all in all, this is a fun collection.
©1999 Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss; (P)2000 August House Publishers, Inc.; Music ©2000 John Kirk
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