IN-PERSON: Rebecca Sheir & Composer Eric Shimelonis

Join author Rebecca Sheir and composer Eric Shimelonis from the award-winning children’s podcast, Circle Roundfrom WBUR, as they introduce a new picture books series! Rebecca's books A TASTE OF HONEY and THE TALE OF THE UNWELCOME GUEST are both colorfully illustrated folktales based off a popular Circle Round podcast episode. At the event, Rebecca and Eric will host a unique storytime with live music and activities for kids. Register to attend this free event below. 

ABOUT A TASTE OF HONEY:
In a village in the countryside lived a woman named Kamala who had the most delicious honey you’ve ever tasted. She collected honey from her hives to sell at the market, but business was slow, and she and her father were struggling to get by. Kamala knew she had to do something, so when she heard that the king’s son was getting married and all the villagers were invited to the party, she got an idea.

When Kamala’s first plan doesn’t exactly work out and seven tricky thieves try to steal from her, she has to rely on her own wits to outsmart them—and discovers a rather sweet reward.

The colorful illustrations of Chaaya Prabhat, who lives in Chennai, India complement Circle Round podcast host Rebecca Sheir's original adaptation of this traditional Indian folktale. Specially designed to be read aloud and shared, the story is accompanied by questions and prompts for conversation, along with creative storytelling activities.

The creators of the award-winning podcast Circle Round, produced by WBUR radio (Boston's NPR station), bring their beloved combination of folktales and storytelling activities to book form in the first branded Circle Round book series. Podcast host, Rebecca Sheir, has uncovered folktales from a broad range of traditions, all exploring timeless values, such as kindness, generosity, acceptance, and more. 

ABOUT THE TALE OF THE UNWELCOME GUEST: 
The town beside the sea was abuzz with the news. The governor was holding a grand banquet and everyone was invited—everyone! But no one was as excited as Nasruddin. 

On the day of the celebration, Nasruddin works hard in his vineyard picking and squishing grapes. He planned to wear his special long red silk coat, but at the end of the day it’s too late for him to go home and change! When he arrives at the banquet in his grape-juice-stained work clothes, he looks different from what the townspeople were expecting. But Nasruddin is a clever fellow—and he figures out a most delicious way to teach the town a lesson about judging people for the way they look.  

The colorful illustrations of Turkish-born artist Mert Tugen complement Circle Round podcast host Rebecca Sheir's original adaptation of this Middle Eastern folktale. Specially designed to be read aloud and shared, the story is accompanied by questions and prompts for conversation, along with creative storytelling activities.

The creators of the award-winning podcast Circle Round, produced by WBUR radio (Boston's NPR station), bring their beloved combination of folktales and storytelling activities to book form in the first branded Circle Round book series. Podcast host, Rebecca Sheir, has uncovered folktales from a broad range of traditions, all exploring timeless values, such as kindness, generosity, acceptance, and more. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rebecca Sheir is the author of the Circle Round books The Unwelcome Guest and A Taste of Honey, and the host, writer, and producer of the Circle Round storytelling podcast for kids and the grown-ups they love. Distributed by WBUR (Boston's NPR station), Circle Round is heard in all 50 states and nearly 200 countries, and has been featured in the New York TimesThe Washington Post, and TIME. Sheir has also brought thousands of stories to life as a news reporter on public-radio shows like Morning EditionAll Things ConsideredHere & NowThe Splendid Table, and Marketplace. She’s hosted several weekly news programs, including AK (Alaska Public Media) and Metro Connection (WAMU 88.5), along with podcasts for the Folger Shakespeare Library and Slate Magazine. Sheir holds a BA in Film Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and son. 

Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 11:00am
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Books: 
A Taste of Honey: Kamala Outsmarts the Seven Thieves; A Circle Round Book By Rebecca Sheir, Chaaya Prabhat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Sheir, Chaaya Prabhat (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635864922
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - June 28th, 2022

The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest: Nasruddin Teaches the Town a Lesson; A Circle Round Book By Rebecca Sheir, Mert Tugen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rebecca Sheir, Mert Tugen (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635863147
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - June 28th, 2022