Azban and the Crayfish
  • Sep 17, 2020 1:00 am
  • 56:50 mins

We always hope that the stories we share with you on The Apple Seed spark memories for you to share with the people that you love. Sometimes those memories are sparked by listening to personal stories, and other times by listening to animal tales. So sit back, relax, and get ready to have the memories wash over you as you listen to stories about crayfish, buzzards, polar bears, and plastic bags. You may also learn a thing or two about why things are the way they are, and how our choices impact living creatures.   On today's episode, enjoy the following: "Azban and the Crayfish" by Jim Bruchac (10:42) You've heard of 'playing dead'. But does it work for raccoons who are just trying to catch some crayfish to eat? You'll enjoy Jim Bruchac's telling of the story, Azban and the Crayfish. Jim frequently adds sound effects to his stories to make the listener feel like he/she is sitting around a campfire with him.  "The Monkey and the Buzzard" by Tim Lowry (9:08) In another story about animals who are up to some tricks, Tim Lowry tells of a buzzard who devises a way to lure his victims in. But when a monkey gets involved, things don't go according to plan. Tim's characterizations and sound effects help you feel a part of the action.  "Polar Bear and Hunting Dog" by The Storycrafters (10:47) In this story from the husband and wife storytelling duo, The Storycrafters (Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns), a couple of friends - a polar bear and a hunting dog - experience a rift in their relationship brought on by food, or the lack thereof. This story exists to explain the presence of a group of stars in the sky, that appear to depict a pack of hunting dogs chasing a polar bear.   "Shelley and Rustle" by Jenni Cargill-Strong (10:49) Here's an ecological story from Jenni Cargill-Strong that contains an important lesson for all of us. It's not about people, it's about stuff. But recounting the adventures of this stuff will make you, as a person, want to be more careful about the stuff you consume and more conscious about the world and its creatures.  "The Hogaphone" by Ed Stivender (9:52) While a lot of the animal stories we've heard on the program today come with a lesson, this one is just for fun. It's Ed Stivender's rendition of a story he heard from David Holt.