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Welcome to YourClassical Kids Storytime from American Public Media, offering classic stories with a classical twist. Each episode features our storytellers recounting childhood favorites along with related classical music.

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    • Kids & Family

Welcome to YourClassical Kids Storytime from American Public Media, offering classic stories with a classical twist. Each episode features our storytellers recounting childhood favorites along with related classical music.

    'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

    'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

    What happens when an impatient young apprentice tries to cast his own magic spells for the first time? It's a water catastrophe! Find out how his adventure unfolds in 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice,' the latest installment of YourClassical Storytime, featuring illustrations by acclaimed children's author Nancy Carlson.

    • 13 min
    'KinderLute'

    'KinderLute'

    Four friends -- a violin, viola, cello and bass -- are nervous about meeting their new owners. Will the young musicians learn to play properly and treat their string instruments with care? Find out in 'KinderLute,' the latest episode of YourClassical Storytime, featuring music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and illustrations by Eusebius Williams.

    • 9 min
    'Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten'

    'Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten'

    The first day of school can be overwhelming with new friends, new places and new experiences. Especially, if you are a very special kitty. Enjoy the latest YourClassical Storytime episode 'Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten,' by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata.

    • 8 min
    'Old Nasuk and the Flying Song'

    'Old Nasuk and the Flying Song'

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    What happens when an old man discovers a love for singing after a magical flying boat takes him on a journey of self-discovery? See what musical surprises await in the latest YourClassical Storytime episode, Old Nasuk and the Flying Song, an Inuit folk tale that features traditional Inuit throat singing and enchanting music by Claude Debussy, with John Nasukaluk Clare as the guest storyteller and original art by Xee Reiter!(See more of her illustrations in the gallery.)













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    Our telling of Old Nasuk and the Flying Song includes excerpts from the following work:

    Claude Debussy:

    Images for Orchestra: No. 1 GiguesJun Markl, conductorLyon National Orchestra

    Nocturnes (Nuages, Fêtes, Sirenes)Ernest Ansermet, conductorSuisse Romande Orchestra

    Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

    Jean Oqhena / Frank Kuptana

    ‘Three connected songs’

    ‘The song floats up within me’

    Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways

    Donald James Ross

    Throat Singing

    Credits
    Storyteller: John Nasukaluk Clare

    Adaptation: Valerie Kahler

    Illustrations: Xee Reiter

    Producer: Valerie Kahler

    Digital producer: Jeffrey Yelverton

    Senior digital producer: Randy Salas

    Program director: Julie Amacher


    Gallery






    Xee Reiter

    YourClassical Storytime - Old Nasuk and the Flying Song









    Xee Reiter

    Old Nasuk did not like singing.









    Xee Reiter

    When he heard music, he would leave as fast as he could.









    Xee Reiter

    While hunting, he noticed some singing coming from the river.









    Xee Reiter

    The ship began to fly!









    Xee Reiter

    They tied his canoe to the boat.









    Xee Reiter

    Nasuk and the singers followed the river.









    Xee Reiter

    Nasuk forgot the flying song.









    Xee Reiter

    Nasuk returns to his village.

    • 6 min
    'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'

    'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'

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    What happens when three Billy Goats Gruff run out of food to munch on their mountainside? Will they dare go up against the evil troll, who's blocking the way to a field filled with delicious green grass and sweet clover? See what musical surprises await in the YourClassical Storytime episode The Three Billy Goats Gruff, featuring music from Bedrich Smetana and art by Nancy Carlson! (See more of her illustrations in the gallery.)













    YourClassical Storytime is supported by Minnesota College Savings Plan.


    More: Other YourClassical Storytime adventures

    Educators: YourClassical Storytime meets Common Core Standards

    Available in major podcast portals!

    YouTube

    Watch now



    Playlist
    Our telling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff includes excerpts from the following work:

    Bedrich Smetana: Ma VlastAntoni Wit, conductorPolish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

    Credits
    Storyteller: Scott Blankenship (with Steve Seel)

    Story: Steve Seel

    Illustrations: Nancy Carlson

    Producer: Steve Seel

    Digital producer: Jeffrey Yelverton

    Social media producer: Brooke Knoll

    Senior digital producer: Randy Salas

    Program director: Julie Amacher


    Gallery






    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    YourClassical Storytime - The Three Billy Goats Gruff









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The three Billy Goats Gruff - small, medium and large!









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The Billy Goats Gruff graze on the mountain.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The brothers have run out of plants to eat.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The lush valley below is full of food to eat.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The biggest Billy Goat warns the others of a troll down in the valley.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The smallest Billy Goat isn't afraid of the troll.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The smallest Billy Goat sneaks down to the valley alone.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    He stops when he comes to the bridge the troll lives under.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The troll doesn't like to be bothered.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The troll grabs the smallest Billy Goat to eat.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The troll lets the smallest Billy Goat pass.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The medium Billy Goat Gruff meets the troll on the bridge.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The troll snatches the medium Billy Goat by the horns.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    The troll allows the medium Billy Goat to pass.









    Nancy Carlson for MPR

    • 11 min
    'Old Mother Hubbard'

    'Old Mother Hubbard'

    Are you ready for the cutest dog ever? See what musical surprises await in 'Old Mother Hubbard' -- the new episode of YourClassical Storytime, featuring art by Nancy Carlson!

    • 4 min

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