So if it’s “raining tacos” in your car and that’s driving you crazy, consider The Little Proto Trilogy, three feature-length dinosaur stories by Odds Bodkin. Good for ages four and up. They’re audios, but so full of sound and action they feel like movies. Great adventures. Solid life lessons. Lots of laughs. Even songs to sing.
Buy it today and receive a free autographed Odyssey Poster/Map with your purchase. A full color poster on one side, and a map of the Mediterranean world on the other, this 16″x20″ map shows where, according to scholars’ best guesses, all 42 episodes of The Odyssey took place.
Epics and Children’s Downloads for Christmas. Explore Odds Bodkin’s Shop for last minute storytelling gifts like The Odyssey: An Epic Telling (four hours) for older kids and teens, The Little Proto Trilogy for the 4-6 year olds in your life, or Beowulf: The Only One for adults who love a classic yarn.
All told with live character voices, music and sounds .
Adults love it, but kids really do, because it’s filled with too many driveway moments to mention. Odds Bodkin’s THE ODYSSEY: AN EPIC TELLING is four hours long. That’s plenty of imaginative audio for long family drives. And as a download, it delivers to your device in no time.
If you’ve never heard it, take Professor James Tatum of the Dartmouth Department of Classic’s recommendation: “This closest thing we have to a Homeric performance. A tour de force.”
40% Off on Odds Bodkin’s story drives ends tomorrow, December 10th. Check them out. Instant downloads of individual titles always available, too!
Explore a world of myths, folktales, legends and original stories, told with live music, here.
“What is it?” asks the ten year old.
“It’s one of Odds Bodkin the Storyteller’s drives. Come on, let’s plug it in.” The parent inserts the Epic Drive into the parent’s computer and a list of titles appears. “Ever heard of The Odyssey?”
“Ever heard of Zeus, Athena and the ancient Greek gods?”
“In some books at school.”
“All right. Well, way back when, people didn’t have books.”
“Because they hadn’t been invented yet. No books. No TVs. No tablets or phones. But they did have stories. And people called Singers of Tales would come to town to tell stories to crowds of people. A famous one was named Homer. The Odyssey is one of his stories. He used voices and music, and people imagined his adventure, like going to the movies in their minds. That’s how Odds Bodkin does it.”
“So there’s no pictures?”
The parent starts to play the recording. The ten year old hears wind, then bird cries and music. A voice from inside a horse fashioned of wood begins to speak. All is danger, and stealth. In the ten year old’s mind, the walled city of Troy appears in the dawn light.
It’s 1300 B.C. and the Odyssey has begun.
That night, the child stays up late, under the covers, listening, since the tale is four hours long.
Stories for young kids, older kids, teens, parents, even grandparents.
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Last year Mike repaired my snowblower, and this year he came back, just yesterday, to fix the generator. It now runs like a dream and so here in New Hampshire, I’m finally ready for winter. If you lose power and it’s twenty below, with no furnace going, the water pipes freeze in the walls and burst.
“You know that story you gave me?” he asked. “My kids love it. Every time we get in the car, they want to hear it. Even I like it. The other copy’s in my wife’s car.”
I wasn’t sure what story I’d given him. “Which story was that?”
“Little Proto. They really like Ankles. ‘Play the Ankles part’ they say. You gave me those CDs, remember?”
I hadn’t remembered but did now. “Which story was it?” I asked, having made three Little Proto dinosaur recordings for young kids.
“The one about Magnolia Island.”
Ah, I thought, that was the first one. “How old are your kids?”
“Three and five.”
“Have they heard the other two?”
“You mean there are others?”
“Yeah. Better than the first one, in my opinion. Hang on, I’ll see if I can find them.”
I headed inside and upstairs. Might as well give Mike CDs for his kids. T-Rex Adventure is my favorite, with King Geoffrey the Rex and Old Wrinkles the Triceratops doing their grumpy old men thing while rescuing Proto. I found the two CDs, one with a cracked case but with a playable CD inside (we just sell digital versions these days) and gave them to him.
“My kids are gonna freak out,” he said, smiling and taking them.
“Play the one with the T-Rex on the cover first,” I advised. “It’s really funny in places. You’ll meet Bump. He’s a fun character, like Ankles. Volcano’s Fire is the third story, where Proto’s growing up.”
“You’re welcome. Enjoy them.”
Later, at work inside, I heard the generator humming and went to the garage. Mike was finishing up. “I’ll get some ethanol-free gas up in Goshen like you recommended,” I said.
“Makes a huge difference with engines like these.”
“Okay, great. What do I owe you?”
He’d been at the house for over an hour. I was expecting a hundred, maybe a hundred and fifty dollars for the service, since he’d also gotten the snow blower’s drive belts back on. In winter, the snowblower ranks up there with the generator.
“Make it fifty,” he said.
I looked at him.
“Hey,” he said. “You gave me two CDs. My kids are gonna freak out.”
The New York Times calls Odds Bodkin “a consummate storyteller.” Now you can introduce your young child to this master talesman’s award-winning classic albums of gentle nature tales, Little Proto musical dinosaur adventures, American tall tales, rollicking fairy tales and Far East wisdom stories. Perfect for ages 4-7.
Live music on 12-string guitars, Celtic harp, alto recorder, piano and other instruments flavors each audio tale, adding to his fun voices and natural vocal sound effects. Enrich your child’s imagination and character with these award-winning audios. Listen together, talk about them and grow your child’s mind. You’ll enjoy them, too!
The Adventures of Little Proto: A Musical Dinosaur Story
Little Proto’s T-Rex Adventure: A Musical Dinosaur Story
Little Proto and the Volcano’s Fire: A Musical Dinosaur Story
The Teacup Fairy: Very Old Tales for Very Young Children
The Evergreens: Gentle Tales of Nature
With Twinkle in your Eye: Funny Folktales from Everywhere
Rip Roarin’ Paul Bunyan Tales
The Winter Cherries: Holiday Tales from Around the World
The Blossom Tree: Tales from the Far East
All albums in mp3 format. All with original cover art.