Michael uses story, song, dance, instruments and a cast of humorous & dramatic characters to present "a dynamic and powerful performance" (Librarian, Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, Connecticut). His programs on Earth stewardship & cultural diversity—and his residencies on storytelling, indigenous cultures & the environment—weave together the arts, social studies, science, language, music & dance. He has recorded two storytelling CD's of traditional tales from around the world: THE RAINBOW GARDEN: TALES OF WISDOM (ages 5-10) and THE WISDOM OF NATURE AND OTHER EARTH TALES (ages 11 to adult). Co-author KEEPERS OF THE EARTH®; author of EARTH TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD; CATCH THE WIND, HARNESS THE SUN, NATIVE AMERICAN GARDENING and THROUGH A NATURALIST’S EYES: EXPLORING THE NATURE OF NEW ENGLAND. Michael's latest book—THE GARDEN OF WISDOM: EARTH TALES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST—has been nominated for the Middle East Book Award, and has received the Brimstone Award (for applied storytelling) from the National Storytelling Network. Other awards include: RIF (Reading is fundamental) Multicultural Book Award, Aesop Prize, Teachers Choice Award, NAPPA Gold, Storytelling World Award, Green Earth Honor Book Award & New England Environmental Educator Award. Sample programs: Keepers of the Earth; Flying Turtles & Talking Bears; Kids’ Power: Renewable Energy for Today’s Kids; Earth Tales Around the World; Native American Thanksgivings; Rainbow Garden: Celebrating Cultural Diversity; Native American Games; Moths & Monsters, Bats & Bones. "The best program we've ever had." Teacher, Bernardston, Mass.
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