Classical Kids Storytime: 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

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The sorcerer lived in a kind of castle, a big thing made of stone, high on a forest-covered hill near a stream. Georgie was his young apprentice. Nancy Carlson for MPR
13min 28sec : Classical Kids Storytime: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

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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 Classical Kids Storytime, featuring illustrations by acclaimed children's author Nancy Carlson. Along the way, we'll hear some wonderful melodies by French composer Paul Dukas.

Be sure to explore the gallery below for more illustrations by Carlson.

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Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Jean, conductor
Naxos 554066

Paul Dukas: La Peri
RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Jean-Luc Tingaud, conductor
unClassified unC104

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Credits

Storyteller: Valerie Kahler, with Michael Barone as the Sorcerer
Writer: Valerie Kahler, adapted from the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe poem
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

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Georgie walked miles and miles every single day, sticking his arms into bramble bushes to pluck the berries and digging by hand into the soft earth by the stream for a certain kind of worm. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Collecting and hauling firewood was among Georgie's many chores for the wizard. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Georgie would take a bucket of water in each hand and run all the way down the hill to the stream, fill the buckets, and then walk back up the hill. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Georgie fetched water for a big container in the kitchen for drinking and cooking, plus an enormous tub for the wizard's daily bath. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Sometimes, Georgie even had to fetch a gnome... Nancy Carlson for MPR
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... For the wizard to try out a sleeping potion. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Georgie awoke to find himself up to his neck in water. The broom! The broom was still fetching water! Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Before Georgie knew it, he had created an entire army of water-carrying brooms, who continued their relentless work. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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The sorcerer lived in a kind of castle, a big thing made of stone, high on a forest-covered hill near a stream. Georgie was his young apprentice. Nancy Carlson for MPR