Classical Kids Storytime: 'Old Mother Hubbard'

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She went to the pet store to buy Sam some kibble, and then she came home to find him playing a fiddle. Nancy Carlson for MPR
4min 51sec : Classical Kids Storytime: Old Mother Hubbard

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Once upon a time, Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to give her dog, Sam, his dinner. But when she went there, the cupboard was bare, and poor little Sam grew thinner. So she went to get some food. But you won't believe the musical surprise that awaited when she returned.

Listen now to 'Old Mother Hubbard,' the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring a variety of classical music and original illustrations by Nancy Carlson. (See more of her illustrations in the gallery.)

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Our telling of Old Mother Hubbard includes excerpts from the following works:

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Ukrainian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Theodore Kuchar
Amadis 7143

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Partita No. 3
Ilya Kaler, violin
Naxos 570277-78

Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Maurice Andre, trumpet
Stuttgart Radio Symphony, conducted by Hans Muller-Kray
SWR Music 10191

Isaac Albeniz: Leyendas
Norbert Kraft, guitar
Naxos 553999

Mikhail Glinka: Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Maria Graf, harp
SWR 10489

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Credits

Storyteller: Julie Amacher (with Randy Salas)
Story: Julie Amacher, Scott Blankenship and Valerie Kahler
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

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Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to give her dog, Sam, his dinner. But when she went there, the cupboard was bare. And poor little Sam grew thinner. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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She went to the pet store to buy Sam some kibble, and then she came home to find him playing a fiddle. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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She went to the bakery to get him some crumpets. When she returned, Sam was blowing a trumpet. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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She went to the lake where she caught Sam a carp. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Upon her return, he was strumming a harp. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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She went to the market and bought Sam some fruit. When she came back, he was playing a flute. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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She found him a blanket at the local bazaar, and back at home, Sam was playing guitar. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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A trip to the deli to pick up some sushi ended somehow with a doggy watusi. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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When Sam was tired of all of these things, he put down his instruments and started to sing. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Now when Old Mother Hubbard goes to that cupboard, she knows it's not food she'll find there. But Sam's violin, and his trumpet, and harp, and, OK, a great deal of dog hair! You know how your tummy gets hungry for food? Well, sometimes, your soul needs nutrition. You can fill it with music that you hear or you play, just like Sam, the doggy musician. Nancy Carlson for MPR