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Classical Kids Storytime: 'A Farmer's Tale'

Classical Kids Storytime: Farmer's Tale Nancy Carlson for MPR
4min 30sec : Classical Kids Storytime: A Farmer's Tale

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Where does your food come from? Farmers, of course! Hear a famous poem about the hard work of growing food in A Farmer's Tale, the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring traditional Chinese folk tunes and original illustrations by Nancy Carlson.

(See more of Carlson's illustrations in the gallery.)

Classical Kids Storytime is supported by
Minnesota College Savings Plan.

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Our telling of A Farmer's Tale includes excerpts from the following recordings:

Xu Pingxin: "Crescent Moon in Deep Night" and "Planting Song"
Pan Jing and Ensemble: "Twittering Birds on the High Mountains"
Hanshin Chinese Folk and Dance Ensemble: "The Hill Named Youth"
ARC 2616

Dehai Liu, Ming-yuan Liu, Runfu Zhu, Shang-e Fan, Xiang-ting Li: "Chinese Folk Song: Song in the Jiao Mode"
Marco Polo 225840

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.


Narrator: Eric Xu Romani
Poet: Li Shen (adapted by Eric Xu Romani)
Illustrator: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: James Napoli
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: A Farmer's Tale Nancy Carlson for MPR
Today, we bring you back to ancient China during the Tang Dynasty, which was over 1,000 years ago. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The Tang Dynasty is considered China's golden age of culture. During this time, musicians and artists thrived, while poets and thinkers were made famous. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Every morning, the farmer climbed out of bed, grabbed a Starbucks coffee and jumped into his tractor. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Every morning at daybreak, the farmer climbed out of bed and ate some leftover bread. Nancy Carlson for MPR
As the sun rose over his head, sweat dripped into the soil bed. Nancy Carlson for MPR
With every swing of the hoe, another seed to sow. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Does your dinner grow on trees? Nancy Carlson for MPR
The farmer pulls the weeds. Nancy Carlson for MPR

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