Sunday, February 14, 2010

Little Orley Stories & A Giveaway!

 The Give Away is over- Congratulations, SHANNON!

I think it can be tough to find listening and reading material of good quality for my kids. I find that the longer ago the book was published, the safer we are when it comes to quality of content. So much that is put out there for kids to read and listen to today is either much too old for the age targeted or twaddle. But that's just my opinion.

That said, I can't believe I haven't written about the Little Orley Stories before now. These stories were created and narrated by Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum (also know as "Uncle Lumpy") for a radio program in the late 1940's. I know about these treasures because my dad and his brother listened to these weekly radio programs when they were boys. Hugh Brannum went on to join the cast of Captain Kangaroo as Mr. Green Jeans.

Uncle Lumpy is on the left.

The Little Orley Stories tell of the amazing adventures of a little boy on his farm. The stories are narrated in many different voices with instrumental accompaniment. We have all the CDs and the children LOVE them. At the end of each story is often a little lesson or moral, some quite amusing. These stories are wholesome, entertaining (some told in rhyme) and often very funny- even for adults. I've made tapes of our CDs for friends and have given these CDs as birthday gifts. They are a fun listen for all ages.


There are three Little Orley Stories CDs out there (Little Orley Stories, More Little Orley Stories and Little Orley Radio Shows)- all carried by Red Hen Books and Toys.

Click here to listen to three entire Little Orley Stories. Go ahead! Go give them a listen and come back. I'll wait.

THE GIVEAWAY:

Now, here's the fun part...while I was getting ready to publish this post, I thought how fun it would be to give away one of these marvelous CDs. I contacted the good folks at Red Hen Books and Toys and they said they would be happy to give the winner of this drawing their choice of one of these Little Orley Stories CDs! Thank you Red Hen Books and Toys!

To be entered in this giveaway, leave a comment telling me who you would give your copy of Little Orley Stories if you win. Once the winner is identified, they will need to tell me which CD they would like and provide me with their address, so that Red Hen Books and Toys can mail them their free CD. Only one entry per household. If you enter anonymously, please leave your initials or some way for me to identify you. I will randomly draw the winner sometime on Thursday!

"That's all!" - Uncle Lumpy Pin It

27 comments:

  1. Of course I'd give it to the kiddos! I'm with you always looking for audio for the them. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I would love to give one to my son. He loves listening to stories as he falls asleep at night. I've never heard of these, we'll give them a listen!
    Cindy

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  3. Now that's what I'm talking about...:) thanks for this link! I'll be sure to try these with the boys.
    We tried to listen to 'green Knowe' last night, but everyone fell asleep- me included, but what I heard was good, and I can't wait to go back to it.
    I like having a good read-aloud, but I also love having a story recording for a change of pace.
    Thanks!

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  4. That looks like fun! I would give it to my boys and probably pass it around to my younger siblings! They LOVE listening to books on tape and stories! One of their favorites is Ranger Bill!

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  5. The tape you so generously made for my kids has practically disintegrated. We'd LOVE more Orley stories.

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  6. I feel guilty entering again, but I had such great luck last time...Without a doubt, this would go to my wonderful niece and nephew!

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  7. I had to comment on this as auditory learning as a reinforcement of good instruction and parenting at home is so often overlooked. This is a highly valuable way to teach kids and redeem the time, using every moment to capture their heart and cultivate a culture in the home of beautiful values and Biblical truths. When my first born arrived, my number one item on the baby gift list was a tape recorder (CD's weren't popular yet) and some tapes with quality music, good stories, and Bible stories. It was a huge blessing for them. (We wore out several tape players and graduated to CD players). My younger ones still love to listen to these!

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  8. As much as I'd want to keep them for my kids, I think I'd have to give them to my mom. She loved Little Orley and I've actually thought about buying the CDs for her. I remember her reciting Little Orley and His Adventures As A Worm for us. The old record she memorized it off of is so worn that it doesn't play anymore. If I don't win - thanks for the reminder, anyway!

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  9. How thoughtful of you to set this up! Our family loves listening to audio books, and my boys would love the Little Orley stories.

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  10. You are so cool! I love your giveaways (esp since I actually won the last one - thanks, by the way - the blender is really cool!). I would love to have one for my kids - they really like audiobooks of The Magic Treehouse, and I am happy to hear of another audiobook that they would likely enjoy.

    Patty R

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  11. I am looking forward to listening to the three stories with our grandson to see what he thinks of them. We have been looking for a something to replace the music he loves to listen to while falling asleep and this might just be it. Thanks for the great idea. So yes, I would love to get one of these for the grandson.:)

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  12. How fun! I'm glad you reminded me that I need to expose myself and my children to Little Orley. Yes, my dad has great memories of listening to Little Orley with his brother growing up, and I would love to pass these stories onto my kids!

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  13. Monkey boy would love this! He listens to books on cd every night. What a great giveaway :)

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  14. Throw my name in the hat too. We listen to books on CD on all our roads trips to the National Parks located throughout the western US. Then we pass them along to other families like ours. By the way if you're ever interested in listening to the CS Lewis "Chronicles of Narnia" series check out the Focus on the Family multi CD production. It kept us spellbound through three different road trips over the course of a year. Robin

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  15. Arwen always listens to stories as she falls asleep, and I'd love something new for her. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    --Jodi

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  16. I'd love to have them for my boys! Especially my Matt...I think he would love them.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  17. Thanks for posting about this. I would love to share more of these stories with my kiddos!
    Shannon

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  18. I would love to have them for my little girl and her little brother/sister someday. Thanks for another great giveway!! EMW

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  19. oh my nephew & great niece would SOOO enjoy this CD. They live in the city but love to visit my parents' small farm here in the country. :o) ~ Christy

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  20. Ginny and Clint would love a new story CD. Thanks. Carmen

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  21. Just now read this post. Our computer was down for a few days. I would give it to my 8 year old son. Sounds great. I never heard of Little Orley before.

    Aunt V

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  22. These CD's sound so great. My kids would love them and their cousins would too. Thanks for the giveaway and letting me know about Little Orley!

    my email: hstall@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  23. We use audio stories for give-mom-a-few-minutes-to-prepare-dinner time. These sound like they would work perfectly.

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  24. I would give them to my three kids...I hope I win. they sound great!

    renabeth@yahoo.com

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  25. I have such wonderful memories of listening to my Grandfather's old time radio recordings. I would share these with my three children and pass the memories on to a new generation. Thanks!

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  26. I would give this to my daughter to listen to during nap time, but I would also share it with the cousins. Thanks for sharing this!

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  27. I just LOVE your blog. I found you through your interview at Clover Lane:0). Definitely, I would give the CD to my beautiful children! We love listening to things from that generation.

    ~Julia

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