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Michele Hemenway
Educational Consultant, Louisville, KY

As an educator and consultant to schools and families, I know that children, teachers and parents today are keenly aware of the power of traditional wonder tales to help the soul to thrive. In the performances and recordings of storyteller Beatrice Bowles, with Sara MacLean’s original music, listeners can enjoy whole, beautiful feasts of classic stories with universal themes. Youngsters instinctively search the world for lessons, archetypal cautions and pearls of wisdom handed down by humanity. Hearing these stories at home or in the car or the classroom, children will be fed over and over again, each time gaining more solid footing on their pathways through life.

Sharon Gamson Danks
Children and Nature Network

My favorites are the spider stories, and I love all of the different voices/characters you create as you tell them on the CDs. Lovely. I will share them with my nephews who are the perfect age.

Dana Sherry
Director, Silk Road House, Berkeley

Your telling of The Leopard and the Jinn was beautiful –the adults and children in the audience were spellbound. Your telling of it captured moments of humor, suspense, and romance. Your rich, melodious voice is a joy to hear. You transformed an all-too-predictable fairy tale ending into an empowerment of girls and opened a window into Afghan culture. We were lucky to hear your performance!

Matt Beagle
Producer, Audible (an Amazon Company)

We hired Beatrice to record two stories told live for our original collection Story Party: The Complete Collection. With over eight hours of stories to choose from, we elected to start the collection off with one from Beatrice since she has the perfect voice and performance style to help one get lost in the world of stories. Beatrice’s tales from different cultures were both fun and imaginative. We love her stories for children and adults and endorse her storytelling prowess!

Adam Zappa
La Scuola Elementary School, First Grade Teacher

One of the loveliest qualities that Beatrice brings to our classroom is an understanding of different world cultures though the stories she tells and weaves together. If we could, we would have her in every week. Beatrice captivates children of all ages with her storytelling and thread spinning. She is master of her craft.

Jane Shaw
Dean of Religious Life, Stanford University, Palo Alto

You are a brilliant storyteller!

Marilyn Yalom
PhD, Writer The Amorous Heart

Your wonderful stories give me hope for my grandchildren. If there are still people like you telling such stories, then maybe the future will not be as bleak as the present.

Sara Buchanan McLean
Composer/musician, Louisville, KY

I want you to know how much your stories mean to me. Somehow, since I’ve know you, little bits and pieces of them pop into my mind when I’m in trouble or worried or excited or happy – especially in these troubled times. Stories are important! And you tell them beautifully.

Samantha Cahill Lyons
Acupuncturist, San Rafael, CA

You put into voice what all of us really want. You put me right back into the marvelous place of wonder and hope. Thank you so much.

Heather Mc Farlin
Artist, Isle of Palms, SC

You so clearly voice the questions I have always wondered but never asked out loud. The stories are wonderful arguments for love, acceptance and honoring all people, not just those on our own spiritual path. Your stories are a true gift.

Sean Buvala
StoryTeller.net

The latest CD by Beatrice will take children on a journey of words and music, allowing their imaginations to soar. “Cloudspinner and the Hungry Serpent,” a collaborative project between Bowles and musician/composer Sara MacLean, lets listeners “wander through castles in the clouds.” This collection has the sound that embodies what a storyteller or storytelling event for children should be.

Carla Fava-Schmitt
Berkeley, CA

I love what Beatrice’s stories teach us about nature.

Helen Whitney
PBS NY filmmaker, Into the Night

Wow! Not only are you a brilliant storyteller, but your pleasure in telling the tales deepens the power of the performance. My crew and I listened, enthralled.

John Krich
Father, Writer, Planet Shanghai, Bangkok, Thailand

Amita listens to Heaven’s A Garden in the Heart every morning on the way to school.She already knows “Monkey King” and “The Perilous Pomegranate” by heart!

Sonia Fava
Director, Casa Hispana Language School, San Francisco

My 8 year old and two friends listened over and over to Bea’s stories on a long drive. They even refused to get out until the last story ended… again! Storytelling! Voice, rhythm, all combine to perfection of her CDs. Dramatic, mischievous, funny, sweet, delicate, joyful, Beatrice has all these voices within her! Afterwards I asked the three for comments:

         A: I like that the stories tell you about nature and the seasons.

        B: Bea has a very clear voice and can make so many voices.

        C: I loved everything and there was nothing I did not like!

        Q: Any recommendations?

A, B, & C: MORE STORIES! I cannot wait for her next CD!

Arden Bucklin-Sporer
Director, Education Outside, San Francisco

Your stories have a real edge, as wonder tales should, which makes them fascinating, a tiny bit scary, and relevant. We are so used to the bland Disney-fication of our stories, it is a pleasure to hear such authenticity. Finally, your storytelling is fantastic. You have such a beautiful voice, do a great job with different characters, and your accompanist underscores the drama beautifully.

Alessioe deCapua
Director, Eden Project, Cornwall, England.vito

A wonderful CD: what a tremendous selection of stories! I particularly felt the force of the evil teachings (fight, hate, hoard and gamble!) in The Dangerous Journey–and in the current world of politics. The cross-dressing Thor fighting the king of giants made me smile broadly. I will share this with my Eden Project colleagues!

Malcolm Margolin
Publisher, Heyday Books, Berkeley

What an engaging retelling of stories, shimmering with the magic of creation!

Lucinda
Fifth Grade, Bank Street School, New York City

Your stories are mind boggling, mysterious, thoughtful, exciting, funny, mystical, and off the wall!

David
Fourth Grade, Bank Street School, New York City, NY

I really liked the stories that you told us. You are probably the only person that I have met who really likes their job. You tell the stories with a lot of feeling and it makes me feel like I’m watching a movie or reading a book.

Dixie Sheridan
Director, Powerhouse Theatre, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Beatrice’s stories are lively, witty, and chock full of fun!

Third Grade Reviewers
Spence School, New York City, NY

You have the best stories! We can’t wait to see you again.

Nina Sazecvich
Director, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito CA

Our audiences flock to the theater when you tell stories. Your repertoire of multicultural nature stories fits in so nicely with the kinds of events we do here. You really know how to captivate children. I always look forward to working with you.

Professor Flora Joy
Publisher, StoryTellingWorld.com

Congratulations! Your storytelling resource, Cloudspinner and the Hungry Serpent, will receive one of the prestigious Storytelling World Awards from Storytelling World/Storytelling Magazine.

Bob Hyland
Vice President, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

Beatrice’s spirited myths and stories give children a true understanding of Nature’s sacredness in all nations and foster their own “green wisdom”.

Ula
Age 4

Grammy, I want to hear the story where the whirlwind comes and woooeeees the princesses away.

Diana Kaftan
Ula's grandmother

Ula and I love to travel together on an imaginary journey, transported by Beatrice’s charmingly voiced words and the strains of Sara’s magical music, to conquer “The Little Man No Bigger Than your Thumb with Mustaches Seven Miles Long!

Seijun Yanagida
Director, East-West Seminars

Beatrice Bowles is more than just a storyteller. She doesn’t just tell a story. She creates stories and gets you involved in them. You are in and out of the stories. You experience parts of you either that you have forgotten or never knew you had. Healings occur and lessons are learned in a safe container of story. As a seminar organizer/coordinator, I recommend her highly.

Kathryn Smith
Music Teacher, Louisville Collegiate School, Louisville, KY

Beatrice kept the children absolutely enthralled by her storytelling with the added fun of audience participation–children played simple instruments, danced and sang to Sara’s original music and dazzling piano solos. They thrilled the crowd.

Mary Maggini
Archives Outdoors

We were all – teachers, students, and parents – mesmerized!

Jack Kornfield
Spirit Rock Center, Teacher, Writer, A Path with Heart

World stories are a treasure of humankind. I love the stories Beatrice brings to us!

Deb Anaya
Director, Calvary Pre-School, San Francisco, CA

You always absolutely enchant the children!

Michele Hemenway
Educational Consultant, Louisville, KY

As an educator and consultant to schools and families, I know that children, teachers and parents today are keenly aware of the power of traditional wonder tales to help the soul to thrive. In the performances and recordings of storyteller Beatrice Bowles, with Sara MacLean’s original music, listeners can enjoy whole, beautiful feasts of classic stories with universal themes. Children instinctively search the world for lessons, archetypal cautions and pearls of wisdom handed down by humanity. Hearing these stories at home or in the car or classroom, children will be fed over and over again, each time gaining more solid footing on their pathways through life.

Eric Wu
Teen leader, Chinatown Alleyway Tours, San Francisco

Oh, the stories are so wonderfully told with such lively imagination. I can imagine the story is very fun for kids because they’ll relate to Monkey King–always restless, jumpy, and energetic! A good story takes so much heart and soul and work to put together, so I’m very grateful you shared this with me!

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