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Maya and the Turtle: A Korean Fairy Tale

Written by:
John C. Stickler , Soma Han
Narrated by:
Talulah Shadrick

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2020
0 hours 11 minutes
Soma's mother, T.M. Song, was a storyteller and this is a tale she used to tell her daughters when they were little girls. Her mother had told it to her when she was growing up in a rural village in Korea during the reign of King Kojong.. The underlying lesson is filial piety, respect for one's parents, presented in an engrossing Oriental Cinderella story..
This title won the 2014 Morning Calm Medal, voted first by upper elementary students in 12 International Schools across South Korea.. (To view the 99-second trailer visit and enter Maya and the Turtle.)
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Titti C.

I listened to the audio book version of this fairy tale and it was adorable! The narrator, Talulah Shadrick is young so she gave the story the right spin. It wouldn't have had the same effect if an adult woman had told the story, so the choice of the narrator was great. Maya and the Turtle is a story Soma Han's mother used to tell her and her sister. I liked this bit, because I think fairy tales are what makes us dream despite reality is not glitter and gold. Fairy tales make us believe that there is hope, there is light, there is love. Maya is a young girl when she loses her mother. In this short story we see how she never gives up despite life is not kind with her, because Maya is a courageous girl who thinks about others before she thinks about herself. This selflessness is repaid at the end, because Maya's future turns brighter than how one may think. I loved that there were also some background effects in the audio book, because they made the storytelling much fascinating. I really love to hear about these types of stories, and one of the reasons I decided to listen to this one is that it was a Korean story. I would surely love to hear more Korean fairy tales in the future!

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