Reviewed for First Grade, 2010

You can't beat a darn good story, and award-winning performance artist Bill Harley delivers. This recording, his latest collection of stories and songs, is all about unexpected and wonderful occurrences; whether it be the old lady with the magic candy, the talking bird with the singing leaves, or the princess who was pretty on the outside and pretty on the inside. Harley is at once funny, sentimental, bombastic, and soft-spoken, with a polished, yet casual delivery. A great way to share the joy of traditional storytelling. (Round River, $15.98)