Authors: John C. Stickler, Soma Han
Narrator: Talulah Shadrick
Length: 11 minutes
Publisher: Author’s Republic
Released: Apr. 16, 2020
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….
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Authors are the husband-wife team of John Stickler and Soma Han. Soma is also the illustrator of the picture book. Soma heard the story at her mother’s knee as a child in rural Korea. Her mother heard it from her mother back when King Kojong still ruled the country. John reported the news from Seoul for nine years for the CBS radio network and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Soma has a fine art degree from the California College of the Arts and has illustrated three children’s books. They live on the desert in Southern Arizona. Previously they collaborated on Land of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now, published by Shen’s Books, a division of Lee & Low.
Talulah Shadrick is born and raised in Los Angeles and began her professional acting career at the age of six. Her first three jobs in the industry were high profile, Union commercials which led to her joining SAG-AFTRA at age eight. Talulah also appears in a recurring role on Veep (2012) Season 7 and has a co-starring role in the upcoming fourth season of HBO’s Room 104 (2017) “Generations” episode.
In addition to her acting work in TV, commercials and various independent films, Talulah has trained at Gary Spatz’s The Playground – Young Actors Conservatory in Advanced Classes since the age of five and has had numerous professional coachings with Gary Spatz,Gayla Goehl, Dana Bowling and Donna Grillo for voice over acting. Starting at nine years old to present, Talulah continues her classical voice training with Kate Bass. She is also studying dance with Jacobi Lynn at Aletheia Dance & Performing Arts.
Talulah possesses a crazy advanced vocabulary and is a voracious reader; reading a 500 page book in a day is a normal occurrence. In addition to performing, Talulah also loves creative writing, cooking, baking, jump rope tricks (she takes a class with a four time world champion in jumping rope), swimming, traveling, meeting new people & most of all, her new puppy, Panda. By the way, Talulah also has a wicked sense of humor (probably mostly from her dead pan British side of the family).
When I listened to Maya and the Turtle, I decided that I needed to bring in an expert on children’s books: my 10-year-old daughter. We settled in and listened to this lovely Korean fairy tale.
While I missed looking at the pictures included in the printed book, listening to the audiobook was like being told a bedtime story. It blends lessons on Korean culture and a good moral lesson. It was a great way to spend some time with my daughter, sharing what we both love – books!
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