Dreaming Tall: Stories for Growing Girls
About the CD: Dreaming Tall: Stories for Growing Girls is an award-winning CD which won a Parents' Choice Gold Award in the spring of 2007. It contains five stories from around the world featuring strong girls and women, with original music and sound effects. It is good for ages 6 to 12, though everybody will enjoy listening to these stories. What the media are saying about this CD: "As a mother of a daughter and as a storyteller, I was curious to see what stories Stéphanie Bénéteau chose for this CD. What guiding messages, reassuring words, support and wisdom would she choose, and in which form. The five stories do not disappoint. (...)The stories are solid, the embedded messages important ones, and Bénéteau's telling brings the whole to life. Her voice is clear and lovely to listen to and she speaks with Polish and expression.(...) The editing on this recording is excellent and the music and sound effects are restrained in volume and strategically placed to add to the listening enjoyment." Mary-Eileen McClear The Appleseed Quarterly The Canadian Journal of Storytelling Winter 2008, p. 15. "Local storyteller Stephanie Bénéteau's new CD offers five wonderful stories with female protagonists, based on tales from around the world. The bilingual storyteller put the collection together because the stories she remembers loving from her own childhood had no girls in them. And though girls and women are predominant, the stories are universal and will appeal to both sexes. The CD is aimed at 5- to 12-year-olds, but my 3 1/2 -year-old also requests them over and over again, which comes as no surprise, given Bénéteau's riveting storytelling style and interesting choice of tales." Montreal Families, May 2007 About the storyteller: Stephanie Bénéteau has been a professional storyteller since 1995. She performs in schools, libraries and concert venues in Québec as part of the government's Artists in Schools program. She has been invited to tell at many festivals, including the Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival, the Ottawa Storytelling Festival, the Toronto Storytelling Festival and many others in France and Canada. She toured Ontario as a storyteller during Canadian Children's Book Week in 2002. She has also told stories on CBC radio, been a guest lecturer at McGill and Concordia Universities and presented at many conferences. Stephanie is a lively and dynamic teller with a large repertoire for young audiences, though she enjoys telling to all ages. She has two young daughters who critique all her new stories and a mixed-up cultural heritage that includes French Canadian, American and Italian.