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About Rob Cleveland
Rob Cleveland is a professional storyteller, award winning author, workshop leader, accomplished film and stage actor as well as a popular comedian. He has also been a keynote speaker for a number of state and regional conferences where he speaks about the unique role of folktales and the important role of the oral tradition in developing reading skills for young children. In addition, Rob is storyteller-in-residence at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. His talent in storytelling landed him at Emory University Law School where he leads workshops for law students about how to tell a good story. Last year, he adapted, directed and appeared in a series of slave stories from High John the Conqueror for the National Black Arts Festival. Although Rob travels across the country, he lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Books By Rob Cleveland
The Bear, the Bat, and the Dove (Story Cove) Oct 16, 2012
When you think of Aesop's Fables, you probably think of the Tortoise and the Hare, or the Country Mouse and the City Mouse. In this collection, Rob Cleveland brings you three of Aesop's lesser known, but equally powerful fables. You will learn why bats fly at night, why you should pick your friends carefully especially in times of trouble, and why even a tiny ant could be the guardian angel who saves your life. These timeless, entertaining stories highlight important life lessons in courage, resourcefulness and trustworthiness.
Many years ago, the proudest animal in the jungle was not the peacock. The proudest animal was the tiger. In this classic folktale from Vietnam, we see how Tiger's pride leads him to covet wisdom, and with the help of a wise farmer, earn his stripes. The clever framer shows how courage and resourcefulness can triumph over pride and envy.
The Archer and the Sun (Story Cove) Oct 16, 2012
In this classic story from China, we learn why the sun comes up in the morning and goes down at night. We also discover why a certain farm animal is there every morning to loudly greet the sun. A timeless story that shows the importance of being resourceful, brave and sharing with others.
The Drum (Story Cove) Oct 2, 2012
In this timeless story from India, a poor boy's dream of having a drum takes him on an unlikely adventure down an untraveled path. He meets several people who guide him along the way. In time, by taking responsibility and sharing generously with those he meets, he learns to make his own magic in this world.
Clever Monkey (Story Cove) Oct 16, 2012
When two greedy jungle cats discover a large piece of cheese, they can't decide how to divide it fairly. Then the Clever Monkey comes to their rescue. Or so they think. Unfortunately, the two jungle cats don't learn the importance of sharing and fairness until it is too late. After reading this trickster tale from West Africa, you will think twice before asking a monkey for help.
Clever Monkey Rides Again (Story Cove) Oct 16, 2012
A big bully lion is no match for the Clever Monkey in this retelling of a classic story from West Africa. The Clever Monkey uses his courage and resourcefulness to teach a bully a lesson that he'll never forget.
Three brothers embark on separate journeys to fulfill their father's dying wish. In their travels, they go to distant lands, find curious treasures, and learn the true meaning of giving. This classic adventure story from the Middle East shows how sharing and being resourceful can lead to unexpected rewards.