"Yesterday I went to my PO Box and there were your two CDs! What a JOY! I listened to one all day at work - LOVE the solo voices and the intros and the DUETS are just great! I really really like your recordings! ...GREAT WORK...THANK YOU! As you know, there's plenty of Japanese listeners/awareness here."

Jeff Gere, Storyteller and host of Hawaiian radio program:
Talk Story Radio

www.talkstoryradio.com

"Thank you very much for your handsome DVD....  I love the photo in the brochure and have enjoyed watching the DVD, especially good old Kamishibai!... "Pieces from Our Story Quilt" is a great title!"

1-1-07 Tanikawa Shuntaro

 

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These products, available for purchase, are listed by type.
To order any item, email: jh@jonathaandharold.com

Compact Discs:   

  • Three Finger Riley and Other Terrifying Tales, (click title for thumbnail)
    These stories are geared for adult listeners. Some may be too frightening for young children. Most are more complicated stories that children may not understand, or care to follow. All of these tales were told at the Clifton Opera House by the Wrights. For seven seasons, along with Lisa Holmes and Eric Wolf, and until 2009, Shane Dickey.the other members of their troupe, The Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, they performed a scary story program titled “Fright Night.” The first story, “Beware of Frank” is one of Jonatha’s stories of a personal encounter with a mischievous ghost. Harold found both “Marshall Pass” and “Three Finger Riley” while on vacation. “The Preacher and the Haunted House” is Jonatha's version of a well-known tale. Harold translated “Promise Broken; Curse Unspoken” and “The Bravest Samurai,” then the Wrights adapted both for storytelling. It is suggested that you listen to this CD with a friend, someone dependable that you rely upon. It is safer that way.
    Compact Disc, Weight 3 1/2 ounces, $12.00 plus shipping and handling
  • Spooky Barn Stories Heard at Young’s Jersey Dairy, (click title for thumbnail)
    Tales on this CD are suitable for young children, but their enjoyment is ageless! Listeners from three to ninety-three will enjoy these spooky tales, tales with unexpected twists, and tales that make you JUMP! They have been heard in the Spooky Barn since 2008. On this CD: “Purple Gorilla,” “What Scares You the Most?,” “The Ghost with One Black Eye,” “Boogie Man,” “Bubble Gum,” “Tailey Po” and “Ten Long Red Fingernails.” October 2010.
    Compact Disc, Weight 3 1/2 ounces, $12.00 plus shipping and handling
  • More Spooky Barn Stories
    These stories were also heard at Young’s Jersey Dairy. 2008 through 2012 the Wrights, and other members of the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners, have told stories in the Spooky Barn, every Friday and Saturday night in October, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. These story programs are followed by a Haunted Wagon Ride. These tales, featured in the Spooky Barn 2010 through 2012, are suitable for those who are very young, for those who are very old and for all ages inbetween! On this CD: “Mr. Principal,” “Ten Eyes Round,” “Shoestring Ghost,” “The Spider and the Fly,” “The Birthday Gift,” “Tomahawk” and “Kenji and the Three Lucky Charms.” Winter 2012.
  • Ichi, Ni, San, Shi...Go! (click title for thumbnail)
    These stories are among the favorites of Japanese children. They are ancient tales, both told and read to countless generations of Japanese. These tales come from some of the Japanese students they have known, Japanese storytellers, other friends, acquaintances and strangers; who often heard them as children.  Told solo and tandem. Translated by Harold Wright, Adapted by Harold and Jonatha Wright. Stories geared for K through 5th grades.   Spring 2003. “Tongue Cut Sparrow,” “The Forgotten Gourd,” “‘Man with a Lump,” ‘500 Rivers” and “The Terrible Leak.”
    Compact Disc, Weight 3 1/2 ounces, $16.00 plus shipping and handling
  • Tales from Japan (click title for thumbnail)
    These Japanese stories are include folk tales, historical tales, myths, and legends. They are told both solo and in tandem. These presentations are enriched with their knowledge of Japanese culture and the beauty of Japan's natural environment. Translated by Harold Wright, Adapted by Harold and Jonatha Wright. Stories geared for older children through adults. Spring, 2000. Produced by SoundSpace, Yellow Springs, OH.
    “Red-faced God,” “Crane Maiden,” “Rashomon,” “Picture Bride,” “Snow Woman” and “Ikkyu-san.”
    Compact Disc, Weight 3 1/2 ounces, $14.00 plus shipping and handling
  • Four Seasons with Jack and His Kin (click title for thumbnail)
    Through these Jack Tales, Jonatha and Harold are returning to their Appalachian roots.  Harold is an urban Appalachian from Dayton, Ohio.  His people came from Adams and Perry counties in the hills of Southern Ohio.  Jonatha, originally from Missouri, traces her Appalachian heritage back to Alabama.  Told solo and tandem. You will meet Jack and his kin:  “Ole Gruesome Greenlocks,” “Jack and the Fence Post,” “ Jack and the Northwest Wind” and “The Three Sillies.” Fall 2006.
  • Fright Night: The Revenge of the Possom and Other Tales That Will Haunt You (click title for thumbnail)
    This is a two CD set of scary stories for adults, recorded live at the Clifton Opera House in Clifton, Ohio, October 5, 2007 by Chris Hertzler of SoundSpace, Yellow Springs. Performers are the Yellow Springs Tale Spinners: Shane Dickey, Lisa Holmes, Eric Wolf, Jonatha and Harold Wright The stories: CD #1 – "Spiders Revenge," "Mountain Top Gathering," "The Revenge of the Possom" and "the Ice Queen." CD #2 – "The Witch's Trap," "Worthington," "Beward of False Love," "Alex's Gift of Love" and "The Caretaker."
    $16.00, available from Jonatha Wright jh@jonathaandharold.com

DVD:

  • Jonatha and Harold Wright: Pieces from Our Story Quilt. (click title for thumbnail)
    A sampling of tales from Ohio, Ohio's Appalachia, and Japan. Get acquainted with the Wright's animated style as you view them telling in tandem and solo:
    ”Ikkyu-san,” “Ol’ Gruesome Greenlocks,” “Christmas Leaves,” “Joseph Kelly, Captured by Indians,” “An Outlandish Knight,” next a Kamishibai presentation of “Urashima Taro,” and ending with a tandem, “Picture Bride.” Geared for all audiences. Spring 2006. Produced by Ego Machine Productions.
    DVD, Weight 4 ounces, $16.00 plus shipping and handling.

Books:

  • Flesh Crawling Tales of Old Japan. (click title for thumbnail)
    This is the Wrights second book in their Scary Tales of Old Japan series. In this book you can explore more of the 100 plus famous ghosts and monsters of Japan, such as the ghost of neglected objects and the faceless ghost. The stories included are: “Geta Ghost,” “Face of a Woman,” “Okiku and the Plates,” “Kyohime and Anchin,” “Hoichi the Earless,” “Promise Broken Curse Unspoken” and “Tesso the Iron Jawed Rat Priest.” This volume is beautifully illustrated with wood block prints by artist, Sherraid Scott, of Yellow Springs, OH.
  • Spine Tingling Tales of Old Japan.(click title for thumbnail)
    Japan is an ancient culture with over two thousand years of ghosts, monsters and changelings of over one hundred different types and all are still haunting their favorite temples, bridges, mountains, and shrines. These legendary creatures grow in stature and stories to this day.  This book contains seven stories ranging from spooky to terrifying.  Scary tricks are the plot of two stories, “What Scares You the Most” and “The Bravest Samurai.”  “The Monster of the Rashomon” and “Snow Woman” are the best known in the West.  Not as well known are the more regional tales of “Snow Ghost,” “The Skeptic” and “Uryu Island.”
    Weight 5 1/2 ounces, $12.00 plus shipping and Handling through Lulu.
  • Team Up! Tell In Tandem! (click title for thumbnail)
    What began as a ‘How To Manual’ on performing storytelling in tandem–two persons telling a story on stage together–quickly evolved into a more comprehensive look at tandem telling. Articles were requested from numerous storytellers, each of whom was asked to suggest others in the field. The result includes articles from over fifty storytellers and tandem teams. Through these we can read from a rich diversity of approaches to tandem telling. Different tools work for different teams.  One or more of these techniques may be what you are seeking, if you hope to become a tandem teller. Even if you have no such plans, I believe that you will be intrigued with these various topics, the contrasts and similarities in how tandem is done, the difficulties and the advantages, and so much more. All of this could increase your appreciation as a listener when you are treated to a tandem performance.
    And yes, Team Up! Tell In Tandem!  Still contains a “How to Manual” in Unit 2. $22.95, plus shipping and handling. Available from Lulu and Amazon.
  • Beaver Wants to be an Artist, and Other Tales: Stories with Illustrations for Coloring, (click title for thumbnail)
    by Jonatha Wright, geared for 3 to 8 year olds. This book contains eight Bitsy Beaver Stories: “Bitsy Beaver Wants to be an Artist,” “Cousin Bobbie Loses Her Home,” “Bitsy Chips a Tooth,” “Bitsy Learns About Animal Traps,” “Bitsy Goes Boogie Boarding with Her Friends,” “Beavers Don’t Bully,” “A Little Girl is Pushed Up Through the Door Hole,” and “Cousin Bobbie Has a Secret.” There are 21 pages for coloring throughout the book drawn by the author. April 2012
    Order from the author, jh@jonathaandharold.com @ $9.95 each, plus shipping and handling.
  • Little Pink Fish Gets Lost, and Other Tales: Stories with Illustrations for Coloring
    by Jonatha Wright, geared for 3 to 8 year olds. This book contains nine Little Pink Fish Stories: “Little Pink Fish Gets Lost,” “Little Pink Fish Meets Little Lavender Fish,” “Little Pink Fish Hurts Little Lavender Fish’s Feelings,” “Little Pink Fish Accidentally Swallows a Styrofoam Worm,” “Little Pink Fish Finds a Quiet Cave,” “Little Pink Fish Goes to School,” “Little Pink Fish Gets a Baby Brother,” “Little Pink Fish Saves Baby Brother from the Octopus” and finally “Little Pink Fish Gets Caught in a Huge Fishing Net. There are 21 pages for coloring throughout the book, drawn by Harold and Jonatha Wright. November 2010. Enlarged and revised second edition projected for March 2012.
    Order from the author, jh@jonathaandharold.com, $8.50, plus shipping and handling.
  • Little Pink Fish Sees a Little Girl, and Other Tales: Stories with Illustrations for Coloring
    by Jonatha Wright, geared for 3 to 8 year olds. The Little Pink Fish adventures continue in this second book, Vol. II. It contains eight stories: “Little Pink Fish Blows Bubbles in Class,” “Miss Frilly Gills Takes Her Class to a Swordfish Match,” Little Pink Fish Sees a Little Girl,” “Little Pink Fish and Pink Baby Brother Fish Go to the Zoo,” Little Pink Girl’s Blankie Fall Into the Lagoon,” “Little Pink Fish and Little Lavender Fish Are Granted Three Wishes,” “Little Pink Fish and Little Lavender Fish Are Guests at the Coral Palace” and “Little Pink Fish and Little Lavender Fish Visit the Dragon Kingdom Under the Sea.” There are 21 pages for coloring throughout the book drawn by the author. January 2011. Enlarged and revised second edition projected for April 2012.
    Order from the author, jh@jonathaandharold.com, $8.50, plus shipping and handling. Purchase Vol. I and Vol. II together for $15.00, plus shipping and handling.

Book/Compact Disk Combination:

  • A Story of Japanese Poetry, Vol. I, by Harold Wright, award-winning translator of Japanese poetry. The book is accompanied by a CD of Harold, reading these translations, with commentary. These favorite poems of the translator. contain examples of tanka,  folk songs, haiku, senryu, and waka. Vol I  contains poems from earliest historical times to the 20th century.  It was recorded by Chris Hertzler at SoundSpace, Yellow Springs, Ohio, December 2009 $15.00 plus shipping, available from the author. It is also on sale at Tom’s Market, Yellow Springs.
  • A Story of Japanese Poetry, Vol II,  (click title for thumbnail)
    by Harold Wright, award-winning translator of Japanese poetry. The book is accompanied by a CD of Harold’s reading from these translations, with commentary. These favorite poems of the translator. contain examples of tanka,  folk songs, haiku, senryu, and waka. The time period is the 20th and 21st centuries. It was recorded by Chris Hertztler at SoundSpace, Yellow Springs, Ohio. $15.00 plus shipping, available from the author. jh@jonathaandharold.com It is also on sale at Tom’s Market, Yellow Springs.
  • Haiku, Triku, Tanka and More: Fifty Years of Japan- Inspired Fixed Form Verse.(click title for thumbnail)
    This is a collection of the experimental verse Harold Wright has written over the last fifty plus years. Harold is professor emeritus of Japanese Language and Literature, Antioch College.  This is a book accompanied by a CD of Harold, reading his poems, with commentary.  The focus of this work is mostly short poetry created under the influence of Japanese fixed form syllabic poetry, the Haiku, Tanka and Choka. 
    Compact Disc/ Book, Weight 5 1/2 ounces, $19.95 plus shipping and handling.