Listen to a traditional African story: The Tortoise and the Tree of Life

July 10, 2012
Author: Tom

Lorax characterWe're putting on a great play event for kids and families inspired by The Lorax – this summer’s blockbuster movie with a really cool environmental message. We're also offering loads of extra Lorax fun on our Blog to keep your kids happy over the holidays.
Our summer kids’ event is inspired by The Lorax – the blockbuster movie with a really cool environmental message.  We’re also offering extra Lorax fun on our Blog to keep your kids happy over the holidays.

The Lorax – the star of the movie – is the guardian of a forest of beautiful truffula trees. The greedy Once-ler chops down the Lorax’s forest, which means all the animals that depend on the trees for food and shelter have to move away.

Play the audio file below to hear a wonderful story about how animals need trees to survive, and how a unlikely hero saves the day.

Awongalema/Uwungelema is a traditional African story here told by Eden Project storyteller Dave Webb (pictured below), who heard the story during his travels in Africa. This story formed part of the Heart of Darkness nocturnal sound installation at the Eden Project. Deep in the ‘West Africa’ part of the Eden’s Rainforest Biome, Dave sat in a clearing and told the story by firelight surrounded by the ambisonic sound effects of sound artist Augustine Leudar. Augustine will be releasing a surround sound DVD of the Heart of Darkness sound installation soon.

The movie Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax © Universal Studios. Based on The Lorax book and characters TM & © 1971 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All rights reserved.

The Lorax at Eden, 14 July – Sunday 2 September 2012, Follow the trail, paint a mural, build a den, plus much more...Click to find out more

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One response to Listen to a traditional African story: The Tortoise and the Tree of Life

  1. Tamil says:

    Dada, cause she, along with Lucy and Maggie, think he looks like me), Oh the Thinks You Can Think and Mr. Brown can Moo. She’s enjoying lonegr books lately so I think she might be ready for The Lorax so maybe we’ll have to get that soon. I hope the movie is good, I thought Horton Hears a Who was awesome and The Lorax shares the same creators/writers. In other nostalgia movie news there was just a new Winnie the Pooh movie that we will netflix and I think there’s a muppets movie coming out around xmas.Eric

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