Stories (re)told on Tales from Around the World

  • The Marble (coming soon!)
  • Polka-dot!
  • Tukama Tootles the Flute (from Antilles, Caribbean)
  • A Ride on the Red Mare’s Back (from Sweden)
  • The Full Belly Bowl
  • WATCH ALL of these STORIES ON Charlottesville's Public Access TV CHANNEL 13 !!!
  • Rainbow Crow (an Lenape Native American tale)
  • The Empty Pot (from China)
  • Magical Mice (from Japan)
  • Tasty Baby Belly Buttons (a fun story from Japan)
  • Kanji-Jo, the Nestlings (a Mende folktale from Liberia)

Monday, October 27, 2008

CPA TV now offers videostreaming

Tales from Around the World episodes (reruns) are sometimes still shown.  They can now be viewed from anywhere in the world with internet access strong enough to receive videostreaming!

See for schedule

Holly (producer, host and storyteller)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

How have stories influenced your life?

How have stories influenced your life?

Why do stories influence us?

Please share your thoughts.



Saturday, October 4, 2008


Polka-dot is a "back-to-school" story, a mostly true story built from details of my school day experiences and embellished a bit. I hope you'll enjoy it. Why don't you start planning YOUR back-to-school story? or write to me and tell me about it?

Friday, September 19, 2008

New stories! "Polka-dot!" and "The Marble"

Hello everyone!  Two new stories will be airing soon on Tales From Around the World (Channel 13 on CPA TV, Charlottesville VA):  

Polka-dot!  and The Marble

Both stories are 'almost true' stories -- many of the details are true, but not all happened at the same time, not all happened to me.  

On the show, I challenge you to listen carefully and decide which parts you think I "made up" or changed -- and which parts you think are true.

Please send me a comment and share your best guesses, or ask me a question, or tell me your story!  

Hope to 'hear' from you soon,

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Full Belly Bowl!

Hello! I really like The Full Belly Bowl story, and had great fun retelling it.

Jim Aylesworth is the author of the book where I found the basic idea for the story. He's written over 30 books:

Wendy Anderson Halperin was the illustrator for the book -- the illustrations are truly beautiful (so many details!).

I changed several details of the story in my retelling. If you read the book and watch Tales from Around the World to hear my version, please post a message and tell me what differences YOU found.

Here's a link to a page with fun activities relating to the story:

And here are two photos from the set:

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Rainbow Crow (photo of felt story board)

Hope you enjoy the show!

Thanks to the author of the book (Nancy Van Laan) and to Lenape Elder Bill "Whippoorwill" Thompson whom Nancy first heard the story from!


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rainbow Crow [Lenape Native Americans]


The story of Rainbow Crow is credited to Bill Thompson, a Lenape elder.

If you want to learn more about the Lenape, you might explore this website:

And this link has a Lenape language talking dictionary!

Do you know where the Lenape lived? I challenge you to research and find out, and to post your answers here!

*one of the places the Lenape lived was also where I lived as a child. My father and his brothers used to collect Lenape arrowheads in the fields.

Want to learn more?...

Tales from Around the World is the name of a NEW television show to be broadcast every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on Channel 13, Public Access TV, from Charlottesville VA. ***SOON we hope to have podcasts for you here on this blog site, AND video streaming, too! Please keep checking!***

CPA-TV Director Cal Tate encouraged me (Holly Dilatush) to share stories -- he wanted a way to bring more joy and hope and FUN to viewers.

Each month we plan to tape a new show, sharing new stories.

Maybe one day you'll join us on the show?! We hope you'll also check the schedule (see the link below to CPA-TV) and watch the show often!