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In this episode of Circle Round, a woman is tested by her father from Armenia, Greece, Russia, and the Jewish story. “The Three Tests feat. Kiera Allen Introduction” is sure to please parents and young-children alike!
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In this episode of Circle Round, a woman is tested by her father from Armenia, Greece, Russia, and the Jewish story. “The Three Tests feat. Kiera Allen Introduction” is sure to please parents and young-children alike!
Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups.
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I'm Rebecca. Sheer and welcome to Circle, Round or Storytime happens all the time. Today our story is called The Three Tests. Variations of this tale come from Russia, Armenia, Hungary, Germany and Greece. Some really great people came together to bring you our adaptation of this folk tale, including Kira Allen, who co stars with Sarah Paulson in the new mystery thriller Run So circle around everyone. For the three tests, Nicholas the Merchant traded silks, spices and jewels in far away lands. Nicholas was a savvy businessman, and by the time he and his wife had a child, ah, bright, curious girl named Leora the family was prosperous enough to buy a beautiful house in a big city. But Nicholas wasn't just a wealthy man. He was a wise and witty 12 During his long voyages over land and sea, he spent every free moment reading books, solving riddles, keeping his mind sharp and nimble. And each time he returned home and Leora marveled at the beautiful, exotic things her father brought back, Nicholas always told his growing daughter the same thing. Remember my child, all this fancy stuff I've spent my life trading it could disappear in the blink of an eye it could blow away in a tornado. It could be lost in a fire. It could be stolen away in the night. But your mind, Leora, your brain power, your intellect, your wits. Those stick with you forever. Those are the true treasure. Promise me you'll never forget that. I promise Father I'll never forget. Eventually, Leora grew up and moved away to start a life of her own. She and her father wrote letters every week. Though Nicholas was now old and frail, he refused to give up the merchant business, and Leora loved reading about her dad's adventures in distant lands. But then one day, Leora received a letter that was different from the rest. Her father's penmanship had always been elegant and neat. Yet the handwriting on this envelope was shaky and scrawled. When Leora tor the envelope open, she could hardly decipher the scratchy, scribbled letter folded up inside. Dear Leora, I'm afraid I'm writing with bad news. I'm staying in the home of an old friend and so ill that I haven't left my bed and weeks. The doctors say that by the time you receive this letter, I'll have made my final trait and breathe my final breath. In short, your dear old dad will be gone. Leora felt her eyes well up with tears, but she kept on reading her father's words. Now that I am no longer on this earth, I am leaving all of my gold and riches to you, my darling. There's just one catch. You can't simply claim your inheritance. You'll have to earn it with your mind. Leora couldn't help but smile. Even in his final moments, her father was obsessed with wit and wisdom. Here's how it will work. I will give you three tests. Dear daughter. Three tests that will challenge three things I've always held dear. Your brain power, your intellect and your wits past those test Leora and everything I own will be yours. Nicholas then mentioned the friend he was staying with another merchant named Victor and the town where Victor lived. Visit my friend Victor and show me what I know you to be. The wisest, wittiest and cleverest daughter in the world. Love forever. Your father, Leora, clutched the letter to her heart. Oh, I can barely believe that Father is gone, but leave it to that cunning fellow to bequeath me with one last mental challenge or three. Really? She put down the letter. I don't know what his three tests are. She picked up a suitcase, but I sure no. One way to find out.
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