Chip Taylor Communications


The Mary Calhoun Series

Recognition of Excellence -Chicago CIFF
"Highly Recommended. Mary Calhoun loves writing, storytelling and children. Mix that altogether and what do you get? This wonderful series of programs not only offers us Mary's biography, but also features this beloved children's author transforming herself to become children's "Instant Grandma," ready and able to tell them original stories any child will love to hear again and again. Each "Instant Grandma" story also includes original artwork by Jan Northern, which adds to the effectiveness of the stories." -National Media Review
Mary Calhoun is one of America's best-selling children's authors (Hot-Air Henry; Cross-Country Cat; Henry the Christmas Cat; A Shepherd's Gift; Flood.) In this enjoyable series we not only get to meet the author and learn her life's story, Mary also performs her magic as a storyteller to become children's "Instant Grandma" and we are delighted to see her tell her beloved "Instant Grandma" stories, previously published by Humpty Dumpty Magazine. Produced by Chip Taylor (except *.) Series: 10 programs (10 to 30 minutes) or 4 x 30-minute programs.

List of Titles


1. Mary Calhoun: The Making of a Storybook (cc)

1. Mary Calhoun: The Making of a Storybook (cc)

"Highly Recommended. This excellent biography reveals why Mary Calhoun is such a loved author and storyteller." -School Library Journal
This highly acclaimed program plays two roles. First, as a biography, it offers viewers a personal glimpse of , the beloved children's author of more Click for more


2. Old Man Bear Goes A-Journeying

2. Old Man Bear Goes A-Journeying

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun (Hot-Air Henry, Cross-Country Cat, and Henry the Christmas Cat) loves to tell young children what she calls her "Instant Grandma" stories; like Aesop's Fables each has a good lesson or a moral. In this first "Instant Grandma" story Old Man Bear is certain Click for more


3. Raccoon With a Broom

3. Raccoon With a Broom

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun is also a wonderful storyteller. In her second "Instant Grandma" story she introduces children to Granny Coon, a nicety, neat raccoon that wants to clean up all "those messy autumn leaves"; but instead she learns an important lesson about nature and her forest friends. 96/08DE Click for more


4. Why Cats Wash After They Eat

4. Why Cats Wash After They Eat

Who knows cats better than children's author Mary Calhoun? Her books, Hot-Air Henry, Cross-Country Cat, and Henry the Christmas Cat, are all best sellers. In this program Mary tells an ageless and popular legend about the world's first mouse that meets up with the world's first cat; children love to discover Click for more


Mary Calhoun Stories 2, 3, 4

Mary Calhoun Stories 2, 3, 4

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun (Hot-Air Henry, Cross-Country Cat, and Henry the Christmas Cat) loves to tell young children what she calls her "Instant Grandma" stories; like Aesop's Fables each has a good lesson or a moral. A combined version of 2. Old Man Bear Goes A-Journeying; Click for more


5. Ida and the Old Broody Hen

5. Ida and the Old Broody Hen

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun (Hot-Air Henry, Cross-Country Cat, and Henry the Christmas Cat) loves to tell young children what she calls her "Instant Grandma" stories; like Aesop's Fables each has a good lesson or a moral. In this program children will get a kick out of Mary's tale Click for more


6. The Time Blue Louisey Put a Hex on the House

6. The Time Blue Louisey Put a Hex on the House

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun is also a wonderful storyteller. In her fifth "Instant Grandma" story Mary tells the story of Blue Louisey, who is so blue, she decides to put a hex on the family house. But her plan doesn't work as she expected. Instead of making everyone else blue, she learns the joy of Click for more


7. Why the Cat Prefers Women to Men

7. Why the Cat Prefers Women to Men

Cats are one of Mary Calhoun's favorite topics to write about. Her children's books, Hot-Air Henry, Cross-Country Cat, and Henry the Christmas Cat, are all best sellers. This "Instant Grandma" program offers an African folktale, which begins by asking, did you ever wonder why cats rub themselves up against Click for more


Mary Calhoun Stories 5, 6, 7

Mary Calhoun Stories 5, 6, 7

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun (Hot-Air Henry, Cross-Country Cat, and Henry the Christmas Cat) loves to tell young children what she calls her "Instant Grandma" stories; like Aesop's Fables each has a good lesson or a moral. A combined version of 5. Ida and the Old Broody Click for more


8. Black Jack Crow

8. Black Jack Crow

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun loves to tell young children what she calls her "Instant Grandma" stories; like Aesop's Fables each has a good lesson or a moral. In this story Black Jack Crow is a clever crow that knows the value of his soft, pleasant-sounding "caw" and uses it to put everyone to Click for more


9. The Magic Teapot

9. The Magic Teapot

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun is also a wonderful storyteller. A magic teapot plays an important role in ger final "Instant Grandma" story, which teaches a lesson about good manners; here Mary tells of an appreciative little girl named Jenny who discovers the magic not only in her new teapot, but also Click for more


10. Instant Grandma Project: Learning to Color

10. Instant Grandma Project: Learning to Color

In Mary Calhoun's eight "Instant Grandma" stories, children saw illustrations by an aspiring artist that helped tell Mary's wonderful stories. In this program children are encouraged to become their own storytelling artists and to color pictures, be it with crayons or colored pencils, to create their own "Instant Grandma" Click for more


Mary Calhoun Stories 8, 9, 10

Mary Calhoun Stories 8, 9, 10

Best-selling children's author Mary Calhoun (Hot-Air Henry, Cross-Country Cat, and Henry the Christmas Cat) loves to tell young children what she calls her "Instant Grandma" stories; like Aesop's Fables each has a good lesson or a moral. A combined version of 8. Black Jack Crow; 9. The Click for more


Mary Calhoun Series, Parts 1 - 10 (4-Disc Set)

Mary Calhoun Series, Parts 1 - 10 (4-Disc Set)

A 4-Disc Set of 1. Mary Calhoun: The Making of a Storybook; 2. Old Man Bear Goes A-Journeying; 3. Raccoon With a Broom; 4. Why Cats Wash After They Eat; 5. Ida and the Old Broody Hen; 6. The Time Blue Louisey Put a Hex on the House; 7. Why the Cat Prefers Women to Men; 8. Black Jack Crow; 9. The Magic Teapot Click for more





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