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Children and Families Teens and Adults
Making the Heart Whole Again – Stories for a Wounded World TTcover_sm Trephine and Tremeur – A Ghastly Tale from Brittany
If the Shoe Fits… MTWcover_sm Mom’s the Word
Because I Said So
In the Family Way
Touch Magic… Pass it On!
Metamorphosis and Dragonfield
The Ready Heart Mama Gone and Other Stories to Trouble Your Sleep
Sop Doll & Other Tales of
Mystery & Mayhem
The Mary Stories
Saints and Other Sinners

Children and Families


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Making the Heart Whole Again – Stories for a Wounded World

Total time: 54:43
Ages: 6 and up

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Milbre Burch and her family ready to attend the GRAMMY Awards Celebration in Los Angeles, February 10, 2008. From left: Daughters Katy Blake and Elizabeth, husband Berkley, Milbre, and Milbre’s mother Milbre C.

2007 GRAMMY Nomination
Best Spoken Word Album for Children

Milbre Burch celebrated a milestone in her 28-year career as a storyteller when “Making the Heart Whole Again: Stories for a Wounded World,” received a 2007 GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken World Album for Children. Burch recorded this live album, her 13th solo recording, when she was Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN in 2006. [Read More] “In the field of recordings,” Burch says, “a GRAMMY nomination is like an invitation to the Olympics. I’m delighted, amazed and humbled to have my work recognized in this way.”

Making the Heart Whole Again: Stories for a Wounded World features both international folktales and personal stories promoting peace, justice, and reconciliation. Several of the stories on the CD are adapted from Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About and Earth Care: World Folktales to Talk About, both edited by Margaret Read MacDonald and published by August House Publishers. One is based on a folktale in Tales of Afghanistan by Amina Shah, published by Octagon Press.

Aimed at listeners six and up, the CD debuted at Burch’s all-day pre-conference for the Healing Stories Alliance at the 2007 National Storytelling Conference in St. Louis in July of this year. This GRAMMY-nominated album of peace tales is Burch’s thirteenth solo recording released on her own Kind Crone Productions label.

“These stories of tolerance, conflict resolution, justice and reconciliation are meant to be sown in households, neighborhoods and communities. Let us nurture the fallow field of peace and grow a lush and diverse garden of interdependence together.” – Milbre Burch.

“The whole recording is full of grace and filled me with tears and hope. As always your telling is perfect! Thank you. I can’t wait for my kids to return from camp so they can hear it too! They’ve been raised on your voice…” – Noa Baum

  1. Making the Heart Whole Again (1:11)
  2. Wolves in the Heart (:56)
  3. Not Our Problem (4:00)
  4. Who is King of the World? (4:48)
  5. Bad Guys and Bullies (4:04)
  6. Two Goats on the Bridge (times two) (2:36)
  7. Three Soldiers Returning Home (14:18)
  8. A Blind Man Catches a Bird (5:04)
  9. The Magic Garden (11:36)
  10. The Philosopher (4:43)
  11. Holding Up the Sky (1:27)

© 2007 Milbre Burch

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If the Shoe Fits…
Cinderella Stories from Around the World

Total time: 63:00
Ages: 8 and up

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2006 NAPPA Honors Award

Fairy tales are meant to give an extraordinary sheen to ordinary life experiences. These stories — from Egypt, Iraq, Ireland and three from North America — are cobbled from facts and folklore. This recording made its debut at the National Storytelling Festival in October, 2005.

  1. The Flower Girl (3:02)
  2. Rhodopis (7:09)
  3. Ashy Pet (14:06)
  4. Little Burnt Face (7:53)
  5. The Clog of Gold (15:04)
  6. Billy Beg and His Bull (15:40)

© 2005 Milbre Burch

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Because I Said So: Stories About Mothers and Kids

Total time: 60:12
Ages: 8 and up

CD $15.00
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Mothers: everyone has one, and each has a story to tell. Every mother knows that the realities of good parenting call for heroic measures. As these tales from Spain, the UK, Switzerland, China, Sri Lanka and Russia show, most rise to the call the best they can. Whether these mothers have starring or supporting roles in these stories, their actions are the ones on which the tales turn. Here are tales of gentle wisdom and fierce emotion, everyday tasks and unthinkable challenges. Features Milbre Burch and Gay Ducey.

    • Tia Astucia (12:51)
    • My Own Self (6:38)
    • Don’t Look Up (14:51)
    • Minding His Mother (5:55)
    • Loyal Tiger Son (7:40)
    • Seven Bowls of Rice (8:16)
    • The Hare as Nurse to the Bear (5:21)

Copyright 2005 August House Publishers, Inc.

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Touch Magic…Pass it On!

Total time: 51:14
Ages: 5 and up

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2000 Parents’ Choice Classic Award

Milbre’s first recording of stories and poems by Jane Yolen, America’s own Hans Christian Andersen. To those unused to Jane Yolen’s masterful use of language and her unceasing delight in folk motifs, welcome to the world of a master wordsmith. To those who already know her work, welcome back!

“Her telling is inspired! I loved it” Jane Yolen

  • The Ballad of the Mage’s Birth (:46)
  • The Cat Bride (4:53)
  • Sans Soleil (10:12)
  • Sleeping Ugly (10:00)
  • Princess Heart O’Stone (13:40)
  • The King’s Dragon (4:55)
  • The Lady and the Merman (8:11)
  • L’Envoi (:20)

Copyright 1994 & 2007 Milbre Burch

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The Ready Heart

Total time: 98:20
Ages: 8 and up

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1995 Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner

A second collection of stories and poems by Jane Yolen, America’s own Hans Christian Andersen. To those unused to Jane Yolen’s masterful use of language and her unceasing delight in folk motifs, welcome to the world of a master wordsmith. To those who already know her work, welcome back!

“Milbre is my other soul. I love the way she tells my stories.” Jane Yolen

Disc One

  • “One Upon a Time,” She Said (:43)
  • The Moon Ribbon (17:58)
  • Knives (1:38)
  • The Boy Who Had Wings (10:26)
  • Beauty and the Beast: An Anniversary (:59)
  • Good Griselle (18:20)

Disc Two

  • The Ballad of the White Seal Maid (1:47)
  • The Fisherman’s Wife (17:18)
  • Undine (:53)
  • Silent Bianca (11:00)
  • The Faery Flag (15:05)
  • The Storyteller (2:13)

Copyright 1994 & 2007 Milbre Burch

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Teens and Adults


Trephine and Tremeur

Trephine and Tremeur – A Ghastly Tale from Brittany

Total time: 25:15
Ages: 13 and up

CD $10.00

This remarkable tale twines history and legend together, and is perhaps the origin of the Bluebeard story. It has not one, but six pregnant women at its core. Though in part a saint’s tale, it is not a particularly reassuring one, for the pious and trusting heroine must undergo a ghastly ordeal before making her way home again. A magpie’s unwitting betrayal demonstrates just how much havoc a clueless admirer can wreak. Recorded live at the National Storytelling Festival.

Copyright 2011 Milbre Burch

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Mom's the Word

Mom’s the Word – A Journey in Meter and Centimeters

Total time: 95:45
Ages: 13 and up

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A tale of late-breaking motherhood, written and performed by Milbre Burch.

New Live Recording!

Recorded live at the North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville, North Carolina, August 2007. Contains “Travels with Rosebud” by Milbre Burch, a Storytelling World Honor Award winner.

Bridging the mythic and the personal, Milbre Burch tells about the births of her two daughters at midlife with wit and passion. She uses dramatic monologues, personal stories, folk and fairy tales and original poetry to explore some of the best-kept secrets of womanhood.

Originally mounted in 1999, this new edition of Mom’s the Word, is tempered by time, added nuance, remembered truths, and the presence of a live audience of birth practitioners, parents-to-be and “adult children of parents.”

“In her inimitable fashion, Milbre Burch delivers a performance full of candor, wit, and revelation.”
David Novak, A Telling Experience

“You tackle that most sacred of topics, Motherhood, by not only singing its glories but also by fearlessly acknowledging and exploring the dark and down sides of motherhood. And you do so with humor and pathos in a way that is accessible to all.”
Nan Murnighan, National-Louis University

Disc One

  1. Scene One: The Prologue (19:17)
  2. Scene Two: Our Heroine Marries and Matures (3:33)
  3. Scene Three: Conception and Quickening (7:52)
  4. Scene Four: Labor and Delivery (6:14)
  5. Scene Five: It Takes a Village I (2:11)
  6. Scene Six: Lost Child I (4:44)
  7. Scene Seven: It Takes a Village II (6:41)

Disc Two

  1. Scene One: Welcoming the Second Child (3:04)
  2. Scene Two: Labor and Delivery Reprise (4:26)
  3. Scene Three: Adjusting to Siblinghood (8:07)
  4. Scene Four: Travels with Rosebud (4:58)
  5. Scene Five: When the Psyche Needs a Facelift (6:40)
  6. Scene Six: Lost Child II (1:58)
  7. Scene Seven: The Fairy Tales Revisited (16:00)

Copyright 1999 Milbre Burch

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Metamorphosis and Dragonfield

Total time: 67:26
Ages: 13 and up

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1994 James Tiptree, Jr. Award Semi-Finalist (Long List)

What happens when a prince falls in love with a frog? Or when a village is threatened by the last dragon in the world? Discover the true nature of heroism in two fairy tales for grownups, one authored by Milbre Burch and one by Jane Yolen.

“Milbre Burch beautifully communicates a set of values rarely found in fairy tales… Where else would one of the prince brothers bring home his male beloved?” Ladyslipper Catalog

Metamorphosis (33:08), an original fairytale by Milbre Burch

Dragonfield (34:18), adapted from the novella Dragonfield by award-winning American author Jane Yolen

Copyright 1988 & 2007 Milbre Burch

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Mama Gone and Other Stories to Trouble Your Sleep

Total time: 66:29
Ages: 13 and up

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Not every story has a happy ending. We owe it to ourselves and to the children in our lives to acknowledge both the light and the shadow sides of the imagination and the human experience. These stories, intended for adult and adolescent listeners, do just that. So sit back and shudder, knowing that you’ll come out fine at the other end.

“I have spent my life looking for the perfect scare, and Milbre and ‘Mama Gone’ are it” Dr. Philip Meckley, Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Dept. at Kansas Wesleyan University

  • Mama Gone (11:30) by Jane Yolen
  • Mr. Fox (8:41)
  • Short Story (:27)
  • Drink My Blood (15:43) by Richard Matheson
  • The Wife’s Story (9:24) by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • After Push Comes to Shove (2:17)
  • Mr. Death and the Red-Headed Woman (18:41) by Helen Eustis

Copyright 1997, 2007 Milbre Burch

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Sop Doll & Other Tales of Mystery & Mayhem

Total time: 63:34
Ages: 13 and up

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CD $15.00

2004 Storytelling World Award
2003 Film Advisory Board, Inc Award of Excellence

Stories inspired by Jack and the witches, murder ballads, Wolf Man movies and Snow White — all written by Milbre. Plus a bonus tale by Jane Yolen.

The stories here have themes as old as nursery tales and as current as the headlines. There’s treachery aplenty, lots of judgment and little justice. How like the world we live in!

  • Bisclavret (14:46)
  • The Cruel Mother (4:36)
  • The Tree’s Wife (14:41)
  • Sop Doll (20:36)
  • What the Queen Saw (8:55)

Copyright 2002 Milbre Burch

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The Mary Stories

Total time: 58:10
Ages: 13 and up

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CD $15.00

Contemporary and timeless. Four original stories based on the life of a woman known as the mother of a Messiah.

“Unusual, refreshing and beautifully done…The stories have a simple and everyday quality… an incredible mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary.”Yellow Moon Press

  • Waiting for the Wonder (14:39)
  • The Visitation (14:55)
  • Treasures In Her Heart (13:06)
  • Coming Back from Calvary (16:10)

Copyright 2005 Milbre Burch

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Saints and Other Sinners

Total time: 81:38
Ages: 8 and up

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Two-CD Set $20.00

1991 AFIM INDIE Award Finalist

A live concert tape. From humor to high drama; stories and monologues of faith, struggle, endurance, and the miracle of small human kindnesses.

“Sometimes by sheer accident, we stumble into a place which has our heart in it… One exquisite story after another.” Sierra Madre News

Disc One

  • Abe Zaccheus (10:26)
  • The Rabbi Spoke in Stories (5:21);
  • St. Aloys, the Blacksmith (2:35)
  • Odilia and Aldaric (23:46) by Ursula Synge

Disc Two

  • St. Clare Blesses the Bread (2:00)
  • Wilbern’s Story (11:38)
  • The Giant at the Ford (10:19) by Ursula Synge
  • How Come Christmas (7:15) by Roark Bradford
  • Meeting Martin (9:38)

Copyright 2005 Milbre Burch

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$21-40 $4.90
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