Elemental - Imagined Worlds

By: Imagined Worlds  05-Apr-2012

Tanya Batt
Craig DenHam

Elemental has been created in response to the ever-decreasing opportunities many children have to play and grow up in natural environments and to listen to stories. Inspired by the work of people like Joseph Chilton Pearce, Froebel and David Abram, we have collected and retold traditional stories, written songs and created music, which draw upon the four elements that have formed the basis of understanding for many civilizations for many hundreds of years. The stories in particular come from the Native American and Australian Aboriginal cultures. Both of these cultures have preserved in their stories a respectful and connected relationship with the natural world.

Ben Okri said, "Stories are the reservoir of values: change the stories individuals or nations live by and tell themselves, and you change the individuals and nations."

We hope that the sharing of these stories, songs and music will contribute to a story, where we come to know and understand that our will-being is inseparable from the well-being of our planet.

The Earth Story - How the Earth was made

In the stories of the Native American Indian peoples, there are tales that explain the creation of the earth using the 'diving myth'. I have drawn upon these stories and added a perky little yellow duck.

The Air Story - Gluscabi and the Wind Eagle

This story comes from the Abenaki people of Northern America. Gluscabi learns that which tests us also makes us strong when he meets Wouchowsen the wind eagle.

The Fire Story - Crocodile Man and Bird Woman

Stories in many different cultures record fire as having been stolen, often using trickery. This story comes from the Dalabon people of the Beswick reserve in northern Australia. Written versions of this story can be found in Eric Maddern's picture book 'Rainbow Bird' and Kevin Crossley Hollands, 'Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales'.

The Water Story - Tiddalick the Thirsty Frog

This story is an Aboriginal Dreamtime Story from the Murray River Region of New South Wales, Australia. This tale has been retold as a 'movement' story. Children can move to the story as it is being told and have a full-bodied story-telling experience.

Other products and services from Imagined Worlds


Books & CDs - Imagined Worlds

Old favourites such as Chicken Licken and the Gingerbread man as you've never heard them before, rub whiskers with the delightful Lishka the fox from the Czech Republic.Best suited for children 3 years plus. Meet Lulu and her bedtime menagerie, hear why stones are storytellers, discover the secret of the apple and laugh out loud at the foolishness of lazy Jack.Recommended for those 3 years plus.


The Time of Your Life

This is my first collection of original stories In these stories, classic characters of the "wonder tale" - dragons, pirate princesses, faeries and monsters are fused with modern life, creating a world of magical realism. We hope as you listen, that the words and music will conjure a place of curiosity and delight, as you enjoy the age old tradition made new, the telling of and listening to a story.


The Fairytale Tree - Imagined Worlds

This tale from Andalusia asks us all that binding question - Do we live a life that's safe, or do we take a risk for something precious. This story gives you a story to help pass those long hot summer nights, when mosquitos buzz and bite. On that island grows a magical tree, and cradled in its branches is a nest holding the story eggs. I first heard this story in Scotland but later discovered it was an old Chinese story.


Box of Foxes - Imagined Worlds

Chicken Licken's hasty mistake spells disaster for his feathered friends when Foxy promises them a short cut to find the King. People have been asking us for years to record our take on this Afro-American storytelling chant. You've heard of putting the fox amongst the chickens - well here's one rooster in a box of foxes. Horses, chickens, a hungry old woman and an alien all want a nibble of that gingerbread man.


The Story Sack - Imagined Worlds

If we listen to the stones they can tell us all that is secret, all that is sacred and all of our stories. A lively tale explaining why it is that we must all share our stories. Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack the Giant Killer, Jack and Jill.