Life lessons are revealed in folk tales

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May 16, 2002|By Sandy Alexander

Story performer Daria Barbieri likes to introduce her young audiences to folk tales from other cultures because, she says, they enjoy the novelty and they see the connections to familiar stories and their own experiences.

Barbieri, who is based in Baltimore and puts on programs all along the East Coast, will be telling folk tales from China, Japan and Korea at the Parkville Branch Library on Saturday. With lots of expressions and movement, some dancing and singing, Barbieri will share the story of the roly-poly rice ball and the tale of the stone cutter, among others.

In Asian stories, rice balls and dumplings mean something magical is going to happen, Barbieri says. The story of the stone cutter is about a man who wishes to be more powerful and changes himself into a series of other beings and things, but in the end learns that the power to be whatever you want to be comes from inside.

"Folk tales as a genre have a lot to do with life lessons," says Barbieri.

The event starts at 1:30 p.m., 9509 Harford Road. The program is for children age 6 and older. Tickets are required and can be obtained for free at the library or by calling 410-887-5353.

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