Thomas Kuecks, Bellamy Kuecks and Paula Foot have come together to create an album of stories for children. (Nina Foot photo)

Thomas Kuecks, Bellamy Kuecks and Paula Foot have come together to create an album of stories for children. (Nina Foot photo)

Moments with Miss Paula creates musical stories for kids

Music and the spoken word from Island pair available on streaming

Music and the spoken word are once again coming together for children five to eight years old who enjoy listening to stories.

Following the success of children’s’ stories released by the Vakka Studio Society last fall, musician Thomas Kuecks and narrator Paula Foot have compiled a new collection of magical Moments with Miss Paula on their latest streaming release, subtitled Spring and Summer, says a press release about the album.

“Paula has told these stories over many years to her kindergarten and Grade 1 and 2 students, and is delighted to now be able to reach an audience she will never meet,” the release says.

Her grandson, four-year-old Bellamy Kuecks, who could be heard introducing the Fall and Winterstories, also makes another appearance helping his dad Thomas and Nanna Paula with Spring and Summer.

“Once again, courage, curiosity and kindness are the building blocks of these stories for young adventurers. A rooster who stops a thief, a hare who saves a life, a boy who wants to know where the sun sleeps, a prince journeying to find his lost brothers; a worm who wants to know why it was born, a girl who helps a gnome; these are the archetypal tales that we can hear over and over again,” the release describes.

Featured stories include The Pancake Mill, Little Half Chick, An Easter Story, The Hare, Daiseye and Worm, The Fairy Weaver, and Whitsun Story.

The album is available online here: https://songwhip.com/moments-with-miss-paula/stories-for-spring-and-summer

Kuecks orchestrates the Vaka Studio recording and plays the background music on flute and guitar. Bellamy introduces the stories.

Foot is a highly respected teacher and storyteller who taught for over three decades in the Cowichan Valley at Sunrise Waldorf School and Evergreen Independent School.

The album is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube Music and other online streaming services and the whole year in two CDs can be found at The Waldorf Store and Wishes in Duncan, as well as at Sunrise and Evergreen schools.

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