Let’s Pretend, created and directed by Nila Mack (1891-1953), was a long-run CBS radio series for children. Mack’s Let’s Pretend began March 24, 1934, running for two decades before the final show on October 23, 1954. Adaptations included classics and fairy tales.The series received numerous awards, including two Peabody Awards, a Women’s National Radio Committee Award and five Radio Daily Awards.In 1970 Telegeneral adapted these stories on vinyl records.

Drakestail – The Bremen town musicians.

Drakestail also known as Quackling is a French folk tale about a duck, where repetition forms most of the logic behind the plot. The story is also similar to other folk tales where the hero picks up several allies (or sometimes items or skills) and uses them in the exact order found.
The original version of Draksetail was told in French as Bout-d’-Canard in the book Affenschwanz et Cetera by Charles Marelle in 1888, translated into English in the Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang in 1890.
Drakestail initially finds a coin, but is immediately requested to donate it to the King (with the promise of a future repayment). When a certain length of time passes, he heads for the palace. Along the way, he sings:
Quack! Quack! Quack! When shall I get my money back?
In quick succession, Drakestail meets four friends, a fox, a ladder, a river, and a bees’ nest. In each, the exchange is essentially the same:
“Where are you going?”
“I’m going to see the King.”
“Can I come too?”
“It is a long way.”
“I’ll make myself small and go up into your rectum, and you can carry me.”
(Various versions of the tale would phrase it differently, and some have Drakestail offering the ride instead of merely agreeing to it.)
When Drakestail reaches the palace, he asks to see the King. The King, having already spent the coin (along with several years’ taxes) with nothing to show for it, says to throw Drakestail in the chicken yard.
The chickens attack, but Mr. Fox comes out and kills them. Similarly, the ladder saves Drakestail from a well and the river saves him from the furnace. Each time he returns to the palace gates and says:
Quack! Quack! Quack! When shall I get my money back?
Finally, the King decides to sit on Drakestail. The bees’ nest comes out and either stings him to death or causes him to jump out a window to his death.
Drakestail hunts for his money and cannot find it; however, when the townsfolk arrive to petition the King, they rejoice that he is dead and make Drakestail the new King.

The Town Musicians of Bremen (German: Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten) is a folktale recorded by the Brothers Grimm. Despite the title of the fairy tale, the characters never actually arrive in Bremen. In Aarne-Thompson classification it is a folk tale of type 130: “outcast animals find a new home”.
In the story a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there.

On the way to Bremen, they see a lighted cottage; they look inside and see four robbers enjoying their ill-gotten gains. Standing on each other’s backs, they decide to perform for the men in hope of gaining food. Their ‘music’ has an unanticipated effect; the men run for their lives, not knowing what the strange sound is. The animals take possession of the house, eat a good meal, and settle in for the evening.

Later that night, the robbers return and send one of their members in to investigate. He sees the Cat’s eyes shining in the darkness and thinks he is seeing the coals of the fire. He reaches over to light his candle. Things happen in quick succession; the Cat scratches his face with her claws, the Dog bites him on the leg, the Donkey kicks him and the Rooster crows and chases him out the door, screaming. He tells his companions that he was beset by a horrible witch who scratched him with her long fingers (the Cat), an ogre with a knife (the Dog), a giant who had hit him with his club (the Donkey), and worst of all, the judge who screamed in his voice from the rooftop (the Rooster). The robbers abandon the cottage to the strange creatures who have taken it, where the animals live happily for the rest of their days.

Download

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s