Encore: 'The Unwelcome Guest'

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(Sabina Hahn for WBUR)
(Sabina Hahn for WBUR)

"The Unwelcome Guest" is now an illustrated picture book. Buy it here.

Ever heard the expression, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”?

It can be tempting to form an opinion about something based on how it looks. But more often than not, it’s what’s inside that counts.

And in our story, an entire town of people learn that lesson… in a most delicious way.

This week's tale is called “The Unwelcome Guest.” Versions of this tale originally come from the Middle East, where it’s one of many stories featuring a character named Nasruddin, a wise man who lived long ago.

Voices in this episode include: Elle Borders, Evan Casey, Laura Gardner, Mitchell Hébert, Maurice Parent, Craig Wallace, Thom Whaley, Jacob Yeh, and Richard Kind. Kids, you can hear Richard’s voice on “Summer Camp Island” on the Cartoon Network. And if you haven’t yet seen the movie, Inside Out, Richard portrays the one and only Bing-Bong. This story was adapted for Circle Round by Rebecca Sheir and edited by Jessica Alpert. Original music and sound design by Eric Shimelonis. Our artist is Sabina Hahn.

ADULTS! Print PRINT THIS so everyone can color while listening. We’re also keeping an album so share your picture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, and tag it with #CircleRound. We'd love to see it! To access all the coloring pages for past episodes click HERE. Our resident artist is Sabina Hahn and you can learn more about her HERE.

Things To Think About After Listening

Have you ever judged something or someone on appearance alone? Maybe you thought a food would taste yucky because it wasn’t especially pretty but it turned out to be delicious! Or you assumed a person was really serious, because they weren’t very smiley when you met but then you learned they were just having a rough day.

Think about that time, and share your story with someone you like to have fun with. Talk about what happened, and what you learned about judging a book by its cover.

For the full transcript of this episode, click here

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Rebecca Sheir Host, Circle Round
Rebecca Sheir is the host "Circle Round," WBUR's kids storytelling podcast.



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