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Circle Round on the page and stage: books and live events!


Circle Round: The books

This summer, Circle Round is launching two illustrated picture books:  "The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest" and "A Taste of Honey."

Both books will hit shelves on July 5, 2022Pre-order now to receive a free Circle Round storytelling bonus activity!

Launch party

To celebrate the arrival of the first Circle Round picture books, we're throwing a party!  And you're invited!

When: July 9, 11 am: Book Launch Party at WBUR CitySpace, Boston, MA

Join host/author Rebecca Sheir for a live reading of each book, while Eric Shimelonis provides musical accompaniment on the sitar and oud. Both books will be available for purchase and there will be a signing after storytime!

Attend in-person or virtually by purchasing tickets HERE.

Book tour

Circle round all summer long at local bookstores across the region! At each stop on the book tour, Rebecca Sheir and Eric Shimelonis  will host a unique story time with live music and activities for kids. More details to come!

All about the books

"The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest"
The town beside the sea was abuzz with the news. The governor was holding a grand banquet and everyone was invited—everyone! But no one was as excited as Nasruddin. On the day of the celebration, Nasruddin works hard in his vineyard picking and squishing grapes. He planned to wear his special long red silk coat, but at the end of the day it’s too late for him to go home and change! When he arrives at the banquet in his grape-juice-stained work clothes, he looks different from what the townspeople were expecting. But Nasruddin is a clever fellow—and he figures out a most delicious way to teach the town a lesson about judging people for the way they look.

"A Taste of Honey"
In a village in the countryside lived a woman named Kamala who had the most delicious honey you’ve ever tasted. She collected honey from her hives to sell at the market, but business was slow, and she and her father were struggling to get by. Kamala knew she had to do something, so when she heard that the king’s son was getting married and all the villagers were invited to the party, she got an idea. When Kamala’s first plan doesn’t exactly work out and seven tricky thieves try to steal from her, she has to rely on her own wits to outsmart them—and discovers a rather sweet reward.

Book trailer with Rebecca Sheir (and our listeners!)

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



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