The award-winning children’s storytelling podcast Circle Round shares some of their most popular folktales in the new Circle Round book series, with each interactive book featuring a colorfully illustrated read-aloud story accompanied by storytelling prompts that explore an important theme. The Tale of the Unwelcome Guest invites kids to explore the value of acceptance and the danger of judging others by their appearance. The illustrations of Turkish illustrator Mert Tugen amplify the narrative text by Circle Round host and writer, Rebecca Sheir.
“A vivid lesson about the un-fancy meaning of true friendship, told with Circle Round’s inimitable whimsy.” —Faith Salie, CBS Sunday Morning, Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!
"Rebecca Sheir has a gift for creating magical, evocative worlds for children (and their grown-ups!) The storytelling power in this book will leave you delighted and inspired and entertained!" —Guy Raz, Wow in the World and How I Built This
“Whether picture book or podcast, Rebecca Sheir has a unique way of dusting off traditional folktales, making them feel fresh and modern to a new generation of kids and families. Her exquisite storytelling told with both heart and humor, and the generous offering of extension activities keep these stories resonating through imaginations long after the closing words.” —Mindy Thomas, Wow in the World
"I love the respect that Rebecca and the Circle Round team have for kids. They create kind and joyful worlds for families that are always a welcome (and entertaining!) place to visit." —Lee Overtree, Story Pirates
“In a time where storytelling can be considered a lost art, Circle Round is giving the world an opportunity to gather round again. While Circle Round’s books will be entertaining for kids, I imagine that the kid in all of us will find these books insightful and enjoyable too!” —Kelly Jenrette, Emmy-nominated actress and co-author of The Adventures of Jimmy the Fly
"This book is a joy to read aloud and explore with children. Fans of all ages will enjoy the vibrant illustrations and charming story, as well as the deeper message of acceptance that we all could do with remembering." —Jane Lindholm, But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids
Rebecca Sheir is the author of the Circle Round books The Unwelcome Guest and A Taste of Honey, and the host, writer, and producer of the Circle Round storytelling podcast for kids and the grown-ups they love. Distributed by WBUR (Boston's NPR station), Circle Round is heard in all 50 states and nearly 200 countries, and has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and TIME. Sheir has also brought thousands of stories to life as a news reporter on public-radio shows like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, The Splendid Table, and Marketplace. She’s hosted several weekly news programs, including AK (Alaska Public Media) and Metro Connection (WAMU 88.5), along with podcasts for the Folger Shakespeare Library and Slate Magazine. Sheir holds a BA in Film Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and son.
Mert Tugen lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. He has illustrated numerous children’s books in addition to his creative work for agencies, brands, and publications. He grew up hearing the legendary tales of Nasreddin Hoca.