New CDs

Abraham and Isaac: Sacrifice at Gettysburg

CD: $15.00 | Ages ten to adult
Storytelling World Magazine award winner

President Abraham Lincoln and Private Isaac Taylor could have been a father and his son. Both hailed from Illinois, were steeped in the King James Bible, and shared a passion to preserve the Union. In 1863, President Lincoln would honor Isaac and his fellows who had fought at Gettysburg.

“The story is carefully crafted, the characters are clear and moving and we are drawn into Abraham Lincoln's great heart. It's a masterpiece.”
-Jay O'Callahan, storyteller

“Abraham and Isaac should be required listening for every eleventh grader in our country. You have created a masterful reminder of a piece of our history that must not be forgotten, and you have done it with a rare combination of historical accuracy and human compassion.”
-Kathryn Windham, storyteller

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AKA Syd Lieberman

CD: $15.00 | Ages twelve to adult
Four audience favorites in a live performance from the 2004 National Storytelling Festival:

  • I'm Sean Connery
  • Truffles
  • Some Enchanted Wednesday
  • The Englewood Game

The Summer of Treason: Philadelphia, 1776

CD: $15.00 | Ages ten to adult
Recommended by Parents' Choice
On July 4, 1776, the colonies launched a new nation by declaring their independence. This act of treason had been eleven years in the making. Those years transformed the lives of rich and poor: the world's most famous American and a failed corset-maker; a lawyer-politician and a widowed seamstress; a wealthy poet with unfortunate taste in men and a Quaker gambler; a powdered minister and an African-American teenager.

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Histories

One Righteous Man: The Story of Raoul Wallenberg

CD: $15.00 | Ages ten to adult
Winner of Gold Awards from Storytelling World Magazine and Parents' Choice
Syd chronicles the inspiring efforts of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Christian, who traveled to Hungary in 1944 on an extraordinary mission: to saves the Jews of Budapest. Among this persecuted population was Syd's great aunt, Helen Yacobovitch.

“Raoul Wallenberg's story is truly a Lieberman masterpiece”
-Tale Trader Magazine

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The Dead Sea Scrolls: Pieces of an Ancient Puzzle

CD: $15.00 | Ages ten to adult
Winner of a Gold Award from Storytelling World Magazine
For their 2003 exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Van Andel Museum Center commissioned Syd to write five stories. These stories will transport you back to the ancient world of the scrolls and explain how they emerged from that world into ours.

“Your stories have made the Dead Sea Scrolls come alive for thousands of people.”
-Van Andel Museum Center

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Intrepid Birdmen: Fighter Pilots of World War I

CD: $15.00 | Cassette: $10.00 | Ages ten to adult
An American Library Association Notable Children's Recording and winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award
People had been flying planes for little more than a decade when World War I began. The pilots who fought in that war were like astronauts, soaring into unknown territory. This story, commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution, captures the human side of what it was like to fly in those days of glory and danger.

“Lieberman never lets us forget that these gallant gladiators of the air died not only as heroes but also as human beings.”
-Parents' Choice

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The Johnstown Flood of 1889

CD: $15.00 | Cassette: $10.00 | Ages ten to adult
An American Library Association Notable Children's Recording
On May 31, 1889, a dam broke in the mountains above Johnstown, Pennsylvania, resulting in the worst flood disaster in US history. The city of Johnstown commissioned Syd to tell the story of that flood and how the people restored their city.

“As a pure storytelling experience, it is without equal.”
-Booklist

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Mostly Personal

LiebermanLive at the 2001 National Storytelling Festival

CD: $15.00 | Ages twelve to adult
Winner of a Gold Award from Storytelling World Magazine
Syd's live performance of stories from the 2001 festival:

  • My Mother's Love Life
  • A Winner
  • To Everything There Is a Season
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • You're Safe, Mary
  • This, too, Shall Pass
  • The Drummers

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The Best of Syd Lieberman

CD: $15.00 | Ages ten to adult
Here are some of Syd's signature stories, the tales people most often ask to hear:

  • Lieberman's Children Symphony
  • The Hospital Night from Hell
  • Sarah
  • You're Safe, Mary
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The Old Man
  • The Debate in Sign Language
  • Challahs in the Ark
  • To Everything There Is a Season

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The Storytelling Journey

CD: $15.00 | Ages twelve to adult
Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we are traveling down a yellow brick road. Stories can guide us on that journey, as Syd demonstrates in a joyous, story-filled keynote address delivered at the 2003 Storytelling Conference.

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The Old Man and Other Stories

CD: $15.00 | Cassette: $10.00 | Ages ten through adult
This recording contains several of Syd's signature stories:

  • The Italian Tee Shirt
  • Saved by a Sale
  • Marriage: A Fable
  • The Old Man
  • The Dawning of a New Day
  • The Whole Megillah
  • Zachary
  • Challahs in the Ark

“Syd lets us hear a human voice and see the beauty that's around us.”
-Jay O'Callahan, National Storytelling Magazine

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A Winner and Other Stories

CD: $15.00 | Cassette: $10.00 | Ages ten through adult
A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
This live recording mixes Syd's personal tales with short stories.

  • Package Tsuris
  • The Grass is Always Greener
  • The Lieberman Children's Symphony
  • A Winner
  • Sarah
  • Down from Troy

“The humor of the stories is universal and the scenes are vividly created by this master humorist.”
-Booklist

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Streets and Alleys: Stories with a Chicago Accent

CD: $15.00 | Cassette: $10.00 | Ages ten through adult
This live recording contains six of the eighteen stories in Syd's book by the same name:

  • Zen and the Art of Storytelling
  • A Harvard Man
  • Harvard Man Redux
  • The Day the Nazis Came
  • The Hospital Night from Hell
  • The Irregulars

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Literature and Folk Tales

Joseph the Tailor and Other Jewish Tales

CD: $15.00 | Cassette: $10.00 | Ages five through adult
An American Library Association Notable Children's Recording
You don't have to be Jewish or a child to enjoy this folk tale collection:

  • Joseph the Tailor
  • The Wooden Sword
  • The Wise Shoemaker of Studena
  • Hershel and the Inn Keeper
  • The Debate in Sign Language
  • A Chelm Medley
  • The Driver and the Rabbi
  • Two Brothers
  • Elijah and the Poor Man
  • Solomon and the Bee
  • David and Goliath
  • The Noisy House

“Lieberman mesmerizes listeners with his expert timing, charismatic enthusiasm, and engaging storytelling.”
-Booklist

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The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Terrifying Tales

CD: $15.00 | Cassette: $10.00 | Ages ten through adult
An American Library Association Notable Children's Recording
Syd's adaptations of classic literary horror stories:

  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • Hop Frog
  • Beowulf
  • The Pardoner's Tale
  • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

“The results will please those wanting their stories gruesome and gory.”
-Booklist

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Books

Streets and Alleys: Stories with a Chicago Accent

$20.00 | Ages teen to adult
Syd grew up in Albany Park, a Jewish neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest side. This book is a collection of defining moments in his life: from first love to first face-to-face standoff with mortality.

“Lieberman's stories are pure Chicago, street-smart and funny with a whole lotta heart.”
-Sue Sussman, author of The Dieter

Videos

The Call of Story

VHS: $20.00
Syd is one of six storytellers on this one-hour video featuring stories interspersed with the storytellers' reflections on the value of storytelling. Other featured storytellers are Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Rex Ellis, Waddie Mitchell, and Dovie Thomason.