Caution! Listening to Michael's brand of storytelling can be habit-forming! Families have reported playing the entire CD as much as eight times in the first three days. Michael Forestieri, storyteller, storyeducator, and big kid obviously hasn't let growing up get the better of him. He has as much fun with wordsmithing as is legally allowed...and then some. Let Michael take you on a journey in "Growing Strong", a CD chock-full of tales about more pesky emotions and good character than you can shake a stick at. Parents will identify with the characters in these stories as quickly as children will. The question is, "Who will learn their lesson first, the children or their parents?" In "The Best Bike in the World", Tommy wants to trade in his rusty old bicycle for that sweet ride in the store window. But will he get away with screaming at his Mom in "The Echo"? Try counting how many words begin with the letter "M" on track #3: "He was a Mean Man". Talk about a love for alliteration! Besides being entertaining on several levels, these stories are great for discussion starters around the fireplace. Curl up with "Growing Strong" and set your family's heart ablaze. Michael's voice characterizations are a sheer delight while his easy-to-listen-to style is fun, engaging, and challenging. To give you a taste of what Michael is able to do to his listeners, a journalist from a local paper had this to report after sitting in on one of Michael's summer story camps, "The near silence at the beginning of the session was replaced by watering mouths and glazed over eyes as all the campers thought of the five-tier wedding cake Forestieri described, the cannolis, and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies. 'You're making me hungry,' came the response from just about every member of the group." Michael tells with two local guilds in Delaware and is a board member of the nationwide Christian Storytelling Network. Aside from performances and workshops at public schools, libraries, and churches around the U.S. and overseas, his favorite use of storytelling is narrative therapy: an effective tool for helping troubled youth express themselves and deal with tough issues.