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Saturday Morning Story

Rose Arrowsmith-Decoux

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

For many years Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux lived at the end of the Gunflint Trail. She is a professional storyteller and actor and shared her talents with WTIP through  “Saturday Morning Story” telling both original and traditional tales.

Learn more about Rose at her website.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.


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The Tiger, the Brahman & the Jackal

In this folk tale from India, the underdog saves the day.


Clever Manka

Clever Manka is a Czech/Slovakian tale that immediately made me picture the streets of Prague. The buildings are painted in faded yellows, reds and greens. The roofs are tiled.

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Why There Are No Tigers In Borneo

This Indonesian tale pits the might of the tigers of Java against the wits of a little mouse.

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The Wishing Fish

I always wanted to tell "The Fisherman & his Wife," but I didn't like the henpecked husband or nagging wife characters.

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Ada & The Three Spinners

Though this starts out a lot like "Rumplestiltskin," this spinning story heads in a very different direction. My adaptation of a classic, but lesser-known Brothers Grimm.


The First Snowflake of Winter

Inspired by a gingerbread house, this original story is meant to feel like an old folktale. It is told in Tomte Kajsa's voice. A tomte is a Swedish house elf--a cousin to the Norwegian nisse.

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Itsy Bitsy's Big Adventure

I created this story for a "June Tune Singalong" while enjoying the early summer weather on a blanket in my yard.

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The Clever Boy, The Rich Man & The Fly

In this Vietnamese tale a young boy saves his family from debt by use of a clever riddle and a fly. Listen to the story as told by Rose.

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Clever Manka

Saturday Morning Story with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux is a regular feature on WTIP's North Shore Weekend program Saturday mornings from 7-10. Listen to Clever Manka.

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Frank and Eileen Have a Snow Day

Inspired by Lake Woebegone, I was happy to have a reason (a mini-Membership Drive) to create this story. Best enjoyed while wearing mukluks and eating steel cut oats.