Children's Story: Adventures with Duende in the Ocean

ADVENTURES WITH DUENDE IN THE OCEAN is a story of an elf who takes a boy on a journey into the ocean. It’s the 1st in a new series of adventures that are about honoring and caring for our Mother Earth, and includes letters from animals in the ocean that children will be asked to write back to (or, if younger, they can draw). This story is made up of 13 beautifully illustrated story cards presented in the Japanese Kamishibai format that was used to tell Japanese Folk Tales inside small box stages in the parks in the 1930s. This format offers children 5 years and up a chance to become theatrical storytellers; provides parents and teachers an interactive approach to storytelling; teaches children about the earth (with letters from animals included); and it invites our youngsters to become earth stewards (through future Duende Clubs). It may even inspire your child to create their own story and cards! For more info. on purchasing your own story or on storytelling events, contact the Author at  

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"Nico was certain that the little man was real. He was as real and bright as the stars in the sky when he arrived in the boy’s dreams smelling of salt and sand." 

--Adventures with Duende in the Ocean  

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The Children's Hour Radio Program

Adventures with Duende in the Ocean      was recorded live with Katie Stone on The Children's Hour, an international radio program for children, on Saturday, December 18, 2021. Credit to: The Children’s Hour Inc producers Katie Stone & Christina Stella.





Here's a link to its airing on the Children's Hour: My story begins at 25:38 and finishes as 37:40. 


2021 NM, Storytelling Events: 


June 15, 3:30-4:30:

Children's Adventure Company, Santa Fe 

June 21, 10:30-12 p.m. 

Mountain View Community Center, ALBQ


June 23, 2:00-4:45 p.m.

Mesa Verde Community Center, ALBQ

June 26, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Santa Fe Railyard Market, Santa Fe

June 29, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Vista Grande Community Center, East Mtn.

July 3, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Santa Fe Railyard Market, Santa Fe

July 6, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Las Padillas Community Center, ALBQ

Westside Community Center, ALBQ

July 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

River Talks Event, Santa Fe

July 17, 9:00 a.m.-10:15 p.m.

Bachechi Open Space, ALBQ

July 18, 9:45-11:00 a.m.

Albuquerque Open Space, ALBQ.

July 31, 9:45-11:00 a.m.

Albuquerque Open Space, ALBQ.

August 7, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Santa Fe Railyard Market, Santa Fe

August 14, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Rio Grande Nature Center, ALBQ, NM

October 9, 12:30 p.m, ALBQ, NM

Albuquerque Folk Festival, Bosque School

October 24, 1:00 p.m, ALBQ, NM

Elena Gallegos Open Space Amphitheatre

Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m, ALBQ, NM

Oralidad Festival, Cervantes Institute, National Hispanic Cultural Center (in Spanish) 

Dec. 18, 9-10 a.m, KUNM, NM

My children's story, Adventures with Duende in the Ocean, will air on The Children's Hour radio program on Sat. from 9-10 on KUNM in NM, and on nationwide radio programs. Check it out!             


*If you are interested in scheduling a storytelling event, please contact me at:

505 923 0649   OR   OR

Duende Letters:

Check out these amazing letters written by children to the animals of the ocean! Click here to see more letters from different children: 

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"Mr. Squirt flipped the two up and up, sending them to the ocean’s surface and then back down."

Adventures with Duende in the Ocean  

      Purchase your own Story Cards:

This includes:

-13 beautifully illustrated Kamishibai cards (15" x 10.5" each)

- Behind each illustration is the side-by-side bilingual (in English and Spanish) story of Adventures  with Duende in  the Ocean.

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- The writing on the back is big enough to use for storytelling and includes speaking notes for the storyteller. 
- Each story card set includes 5 letters written from the ocean animals presented in the story.
- Children are invited to write or draw back to the animals and send letters to them (Duende, the ocean elf, will hand deliver the letters to the animals, and some of the children's select letters will be posted on this website (on the
Duende Letters Page).

PRICE: For only $29.50 (shipping to be determined, or, if local, it can be delivered in person to save on shipping. Please email me at  

      Purchase your Unique Flip Book:

This includes: 

-13 beautifully illustrated pages (10" x 7 3/4" each)

with the bilingual story on the back side of the flip part of the book. 

-Can be hand-held for bedtime storytelling or stand up on it's own on a table.   

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-Includes 5 letters written from the ocean animals presented in the story. Children write back and learn about the animals. 

PRICE: For only $22.00. Media mail or regular mail prices offered. 

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