Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator
Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator
Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator

Judy Wolfman the Author

As a published author, Judy has written numerous books, readers theatre scripts, and plays. As a result of the publication of her books, Judy presents author talks to schools, libraries and a variety of organizations.

Books | Readers Theatre Scripts | Author Talks | Plays

BOOKS BY JUDY WOLFMAN:

Please contact Judy directly if you would like to obtain signed copies of any of these books.



Kitty and Me NEW!
by Judy Wolfman

Getting to Know God NEW!
by Judy Wolfman

Slave No More NEW!
by Judy Wolfman




The Long Escape
by Judy Wolfman

Not My Time
by Judy Wolfman

How and Why Stories for Readers Theatre
by Judy Wolfman


LIFE ON A FARM SERIES

Judy's Life on a Farm series looks at the hard work and simple pleasures found living and working on a farm as told from a child's perspective. Written on a third grade reading level, with an interest level for grades K-6, each book is filled with colorful photographs (thanks to David Lorenz Winston) depicting the farm, and the child's responsibility and teamwork.

The nine book series covers life on a pig, cattle, crop, goat, horse, chicken, dairy, and sheep farm, and an apple orchard.


Life on a Pig Farm
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)

Life on a Cattle Farm
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)

Life on a Crop Farm
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)




Life on a Goat Farm
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)

Life on a Horse Farm
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)

Life on a Chicken Farm
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)




Life on a Dairy Farm
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)

Life on a Sheep Farm
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)

Life on an Apple Orchard
by Judy Wolfman
David Lorenz Winston (Photographer)


READERS THEATRE SCRIPTS

For How and Why Stories for Readers Theatre, Judy has created 40 scripts based on imaginative and creative "porquoi" stories that stem from multicultural folktales and Native American legends. Curious first through fifth graders discover "how" and "why" things happen, as they read and "act out" these scripts. An introduction explains what Readers Theatre is, how, where and when it may be used, and offers suggestions for writing original scripts. The 40 scripts are short, with appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure for young readers, and an excellent way for students to learn to read with expression.

Additional readers theatre scripts appear in magazines, and in Mel White's Anthology (Meriwether Publishing).

AUTHOR TALKS BY JUDY WOLFMAN:

As a result of the publication of her books, Judy presents author talks to schools, libraries and a variety of organizations. Using slides, she tells about her writing journey and how she became published.

Through classes and workshops, Get the Creative Juices Flowing, Writing for Children, Creative Writing, and a class For Teens Only, Judy shares her writing knowledge and skills at a variety of venues.


PLAYS BY JUDY WOLFMAN:


RED VS THE WOLF

My first play, which won the Margaret Bartel Children's Play Writing Contest (1987), re-tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood but from the Wolf's point of view. The Wolf is upset because he is known the world over as a bad guy, but he really is kind, sensitive, thoughtful and cultural. After refreshing the audience's memory regarding the "traditional" rendition of Red Riding Hood, the Wolf tells it like it really happened. He exposes Red and reveals his plan with Grandma to teach Red a badly needed lesson. Hopefully the audience will see his side of the story, realize there are two sides to everything, and learn a lesson in humility and understanding.
(Published by Pioneer Drama)

THE REAL STORY OF LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

After a successful ten-year run of Red vs the Wolf, Pioneer Drama requested a musical rendition of the same play and provided David Reiser to write the music and lyrics.
(Published by Pioneer Drama)

THE GOLDEN GOOSE

Based on the German Folk Tale in which simple and naive Frederick, nicknamed "Dumbkopf" by his older brothers, convinces Papa to let him go into the forest to cut wood. His brothers have already tried, but they both had peculiar accidents that left them injured after refusing to share their rations with a mysterious Old woman. But kind-hearted Dumbkopf shared his meager food supply with her, who rewards him by helping him find the magical Golden Goose. As Dumbkopf leaves the forest with the enchanted bird, he hilariously encounters a variety of townspeople who all become stuck fast to each other when they reach out to touch it. This uproarious parade makes the princess of the kingdom laugh for the first time in her life, which pleases the king and queen. They reward him with the princess's hand in marriage.
(Published by Pioneer Drama)

THE REAL STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS

A retelling of The Three Little Pigs, from the point of view of the wolf. David Reiser created music and lyrics to make this a delightful musical.
(Published by Drama Source)

IN THE SOUP

Another folk tale adaptation turned into a musical with music and lyrics by David Reiser. A group of itinerant musicians were forced to sell their instruments so they could buy food. Now, tired and hungry, they enter a village where the villagers are suspicious of the musicians and cannot feed them because a drought has left them with little food for themselves. The musicians then prepare to make their own soup, using a stone as a base. Their quest for a pot and fire are granted. They fill the pot with water and add the stone. As the water boils, the villagers gather around, adding various foods and seasoning to enhance the soup. When it is ready to eat, tables and chairs are set up and a block party evolves. Everyone enjoys the marvelous soup and is amazed that it was made from stone. The villagers are grateful to the musicians for showing them how to make stone soup.
(Published by Drama Source)

RAPUNZEL

This fairy tale by the Brothers begins on Rapunzel's 12th birthday when the witch, Mother Gothel, takes Rapunzel into the forest and presents her with a "new" home - a tower. This is Mother Gothel's way of protecting her stolen daughter from harm or other people. With no stairs, Rapunzel is unable to escape, but her long braids allow Mother Gothel to visit her every day. One day, a prince hears Rapunzel singing and finds her at the tower. He watches Mother Gothel climb up the braids, and then does the same thing. They fall in love, decide to marry, and plan for Rapunzel's escape. But their plan is foiled when Mother Gothel discovers it, removes Rapunzel from the tower, and confronts the Prince when he arrives. In anger, the Prince tries to grab Mother Gothel, but falls into a bramble bush, which blinds him. For two years he and his page seek Rapunzel, and finally find her. Her tears restore his eyesight, so they can marry.
(Published by Drama Source)

FAIRY TALE JUSTICE

Goldilocks, the Big Bad Wolf and the Troll from "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" are on trial in three separate cases. The Wolf is charged with destroying property; Goldilocks is charged with trespassing; and the Troll is charged with terroristic threats and plain bad manners. Each character takes the stand to tell their story from his/her perspective, the curtain opens and the story unfolds. At the conclusion of each scene, the curtain closes and once again the character is in the courtroom, awaiting the judges' decision. In each case, the judge hands down a sentence of community service, which the characters don't agree with, but the sentence is fair and just. The play shows that children can't get away with everything!
(Published by Drama Source)

FAIRY TALES ON TRIAL

Once again, David Reiser created music and lyrics, and Fairy Tale Justice became a successful musical.
(Published by Drama Source)

THE CHRISTMAS SANTA ALMOST MISSED

David Reiser created music and lyrics for this play in which a month before Christmas, Santa falls off a ladder and breaks his leg. The doctor's orders are to stay off it until it heals and he must wear a cast and use crutches. Now unable to get in and out of his sleigh, go up and down chimneys or deliver toys for Christmas, Santa seeks a helper. None of his friends (Easter Bunny, Cinderella, Snow White and so on) are able or willing to help him. His PR man sends out a bulletin on the airwaves, which brings in several candidates. The one selected to do the job is an orphan who never had Christmas and doesn't believe in Santa. He agrees to help and during the Christmas Eve ride is so impressed he comes to believe in Christmas and Santa. Santa and Mrs. Claus are also impressed and offer to adopt him, promising a real family.
(Published by Drama Source)

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