In the old days, Rapunzel had to cope with isolation, boredom, and an abbreviated social life, but her modern-day alter ego, Green Golly, has a beautiful golden flute to express her deepest feelings and a life filled with music by the world’s composers. Green Golly & Her Golden Flute is a new picture book-with-audio, based on the Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning recording by the same name, written and performed by Keith Torgan and Barbara Siesel.

Green Golly & Her Golden Flute introduces children to classical music via a whimsical re-working of the traditional tale of Rapunzel. Green Golly is inclined to rely on her musical abilities to help unravel the mysteries of life in this funny, engaging tale of romance and rescue, interwoven with works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Gossec, Elgar, Bizet, Chopin, and Copland.

The heart of Green Golly & Her Golden Flute is the sound that flutist Barbara Siesel creates, making music come alive with tonal vibrancy and a sense of style and phrasing. Add to that the frolicsome energy and outrageous sense of fun imbued throughout Keith Torgan’s storytelling, and you have an experience that is truly extraordinary in children’s entertainment. Torgan dances through the voices of the new characters he’s created to grace the beloved tale, from Vlotek the Gypsy to Mousey Tongue, and even his chameleon-like witch who conjures up most of the story’s plot surprises.

Green Golly & her Golden Flute comes with a StorySticker app, which enables listening to the story and music instantaneously on a mobile device or computer. If ordered directly from or, the book will be packaged with a free CD, as well. The book will be available on October 15 and is for kids ages 4-10.