Programs/Storytelling

THE KITE by John Dambold was painted in response to Pamela's telling of The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen

THE KITE by John Dambold was painted in response to Pamela’s telling of The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen

When I tell a story it is an invitation! An invitation to travel somewhere with me! Travel to another time and place and immerse ourselves in this other world.

I grew up dancing and putting on plays and puppet shows or making up stories as I played in the snow or in the fallen leaves. When I am first learning a story I immerse myself in it just as I did as a child. I look at pictures, visit a place that feels like the place, read other books and stories that connect to the one I’m learning. I read many different versions and then I tell the story aloud and ask myself “What’s the most important thing about this story?”

This is the heart of the story and guides me into how I will tell the tale. And whether the character in my story is a butterfly the size of a Boeing 747 or a brave young heroine who can stand on the head of a pin, I want you to be able to see the character, to feel the wind as the butterfly lifts off the ground, or catch your breath as the cold salty water envelopes our young heroine as she dives into the sea!

I believe that awe and wonder can teach and transform us. So join me on this remarkable ride to brand new territory in the land of story!