The storytellers who visited us last week sure could! We had the pleasure of being visited by some professional storytellers on Friday, and MAN did they do a great job! We were amazed by the tales they spun, and everyone–adults and kids alike–were totally engaged!
The first storyteller has some hilarious stories about growing up–which were great, because we could all relate! The first story was about learning to play the juice harp, and all about the WRONG ways of doing it! He even played it for us, which was really cool! We found out that he is responsible for many sounds we hear in cartoons, as well, including the sound of Bullseye galloping in Toy Story 2 (since this is one of my family’s favorite movies, I got an extra kick out of that detail! Felt like I was in the presence of a legend!). The other story he told us about were the strange gifts he got from his grandpa, which included a rock and a stick, tied in a fancy red bow.
Our second storyteller came in full costume, which represented his Cherokee ancestry, told some amazing stories about animals, as well as Daniel Boone. The most unbelievable one was about Daniel Boone’s final hunting trip, where he encountered and then killed a bear, and then “wore” the bear hide to keep warm. He ended up heading up, crawling right into bed with his wife–still in his bear suit–and scaring her half to death! He told us it was true, but I have yet to find proof….either way, it was GREAT story that kept us interested until the very end.
I haven’t heard many live storytellers, but in many ways they are like me–lovers of words! I appreciate performers who can incorporate their words and their voices to weave magical tales for kids and help them want to do the same!
What story can you tell us? Have you ever heard a great storyteller? What about their performance was most interesting to you? Do you know if that Daniel Boone story is true?? We’d love to hear from you! 🙂