Currently I can tell stories as a part of this year's
Summer Reading Program in the last week of June, most
of July and August. My story selections can be tailored
to the youngest readers, a mixed audience, or just
for teens. Available throughout the Lower Mainland
as well as on tour beyond Hope. Fees negotiable. Audience
size: 6 to 300.
Stories that would fit into the theme: Catch
the Reading Bug
I can select from these ideas, or find other stories
as circumstances dictate and inspiration leads!
A picture of me telling
"The Man whose mother was a Pirate." By
Things that bug you
(rules, bedtime, the word "no")
The Bear and the Fox - fox, the trickster of Europe,
cheats a kindly bear of his honey pot - and gets away
with it, much to Bear's annoyance. Set in Russia.
Don't bug the baby in The Ghost of the One Black Eye
- she might black yours!
Germs (illness, Grossology, hygiene,
Well, I don't have germ stories, but there is a tale
I know of curing heartsickness with A Lion's Whisker,
a tale from Africa.
Doodlebugs ( drawing, art)
The Boy who drew Cats - a Japanese tale of a little
boy's drawings helping him out of a tough spot.
Earth Dragons - a Chinese tale of cleverness in a
Listening bugs ( CSI, spying)
The spy in this tale taken from the Finnish epic the
Kalevala is a witch - Louhi, the Witch of the North.
Bug to butterfly! (transformation,
metamorphosis, growing up, change, new and first experiences,
makeovers, dressup, costumes, facepaint)
The Man who became the Sun - and that is the tale
in a nutshell, but of course there is much magic and
tomfoolery happens in the transformation. A South
South Asia has a gentle tale of co-operation creating
change in The Great Big Enormous Rock - my version
is based on Celia Lottridge's version in Ten Small
Car bugs (Volkswagon, vehicles,
traveling, road trips)
The Left-Behind Beasts is a look at the classic Flood
story from a different perspective.
Mary Culhane and the Dead Man - it was a short trip
between the graveyard and the end of the village and
back, but it changed Mary's life forever.
Bug bugs! (insects)
Two tales of mighty mosquitoes: Mosquito and Thunder,
and a tall tale based on a true story
Especially for older listeners, there is the classic
Greek tale of Arachne