Dan Yaccarino reminds us of the power of story. That a tapestry of words can move us to laughter or tears, surprise or inspire us, or inform or expand our worlds is a testament to the power of story. That we can take stories with us wherever we go or find stories along the way is a hopeful thing indeed.
This was the perfect book to help the students understand that stories have a history and that the stories in this library and all libraries all started a very long time ago. The students engaged in a turn and talk with an elbow partner about these two questions:
With this thinking percolating amongst the group, we read I am a Story.
“What is a story?”
“Why are they important?”
After a whole group discussion, the students shared their thinking about these questions:
1. What is a story?
2. Why are stories important?
3. What is a favorite story of yours?
4. How will stories be shared in the future?
After contributing their ideas and browsing and borrowing, the students practiced the art of storytelling using Story Cubes, Tell me a Story, How to Tell a Story.
What story will you read today?