Mary Kathryn Kelley
Storytellers Visit K. C. Heffernan
Beauty and the Beast Storytellers Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton wove together stories from around the world as they brought their special brand of story sharing to K.C. Heffernan Elementary School the week of March 16. The husband and wife team have been winning audiences and critical acclaim throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia since 1980. Among their most popular books are "Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale," "Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom," "Noodle Head Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell," and "How and Why." This year's third grade storytelling residency kicked off with a storytelling assembly for all second- and third grade students. The young audience was captivated as the innovative story weavers used a variety of expressions, voices, and creative body movements to tell their stories, which featured folktales and stories from around the world.
Weiss and Hamilton drew attention to the differences and similarities in these stories that were created at opposite ends of the globe. The storytelling residency at K.C. Heffernan involves each third grade student in the writing, creation and presentation of a story all under the creative guidance of Weiss and Hamilton, the Beauty and the Beast Storytellers. Information on Beauty and the Beast Storytellers can be found at beautyandthebeaststorytellers.com.