Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Storytelling

This semester, as I've mentioned before, I'm taking Storytelling. This is perhaps one of the most fun classes ever. Last night I told for the first time. We have to each tell a story three or four times during the semester - each time for an increasingly more aged audience (in our heads, at least. We only really tell to our professor and the eight other people in the class).

So last night I told to a preschool (3 1/2 - 5) audience, and I told Lon Po Po Lon Po Po A Red Riding Hood story from China by Ed Young. Well, what I told was based on that version, but it was quite a bit different by my own design and also quite a bit different because we told from memory, not with the book in our hands. I got into it. I'm one of those people who will go ahead and make a fool of myself (which is fantastic for being a future children's librarian), but will secretly obsess about acting like an idiot in private. It's a bit of a crazy way of doing things.

ANYWAY! If you can't ramble in your own blog, where can you ramble, eh? Telling was fantastic. I know I messed up once, but everywhere else I just felt like the story was flowing from me. My audience laughed genuine laughter multiple times - and right when I wanted them too! Nonetheless, after I was done, I was terrified that I'd messed everything up, gotten the story a bit wrong, moved waaaay too much, etc. The Professor, though, was abso-freaking-lutely fantastically glowing in telling me how wonderful I'd done, etc. She said (and this amused me) that I had done a great job in differentiating the three sisters in my telling. In my head I had a definite idea of Shin, Tao, and Paotze. I knew them, but in my practicing, and I thought in my telling, I hadn't done anything in voice or body language to show this differentiation. Maybe I just internalized it so much (I over practiced for this) that it came through anyway. One of my classmates commented, "Are you a dancer?" to which I responded, "I used to be." "It shows," she said. "You just have a way of moving that's graceful and beautiful. It was fantastic just watching you tell."

Anyway - I'm happy. I fell all good about a future as a children's librarian. I feel like this is something that I can spend the rest of my life with. That's a great feeling.
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Momma-san is very proud.

Lady Arden said...

Storytelling's usually a really a great experience. I used to volunteer to read at schools to elementary kids, but had some trouble once. It was in Texas see, and the book they gave me had Spanish words in it -and I don't know spanish. That teacher really should have warned me.

Tired Tunia said...

After 8 years as a children's librarian, there are still tons of things to learn and do! I haven't done straight storytelling in a few years, I do storyhour for toddlers and babies now. Good luck, sounds like a fun class.

librarian pirate said...

Momma - Thank you!

Lady Arden - Eek! After growing up in Western Colorado, I could probably muddle through the pronunciations, but I've never taken Spanish either. That would have scared the Cahones out of me!

Tunia - I can't wait to be a children's librarian too!

Erin said...

very very awesome.

(from readiness)