Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Tale of Two Frogs

Spring has finally settled in here in New England, and we at massmouth have finished up our wildly successful first Story Slam season! That means it is time for a summer of MouthOffs and other storytelling delights. Our first MouthOff of 2010 was held at the Brown-Rhone Park in Central Square, Cambridge, on the evening of Monday May 17, and I had the privilege of telling alongside of some talented newcomers and my able MouthOff co-host, Stu Mendelson.

I decided on the spur of the moment to try out a story that I've been itching to tell for a while, about two frogs, a lot of cream, and the power of perseverance. One of my favorite variants of this tale can be found in Elisa Pearmain's "Once Upon a Time... Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying". This is my first attempt at telling this story in public, and naturally, I had to give it my own personal twist and take on it. Perfect timing, since this coming Friday I have a frog-themed storytelling activity hour planned for my classroom of kindergartners at the Gardner Pilot Academy! Let me know what you think of both the story and my telling of it, I'm always interested in getting feedback.

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