Elinor Benjamin, Storyteller

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If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales

— Albert Einstein



Storytelling in Schools

What are the benefits of inviting a storyteller into your classroom or library?

  • Storytelling can provide a high quality narrative experience, especially for children who have difficulty with reading stories themselves

  • Storytelling stimulates the imagination because there are no images provided and the listeners must supply them by exercising their imaginations

  • Storytelling provides a model of good communication and presentation skills and an enjoyable and less threatening way to learn and practice them

  • Storytelling is about what it is to be human. Folk and fairy tales deal with the big themes in life - seeking your fortune, finding your true love, facing evil, overcoming adversity, and finding your place in the world - in a subtle, entertaining and sometimes humorous way.

  • Lessons from fairy tales have a way of coming back to help us when we least expect