Nordic Beowulf

In Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf, we are able to better gather the complexities of one of the oldest English epic poems in history. Do kids want to read it? No, not even adults want to read it. But was it meant to be told to children around a nighttime fire? Heck. Yes. And that’s … More Nordic Beowulf

Gallipoli

You may recall two posts ago I said I was jet lagged. Well, that’s because I had traveled to Turkey. I’m still here, by the way. Because I’m in Turkey, I wanted to talk about a story that originates in the country. Only, this story isn’t fictional. It’s historical and it’s the battle of Gallipoli. … More Gallipoli

Princess Leia

Today is Star Wars day. You know, May fourth. As in, “May the fourth be with you.” Like, “May the force be with you.” You get it. Anyway, today I want to talk not only about Star Wars, but Princess Leia and her role as an empowered female character. Before I begin, I would like … More Princess Leia

C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

In many children’s stories, authors place their main characters in magical worlds in order to help children understand the adult-world lessons they’ll receive as they continue reading. C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe puts its main characters in a make-believe world where they’ll have to grow and change. In this way, Lewis’s … More C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Shoes in Storytelling

When I say Cinderella, you think…? Maybe the entire story comes to mind when I say, “Cinderella and her glass slippers.” Storytelling has always had interesting modes of transportation, yet it is the interesting ones that capture our attention, not the mundane. Say, something as mundane as a pair of shoes. A shoe is simple and utterly … More Shoes in Storytelling