Posted by: Barry | May 7, 2010


[UPDATE: Don’t miss Marc’s own comments about his visit to ABLE Families, by clicking the COMMENT link at the bottom of this post.  Thanks for the encouraging words, Marc!]

Marc Harshman (whose visit to our Afterschool program I blog about in the post just below this one) is such an expressive storyteller, I was able to take a lot of interesting pictures, and I had a hard time choosing which ones to use. 

In this post, I present a series of photos I took in a period of about ten minutes, as Marc told a single story to our kids.  His use of his own body in telling the story reflects the equally distinctive way he uses his voice, too.

Toward the end of this post are also a couple of photos of the faces of our kids as they listened to the same story.


  1. Dear Barry and all my new friends at ABLE Families,

    Thank you all again for being so warm and welcoming when I visited you all last week. I am deeply impressed by the good work you folks are doing – anything done to reinforce the links between books and children can only serve to strengthen the health of our nation. And you folks are clearly doing so much more, as well, from feeding to nurturing not only children but their families.
    And a special thanks to the children. I love the way your photos captured their faces during the storytelling. Their enthusiasm and attention were my finest compliments. I must say, having visited Kermit Elementary throughout the school day, I was worried about their having had enough of me! But no worries – I was happy to feed off their good energy as I shared and discussed the origins of some of my other books, highlighting for them the sources of stories that we all share as readers and writers: stories from real life, stories that are re-tellings of older tales, and stories that just hit us over the head, that visit us from those unknown regions we call the imagination. And such good workers they were, too. I remember how all of us brainstormed other versions of ONLY ONE and ALL THE WAY TO MORNING, the younger ones eventually working away on both text and illustration for this latter story. Meanwhile, the smaller group of older kids were right with me as I tried to condense a long discussion of the use that can be made of detail in the creation of compelling writing.
    Good luck to you and everyone there in Kermit. You are doing the most important work in America as you nurture the minds and bodies of our young people.
    All my very best wishes, Marc Harshman

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