This internationally renowned storyteller and author returns to Covenant Academy, and Houston, with stories and poems from classic literature and history that show resilience and goodness in the face of hardships. Some selections will have you rocking with laughter, such as Aesop's "The Crow and Pitcher" and the Brothers Grimm tale of "The Bremen Town Musicians"; some will inspire you, such as the beloved poem "Invictus" and the equally inspiring tale of its brave author, the moving biblical Story of Ruth, or the story of Charles Steinmetz, a four-foot-tall giant whose scientific genius transformed America after he was nearly turned away at Ellis Island; and some will thrill you with adventure, as in stories of courage and unity overcoming tyranny in medieval times ("Robin Hood"), the ancient world (how a few brave Greeks risked their lives to save democracy against overwhelming forces at the battles of Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis); or the lives of great Americans, from Hall of Fame pitcher, humorist, philosopher Satchel Paige, to workers on the Transcontinental Railroad who came from diverse backgrounds to work together to geographically unify a continent and a nation.
In two one-hour long performances for children from Kindergarten through sixth grade in the morning, Jim will draw primarily on fables, folk tales and fairy tales. The first session is from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and the second session will last from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
In his performances for students in grades seven through twelve after lunch, he will incorporate great stories of history and more sophisticated literary backgrounds. These session times are from 1:00-2:00 p.m. and 2:15-3:15 p.m.