Covenant Academy is delighted to sponsor this very special appearance by a performer and recording artist whose worldwide following, and more than one hundred major awards, testify to the emotional and inspirational power of his words. Please join us on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to share in the magic of stories of the triumphant human spirit brought to you by master storyteller, Jim Weiss.

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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.

Fall 2017 Session Selections with Jim Weiss

Jim will choose among the following session to present to us on this visit:

  • “The Crow and the Pitcher”, Aesop’s fable of a bird who must overcome difficulties to reach his goal
  • “Things Could Always Be Worse”, a classic folk-tale guaranteed to provoke wild laughter…
    and deep thought
  • “The Secret Weapon”, a true story of an ancient Chinese wise man facing an overwhelming invading army
  • “The Bremen Town Musicians”, the fairy tale of four animals in trouble who band together to help one another
  • “Snow White and Rose Red”, the classic fairy tale of two sisters and their mother, a bear and kindness repaid
  • “The Story of Ruth”: from the Bible comes one of the world’s greatest stories of loyalty in the face of hardship
  • “The Transcontinental Railroad”: two men from vastly different backgrounds bond in the effort to build a railroad in the face of difficulties and dangers
  • “It Couldn’t Be Done”, a poem by Edgar A. Guest that is all about the spirit of persistence
  • “The New Colossus”, a poem by Emma Lazarus, the words of which are on the base of
    The Statue of Liberty
  • “Invictus”, a poem by William Henley. This is the inspiring poem Nelson Mandela kept with him through his years of political imprisonment, written by a man whose own story is one of persistence in the face of tragedy
  • “Fool’s Gold”, a folk tale of a poor man’s honor, a miser’s greed, and a wise man’s choice
  • “Marathon, Thermopylae and Salamis”: the true adventures of a small group of determined men who worked together against overwhelming, tyrannical forces to save Greek independence and preserved democracy in the world
  • “Satchel Paige, Philosopher of the Baseball Diamond”, the true story of a Hall of Fame pitcher whose wisdom and famous humor helped him to overcome poverty and racism
  • “Charles Steinmetz: A Little Giant Comes to America”, a true story of scientific genius, friendship, generosity and the American spirit overcoming enormous challenges
  • “They Called Her Moses: the Story of Harriet Tubman”, the inspiring story of an African-American slave woman who risked her life many times to free other slaves
  • “Shouting Against the Wind: the Story of Sarah and Angelina Grimke”, the true story of two sisters who risked their positions and their lives to speak out against slavery
  • “Adventures of Robin Hood”, the medieval adventures of a hero who led a movement to help the poor and disadvantaged in the face of armed tyranny