Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Telling Stories by the Heart for First Day School

Children

Many years ago in Africa, storytellers traveled from village to village sharing myths, gossip, and lessons with the people. Together, they laughed and cried and shared their bond of humanity. Then television came to the region. The television started telling the same stories as the tellers. However, the stories on the television were embellished with magnificent special effects and beautiful or handsome narrators. The people turned to the stories on television. First the young adults, attracted to the hip young narrators, switched to television. Then the young children and finally their parents abandoned the traveling tellers for the television, which presented stories quicker and slicker. The storytellers kept measuring tape, etc.). Stories are welcome telling the tales from village to village although their audiences became smaller and smaller and older and older.