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All I can say is WOW! You are simply amazing. I've never seem kids (and adults) so engaged in a storytelling session.
Thank you so very much for being so easy to work with, completely understanding the event and what was needed, and doing extra sets...
Thank you for an awesome workshop today! The kids and teachers enjoyed it very much...the 5th graders did a great job re-telling those stories. They felt so good about their performances afterward and the 3rd graders were so proud of their stories...it was a great day! My 3rd and 5th graders came home so excited. My first grader was mad that he did not get to see you this year that he kept saying "I did not listen to any Simon Brooks stories...it's not fair!" the entire ride home from school...he is so funny, so we told him he'll get his chance next year.
Hi Simon, I just want you to know that the feed back from Friday was wonderful. Evening performance was great. PTA moms want to do an all school assembly/ perhaps Artist in Residence if funding allows. Thanks for coming. I will try to gather the written responses from the teachers for the afternoon workshop. Definitely needed more time for that one.
Simon came into our school for five days and worked with 5-8th grade students. Typically these students are a hard sell on most “assemblies”, but were even more so when they found out that it was a “story teller” that was coming. Simon absolutely mesmerized them. Students were leaning forward in their seat; they wanted to hear more. As the week progressed, Simon had the students draw from their own life experiences and develop a story of their own. Simon worked cooperatively with the students and teaching staff to help develop the stories. He showed them that a “normal” life experience could become a richly told story when given details and tone.
drama classes and I heard your tales at Nashua North High School today.
We were all very impressed and had a lot of fun discussing storytelling
and drama afterwards.
Hi Simon, Just
wanted to say thank you for being up here at Trapp's over the holidays!
Simon, It was
great to have you join us. I know the kids and parents who attended
your stories kept saying, "that was really good" and "Did
you jump, too, when...?" It was a lot of fun and a great experience
they'll carry with them. So thank you from all of us!
Hi Simon. My
wife and my two children, Bethany and Jordan, are big fans. My kids
go everywhere we can find you to hear you. My daughter Bethany is
especially a big fan. And yes, I'm a big fan too! We've been on a
long drive from the Upper Valley down to Maryland, and your CD has
been an absolute Godsend. Several different times Bethany said, "Can
we listen to Mister Simon now?" The long one about Jessee and
the 9-headed dragon [Shape-shifting Girl] is a particular favorite.
Storytelling is now just a big part of what we all do as a family
and has been a great addition to our usual regimen of books, art,
and music. Really wonderful. The kids now tell their own, as well
as repeating many of your [stories]. My six-year-old can tell [The
Goat from the Hills] and Mountains] nearly verbatim, with accents
and all, and my four-year-old likes to try too. Often when we tell
them they're not allowed to do something
they'll put on that
goat voice and answer, "Eeeehhhhhh. Waddayadoinah? Don't you
know who I am?" So from all of us, just want to say thanks for
all the joy you bring to our little ones.
Thanks for your outstanding presentation today. I really enjoyed it
and clearly the kids did too. Inspirational! I am sorry I did not
get to meet you after.
you for giving us ... your engaging storytelling performance at Hartland
elementary School. The kids and adults all seemed to thouroughly enjoy
"I just have
to thank you for telling me about the Granite State Storytelling event
in New London. You are kinetic, funny, charming, engaging, and you allow
adults to be children, or should I say, it makes no difference what age
one is when listening to you. It was really really good to hear and see
you, and to observe your audience."
great night at the Story Cafe! Simon filled the space with his wit
and talent. He is so at ease on stage and played with the audience
along the way, offering us stories that spanned from seafaring tale,
to an enchanted princess. I loved his version of The Piper's Revenge,
peppered with just enough historical background to put some more meat
on the bones. I heard so many complimentary comments from folks as
they lingered for a bit after his performance."
"Simon - Thank
you so much for the wonderful performance you gave December. Students
and staff are still talking about it. Our principal even brought it up
at the school board meeting! I have enclosed some dragons and the information
I sent along to our generous funders (the Green Mountain Festival Series).
We look forward to having you back in future years!"
To see thank you notes from the Chester Andover Elementary School, click here!
You were awesome yesterday! Thanks so much for coming AND telling
some grand stories. Your support of the Valley Quest program is so
very much appreciated."
Simon - Your talent is a gift, and an astonishing one at that. You're
so astoundingly good at it!"
- One of my 5th graders, an extremely "cool" fifth grader,
let the other students know when entering school Friday that if they
were not at Literacy Night they missed an amazing event - very out
of character for her to be so complementary about school events. Most
of the 26 students there were raving about you for the entire day
Friday. Thanks for the entertaining and fun night."
- Thank You for undertaking another CD!
I must say I was very impressed with Simon's performance at the high
school level. I was interested to see how it played out. It was evident,
watching the students, that Simon held their attention well. I witnessed
some of the [high school] students actually laughing in parts that
were funny. I truly was impressed."
night was 'wicked good' as they say in N.H. My granddaughter said
they were the best stories she's ever heard. We truly appreciated
your performance. Thanks...Judi K.
Simon, thanks again for this terrific show. We loved it!"
- I just wanted to let you know how appreciated your talents were
at the [town] barbeque. You're the best, everyone says! Thanks so
much for doing the show, Simon, it was fantabulous. Your cd was checked
out of the library this morning.
Hi Simon. I
really enjoyed your storytelling tonight. Your quick switches from
character to character were inspired. I think you're really fun to
watch as well as to listen to - great voices and sound effects. Your
movement was precise and speedy with all the quick character changes.
Why, it was so fast that it almost made me dizzy. But in a good way
- like rolling down a hill and getting out of control with laughter.
- Thank you for a thoroughly entertaining morning. It was the perfect
start to the Summer Reading Program. I estimated 97 adults and children
were gathered around. The rest of the staff told me that many adults
thought you were fantastic. The children were quite rapt considering
some were fairly young. The voices you use and the movement certainly
kept them alert. We have 72 children signed so far and I think that
to be a wonderful start to "Treasure Reading". Thank you for
helping make the program a success and for being so accommodating. Have
a great summer."
really liked it - a few 'tough customers' actually told me it was "really
cool" and asked if we could have Simon back"
|Simon is a member of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) and the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES).|
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award winning More Second-hand Tales, and A Tangle of Tales
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