Oceans of Possibilities

Stories for All Ages

Oceans of Possibilities: A Summer Reading Storytelling Program

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There are many possibilities for thematic content, and I am diligently pursuing stories that lend themselves to a comprehensive and lively text set, consisting of myth, legend, and science, to spark the imaginations and participation of multi-generational audiences.

Please contact me for more information: denise@denisemccormack.live

Stories

THE STORY OF URASHIMA TARO

About Urashima Taro

A very kind fisherman, Urashima Taro, protects a tortoise from injury at the hands of rough boys. Meeting again, the tortoise ushers Urashima to her underwater kingdom where he stays for many days. Homesick, the fisherman asks to leave and is given a magic box with an express warning to leave it unopened. Alas, like Pandora, his curiosity bests him.

This is a "why" or "pourquoi" folktale that dates back to 8th c. Japan.

Themes: friendship, kindness, Bildungsroman, trust, death

Connecting with Tortoises/Sea Turtles

https://www.livescience.com/loggerhead-turtle-migration-thermal-corridor.html

Optional Extension Activity(s)

  • Origami

  • Kamishibai

  • Tangrams

THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER

This narrative in verse by Lewis Carrol details the overindulgence of man and its ecological ramifications.

This is a wonderful introduction to poetry and ecology.

Audiences participate in the telling to underscore its meaning and message.

THE LITTLE MERMAID