Storytime Issue 82 Out Now!

 

In the pages of Storytime, heroes come in all shapes and sizes! We have mighty heroes and heroines, plucky kids, and even supernatural beings, but our favourite stories are probably those that feature amazing animals! That’s why this month’s issue was a special treat for us!

 

Storytime Issue 82 – Lions and Tigers and Lizards, Oh My!

The cover star is Sanka, star of A Tiger’s Journey. She, her mother and brother live in the forests of Siberia, but are forced to go looking for a new home when loggers begin destroying their environment. We did our best to capture an animal’s point of view and take you on a real tiger’s journey – and as you can see, artist Chloe Chang did an absolutely incredible job bringing Sanka and her forest to life.

 

Another big cat stars in this month’s fable, The Lion in Love. The wonderful Fabiana Faiallo illustrates this story of a lion who gets a makeover to impress his special someone – but learns how that you should stray true to who you really are. Like the very best fables, it is a lot of fun, but makes you think at the same time.

 

Uletka and the White Lizard may have an animal in the title – but once you read it, you will see that there is more to that reptile than meets the eye! The story is a wonderful fairy tale about a girl on the run from the evil fairy who turned her mother into a water lily blossom, and Victoria Starskaia has sprinkled the art with a little bit of her own enchantment…

 

Animals come to rescue in our bedtime story too! It’s the time of year where we feel like doing a bit of spring cleaning… but tidying up the house leads to an unexpected mishap in Thumbelina’s Sneeze, illustrated by Storytime favourite Giorgia Broseghini! When the tiny heroine finds herself far from home, she has to ask a toad, a mole and a swallow for help getting home.

 

In our Around the World Tale, the golden boy Kintaro’s life is transformed by a friendship with animals. He is a famous character in Japanese folklore and possesses the strength and costume of a true superhero. He has plays in the woods with his friends – but his strength will not go unnoticed. Ivan Barrera does a wonderful job of bringing this tale to life.

 

Would a fantastic creature count as an animal? We Watch out for the one guarding the Golden Fleece! In our Myths and Legends, we have a whole lot of Ancient Greek heroes teaming up to fulfil an epic quest! Santi Salas illustrates Jason and the Argonauts with some lovely details! It’s the superstar team-up mythology fans have been waiting for waiting for…

 

We have to admit that not ALL of this month’s stories feature animal – but we’re sure you won’t mind! Fabio Mancini captures the fun and whimsy of The Magic Mirror, a Spanish story about how a king looks for love using the powers of a barber’s mystical mirror. As you might expect, it’s a tale with a lesson to teach about how appearances can be deceptive!

 

Have you ever wondered how things are built? This month’s final story is sure to inspire any child interested in STEM subjects. Artist Arianna Bellucci puts her own special touch on The Junkyard Genius. It’s the true story of William Kamkwamba, a teenager from Malawi who taught himself electrical engineering and built an electricity-generating windmill from scrap! We hope this story makes you want to find out more about William and his achievements.

 

We hope this issue will inspire our readers in more than one way! Let us know below which story was your favourite this month!

Storytime – Online!

 

Introducing Storytime Hub!

 

Here at Storytime, we love to bring our readers good classic stories to enjoy. However, we are always looking into new ways to bring these stories to you, and with the current global situation, we appreciate that it is more important than ever for parents, teachers, children and pupils to be able to access fun reading material anywhere at any time.

 

We’re therefore delighted to announce that our shiny new Storytime Hub is now live!

 

With Storytime Hub, we have made our extensive catalogue of over 700 stories and 80 home learning packs accessible digitally for teachers and parents to use all over the world for the first time.

 

It contains every magazine and story we have ever published, and it’s fully searchable – so if there is an out-of-stock back issue that you just haven’t been able to get hold of, or you want to get hold of every story we’ve ever written featuring dragons – now you can! Plus every month we’ll be loading up each new issue of Storytime as it goes on sale.

 

There are a range of subscription options available – families can have digital only access, or even receive a printed issue alongside it every month (we know that many of our readers are thrilled when they receive their freshly-printed issues in the post!).

 

Our school subscription options also include extra logins for pupils so that they can read along with stories in the classroom or even access them remotely from home. We understand that sadly so many children have fallen behind with their reading over the past year, so Storytime Hub is a great, very low-cost way to help children catch up with their reading this summer. We’ve also included every single home learning pack we’ve ever produced, one to accompany each issue of the magazine, each containing lesson ideas, comprehension exercises and awesome activities.

 

We hope that Storytime Hub will give kids more opportunities to enjoy our content in the way that suits parents, carers and educators. To find out more, follow this link, and if you have any questions do feel free to get in touch with the team at hello@storytimehub.com

 

This is only the beginning for Storytime Hub – we have big plans for it which we will be unveiling in the near future, including something very special that our readers have been asking about for a very long time….

 

Stay tuned, have fun and keep reading!

 

The Storytime team

Storytime Issue 81 Out Now!

 

One of the most exciting experiences in life is to discover something new! The latest issue of Storytime is all about that special thrill.

 

Storytime Issue 81 – The Thrill of Discovery

In our cover story, a young girl named Pippa goes on an underwater adventure and discovers (or is discovered by) The Big Green Kraken. This friendly mythological monster does his best to care for the oceans and the planet – and is pleased to learn that Pippa and her friends want to do their bit to protect the environment. Artist Dyru did an absolutely brilliant job capturing the two lead characters and the magic ocean around them.

This story is also special as it reveals the winning letter of our Letter to Planet Earth competition! We hope you like it!

 

Continuing the theme of discovery is The Bone Hunter – the story of real-life fossil-hunter Mary Anning. The art, by the redoubtable Miriam Serafin, transports us back to the early nineteenth century, when little Mary helped her father find ammonites and fossilised bones in the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Mary’s discoveries helped change the way we think about life on Earth!

 

Not all discoveries are so profound, of course! Giorgia Broseghini had a lovely time illustrating Hook’s Island, the tale of what happens when Captain Hook (of Peter Pan fame) gets trapped on a tropical island with a crocodile! is thrilled to learn that surfing is more fun than pirating – especially if a crocodile lets you use them as a surfboard!

 

River-dwelling reptiles also feature in our Indian tale, The King of Crocodiles. A farmer’s daughter is promised in marriage to the muddy monarch of the title, but discovers that appearances can be deceptive, and there is more to her husband than meets the eye. Rogério Coelho adds his own magic to this enchanting tales with his illustrations.

 

Rosanella is a classic French fairy tale about twelve betwitching maidens – who all have the same rose shaped birthmark as a kidnapped princess. A charming prince who was determined to never fall in love learns about the maidens and himself when he finds himself falling for the lovely ladies. Valeria Abatzoglu is the artist behind the beautiful illustrations for his tale.

 

The Wasps and the Bees is a first for us, because it is a thrilling courtroom drama with a sting in the tail! Matteo Gaggia loves drawing insects, so it’s not surprising that he did a fantastic job on the art. When the wasps and the bees disagree about who owns a honeycomb, it’s up to a hornet judge to discover the truth. Who do you think it belongs to?

 

The Raspberry Worm takes us to the forests of Finland! The talented Beatriz Mayumi provides the illustrations for the story of two sisters who get lost in the woods – but find help from an unexpected source. You’ll have to read the story to discover who they were thrilled to meet!

 

Our final story this month is a classic tale of adventure. In fact, you could argue that it is the earliest ‘action blockbuster’ in the English language, and it is even on the UK’s KS2 curriculum! The redoubtable Rowena Aitken brings new life to Beowulf and Grendel, the story of a brave hero who goes hunting for a bothersome monster – and discovers that the beast’s mother is even more formidable!

 

We hope you enjoy discovering the wonders of this month’s issue. Let us know which one you were thrilled to discover below…

What Shall We Talk About Today?

 

What Shall We Talk About Today?

 

Talking to each other is a wonderful thing! It gives us a chance to share perspectives and experiences and helps bring us closer together.

You might have discovered, however, that it can be hard to find new things to talk about when you have been together for a long time, like in the past few months during lockdown or sometimes on a rainy holiday somewhere. That can happen when we can’t go out and do new things and spend a lot of time with each other in the same environment!

But why not make the most of these times and talk about things that matter and find out what everyone thinks about new topics. When it comes to conversation-starters, it’s hard to beat a good story. Here are some ideas from our past issues to start some great conversations.

 

Away Game! (Storytime #78) is a fun story about three boys who accidentally travel back in time to the Middle Ages – and play a pick-up game of football! They go back in time on the same village they live in – and can recognise some parts of it but are also surprised by other the aspects they did not know. After reading this tale, why not discuss the history of your neighbourhood, and what life would have been like there 50 (or 500!) years ago? Are there any buildings, landmarks or that date back hundreds of years and give an insight into its history? For extra fun, look for old photographs of your area. Which bits are still the same, and which have changed beyond all recognition?

 

Not a Robot (Storytime #53) stars a robot who is activated after a power cut – and is found to have a personality of his own! This story could start a discussion about the roles that smart machines are having in our day-to-day lives! We don’t yet robots walking down the streets (yet!), but ‘smart’ programmes are responding to our voice commands and helping us to pick which online videos to watch. Researchers are developing programmes to drive our vehicles and pilot flying delivery drones – and what will happen after that?

 

Mr Luck and Mrs Luck (Storytime #57) is a classic fable about the two characters of the title. As you might have guessed, Mr Luck relies on fortune, while Mrs. Luck puts in hard work. Why not read it and then have a chat about which is more important if you want to achieve things? Here at Storytime, we believe that luck can have an effect on our lives – but pluck is far more important in the long run!

 

Mulan (Storytime #67) is a very old story – but it is still relevant to us today. Mulan was a girl who wanted to help her family, even if it meant going off to war in disguise! This is a great tale to begin a conversation about what women have achieved in their fight for more career opportunities – and the challenges they still face.

 

Why Whales Swim in the Sea (Storytime #23) is set in a place that few people have heard of – and even fewer people have visited! It’s a legend from Patagonia – a beautiful but desolate area at the southern end of South America. Stories like this one are fun to read, but they also teach us things about distant parts of the world, as well as the people and animals that live there. Reading a story set in a distant place with someone is a great way to go on an imaginative journey together. After reading it, discuss what you learned about the story’s setting, look at the map to spot some new places and even wonder what animals live there now!

 

We hope you enjoy sharing a cup of tea and a good talk with the ones you love! Can you think of a story that you have read which sparked an interesting conversation? If so, let us know about it below!

Storytime Issue 80 Out Now!

 

This month’s inspirational issue of Storytime is all about being clever and creative. Each story is about someone who makes something new or comes up with original solutions.

 

Storytime Issue 80 –  Getting Creative

Stories about clever ‘trickster’ animals are favourites around the world, and The Rabbit and the King of Beasts is a fine example! Artist Mike Bonales illustrates this Native American tale about the plucky rabbit’s attempts to escape the feathery and ferocious King of the Beasts, using his wits rather than his strength. Perhaps we can all learn something from this clever bunny?

 

In Shadow Puppets, the emperor of China is heartbroken when he loses his wife. One of his advisors comes up with a brilliant idea: using shadow-puppets to tell stories that remind the emperor of his beloved. It’s a beautiful and heartfelt story, made all the more touching by Pham Quang Phuc’s lovely art.

 

The princess in The Frog’s Choir has a particular problem with noisy frogs in her garden – but rather than getting mad, she comes up with a smart musical solution! Giorgia Broseghini has great fun capturing the princess and the green amphibians in her colourful art. Could we take inspiration from the princess when it comes to solving the problem of noisy neighbours?

 

The hero of Aztec legend The Creation of the Sun faces a rather bigger problem than noisy frogs. Evil spirits have extinguished the sun, bringing to an eternal night and winter to the world. He goes on a great quest to create a new sun! The illustrations are by the redoubtable Guilherme Franco, who really does justice to the epic adventure.

 

Not all clever ideas work out as intended! A colourful and creative teacher finds this out when she uses her experimental fertiliser on a class garden in The Peabody Experiment. Sara Mauri’s pictures capture the chaos that follows – we won’t spoil the surprise, but it does involve a lot of pumpkins…

 

Horses often feature in fairy tales, most often as mounts for the hero or heroine. The Magician’s Horse is somewhat unusual because it stars a resourceful stallion who comes up with a clever plan to escape from a wicked sorcerer. The art by Romanovsky Diaz brings the characters to life in colourful fashion

 

Our Awesome Adventures tale for this issue about one of the greatest artists and inventors of all time. The World According to Leo is about the childhood of Leonardo da Vinci, who created art and inventions that still amaze us today. Alberto Badalamenti take us to Italy in this fun and inspiring tale.

 

Being creative doesn’t always lead to a happy ending, of course! Elena Aiello had a great time illustrating our fable, The Grasshopper and the Owl, about an insect who thinks he is a musical genius. Not everyone agrees, though… but you will have to read it to find out what happens!

 

Have any tales inspired you to come up with new ideas or solutions to problems? We are not short of tales to inspire you, so keep reading everyone!

The Power of Telling Stories

 

What’s our Superpower?

 

You have probably noticed that this blog has begun with a strange question! As human beings, what is our superpower? Is it our intelligence? Perhaps, but there are plenty of other clever creatures out there, from whales and octopi to parrots and chimps.

 

As the editor of Storytime, I spend a lot of time thinking about stories. In fact, I have a theory that is telling stories is actually what makes humans special. That might sound a bit absurd, because other creatures can communicate too. However, as far as we know, humans are the only creatures that can tell long and elaborate tales – which are a very effective way of passing along knowledge and wisdom.

 

What better way is there to make this point than by telling a story?

 

A member of my family is an anthropologist who works for a global health organisation. His job is to teach people all over the world better health practices. One of his projects was to teach good hand-washing techniques (and this was well before COVID-19 broke out!)

One day he carefully and logically explained how to wash your hands to a class of kids. They understood what he was saying, nodded along politely. However, when he came back a week later, they still weren’t washing their hands in the way he had told them.

 

At first he felt frustrated, but then he had a think. He might have given the kids the facts, but had he really connected with them?

 

The next time he spoke to the kids, he told them a story about the Porcupine, and how he stopped all of the other animals in the forest from getting sick by showing them how to clean their paws. This story made the kids’ faces light up, and from that day on they washed their hands very well indeed.

 

Why had his story worked so well, when just logically stating facts had failed? That is because stories work on more than one level. They contain information, but they also engage with our emotions so that we can relate to what is being said.

 

Here at Storytime, we love different stories from all over the world, and some of them are very old indeed. These stories have lasted because they and the lessons they teach resonate with us today. Think of the story of the Trojan Horse, from Storytime #49 – we all know that it is wise to be suspicions of strange gifts, but it is more compelling when part of a stirring tale.

 

We might all know that it is not a good thing to give in to worries over something that might never happen – but the characters in the story of Henny Penny (Storytime #19) bring it to life and make us laugh along.

 

Or consider the message of The Midas Touch, from Storytime #8. We may understand that getting what we want might have unwelcome consequences, but the story makes it much more immediate and relatable. We suddenly understand WHY it might be so!

 

As humans, telling stories helps us to pass on our knowledge and wisdom – and bonds us as people. Why not take the time to tell your story to someone and then listen as they tell you theirs? It might be a child who wants to tell you about their day at the park, or a grandparent reminiscing about times past. Using our superpower can be a wonderful thing!

Storytime Issue 79 Out Now!

 

Here at Storytime, we love stories with all kinds of heroes – but tales that star animals have a special place in our heart (and we know that many of our readers agree!) In some ways, it is easier to identify with an animal than a human character!

 

The latest issue of Storytime is full of fun animal characters of all kinds. Be sure to let us know which one is your favourite!

 

Storytime Issue 79 – The Magic of Animals!

Animals are great subjects for fables, and The Eagle and the Kite is no exception! It’s about an eagle and the various birds who ask to marry her. Floriane Mohr really brings the flock of feathery suitors to life. This story could start an interesting discussion about the many species of birds and the ways that they differ from each other.

 

Animal characters are a mainstay of fairy tales too, with foxes being particularly popular. They can be heroic tricksters or cunning villains. Old Mother Fox in The Boy Who Opened the Door definitely falls into the latter category, and artist Wandson Rocha manages to imbue her with a lot of personality.

 

Villainous wolves are also fairy tale staples – but this month’s Short Stories, Sweet Dreams tale shows that they can change their ways! The wonderful Giorgia Broseghini illustrated The Big Bad Snore, which features a wolf who has discovered the joys of vegetarianism but still manages to cause some noise in the neighbourhood.

 

There is a lot more animal adventure to discover in our Around the World Tale. The Monkey’s Heart stars a monkey and his toothy ‘friend’, a shark! Would you join a shark for dinner? No spoilers here – but the monkey had to think fast! Romont Willy obviously enjoyed rendering these two, as you can see when looking at his gorgeous artwork.

 

Stories about talking animals are all very well, but tales about ordinary animals can be just as much fun! Esther Diana did her research by going to the park and observing pups at play before illustrating The Best Day Ever! Her art does a lovely job of showing the world from a dog’s eye view and captures the main character’s unstoppable optimism. A good reminder that every day can really be the best day ever!

 

The leading animals give a little space to two awesome girls. Our fairy tale, The Pirate Princess, is about a rebellious princess who goes on adventures on the high seas, though her parrot does make a cameo appearance! The awesome pirate crew adventures came to life with artwork by Patrycja Fabicka.

 

The next lady in this issue is The Unstoppable Girl, the real-life artist and icon Frida Kahlo. Rocio Denarmen does an amazing job of capturing the magic of Frida’s life and art in the tale’s illustrations.

 

And finally, illustrator Monica Paola Rodrigues brings the beauty of Yosemite Valley to the page in The Guardian of Yosemite. This Native American story is about one of California’s most beautiful landmarks. Reading this touching tale is almost as good as visiting it in person!

 

What is your favourite animal story ever? And which animals do you think should star in future Storytime issues? Let us know below – it may well inspire us to create new tales!

Helping Kids in Lockdown

 

Helping Kids in Lockdown

We here at Storytime were very excited to unveil last year a project that we developed alongside Queen Mary University London: a special mini, free story magazine titled We Are Heroes!

 

The wonderful team of researchers at Queen Mary University London had been exploring the idea that myths and legends still have lessons to teach us – especially in the age of COVID-19. They wanted to create content for children using classic stories to talk about up-to-date issues like social distancing, isolation and proper hygiene, supported by fun puzzles and activities to keep kids engaged and entertained too.

 

We were thrilled to get together and come up with a format that felt right for the project. We Are Heroes was born from many virtual meetings, research, ideas and a wish to do something that mattered! Together we wanted to share a message of resilience, strength and hope.

As our readers know, we believe that stories are more than just entertainment – they have an important part to play in teaching us about the world, and especially how to deal with difficult circumstances. It was therefore of huge importance to make We Are Heroes widely accessible to every child who could benefit from it.

 

We contacted every single primary school in the country to make We Are Heroes available, for free, to every primary age child – and since October we have sent out many thousands of copies. We’ve had some incredible feedback from teachers and are so proud of how far this project has reached, and that it is helping children to deal with the difficult situations in which many are finding themselves.

 

We called the project We Are Heroes – because we can all be the heroes in our own stories.
Each issue contains two myths or fables and is organised around a theme – ‘Protecting Yourself and Others’ and ‘Be Kind & Keep Clean’, are two examples. We Are Heroes also has a section called ‘Story Quest’, which poses questions to get readers thinking about the adventures in more depth and how they could be relevant to their own lives. There are also puzzles and activities, including crosswords and wordsearches.

 

There will be six issues of We Are Heroes in total, the final edition coming out in March, and we will keep all issues of We Are Heroes available online for everyone – we hope you all enjoy them! They are for you to read and share. Most importantly, we hope it will help teachers, parents and little ones to navigate these difficult times with the courage and bravery of these myths and legends. We are all in this together – and we truly believe stories will help us all.

 

You can download them from https://www.storytimemagazine.com/we-are-heroes/

Please feel free to share the link , spread the love and keep safe everyone!

Storytime Issue 78 Out Now!

 

Connecting and making friends has been a challenge in recent months, especially for the little ones starting the new school year at home. Making friends in a new place is always a little bit scary – no matter what age you are! Luckily, this month we have a range of stories about characters who are facing similar challenges!

 

Storytime Issue 78 – Making Friends wherever you are!

This month’s Awesome Adventures is called Alex’s Amazing School. Alex’s dad wanted him to have the very best education, so he hired the wisest man available to be his teacher! This is the story about what the boy learned – and how it helped him to become the ruler known as Alexander the Great! The artwork by Letizia Depedri makes this tale from Ancient Greece shine.

 

The Language of Animals is also about a son who is sent away to school – but when the boy says that he has learned to understand what animal are saying, they can’t understand why that was a valuable lesson. Of course, the boy finds a way to put his knowledge to good use and prove his father wrong! Illustrated masterfully by Marina Halak, this story is a little bit magical.

Playing sports is a great way to connect with new people – even if you come from different places or can’t speak the same language. Away Game is about what happens when Lincoln and his friends meet some strangers and teach them how to play football as a way to communicate. This story has a surprise twist which we won’t spoil here – but Carlitos Pinheiro’s illustrations capture the magic of a very unusual match!

Sharing food is also a way to make friends, and at The Mad Hatter’s Unexpected Guests, the residents of Wonderland bake a cake to welcome the Dormouse’s visiting relations. All kinds of wacky hijinks ensue, as captured in Giorgia Broseghini’s spellbinding images!

 

Another way to make a good impression on new people is through hard work. This is how the main character in this month’s Russian folk tale, The Bear in the Hut, makes a good impression on a certain bear by showing she is not afraid of being busy. Elena Iarussi does a wonderful job on the art – you can almost feel the furry bear nearby!

 

The Lion Learns a Lesson is not about making new friends – it is about appreciating the ones that you already have. The grumpy king of the forest bans all animals with horns, but soon misses them and realises that his kingdom is a lonelier place without them. The pictures by Anastasia Zababashkina are sure to please any animal-lover.

The Story of Horus and Set takes us all the way back to the ancient Egypt’s mythic age, and a mighty clash between gods! When Horus’s father Osiris passes away after being attacked by the wicked Set, the young Horus must learn how to become a hero with the help from a friend, so he can avenge his father and become the new pharaoh. This is an epic story, and Pablo Broseta’s art really does it justice.

Our final story, The Fairy Flag of Clan MacLeod, shows us how we can befriend people who might seem different from us because we all have things in common, and that friendship might help you in difficult times. Set in the Isle of Skye, the beautifully rendered illustrations by Pablo Pino capture the wonder of this tale. This is story of how a Scottish chieftain and a fairy princess fall in love – and the flag which became a symbol of their bond.

 

Can you think of any times that you were placed in a new situation and managed to make new friends? Tell us about it in the comments below!

With love, The Storytime team

Let’s Make It Better

 

The New Year – Let’s Make It Better

The team here at Storytime would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year! January is a time to look at where we are and where we would like to be in the coming months. We all like to make resolutions – and one of the best resolutions is to try and be an even better human being.

We firmly believe that stories can give us excellent role models and inspiration, and here are a few of our favourites that remind us of qualities we would like to work on. Which of these qualities do you want more of?

 

Empathy

Understanding and empathising with the way others are feeling is a very important part of building good relationships. A classic tale on this theme is The Friendly Lion (Storytime 59). Set in Roman times, it is the tale of a runaway slave who is trapped in a cave with a fearsome beast. Despite his fear, when the slave realises that the lion is in pain, he helps it and removes the thorn in its paw. This act of kindness is repaid much later… but we won’t spoil the happy ending! Being aware of other’s emotions and taking them into account can make the world a better place for all of us and it is something we should remember all year round!

 

Friendship

In a time when social isolation, it is easy to neglect our relationships with other people outside our bubbles – but having and maintaining a good support network is vitally important, now more than ever! In our recent story, Hiro and the Storm (Storytime 72), a young hare has to flee an oncoming tropical storm and only manages it with the help of the friends he makes along the way. It shows us that our friends are those we can rely on for physical and emotional help. Is there someone you know that you haven’t contacted in a while? Why not reach out to them and see how they are? A good chat will make you both reconnect and feel positive!

 

Generosity

As well as friendship, generosity is a quality that makes life better for those around you, and often makes our lives richer, too. We often think of giving money when we talk about generosity, but it’s equally important to can give our time, our attention and our skills! Our favourite story about generosity is The Selfish Giant (Storytime 28) – which happens to be written by one of our favourite writers of all time, Oscar Wilde. The titular giant keeps children out of his beautiful garden, but learns that his life and his garden become much more wonderful when he lets them in. Sharing makes life better, he learns that soon enough, and we couldn’t agree more! Needless to say, we highly recommend it.

 

Courage

Whether we want to deal with difficult circumstances or challenges, courage is an essential quality! It can be stressful to get out of our comfort zones, but a brave spirit definitely helps. After all, every explorer and adventurer was once someone who was afraid, but was determined enough to overcome it! Storytime is full of stories of derring-do, but a favourite is the classic fairy tale of Jack the Giant-Killer (Storytime 45). When the giant Cormoran plunders his land, little Jack decides to face him, no matter that his foe is so much bigger than him. For this plucky hero, overcoming his fear is half the battle, and we can definitely learn something from him!

 

Determination

And lastly, the story Hansel and Gretel, our fairy tale from Storytime #13, demonstrates many of the qualities already mentioned, while also showing how important determination is to get us through! When Gretel and her brother are captured by the witch, they do not give up saving themselves and are very resourceful and determined to escape. Gretel shows great courage, and keeps her brother believing they will manage to escape. Despite any setbacks – it’s the little girl determination and bright ideas that saves them. And of course, the love and friendship of brother and sister was crucial to keep them going. We can all learn something from them!

 

Look for qualities in stories that bring the best in the characters and help them to a happy ending. We hope they inspire your New Year resolutions! Wishing you courage, strength and determination in the year ahead!

With love, from the Storytime Team