Vineyard Video Productions offers three video
tapes with Jay O'Callahan, called by Time Magazine "A Genius
A MASTER CLASS IN STORYTELLING
SIX STORIES ABOUT LITTLE HEROES
HERMAN AND MARGUERITE
Jay O'Callahan: A Master Class
This tape is useful for the language arts curriculum,
K-8; teacher training on the college and in-service level; children's theatre; theater
arts; library science.
First Prize: National Educational Film Festival.
Recommended: for library video collections by the
Media & Methods Awards: Outstanding Language Arts
Storytelling sparks the imagination.
Through demonstration and discussion,
master storyteller Jay O'Callahan shows what makes a story work
and how characters can be brought to life. He talks about why we
tell stories and considers the uses of storytelling as a teaching
activity or an art form. "The mind makes a thousand pictures", O'Callahan
says, and then, using no props or scenery, he goes on to create
those pictures by his rich use of language, body movement, song
and rhythm. In an era dependent on elaborate technological effects
to entertain, this brilliant storyteller will inspire all who watch
him to create delightful theater of their own, with resources no
more elaborate then their imagination played out in language, song
and motion. An excellent workshop guide suggests exercises to stimulate
this storytelling in students.
Jay O'Callahan is a one-man cultural renaissance..
these tapes should be required viewing for all between
the ages of five and ninety-five...highly recommended for
all public and elementary school librarians." -The Video
Librarian Master Class Video 33 minutes, color, extensive workshop
(To purchase this video please go to
our Order Form)
Six Stories About Little Heroes
Original tales on the universal themes of
courage, friendship and truth
Herman and Marguerite
The story of an insecure worm and a frightened caterpillar
(later a butterfly) who learn to look at themselves and each
other with love and respect as they help bring Spring to
EVERYONE HAS A STORY IN THEM, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN -Award
winning children's videos by noted storyteller Jay O'Callahan-
Six Stories About Little Heroes
and Herman & Marguerite, two videotapes which the non-profit
Coalition for Quality Children's Video have endorsed as among the
"best in children's videos".
"Jay O'Callahan masterfully tells original tales in Six Stories...in
the beautiful Herman & Marguerite, he spellbindingly weaves
an intricate tale of friendship and mutual support."
-Booklist (American Library Association)
In Six Stories About Little Heroes, the viewer encounters
child heroines, and heroines, real and fantastic, in worlds peopled
by kings and knights, frogs and bees, and giant raisin cookies.
In Herman and Marguerite, a fearful worm named Herman
makes friends with an equally anxious caterpillar named Marguerite.
Together they help to bring Spring to the earth and learn to be
proud of themselves in the process. The stories are gentle, about
trust and friendship, courage and common sense. They do not bombard
the senses but O'Callahan's lyrical use of language, his song and
movement, do mesmerize the viewer and inspire the imagination. Jay
O'Callahan, described as "a genius among storytellers" by Time,
has been telling stories around the world for almost 30 years.
In Six Stories, he announces, "Everyone has a story in them.
You do too!" And children watching him (along with parents) may
well be moved by these videos to recreate stories from their daily
lives or from the life of their minds. This is not passive viewing!
Vineyard Video Productions is a small, non-profit production
company in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, whose work has been
acclaimed by major educational and library publications.
Six Stories About Little Heroes and Herman and Marguerite
were highly recommended by Booklist, the official magazine
of the American Library Association. Six Stories won
first place for "Fiction for Young People" at the National Educational
Film Festival and was a finalist at the American Film and
Video Festival. Herman and Marguerite took a "Best of Category"
in the Birmingham International Educational Film Festival.
Both of these stories are now available on one DVD for $24.95.
(To Purchase, Please Go To Our order form)
For more information about Jay O'Callahan's
work, please go to: www.ocallahan.com
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