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Stories-in-the-Making and Everyday Heroic Journies

by Beatrice Bowles

Keywords: Science, environment, social studies, cultural awareness and understanding, language arts, classic literature, story types, personal development, arts and crafts, gardening, creative arts


Beatrice Bowles creates program across the country for students K-8 and for family audiences. Each performance highlights a universal theme or challenge which links the diverse traditions from which her myths and stories come. Performances are usually 35-45 minutes long.

Beatrice encourages children to view their own lives as stories-in-the-making. For elementary students, she emphasizes delights of the written, spoken and heard word as shown in our rich heritage of wonder tales. With middle grade and older students, she focuses on themes in our heroic and yet everyday journeys:

  • Facing fears: opposing negative forces
  • Finding a voice: clarifying your vision
  • Meeting mentors: making alliances
  • Pursuing goals: practice and persistence
  • Caring for the spirit: habits of reflection
  • Sharing your gift: serving family and community

Follow-up projects can include writing and/or illustrating stories, planting and gardening projects or nature crafts for one or more sessions.

Her version of "Mother Holle," a Northern European folk tale, with musical settings by Sara Buchanan MacLean, composer/pianist, is available at www.storybee.org, a site for nationally recognized storytellers.

Contact Info:
Beatrice Bowles 1629 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 776-3010

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