In this episode we welcome back Jim Weiss, master storyteller and a voice so many of us recognize.

This is a fantastic episode to enjoy with your kids, because Jim tells us two stories during the show: Stone Soup and a tale of Sherlock Holmes, The Mazarin Stone.

Gather everyone ’round and enjoy!

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Jim’s two rules for telling our children stories (you’ll love them)
  • How to handle interruptions… and how to clarify what’s happening in a story without “breaking character”
  • Why you’re probably better at reading aloud than you realize…

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Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

  • 1:53  A special episode!
  • 3:22   STORYTIME: Stone Soup
  • 15:13 Welcome Jim Weiss
  • 15:28 Not any good at reading aloud?
  • 18:11 Reading aloud as an act of love
  • 22:28 A living element
  • 24:00 Keeping kids in the story
  • 27:09 ‘More fairy tales’
  • 29:12 Translating for clarity
  • 32:50 Vocal strain
  • 36:38 STORYTIME: The Mazarin Stone

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Quotes to remember:

It’s an act of love to sit down and share a story. To pause your schedule. To stop everything else you’re doing and just sit in a story with your child. – Sarah Mackenzie

“When it comes to reading aloud, you’re probably better at it than you know. Nobody sounds good to themselves. At the beginning of this, I have the vision that when Meryl Streep’s daughters were kids, they probably said to her, ‘Oh mom, do we have to do this again?’ when she started reading to them.” – Jim Weiss

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