Free Textbooks The Storyteller –

From Ezra Jack KeatsNew Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author illustrator an original folktale that celebrates the power of stories and storytellingLong, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the Kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great, dry Sahara It had fountains of cool, refreshing water to quench the thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together But as the kingdom grew, the people forgot the dangers of the desert, and they forgot about the storytellers, too All but one young boy, who came to the Great Square for a drink and found something that quenched his thirst even better wonderful stories As he listened to the last storyteller recount the Endless Drought, and the Glorious Blue Water Bird, he discovered the power of a tale well told Acclaimed illustrator Evan Turk has created a stunning multidimensional story within a story that will captivate the imagination and inspire a new generation of young storytellers good story This beautifully illustrated book is a timeless treasure that speaks to the richness of our stories and how they nourish and fulfill our lives. I cannot believe there are only 7 reviews of this amazing book The illustrations are so, so beautiful, as in should win a Caldecott beautiful The entire story is well written and engaging My daughter and I poured over the pictures that are filled with the symbolism used in the story It was moving to see the words pouring from the storytellers mouths like oceans of water This link between the stories, water, and life is woven throughout the book We enjoyed the beauty of Turk s words as well as his illustrations As we turned to the last page my daughter correctly quoted the ending, that is a story for another day.I also highly recommend watching Evan Turk s video on how he created these amazing pictures My daughter wanted to watch it twice She was so taken by Evan Turk s work that she wanted to try painting with a Kelani pen like he did After she went to bed I ordered her a Kelani pen for Christmas Thanks for the inspiration on so many levels Evan Turk I have read this book aloud to 8 classes of 4th and 5th graders, and they all listened well and understood the story and its purpose Younger children could appreciate the book, too, but the message of sharing your story and quenching your soul will stay with these 162 students for a long time.