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Storyvalues – Words, Like Feathers

May 9, 2020

Words, Like Feathers

STORYTELLER'S CORNER with CHERYL THORNTON

Cheryl Thornton - Storyteller

‘Words, Like Feathers’ is based on a Jewish folktale from Poland which is hundreds of years old.

In the story, three ‘gossipy’ ladies learn just how far the words they speak can travel. This story reminds us all about the power of our words. 

As you listen to the story, imagine yourself as the different characters. What do you see? What do you think? What do you feel?

Now, enjoy the story!

PLAY STORY VIDEO

Find a nice quiet place to listen to this story. Pay extra attention to how the music and sound effects work with the words to help you picture what is happening!

What Do YOU Think?

I wonder what you thought of the story! Were you able to imagine being the different characters? What do you think the little boy felt when he learned that the villagers thought he was a thief? Misunderstood? Hurt? 

What do you think the three ladies felt when they realized that their words could not be easily taken back?

Play the sound file below for some more ideas about this story!

ABOUT THIS STORY - FACT and FICTION

This story is about how we use our words to communicate

Words are one of the main ways in which we communicate to one another. The Arts (music, theatre, art, dance and film) are also forms of communication.

 

‘Chatter in the Rain’ by Margaret Hofheinz-Doring (1963)

When this story was first told hundreds of years ago, people used words that were either spoken or written to one another.

‘The Friendly Gossips’ – Eugene de Blaas (1901)

Now we have many ways with which to communicate.

Play the video below for more information about communication!

IN THIS STORY – THE POWER of WORDS

Where is Poland?

Although there are many variations of this story, this version is based on a traditional Jewish folktale from Poland.

Poland is a country located in central Europe. Europe is a continent made up of about 50 independent countries. The history of the Jewish community in Poland dates back over 1,000 years.

The population of Poland is approximately 39 million, roughly the same as Canada. The capital city is Warsaw.

A Village in Poland

This is the old market square in a town in Poland called, Poznan. Can you imagine Ida, Mira and Mae having their pillow shop here? Below is a map of Poznan from the 17th century, when this story was first told.

Matt's Music Corner

This recording of ʻWords, Like Feathersʼ features traditional Yiddish folk music called, ‘Klezmer’. The instruments include drums, clarinet, guitar, bass, trumpet, saxophone and violin.

Traditionally, Klezmer music is used in weddings, dances and other celebrations. It is a very expressive form of music with a history that can be traced back to biblical times.

CULTURE - IMAGES of POLAND

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