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It’s all in the telling: storytelling, Youtube, Sparkup, and hats!

The new Sparkup Magical Book Reader has me thinking about how much performance adds to the telling of a story: after all, kids could easily listen to their favorite book on tape, but listening to YOU reading it the way they like it best really makes all the difference.

Of course, there are any number of ways to change up how a story sounds, looks, and feels, and sometimes, even what it means. For instance, compare this straightfaced retelling of the recent classic storybook “I Want My Hat Back,” by Jon Klassen:

…with this version, which a friend sent me today, which uses music to kick the exaggerated drama into high gear:

(I also think the animation is superb and hilarious, and I love how this version encourages kids to do the reading aloud!)

Do you have any storytelling tricks that always crack your kids up when it’s time to read them a book? Tell us about them in the comments below!

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