The Magic of Story-telling

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Just a few days ago, I remembered what had first got me into reading and sharing my own world through stories.

I had this vivid memory of my Dad reading aloud to both me, and my brother, when we were little. He’d read us children’s stories by authors such as C S Lewis, A A Milne, and Kenneth Grahame. They were story-tellers that had lit up moments of magic from his own childhood.

Hearing these stories read aloud is what prompted me to start reading at junior school. There was one book in particular that I enjoyed. Curiously, I hoped that my Dad would enjoy reading it too. The book in question was “Ballet Shoes” by Noel Streatfield.

At the time, my Dad was reading spy thrillers by John Le Carre, so it wasn’t really his thing. However, I asked him to read it aloud to me, and reluctantly he agreed. As it turned out, he really got into it, so much so that he ended up reading ahead of reading it to me. That’s when I first realised the power of sharing stories to reach out and touch lives. 

Have you been moved by the power of reading and sharing stories? If so, I’d love to hear your comments. Thanks for reading.



About Katie Hamer

I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, philosopher, interior designer, listener, and explorer.
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3 Responses to The Magic of Story-telling

  1. Jayde-Ashe says:

    This is a lovely post! Being read to definitely sparked my love of reading. Apparently my favourite story when I was time was ‘the little red caboose’. I learnt it off by heart so I could recite it and turn the pages at the same time. People thought i could read at the age of three! Precocious child 🙂

  2. katiehamer says:

    Jayde- I’d never heard of ‘the little red caboose’, but it sounds like a lot of fun for a three-year-old.
    I liked how you talk about fooling people into think you could read. LOL! Such a sweet story.
    Thanks for sharing 😀
    P.S. I’m very curious about The Paperback Collective. I will be checking it out. Stay posted!

  3. Pingback: Day 4 – How I rediscovered the magic of story telling | Born Again Writer

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