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At story time this is how she arranges her audience:
Large, uneven half circle
Everyone sits Indian style. (she demonstrates first)

She talks quietly, so everyone listens
Repeating some parts, so small ears hear each word

The story always has a beginning and a middle
There are usually animals
Often there is magic

Somewhere between when she starts and
When time is up (snack time comes next)
She creates a predictable conclusion

Knowing that every expectant face is counting on a happy ending;
knowing real life has too few to offer them.

for a storyteller.

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