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Storyteller and author encourages elementary students to use their imaginations
Storyteller and author Robin Moore encouraged all of the Unadilla Valley elementary school students to harness the power of their imaginations during a recent presentation.

With his harp in front of him during one exercise, Moore asked the first grade students to draw a picture of a tree, and then add themselves standing next to it.

“I want you to be able to clearly see the character and where the story is taking place,” he said. “Visualize it in your mind.”

During another exercise with the fifth grade students, Moore took them through the writing process. He also stressed rewriting and visualization as part of the storytelling process.
According to his website, Moore has made his full-time living as an author and storyteller for more than 30 years.

He has told stories to more than one million people and has presented more than 5,000 storytelling programs at schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals. He was named National Storyteller of the Year and Author of the Year by the PA School Librarians Association, and has written more than 12 award-winning books.

Librarian Renee Column said Moore contacted her about coming to UV, and she knew it would benefit students. His visit was made possible through an Art in Education grant.

“Robin knows a lot about Native Americans, and his visit ties in to what the fourth grade history students are currently studying,” she said. “All the kids worked on their writing and imagination skills.”

Moore will visit the district again in April.