MOPS – Storytelling             12.6.19

Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village.
Her nakedness frightened the people. When Parable found her, she was huddled in a corner, shivering and hungry. Taking pity on her, Parable gathered her up and took her home. There she dressed Truth in
Story, warmed her and sent her out again. Clothed in Story, Truth knocked again at the villagers’ doors and was readily welcomed into the people’s houses. They invited her to eat at their table and warm herself by their fire. 
- Jewish Teaching Story

Movies to Watch:

Secondhand Lions – Robert Duvall, Michael Cane, & Haley Joel Osment
Big Fish – Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, & Billy Crudup


In the movie Secondhand Lions how is “truth” described? (Hint: Pay particular attention to the conversation between “Hub” and “Walter” by the lake toward the end of the film.)

In the movie Big Fish, why does the dad (played by Ewan McGregor/Albert Finney) tell his stories the way he does? (Hint: Pay particular attention to the final scenes in the movie.)

In the movie Secondhand Lions notice the change that takes place in Walter as he begins to believe the story. Also, in Big Fish notice the change that takes place in the son—particularly as he tells how his father’s story ends (have some tissue with you for this one).

Books to Check Out:

It’s a Jungle Out There & A View From the Zoo – Gary Richmond (telling stories to kids 4+ yrs) –
The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (Start when he/she is around 5 yrs)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane & The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo (ages 7+)
Harry Potter Series  - J.K. Rowling