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Michael Chekhov's 'Theater of the Future' -- what does it have to do with you?

Chekhov & Writing - kids who get sad, early childhood picture books

Jessica Cerullo - 15 July 2012

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Caron Levis talks about how she has been teaching the Chekhov technique to writers. She uses the Chekhov technique as a writer and her understanding of his basic principles in her interactions with young children.

Tamara talks about her 4 year old son who is often sad and she sees that his feelings are often dismissed by adults.

Caron shares that she has recently written a book called “Stuck with the Blooz” with illustrations by Jon Davis that will be published by Harcourt Children's Books in the fall of 2012. She wrote it because she has worked with children for many years.

While teaching a kindergarden class Caron noticed that one of the young students would often cry. One day Caron sat with her and they had a chat. The little girl began to talk as she tried to figure out the reason why she felt sad… “I'm not hungry, I don't miss my mom, I'm not tired…”

We talked about going into feelings and not having to rationalize them. We talked about how ‘sadness doesn’t sell books' and how Jamie Lee Curtis' books have helped to open publishers to the possibility of allowing children's books to be about feelings and emotions and how real they are for small children and how we adults can engage kids in these talks.

Caron has been reading her book to children and then working with them on the themes in the book. One class explored working with musicians who composed a score to the book. The kids chose instruments to represent the ‘girl’ and the ‘blooz’. The kids also talked about what they do when they feel sad.

We exchanged information about Caron's book. Tamara expresses her interest and excitement in having a book like this to read with her son.

In attendance were Tamara MacGregor, Caron Levis and Jessica Cerullo

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Phelim McDermott

20 July 2012

Michael Rosen's Sad ook Is a wonderful example of a children's book that deals with sadness in all its ambiguities. About his grief for his lost son. I's beautiful.

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