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By this time the children were all encouraged and stimulated. I usually finished with congratulations on the number of stories they knew, expressing a hope that some of those I was going to tell that afternoon would be new to them. I have rarely found this plan to fail to establish a friendly relation between oneself and the juvenile audience. It is often a matter of great difficulty, not to win the attention of an audience but to keep it, and one of the most subtle artifices is to let the audience down (without their 55 perceiving it) after a dramatic situation, so that the reaction may prepare them for the interest of the next situation.
From "A Great Grief," Hans Christian Andersen. " From "How the Camel got his Hump": "Just So Stories," Rudyard Kipling. I have only suggested in this chapter a few of the artifices which I have found useful in my own experience, but I am sure that many more might be added. 60 Chapter IV. Elements to Avoid in the Selection of Material * I am confronted in this portion of my work with a great difficulty, because I cannot afford to be as catholic as I could wish (this rejection or selection of material being primarily intended for those story-tellers dealing with normal children); but I do wish from the outset to distinguish between a story told to an individual child in the home circle or by a personal friend, and a story told to a group of children as part of the school curriculum.
Everybody knows that story! " before I had time to explain that the children in my dream had done the same. This method I repeated two or three times, being careful to choose very well-known stories. By this time the children were all encouraged and stimulated. I usually finished with congratulations on the number of stories they knew, expressing a hope that some of those I was going to tell that afternoon would be new to them. I have rarely found this plan to fail to establish a friendly relation between oneself and the juvenile audience.