We all know stories are powerful, but have you ever considered how stories impact who we are — our identities? Take a moment and think about ways that the books you've read and the movies you've seen have made an impression on you. Consider now the news media, or your favorite podcast — how have these formed your opinions or points of view? Think about moments in history or religious narratives or family memories from your childhood. They all make up our sense of self — and … they are all stories.
Here in Sparkle Land, we value stories for their entertainment value, but also (and more importantly) for their ability to teach and influence powerfully. Stories can not only help children broaden their worldview and be more empathetic — they can also inspire children to be brave, to be kind, and even to see themselves in a new way.
It is at the center of our company’s mission to feed children nurturing content that gives them the tools to live full, authentic, and resilient lives. We want to provide stories that build character, bring peace and healing, and demonstrate the value of service, honesty, and community.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve made a short film about this very thing. The little film is based in part on a story from our own family — and we’re releasing it today!
See below for links, as well as to read our own personal story from which the film originates.
About the Author
David Sewell McCann
David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.