We were thrilled when Media Specialist Extraordinaire, Christina Dominique-Pierre contacted us to perform for BOOK WEEK at the Concordia International School in Shanghai, China!
When she told us her plans: five different shows, a family night, workshops for pre-k-4th, workshops for teachers, giant puzzles based on our shows, Storyology passports for every student, and a real live pizza contest, I have to admit, our first reaction was…there’s no way this will happen. Boy, were we wrong! Christina did it all and more. It was a week-long celebration of books, reading, adventure, and storyology. Everyone was enthusiastic. We were so impressed with the kids, teachers, principal, and staff. Everyone was passionate about their work, books, learning, travel…life. It was inspiring. This was truly one of the best experiences of our lives!!
We arrive at Concordia!
But first we had to get all of our stuff on the plane.
The kids were amazing!!!
Yup. That’s a Storyology Passport! There were pages in the booklet with images from all of our shows that the kids had to get stamped before becoming “Official Storyologists!”
Kids participating in an actual Pizza Contest based on the show and book. This was soooo cool!!!!!! The perfect way to integrate literature and STEAM.
Performing THE GREAT PIZZA CONTEST with one of our new sets (delivered to us in China!).
Kids and teachers doing an experiment in our new STEAM Show.
I pulled out the magic carpet for our Storyology workshops. This was one of my favorite parts of the week. That’s right…I taught four year olds about character arcs! Kenny actually got sick on the first day (he recovered quickly, thank goodness) so no pictures of the older kids workshops. But we had a blast. We talked about character, setting, emotion, mood, character arc. Then we made up and physically acted out stories on the spot. I think my favorite was about Ninja Unicorns.
Signing 500 pizza books in the school media center.
Here we are checking out the sights (and shopping) in Shanghai with Uber-Librarian, Christina Dominique-Pierre. (Not the car service, although there should be an Uber-Librarian App. You press a button and someone shows up at your door with the perfect book. But I digress.) Thank you, Christina! Thank you, Concordia! Thank you, Book Week! Thank you, Shaghai!
We had the time of our lives.