Treasures of the Heart

Multi-cultural stories of children & animal characters in folklore/literature celebrating things that children & families treasure all over the world. The Stories celebrate friends, teachers, grandparents, food, stories, the environment & the unique dreams & important things we hold dear in our lives & in our hearts.

LuAnn's most requested School Assembly Program.

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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PreK-2nd Grades, 3rd-4th Grades, K-3rd Grades

Stories Include:

“Brave Little Red”, “Green Eggs & Ham”, “How the Parrot Got Beautiful Colors”, “Tacky the Penguin”…and more!

3 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 2:

Live Virtual Performances

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PreK-2nd Grades, 3rd-4th Grades, K-3rd Grades

3 programs available: stories  customized for each age group

Option 3:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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PreK-2nd Grades​

Stories include:

 “Brave Little Red”, “Green Eggs & Ham”, “How the Parrot Got Beautiful Colors”, “Tacky the Penguin”, “The Hedgehog Tale”

Watch a story featured in "Treasures of the Heart!"

"How the Parrot Got Beautiful Colors on Her Wings"

“Celebratin’ Children!”

A rollicking collection of folktales & true stories of delightful & inspiring ‘can-do’ kids. Travel in story to Haiti, China and Africa & meet remarkable young people who with ingenuity & courage overcome their obstacles & help each other, while joyfully discovering who they are, what they can do & who they can be. Children are encouraged to create their own ‘links of love’ & share kindness (smiles, hugs, friendship) or acts of kindness in their community or share love with children in other parts of the world.

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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PreK-2nd Grades, 3rd-5th Grades, K-5th Grades

Stories Include:

“Brave Little Red”, “Tipingee”, “The Boy Whose Seed Would Not Grow”, “How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky”, “My Twelve Days of Diving”

3 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 2:

Live Virtual Performances

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PreK-2nd Grades, 3rd-5th Grades, K-5th Grades

3 programs available: stories  customized for each age group

Option 3:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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PreK-3rd Grades

Stories include:

“Brave Little Red”, “Tipingee”, “The Boy Whose Seed Would Not Grow”, “How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky”, “My Twelve Days of Diving”

Watch a story featured in "Celebratin' Children!"

"Tipingee"

Tales From Dr. Seuss!”

Rollicking tales from that wonderful author Dr. Seuss! The program includes: “Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “Horton Hatches An Egg” & “Yertle the Turtle” all brought ‘to life’ with props, puppets & lots of audience participation.

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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PreK-2nd Grades, 3rd-5th Grades, K-5th Grades

Stories Include:

“Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “Horton Hatches An Egg” & “Yertle the Turtle”

3 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 2:

Live Virtual Performances

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PreK-2nd Grades, 3rd-5th Grades, K-5th Grades

3 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 3:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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Kdg-4th Grades

Stories include:

“Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “Horton Hatches An Egg” & “Yertle the Turtle”

Programs for younger grades: K - 4th grades and Family Literature & Storytelling Events/PARP Programs.

Watch A Story Featured in "Tales From Dr. Seuss!"

"Green Eggs & Ham"

Jaws, Paws & Claws

Animal Wisdom Tales:

Ancient people created stories to celebrate the animals that were their neighbors. In their folktales, the animals talked & faced challenges that the people encountered& received results due to actions & choices they made, at crucial moments. Life lessons, wisdom & humor were woven into their incredible animal tales. In this program I use animal artifacts, props & music to bring the tales ‘to life.’

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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K-2nd Grades, 3rd-5th Grades, K-5th Grades

Stories Include:

“How the Beaver Got Sharp Teeth”, “How the Turtle Got Cracks”, “Why The Mouse Barked”, “Why Crocodile Does Not Eat Hen”, “Jumping Mouse”

3 programs available stories customized for each age group

Option 2:

Live Virtual Performances

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K-2nd Grades, 3rd-5th Grades, K-5th Grades

3 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 3:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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Kdg-5th Grades

Stories include:

“How the Beaver Got Sharp Teeth” , “How the Turtle Got Cracks”, “Why The Mouse Barked”, “Why Crocodile Does Not Eat Hen”, “Jumping Mouse”

Watch a story featured in "Jaws, Paws & Claws"

Animal Wisdom Tales

"How the Beaver Got Sharp Teeth"

“Children of Courage”

What makes a person brave? Two marvelous collections of true stories & folktales of young people who at a crucial moment step forward with extraordinary courage & great kindness.

In the stories: young people resolving conflicts with courageous dialogue, bravery during the Civil War, an incredible teacher & bullies, children ingeniously righting a wrong, a spooky story with an astonishing act of kindness.

Program 1

Stories: "Pink & Say", "Chicken Sunday", "Mrs. Boelke"

Watch "Mrs. Beolke"

Program 2

Stories: "Chicken Sunday", "A Blind
Boy Catches A Bird",
"Mrs. Boelke", "The Woods"

"A Blind Boy Catches A Bird"

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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Two Programs available: 3rd-5th Grades, 6th-8th Grade

Stories Include:

Program 1: “Pink & Say”, “Chicken Sunday”,  “Mrs. Boelke”

Program 2:   “Chicken Sunday”, “A Blind Boy Catches A Bird”, “Mrs. Boelke”,  “The Woods”

2 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 2:

Live Virtual Performances

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Two Programs available: 3rd-5th Grades, 6th-8th Grade

2 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 3:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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3rd-8th Grade

Stories include:

Program 1: “Pink & Say”, “Chicken Sunday”, “Mrs. Boelke”

Program 2: “Chicken Sunday”, “A Blind Boy Catches A Bird”, “Mrs. Boelke”,”The Woods”

“The Rabbit in the Moon & other Marvelous Tales of the Night Sky”

A co-production of The Wharton Center for Arts & Creativity @ MSU & The Abrams Planetarium. Filmed during a live performance in the Planetarium, this is a delightful collection of stories that celebrate the stars & constellations, folklore & mythology from around the world.

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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K-2nd Grades, K-4th Grades, Family Performances

Stories Include:

“How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky”, “The Rabbit in the Moon”, “Bright Little Star”, “Her Seven Brothers”,     “Tour of the Universe”

3 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Programs customized for your Planetarium. Touring Information available on request.

Option 2:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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KDG-5th Grade

Stories include:

“How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky”, “The Rabbit in the Moon”, “Bright Little Star”, “Her Seven Brothers”,                “Tour of the Universe”

Watch a story featured in "The Rabbit in the Moon...

"The Rabbit in the Moon"

“Why the Sky is Far Away & other Stories To Celebrate the Earth”

Multi-cultural stories celebrating the relationship between people, animals & the amazing world that we share. Featuring Native American folklore & stories from the Rain Forests about respecting & saving our resources and world. Great for Earth Day/Ocean Day Celebrations.

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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K-2nd Grades, K-5th Grades

Stories Include:

“How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky”, “The Big Carrot”, “Why the Sky is Far Away”, “My Twelve Days of Diving”, “How the Parrot Got Beautiful Colors on her Wings”

2 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 2:

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Live Virtual Performances K-2nd Grades, K-5th Grades

2 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 3:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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KDG-5th Grade

Stories include:

“How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky”, “The Big Carrot”, “Why the Sky is Far Away”, “My Twelve Days of Diving”, “How the Parrot Got Beautiful Colors on her Wings”

Watch a story featured in "Why the Sky is Far Away..."

"My Twelve Days of Diving"

“The Mouse that Barked”

“& other Tales of Good Deeds & Second Chances”

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” Folklore, like life, is full of folks who stumble, fall, rise up & re-determine – wiser with the opportunity for a second chance. (Add a pinch of gratitude or a good deed & early misfortune may lead to fortune!) Join LuAnn Adams in story & travel to Africa, Asia & the Americas & meet plucky characters who, with hope, tenacity & ‘never giving up’ spirit, transform their obstacles into ‘do-over’ opportunities! Stories give us the chance to refresh, reboot & rethink. When we give or receive a second chance, a lovely kindness is shared & the gift of a new possibility is created.

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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K-2nd Grades, K-5th Grades

Stories Include:

“How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky” , “The Big Carrot”, “Why the Sky is Far Away”, “My Twelve Days of Diving”, “How the Parrot Got Beautiful Colors on her Wings”

2 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Option 2:

Live Virtual Performances

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K-2nd Grade, K-5th Grades.

2 programs available: stories customized for each age group

Watch a Story from "The Mouse That Barked!"

"Why the Mouse Barked"

“Stories To Play With!”

A wonderful collection of stories for PreK children & families celebrating animals, families, friendship & more. Travel around the world in folktales! Props, puppets, music & lots of audience participation!

Performance Options

Option 1:

In Person

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PreK, Caregivers & Families

Stories Include:

“How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky”, “Brave Little Red”, “Why Crocodile Does Not Eat Hen ” & more!

     Stories customized for each organization

Option 2:

Live Virtual Performances

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PreK, Caregivers & Families

     Stories customized for each organization

Option 3:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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PreK, Caregivers & Families

Stories include:

“How the Children Got the Sun Up in the Sky”, “Brave Little Red”, “Why Crocodile Does Not Eat Hen ” & more! 

Watch a story featured in "Stories To Play With!"

"Brave Little Red"

“In-the Classroom 1-10 Day Folktale Residencies

Option 1:

In Person

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Each Residency is specific to Grade Level & planned with teacher input & approval. Syllabus & lesson plans provided for each Residency.

Option 2:

Live Virtual Performances

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Each Residency is specific to Grade Level & planned with teacher input & approval. Syllabus & lesson plans pr0vided for each Residency.

Option 3:

Pre-Recorded Vimeo Performances

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Each Residency is specific to Grade Level & planned with teacher input & approval. Syllabus & lesson plans provided for each Residency.

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More Program Information

KDG, 1st, 2nd Grades:

Stories are multicultural & support many areas of curriculum including Social Studies, Geography & Music & have lots of audience participation. Residency Storytelling Lessons include: “Stories To Celebrate Things that Grow”, “Tales From Africa”, “Native American Tales”, “Tales From the Rain Forests”, “Celebratin’ Children”, “Folktales From India”, “Tales From Dr. Seuss!”, “Bug Tales From Around the World” & more! Join LuAnn Adams & travel in story to Africa, Asia & many countries & continents around the world!   *Fees available on request.

Folktale Residencies

For K-6th Grades. For K-3rd -Porquoi Animal Folktale Residency: consists of 10-12 Days with 45 min. individual classroom sessions. During the residency: students create, write & perform original animal folktales (with realistic animal puppets provided by LuAnn.) DVD/SM card of final day performances is given to school. For 3rd-6th Grades – Personal Story Workshop: includes 1 teacher workshop, school assembly, 90 minute workshop.  *Fees available on request.

True Personal Stories Residency

For 5th-9th Grades. Students attend “Children of Courage” Assembly Program & are given assignment to ‘mine’ a true story from their life (centered on an extreme experience with one of the following emotions – “Saddest”, “Proudest”, “Kindest”, “Most Frightening”, “Funniest”, etc.) Because of the experience of this life event the student has discovered,  something about ‘life’ & themselves that they never knew before. Worksheets are provided for each session. Students are asked to write their stories & can bring photos/props if they wish when they read/share their story with the class. (Sharing their stories in a class setting is optional, but encouraged.)  Teachers are encouraged to participate & write & share a life changing personal story that occurred in their own life when they were the same age as their students

*Residencies can be also be designed on school request.  *Fees available upon request.

Teacher Workshops/Master Classes

“Weaving the Senses Into the Story – Literacy & the Arts Professional Development Workshop & Lecture/Demo customized to the age & functioning levels of students &/or needs of the organization. Two options: Lecture/Demo only (approx. 90 minutes) or Lecture/Demo +participants work in small groups creating & telling an original animal porquoi story utilizing workshop techniques & their own classroom learning concepts. (Approx. 120 minutes.)  *Fees available on request.

Master Classes/Individual Coaching

Information available on request.

LuAnn is a “Sole Provider of Services/Vendor” with the NYC Department of Education. 

NYC Public Schools may book assemblies and residencies on line at the NYC DOE website.

NEW!   Pre-Recorded Vimeo & YouTube Performances available for booking.

NEW!  LIVE” Virtual Performances via Zoom/Google Meet.

** Each school program has a downloadable PDF Study guide with Storytelling Activities, Discussion Questions, Story Outlines & Bibliography.

***If two programs are booked back-to-back, all 4 of my award-winning recordings; “Brave Little Red & other Tales”, “The Tricky Caterpillar & other Tales”, “Jaws, Paws & Claws – Animal Wisdom Tales” & “Tipingee, Brer Rabbit & the Mouse that Barked” will be given to the School.

** In Person School Assembly programs (45-50 minutes in length) are recommended for preferably 100-200 children, seated on the floor.

Please call 212/397-8141 or email: Tales21st@aol.com for fees.

** Long Island & Westchester/ Putnam School Districts can book my School Assembly Programs through their BOCES websites.

** Family Literature Nights available. Please call 212/397-8141 or email: Tales21st@aol.com for fee.

** R/T transportation for In Person Performances will be added to the total fee.

**Touring Information Available on request.