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Beverly Comer

Artist's Narrative

Beverly Comer Beverly Comer is a storyteller for ages 2-102.

Beverly grew up in a home where everyone spoke in a rhyme...a lot of the time! This instilled the love and lilt of language, which has stayed with her throughout her life. With an Education Degree from Ohio State University, Beverly taught early childhood education at a public school in Michigan for many years. At that time storytelling was an integral part of her curriculum and teaching tool in the classroom. 

In 1990 Beverly took early retirement from teaching to pursue her second career, professional storytelling. Since then she has traveled throughout the Midwest sharing stories with children, teens, adults and seniors. She has shared her interactive and lively stories at schools, preschools, libraries, festivals, community gatherings, scouting events, zoos, nature centers, senior gatherings, television, radio, university settings, museums, professional development conferences, and more.

Beverly has been on the faculty of the Toad Hollow School of Storytelling in Fulton, Michigan. She has served on the boards of the Storytellers of Central Ohio, Lansing Storytellers and the Ohio Organization for the Preservation of Storytelling. She is a co-creator of Columbus Story Adventures.  Columbus Story Adventures combines storytelling, language arts activities and free books for at-risk children in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Beverly has two levels of programming for OAAE:  Early Childhood and School-age. Her approach to storytelling includes traditional storytelling, participation, and tales with song. For her younger students she also includes her storytelling apron, props, and puppetry.

Recent Feedback from Schools

The kids were great listeners and participants. Beverly was able to keep most of the children engaged for almost an hour which is pretty amazing at this age (3-5 years).

Availability

Upon request.
This artist is based in Columbus. Travel charges may apply for schools outside of the area.

Programs Available

Programs for Early Childhood (Preschool, Grade levels K-1 )

Each program is adapted to correspond with the ages of it's listeners. Please indicate the program you would like on your request form.

For her younger listeners, Beverly includes her "magic pocket" storytelling apron, props, singing, puppets and lots of participation. She also brings Pinkenello Fluff, her dancing marionette, for extra fun.


Curriculum Connections:
Ohio Content Standards
Language Arts: 1) Using active listening strategies to identify the main idea and gain information from oral presentation. 2) Attend to speakers stories, poems and songs.
Life Science: Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between fantasy and reality (e.g. talking flowers and animals).
NCTE Standards
English Language Arts - Exposure to a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres.


Fabulous Folk & Fairy Tale Fun!
This lively program includes stories from around the world with many positive messages and lots of fun. Folktales and fairy tales contain elements of magic, suspense, drama and inspiration. Very often, their simple truths warm the hearts of younger children and help them to deal with the dilemmas of every day life. Many well known tales are featured in this program.

Wildlife Wonders & Whimsies
Lions and tigers and bears...oh yes! This interactive program includes stories about wild animals found in different places (countries,continents, and/or ecosystems) around the world - or at the ZOO. Lots of interaction and fun! Characters may include a monkey drawing a picture for his mamma, some fishes in an itty-bitty pool, a few beboppin' bears and more. Lots of rhythm and rhyme.

Tales from the Pet Shop
Young children love animal stories! Beverly tells stories about animals you might find at the Pet Shop. Characters might include dogs, cats, fish, turtles or a bird with a very, very, long name and more. Children can easily relate to pet shop animals because of contact with them in their daily lives.

All for Fall
In this program students will learn about the signs of fall: harvest, apples, pumpkins, scarecrows, falling leaves, animals getting ready for winter, football and more. Of course, every fall program has to include Johnny Appleseed! Using stories, songs, movement, rhythm and rhyme, children will learn while having as much fun as jumping in a pile of crunchy leaves.

Spooktacular Halloween
'Tomb' it may concern: October is the perfect month celebrating the traditions of Halloween! This program can include screeching bats, flying ghosts, colorful scarecrows, pumpkins, black cats, and of course, "ghost" stories. Each program is designed with its listener’s age in mind. Other components of this program can include props, puppets and singing. For these younger children, developmentally appropriate Halloween tales and activities are used.

Winter Wonderland
Stories of snow, snowflakes, penguins, animals in the winter, snowmen, sledding and more reinforce the symbols of this season. Folktales, nature tales and tales from around the world will delight listeners as they learn.

What happens when the cold lady swallowed some snow? How does winter relate to why bears have a stumpy tales? These questions will be answered and many more. In the cold, cold winter - these tales will warm the heart of the listener.

Stories Galore
This lively program includes nature tales, folktales, animal stories and more. Stories are an excellent way for children to get positive and instructive messages. In symbolic language, stories reassure children that eventually they, too, will grow big and wise enough to contend with the trials they face in their own lives. Story content includes self esteem, feelings & honesty and more. Traditional storytelling, props, participation, singing, storytelling apron, and puppets are included. Listeners will join right in, laugh out loud and stop and think.

Tasty Tales
These tales will tempt the children’s taste buds! One story includes a big Aiken Drum prop covered with food. What would a caterpillar find to eat in a picnic basket? That Aunt Hilda ate the whole birthday cake -oh, goodness sake! This program satisfies your hunger for stories.

Down on the Farm
This program includes tales, songs and lots of interactive fun with farm animals, growing food, and life on the farm. The children will see that with cooperation, a huge, giant, enormous carrot can be pulled from the ground. A pesky rabbit is nibbling in the vegetable garden - how would YOU feel? The lively sounds of farm animals punctuate this program.

Destination. . . Mexico!
Stories help us understand different cultures. Run, run as fast as you can - can YOU catch the Tortilla Man? How strong IS that little red ant? Can the little bee get the goats to leave the garden? Be it culture, food, animals or more - this high-spirited program will touch on Mexican and other Hispanic lore. A blend of old and new stories will take us on a lively trip.

Activity Options:
Programs for Early Childhood
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Fees: $150/ $100 each addt'l
  • Requirements: Please indicate the program you would like on your request form.

    10' x 10' for artist to move around. Chair or tall stool. For large groups or assemblies - clip-on mike. For preschool - 60 children at a time. For K or Grade 1 - up to 125 children at one time. Artist may request assistance with load-in of storytelling props.

Fingerplays, Frolics and Fun - A Toddler and Two’s Program (toddlers)

This program contains very simple pattern stories, finger stories done with three dimensional props, puppets, singing, interaction, movement, rhythm and rhyme. Everyday puzzles and surprises are intriguing to little children. Often these activities allow children to participate in the telling -- perhaps making sound effects, movements or joining in a chant or refrain -- and this, in turn, encourages them to listen closely. All of this is highly satisfying to small children.

Activity Options:
Fingerplays, Frolics and Fun
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Fees: $100
  • Requirements: Chair or tall stool. Up to 25 children at a time. Artist may request assistance with load-in of storytelling props.

Animal Eco-Adventures (Grade levels K-5)

Students will take an inspiring Animal Eco Adventure through some of the Earth's biomes and ecosystems. Folktales, poetry and songs showcase animals from the rainforests, tundra, swamps, other water areas, forests, or grasslands. Examples: The Native American Inuit tale, Snowy Owl’s Tale, tells how he got his feathers and touches on the many animals, plant life and seasons of the tundra. A huge boa constructor (prop) not only “swallows” a teacher or the principal, it reinforces the fact that this snake swallows his prey whole - as the students chant a famous poem! The Australian rainforest sets the scene with the brown rat kangaroo, leaf tale gecko, brown tree snake, short neck turtle, and fig parrot as the students help tell the tale, Turtle Go Home. Students will consider how these animals live in their various habitats. Also, they help in telling some of the stories through different audience participation techniques. This program is a nice compliment to the study of ecosystems and habitats as well as language arts.

Curriculum Connections:
Science Indicator:  Students identify that there are many distinct environments that support different kinds of organisms.

Activity Options:
Animal Eco-Adventures
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $150/ $100 each addt'l
  • Requirements: 10' x 10' space for artist to move around in. Chair or tall stool. For large groups or assemblies - clip-on mike. 150 students max. Artist may request assistance with load-in of storytelling props.

What's the Story? (Grade levels K-5)

There are so many different kinds of stories! In this program children focus on learning, by example, the difference between types of stories. Story variety can include learning to distinguish a folktale, fairytale, legend, tall tale, urban legend, riddle story, jump tale, cumulative tale, fable, noodlehead or pourquoi story. Stories that pique children's imagination and tickle their funny bone are included. This energetic program encourages children to hurry off to the library looking for more of the same!

Curriculum Connections:
Language Arts: Exposure to a wide range of literature from many periods and in many genres.

Activity Options:
What's the Story?
  • Duration: 45-60 min.
  • Fees: $150/ $100 each addt'l
  • Requirements: 10' x 10' space for artist to move around in. Chair or tall stool. For large groups or assemblies - clip-on mike. 150 students max. Artist may request assistance with load-in of storytelling props.

Stories from Here to There (Grade levels K-5)

There are wit, wisdom, laughter and smiles in this multicultural program of stories from different countries and cultures around the world. Beverly brings a big map to point out where each story comes from. This shows the children that stories have no boundaries! Other components of this program can include drama, foreign accents, props, puppets, singing and more.

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies: Geography - Map reading and area identification.

Activity Options:
Stories from Here to There
  • Duration: 40-60 min.
  • Fees: $150/ $100 each addt'l
  • Requirements: 10' x 10' space for artist to move around in. Chair or tall stool. For large groups or assemblies - clip-on mike. 150 students max. Artist may request assistance with load-in of storytelling props.