MORELAND — To celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday Wednesday, Moreland Elementary students were treated to fairy tales spun by master storyteller Daniel Bishop from Montpelier.
(Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, would have been 107 years old Wednesday. Geisel died in 1991.)
At Moreland, students "oohed," "awed" and laughed at all the right places as Bishop told the tales of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "The Little Red Hen."
Moreland librarian Susan Otterstrom invited Bishop to speak because "I thought it would be a fun treat for the kids."
"In honor of Dr. Seuss, we got to wear crazy socks," she said.
So how did you get into storytelling?
"You lead with your natural talents," Bishop said. "What more fun is there than this?"
Bishop was trained in theater at Utah State University and has been a professional storyteller for the past 11 years.
Bishop likes to tell fairy tales and Aesop's Fables to elementary students.
"I've updates the fables," Bishop said.
He calls them, "What Animals Tell Me at the Ranch."
For older students, he likes to tell ghost and mountain man stories.
Bishop has recited his tales from California to Montana.
Bishop said, "The first question most people ask me is, 'Can you make a living telling stories?'"
"I reply, 'I hope so,'" Bishop said.
Bishop and his wife, Amy, have two children—7-year-old Mariah and 2-year-old Adam.