I wrote this story last year as a text for an elementary school story-telling competition. The competition was canceled, and since then this story has been quietly filed away doing nothing.
I find the problem with ESL story-telling competitions is that the audience doesn’t understand a lot of the language in the story, so they just sit there, passively, and let the unfamiliar language wash over them. In this story, I tried to encourage the story teller to engage more directly with the audience by asking questions and soliciting opinions, and I also made use of a lot of local content and basic English vocabulary.
The theme for the story-telling competition was ‘Good Health’
Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
Do you know the English expression “every cloud has a silver lining”? It means that when bad things happen, good things can sometimes follow. For example, a rain storm is a bad thing. The rain can flood the drains and rivers, the lightning can strike trees and houses and the thunder can frighten animals and children. But after the storm there is a good thing because the air is fresh and cool, the plants and earth are watered and everything can grow again.
Do you want to hear a story about a cloud and a silver lining?
The Brothers Grimm collected traditional stories from the forests of central Europe and re-wrote them for the people of the towns and cities to enjoy, too. Hundreds of years later, these stories are still very popular with young readers, but how many modern readers know exactly how frightening the original stories were? Here is my easy reading version of Little Red Riding Hood (Rotkäppchen) taken from a vintage translation I found on the web. Check it out here: vintage story / illustrations.