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Start a Conversation with Story The Lake That Stole Children A Let’s Talk Study Guide By Douglas Glenn Clark All rights reserved 2010 2 www.thelakethatstolechildren.com .
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She was mesmerized by the prose. she talked about the book to her father. reading their own masterpieces or one another’s sentences aloud. Reading stories such as The Lake That Stole Children allows parents an opportunity to sit and talk with children about dangers that they may face in life.com: “Clark’s heartwarming story is perfect for parents to read to their children. The book critics quoted below are among the many readers who indirectly encouraged me. a round beam of light steamed upward. “From the depths of the dark lake.” Then ask students to write their own simple story or paragraph describing what the light could be. There is sufficient mystery and adventure that will delight the young. author and critic for http://themusebookreviews. As a result. young adult or adult. like the warm glow of a fat lantern. I had no way of knowing that the book would become not only a popular entertainment but also a teaching aid for creative writing instructors and parents.blogcritics.blogspot. Regis Schilken.com: "I read this book with my niece when she visited last weekend.” Glenda Bixler. Abundant thanks to them all. Read sentences from the story like. whether the reader is a child. She said that the conversation brought them closer to each other. When she went home. author and critic for www. Readers and book reviewers alike spontaneously expressed the notion that a story may have uses beyond its initial intent.A note from the author When I finished writing The Lake That Stole Children. I would highly recommend this descriptive short tale especially to educators who are trying to stimulate imaginative writing in their students. I was moved to create a guide that might help continue — or start — the kind of conversation that is naturally born not from perfect stories. This could provide as much enjoyment as letting the kids take turns. but from stories that fire the imagination. there is much to be learned by parents as well! What more could be gained from a wonderful fable! Highly recommended!" Irene Roth.” 4 www.blogspot. The story may be used to share caution within a guided discussion.org: “As a former teacher.thelakethatstolechildren.com . confront conventional beliefs or simply strike a chord in the reader. a book reviewer for http://ipbookreviewer-bookreadersheaven.
capturing the essence of their hearts as they lose their most precious treasures to it.” Shirley Johnson. I wanted to take the mom out back and give her forty lashes with whatever I could find handy. The descriptive power of his words in many instances was exceptional. Clark's descriptive writing is outstanding and makes reading The Lake that Stole Children a treat for kids and adults alike.midwestbookreview. this would be a wonderful book for a 'mommy and me' class or parenting class to read and discuss.literarylitter. Honestly. The Lake that Stole Children is a beautifully written short story about the rescue of a small boy and the redemption of a grown man. The forest responding to the emotions of the people.html “Every now and then. and how the son understood that there indeed were dangers in the world that he was not ready to battle. I liked the way the father came to the realization of what his children truly needed from him as a father.com . The entire family is being torn apart because the fisherman expects obedience and respect from his children. reviewer of books for http://www. Douglas Glenn Clark's The Lake that Stole Children (CreateSpace.blogspot. And a happy ending is always a good thing. reviewer of books for http://www. but in the fact that after reading it I dreadfully needed to discuss it with someone else. The characters live in a world of enchantment and the reader is drawn into that world by the words and story of Douglas Glenn Clark. I read something that sends me immediately back into teacher mode.” Mama Zen.com: "My biggest problem is not so much with the book itself. a fable about an adventurous boy and a father who believes that discipline is love. had me imagining myself back in the classroom from the very first page. the lake brimming with a life force that is mysterious and dangerous.blogspot.” 5 www.Shawn Remfrey. reviewer of books for http://thezenofmotherhood.htm: “Our author wrote quite a tale in this work. one that weaves around the mystic feel that a fable should have. I enjoyed this read. this book is perfect for upper elementary students studying fables and fairy tales. 2008).com/mbw/aug_09. Written in classic fable form and only fifty pages long.com/2010/01/review-lake-that-stolechildren. their children. Basically.thelakethatstolechildren.
com .thelakethatstolechildren. not monologue — 11 Story can make the mind go around — 12 Story is social media — 13 Story is not always sweet and pretty — 14 “Lake” guide: fishing for truth and meaning — 15 Story expands your world — 19 6 www.Table of Contents Let’s Talk — 7 Story starts a conversation — 8 Can’t think of a question? — 9 No Reply? — 10 Conversation.
“To be a person is to have a story to tell.Let’s Talk What if stories were never read or witnessed? Or worse.thelakethatstolechildren.” Isak Dinesen 7 www. triumph. A day at work (or play) is a story. many stories would be lost—stories that reveal joy. what if stories were never discussed? Men and women of all cultures come home from work and tell their families what their day was like.com . If no one answered simple questions. Children of all ages return from a day at school and endure the inevitable question. defeat and many other emotions. sadness. What’s your story? Share it. curiosities confusions and insights. “What did you do at school today?” The answer is a story.
com . But sometimes in life. Maybe only you know the answer. 8 www. When in school. failure. It could be simple. because I received many requests for my book. serious — or outrageous. Story can be the cure. we ask many questions of teachers and friends. what do you get? A big fish tale? Pinocchio meets The Old Man and the Sea? The people who received my letter must have been intrigued by the question.thelakethatstolechildren. embarrassment. run for political office. impress an employer. When you cross Walt Disney with Ernest Hemingway. we’re afraid to ask. Or maybe you know you don’t have the answer and would like some help. but fear rejection. So how do you start a conversation? Ask a question. or join a rock ’n’ roll band.Story Starts a Conversation When I began to seek readers for The Lake That Stole Children I sent out a letter that began with a question. We want to make new friends. silly.
Chesterton Story can break the ice. Nothing too large or long. moving to a new town.” G. You’re not sure what you’ll say. bring a story you can share. Put your resume or business card in the book and hand it to the very important person you’re meeting. Take a book. 9 www. Then try it in other situations. “I found this story interesting (or entertaining or curious or funny) and I’d like you to have a copy. Feeling challenged? Never travel alone.com . simple answer. but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Give a clear. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist.” Don’t be surprised if your gift is followed by a question.thelakethatstolechildren. dating. but you’re not sure how to present yourself. because every situation – a job hunt. K.Can’t Think of a Question? You want your job interview to go well. starting a new job — is an opportunity to receive. Then ask your own question and begin your conversation. Be ready.
Did she force them to read the book? Or ask. my father handed me a book about Mahatma Gandhi. when I was a teenager and a war was raging.com . Eventually. Be patient. The very wise mother left the book on the kitchen counter and said nothing.No Reply? A very wise mother wanted to share a story with her teenage sons. 10 www.thelakethatstolechildren. The initial joy is in making the effort. “Where did you get the book?” A conversation between mother and son began — and continued. Not everyone will respond. one of them grabbed the book and sat down to read it. Then he asked a question. But the wise mother’s sons did respond. Forcing a conversation may only create bigger challenges. Years ago. “Are you done yet?” No.
Ever have that feeling? Share don’t smother.thelakethatstolechildren.” Jewish folk saying 11 www.) “Words should be weighed. how he bored me. His story began innocently enough. Or if you’re feeling chained to your chair as you listen to a seemingly endless monologue change the subject. Nearly 45 minutes later he was finally finished — and I was exhausted. not monologue The fellow meant well but. but 30 minutes later he was still going strong. (Try a joke or a compliment.com .Conversation. If you think you’ve gone on too long. oh. not counted. simply ask a question — “What do you think?” or “How are you doing?”— and the world will be in balance again.
Story can make the mind go around It was a difficult time and I could not sleep. The new perspective helped me understand how to make something good out of a situation that felt bad.com . My mind turned and tilted. then took a fresh. The story moved me.” Laura Simms Experiment: 1) 2) 3) 4) Write a happy ending for something that is troubling you Ask two people to suggest alternative endings Pretend that each of the three endings is an island Swim to the island you like best. Even in the best of times. Imagine questions you must ask an expert you don’t know. In the wee hours I opened a Walter Mosley story about a man who had made and paid for serious mistakes. colleague or higher power 12 www. “It makes your mind pop. objective look at my own troubles.thelakethatstolechildren. story can make the mind go around. The man had decided to devote the remainder of his life to making himself and his neighborhood better.
we too often sit alone.” Native American saying platforms for gathering and sharing ideas and feelings. Or they can be if we use them to expand our access to the world.thelakethatstolechildren. of our inhibitions. Use a quote or story synopsis to ask a question and begin building a network of: Acquaintances you would like to call friend Professionals who might help you advance your career Someone younger who can show you what’s new “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story. We are more likely to reach out online than in person. promote. Good books — a stories — are also social media.com . They also remove some. 13 www. They are Experiment: Choose a favorite book as your platform.Story is social media Social media allow us to share. request and expand our reach. Instead. enjoy a book and then only briefly mention it to others. though not all.
” Maya Angelou 14 www.Story is not always sweet and pretty Some stories simply must be told. no matter what dark force or tragic circumstance they express. a parent. a friend or someone you’ve just met.thelakethatstolechildren. A story that may seem too much to bear or too hard to understand is a story begging to be shared. And then feel your world expand. “There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. Reach out. Then ask some questions: 1) What do you think it means? 2) I’m having trouble with this. Ask the person (or persons) to read a short passage. How does it make you feel? 3) Do you think this story needed to be told? Why? Engage.com . Share the story with the expert you have wanted to meet.
or debate parenting issues among friends.com . And you? Start a conversation by expressing your reaction to the book. 15 www. ideas and — I hope — conversations. what do you think they would say had been stolen from them? Have you ever been robbed of something that is not money or a prized belonging? Can you be robbed of something that is not material? Start with a personal response: Several of the professional book reviewers quoted at the beginning of this guide said they wanted to use The Lake That Stole Children to inspire creative writing students.‘Lake’ study guide: Fishing for truth and meaning The Lake That Stole Children has inspired many reactions.thelakethatstolechildren. How do you begin a conversation using a newly discovered story? Start with the title: What does it mean? Did anybody or anything actually steal something? Can a lake steal? If you could interview the children at the end of the story. begin conversations with their children.
thelakethatstolechildren. What if the opposite happens? Stories don’t always resolve the way we might like. Yet consider how much has been revealed by the conversation. Start a conversation by discussing Morgan’s response to her husband. how and why? Is Tilly’s defiance justified or was it foolish? Start with the setting: What made the townspeople suspicious of the river people? Why is living near the river better or worse than living in town? Why did Cal and Morgan and their children live so far from town? Is it wise to live in isolation? 16 www. Start with the characters: Some readers took issue with Morgan. It must have been a good talk: It bought them both closer. Did she fall out of love with him when she blamed her husband Cal for their troubles? Did she no longer support her husband ? Was that an appropriate response? How do you feel about Cal. the father? Did he listen to Morgan and the children? Was he too strict? What is different about the ways Tyler and Tilly react to their father? Did Cal change by the end of the story? If so. That’s the reward.Author and critic Irene Roth said she read the book to her niece. the mother in The Lake That Stole Children. and it is difficult to be at odds with someone.com . who then went home and began a conversation with her father.
why? Is rich language necessary. and he smiled his thanks. She thought of running home for her mother. and the sky to rise so high its deep blue faded to milky white. He swiped at a dangling fly. how would you express the anger of the fisherman? “The fisherman was silent. and trembled with a mute rage that caused birds to soar. Then tear them apart with questions — why.” In the excerpt below. snapping its tangled line. annoying or helpful? Did it improve the story? What does the last sentence of the excerpt below tell you about Tyler? “Even the daughter. But then her bones began to hum and fill her with an unfamiliar song — a song that made her body tremble and caused a flutter in her chest that felt like the soft wings of a bird trying to escape. She felt sick about disobeying her father again. Shirley Johnson said. As he kneeled and stared at the river.thelakethatstolechildren.com . he crushed the fly in his hand. outraged. But home seemed too far away.” In the excerpt below.” Read aloud sentences or passages that inspired. She told her brother in a whisper. His jaw set. envied her father. She was astonished to see that his eyes were full of leaping fish and rainbows. why. what did Tilly actually experience? “The girl was so afraid she couldn't move. creatures to run.Start with language: In her review of The Lake That Stole Children for Midwest Book Review. “The descriptive power of his words in many instances was exceptional.” 17 www. who dutifully cast her line near the river's edge. his eyes hardened. its hooks biting his hand. confused or merely bored you.
thelakethatstolechildren. LeGuin 18 www. Writer and reader. What made you smile? What made you angry? What made you cry? Or what confused you? And why oh why oh why? “There have been great societies that did not use the wheel. Start and finish with you: A story is an opportunity to get to know yourself a little better. Adult parents and their parents. Writer and writer.com . Grandparents and grandchildren.Start with a group: Gather a group of parents to discuss marriage and the shared responsibility of raising children — and other issues inspired by The Lake That Stole Children. but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. Gather a group of parents to discuss discipline. Teacher and writing student. Groups of two are a powerful way to communicate.” Ursula K. Parent and child (including teens). anger management and other topics.
Embrace every good fortune as a story. Find the solution by discussing it as a story.” Douglas Glenn Clark 19 www. Engage and expand your world with story.Story expands your world You now know that reading a story is only the beginning. Great for book clubs.com . (Big discount on books when you purchase 3 or more — contact me for details. groups and your “start a conversation” campaign!) Until then… “A story ends only when it is forgotten. Invent your own way of starting a conversation using The Lake That Stole Children and then contact me to tell me about your experience. Deepen your appreciation and understanding of the gifts you receive by discussing them as stories. Get a job Get a date Attract investors Resolve family issues Confront every challenge as though it were a story.thelakethatstolechildren.
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