A storyteller for Christmas

Storyteller Dot Lane shares the classic story "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree" with third grade students at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School.
Dec. 08, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

FOREST CITY — Third grade students at Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School got a Christmas treat on Friday in the form of storyteller Dot Lane.

Lane was invited to the school by the teachers to share her version of "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree."

Students gathered around to hear the story of little Ruthie and how she and her mother provided the perfect tree to their church for the Christmas service. As Lane was telling the story, she added in songs and shared the illustrations to bring it to life.

"This is one of my favorite Christmas books of all time. I lived in Turkey Cove, which is very close to where the author Gloria Houston grew up. She based the story on her mother, and I enjoy telling the story because I was from where it took place," Lane told the students.

After she finished the story to the classes, Lane shared some of her musical talents, playing a dulcimer and an autoharp.

"We would have loved to have had Lane to come in when we were stuyding stories earlier in the year, however we knew that she did this story and thought Christmas would be a great time to have her," Mary Metcalf, third grade teacher said.

At the end of Lane's presentation, the children joined her in singing Christmas carols like Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Silent Night.

"It's great that we can have visitors come and share local culture with our students. They need to know what has happened in the past," said Principal Brad Richardson. "Sharing stories like this help remind us where we came from. This was also good for the season. It gets the students excited about Christmas."