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Retired Professor Teaches Character Building Concepts Through Quirky Stories

Children love to hear stories from their parents, but unfortunately many parents run out of stories long before young ones tire of listening. Thankfully, there are people like storyteller William Piper to tell stories that entertain as well as communicate necessary life skills.

As every parent knows, rearing children requires the teaching of complex concepts such as responsibility, cooperation, community, and humanity, and this is best done at a young age by using engaging stories. Many children’s stories talk about friendship and basic moral values, but Piper’s stories teach subtle concepts with irony, satire, and a chuckle.

When Piper’s daughter asked for a story, Giraffe was born. Giraffe is a benevolent protagonist who transcends the banal standard of the average children’s book. His adventures with various animal friends emphasize the value of diversity and the power of cooperation. Giraffe is a personable character with whom children can identify, one who uses sense and sympathy to overcome conflict.

Piper brings the edge of a classical education to create his children’s stories. Fifty years of experience as an English teacher gives him the language to entice children into the paradise of Montana where Giraffe and his friends resolve their problems by cooperating with one another. Using the art of persuasion, the storyteller shows how the characters solve difficult situations and learn lessons of self-reliance and responsibility.

Unlike much of the cotton-candy children’s literature served today, Piper’s lively stories entertain and educate kids at the same time.


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