One of my favourite sounds is the silence that settles over an assembly of children collectively listening to a great story. 

Yesterday as I told a story from Japan, the air filled with expectation, concentration and determination as 300 children, ages 6 to 12, listened to the adventures of a young boy entering a haunted building, armed only with a paintbrush and his creativity.

Faces flush in concentrated imagination is a beautiful sight to see in a gym full of children. Yesterday, during the two assemblies I held in a school of over 600 students, I got to witness that expression on hundreds of adorable faces.

In the story, a young artist falls asleep in a haunted monastery after painting hundreds of cats on the walls of a big room. He is awakened in the night by scary sounds coming from the big room painted in cats. 

As I told this story, I saw what the expression of the little boy in the story must have looked like when he heard the sounds in the night, on the faces of every child sitting in the school gym. Amazing!

Here’s a link to a piece about how powerfully engaging stories are, as demonstrated by Instagram Stories.