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Storytelling

Dr. Mike Lockett was a part-time storyteller for over 30 years.  Stories have always been an important part of his life.  He retired from 33 years as a teacher and school administrator in 2005 and took his storytelling full time.  He has been traveling all across the USA and in other countries to learn and tell stories with audiences of all types and all sizes.  Lockett has recorded audio storytelling CDs and has written bilingual books as a means of sharing his stories.  Audiences respond well to his tales and fill his schedule with many continuing storytelling adventures.

It is the desire of Lockett to preserve stories for future generations.  For this reason he spends time daily reading and collecting stories , crafting stories to retell to others and writing stories of his own.  Mike has become a children's author and enjoys sharing stories he has collected and stories he has written in schools, libraries, festivals and venues of all kinds.  He currently is very excited.  Christian Television and Radio in Taiwan is using one of his stories each month in their "Studio Classroom" magazine.  His works are being shared each month all over Taiwan. 

Lockett hopes that the visitors to this site will find it helpful in their search to find stories and storytelling connections.  Please come back and visit the site often.  It is Lockett's goal to continue adding links to the storytelling world and activities for story lovers to enjoy.

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  • Grandmother Spider

    Published November 10, 2009

    Native American Tale from the Hopi Tribe - The sky is lifting up and going high into the sky. Moose, Bear and other animals try unsuccessfully to hold the sky to the earth. Grandmother Spider wants to help the other animals and is turned down. On her own, she catches the sky with a web - then climbs up and down using webs to hold the sky to the earth. Sometimes when you see sunbeams, you might be seeing Grandmother Spider's webbing that still holds the sky to the earth.
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  • Full of Bologna

    Published June 15, 2005

    As Adapted by Dr. Mike Lockett, The Normal Storyteller, Uses two American idioms to tell a humorous story - Flying off the Handle - (acting impulsively) and Full of Bologna (saying things that cannot possibly be true_
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  • Why Male Mosquitoes Do Not Bite

    Published April 15, 2005

    Cumulative story from Philippines about why male mosquitos do not buzz or sting as retold by Dr. Mike Lockett. - Frog blames croak that keeps bird from sleeping on turtle who carries house on his back. Turtle carried house because afraid of firefly. Firefly afraid of mosquito and his sharp knife. Male mosquito is punished for threatening others and no longer buzzes and does not bite. Storytelling Motif - A2426.3.5.1
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  • The Cat's Tale

    Published September 1, 1973

    As Adapted by Dr. Mike Lockett, The Normal Storyteller - Why Cat's Wash After They Eat - Dr. Lockett tells the story as a participation story - Folktale Motif A2545.2 North Carolina in the USA,
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