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This is my version of The Stonecutter.  I am heavily indebted to my good friend Dennis Tan, with whom I performed as The See-Hear Storytellers in the late 1990’s, for shaping the story and of course, the sign language.

I first read the story when I was backpacking in India (1981!)  I found it in a Russian (ie Communist) bookshop in what-was-then Madras. For the publishers of that edition, the moral that the Stone-cutter learnt from his experience was: “It is a man’s own weakness, and not anyone else’s strength, which makes a man go down on his knees.”  

That’s not the moral most people take from the story (what does it say to you?)  But it’s a good example of how stories speak to people in different ways and you should never ever ask your audience, ‘What is THE moral of the story?’ (as if there were only one!)

Storyboard

This is my storyboard for The Stonecutter.

When making one, don’t worry about the quality of your art work! As long as you know what each icon means, that’s enough. Of course, if you are a good drawer, then you can make the pictures feature in your telling!

The fact that you take a few minutes to make the storyboard will probably be enough to fix the story sequence in your head. File it for future reference!

I rarely write anything on the storyboard other than a title and tough names to remember (eg the Inca goddess Nanahuatzin) or any foreign/dialect words I like to include.