Reviews for Ken Kaplan for Older Children
Note: There are more “early” references than “lrecent” because in the beginning I asked more frequently to build a reference “Portfolio”. This has no bearing on the enthusiasm or consistency of feedback reflected above either now or in more recent years
“Thank you so much for your two entertaining performances on Tuesday, July 12. You combined just the right amount of humor and drama, and your ability to tailor your shows to each individual audience is excellent. The children had a wonderful time.”
Karen Miller, Director, Downingtown Library, July; 2005: (Second appearance in two years; 150 children per show. Ages 6-9)
“Your storytelling (for 6-7 grades) was delightful. Your energy enticed the students to become involved in your open-ended storytelling and musical responding. You brought a totally new dimension to reading to the children and they were enthralled. Thank you for bringing literature to life.” Mary Lou Pierce, Curriculum Coordinator, Upper Pittsgrove School District; 2001
“Ken’s versatility as a performer is evident in his success with our eleven and twelve year olds and teens. Finding entertainers who come across to those ages is difficult, but Ken has bridged that gap with his timely stories, discussions, and relevant programs. To have teens engrossed and participating…is an impressive sight and Ken has accomplished that and more.” Eric Pontius, Director, Phoenixville YMCA Day Camp; 2000 (Five programs a summer, three shows a day (all ages) for five years.)
“Thank you so much for being part of the Michener Library’s third annual storytelling festival and for doing such a splendid job. You managed to entertain both preschool and elementary age kids, and their parents, all at the same time-not an easy task. I especially appreciated your mix of long and short tales and your novel ways of getting the audience involved…” Lynn Biddle: Coordinator, Michener Library Festival, 2003
“At a time of the year when students can be restless and reluctant to be engaged, Mr. Kaplan was capable of stunning our students with his story-telling skills.” Pamela Illg-Coordinator: Young Author Day, Butler Elementary School, 2002 (Five shows, K-6)
“I have to share that all in attendance were absolutely thrilled with the storytelling performance you presented (at our blue and gold banquet). You were voted as the “best” in captivating all of our Cub’s attention for the longest period of time ..all eyes were glued to your performance. I must note there were teenagers giving you their full attention also. What an amazing feat!” Kim Dapper, Chairperson, Cub Scout Pack 222; 2002
“Your presentation (for Arcola Middle School) was riveting, and the children were loaded with comments and questions afterwards.” Barb Mazzarella, Prevention Education Specialist; 1996
“This letter stands as an enthusiastic recommendation for Ken Kaplan….Ken joined another teller in creating for us an evening of tales old and new, all circling cleverly and sometimes personally around our chosen focus of gender issues….Ken presented a wonderful evening…he was warm and outgoing on stage, readily engaging students and drawing them into the tales…” Charlotte Feierman, Gender and Multicultural Committee, (High School) Westown School; 1994
“ On behalf of the students and staff of the Dr. Albert Bean School, my thanks for your tremendous contribution to our second annual Read On-Sleep On Program. All who were lucky enough to attend are still, commenting on your performance and hoping that you will be able to join us again next year…Again thanks for an unforgettable performance.
Tommie D. Stringer, Principal, Albert Bean School; 1991 (Program was for 4-6 grades, Invited three years consecutively.)
“You were able to hold the interest of 45 three and four year olds at the Pierce Branch with rollicking songs and motions to go with them. Then in the next session, a few hours later, you played music and told tales that was of interest to a large group of eleven year old boys. You have so much diversity in your program, and you are able to shift gears so fast that you were able to give two different programs in one afternoon…. They were both wonderful programs and I thank you very much. Ruth Kasper, Children’s Librarian; 1991: Part of Bucks County “Traveling Show Tour”
“Your ears must be ringing with the success of the program at the library opening of the Summer Readers Club. The audience of 106 (ages 6-12) were soaked by the rain, chilled by the air conditioning, over-crowded on the floor, and completely captivated by your performance… Proof of your effectiveness was the borrowing of all the mythology books… Claire Borits, Elkins Park Library; 1990
Quotes are verifiable with full references upon request.