Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Raven


For your Halloween enjoyment, my three-year-old's narration of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. I thought we'd only try a single stanza, but she was a trooper. It only took three single smarties and a kid's handful of pretzels to convince her. She's always had a love/hate relationship with birds:


And, if you're so inclined, here's another animal-themed video (which I made when I was in film school), to fill that blank spot in your psyche that is made up of terrifying deer nightmares.

10 comments:

  1. This is awsome.
    I teach the Raven to 10th graders. It is more of a struggle to get them to read it than your daughter. You think she can come in next year and read it to them?

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    1. Oh, definitely, she loves to be center of attention. Also, now she's wandering around the house muttering "nevermore!" to herself.

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  2. Sweet math, this is incredible. And so, so creepy.

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    1. It's a fine line between cute and creepy. The Omen demonstrated that.

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  3. That is simply astonishing. You have made the coolest memory a child could ever have. I know it took some time editing it, well, I'm guessing it did, I mean, I would have been incapable, personally, but... It is in the actions we take that they, the children, feel the love. I wonder around the house muttering "nevermore" as well, I thought everyone did. It is sort of beautifully creepy. Great stuff, thanks for doing it.

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    1. Thanks Bill. I figured I was only gonna do the first stanza with her, but once we got started, it just seemed like a cool thing to look back on having accomplished. And a cool memorial of her three-year-old speaking ability.

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  4. Oh I wish I had thought of something like this years ago.

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    1. It's never too late . . . your kids can totally be bribed with a couple pretzel sticks, right?

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  5. Wow, way to put her verbal ability to good use! Very impressive! I recited the Raven once in 6th grade, but I know I wasn't as cute as Addison is when I did it. :)

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    1. Next is the Gettysburg Address, I think.

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