Saturday, October 16, 2004

encouraging feedback from birmingham, england

Subject: The Story of Louis Braille
Date: Sat, October 16, 2004 4:57 pm

Dear Mr Shapiro, I am a teacher in Birmnigham England and found your story of Louis Braille on the internet. I shall be using it shortly with a class of 6 & 7 year old children as part of writing about senses thinking particularly about touch. Thank you very much for publishing it and making it available for us to share.
Regards Peter Wood

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

use of story in training - permission granted

I really liked your adaptation of the Indian fable about the blind men and the elephant.  I’m giving a workshop on “influencing with integrity” for about 30 business people in Connecticut on October 8 and would like to include your story (with appropriate credit, of course) either in the presentation itself or in the accompanying workbook to illustrate the importance of perceptual flexibility and collaboration.

May I have your permission to do so?

Catherine Carlisi
transformations @

Monday, March 08, 2004

polish textbook - permission given

Dear Sir,

I am writing as an co-author of a set of tests for the New Matura (secondary school leaving exam) in English for the Polish market. I am currently working on reading comprehension tasks and as I highly appreciate the quality of materials present on your Children's Stories website, I would like to enquire about the possibility to use some of your stories as texts for reading comprehension tasks in the book.

I would greatly appreciate your response with all the details concerning the terms of use and the copyright.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Jarek Krajka, PhD
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Editor-in-Chief, "Teaching English with Technology"

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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Feedback from Mary Brady, Integral Design

Dear Mr./Ms. Shapiro,

Your stories are simply fab. I love the acorn (not) on the moon one. I ran across it when looking for some info on Louis Braille. I am pitching an idea to Ty Inc. for a Braille bunny...

Who are you and where do you live, please? Just curious about another creative soul...

Mary Brady, President
Integral Design, LLC

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Monday, November 03, 2003

Reader response from India

>Date: 7 Aug 2001 09:35:44 -0000
>To: ""
>From: "arikarevula venkata prabhakar"

>Dear sir,
>The short stories in your web site are exciting and
would be of real
>interest for kids. We are writing from 'LA MULTI
>Hyderabad, India. We wish to utilise those stories as
a part of our
>content in our online software schoolsmanager with
your consent. We
>await for your response at the earliest.
>Thanking You
>Content developer

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Feedback from Mel J. Paris in Pinellas County, Florida

From: (Mel J.)
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2003 11:43:08 -0400 (EDT)

Dear Mr. Shapiro (Phil),

I've been printing some of your stories for telling or reading to kids
in Pre-K to 5th Grade. I'm 72 and have been a volunteer story teller for
9 years in many of the public schools of Pinellas County, FL.. St.
Petersburg primarily. (last place Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball and
Super Bowl football Champs-Buccaneers.)

I admire your stories and, of course, that's why I'm using them. Before
each story I show the kids your picture as a smiling, nice looking man
(former elementary school teacher) and as a handsome, probably very
bright 3rd grader. "This is who wrote this story for his own classes," I

For the Braille story I've printed Louis Braille's picture, the Braille
Alphabet, and
various pictures of items where it's used
such as a Monopoly game, wrist watch, an ATM, etc., a Braille card, and
on/in our school elevator. For other stories I'm also supplementing them
with visual and auditory material as in the Morse Code story.

I'm a retired Speech-Language Pathologist with part time, free lance
work in the performing arts. radio announcing, TV voice-over, and the
teaching of public speaking.

Frankly, your stories have ignited a new, creative, story-telling,
teaching flame in me, which only serves to motivate children to acquire
stronger reading skills. Thank you.


Mel J. Paris

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Feedback from Pat Engel

Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 14:02:22 -0500
From: Pat Engel

Congratulations, Phil Shapiro!
You are a teacher. This is a gift
that should be appreciated by all.

Pat Engel
(former teacher of children and adults)

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Sunday, November 02, 2003

Ben Acott from Australia

From: "Ben Acott"
Subject: Stories
Date: Thu, 4 Jul 2002 15:22:30 +0930

Hi Phil,
I am wondering if i can use one of your story`s on our website?
Barry The Bat.

We are a small credit union based in adelaide South Australia
and are putting together a junior members area for the kids.

I hope it is ok.
We can link directly to your email address and website if you like??

Cheers :)

Ben Acott

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Saturday, November 01, 2003

From Sydney Wilde in Reston, Virginia

>Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 13:50:42 -0400
>From: "Sydney K. Wilde" <>
>Subject: Thank You for your stories.
>X-Priority: 3
>Dear Mr. Shapiro,
>You have a marvelous web site. AND, YOU ARE A
>plan on using some of your Children's Stories during
the "Child in
>Each of Us" time at the beginning of our worship
services at
>the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, VA. I
may use "An
>Ordinary Mother -- Katrina Katrinka and the 60 foot
Crane" tomorrow
>(Mother's Day). If not it will definitely be used
another time.
>All of your stories are delightful.
>I do hope you will consider publishing them. Having
been introduced
>to them on the web, I would gladly pay money to buy a
hard bound
>copy of your delightful tales. Thank You for sharing
>The Rev. Sydney Kay Wilde
>UU Church in Reston

Reader response from Loreto Caspillian, in Japan

>Subject: Your writings
>Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 16:08:44 +0900
>Organization: DAICHU DENSHI Co. Ltd.
>X-Priority: 3
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>?Phil Shapiro
>Dear Sir,
> I found your works on the net and I can't
>myself but to thank you for your works. I had just
>read 4 of your short stories for chidren and I think
>will be reading more of your works. Reading them is
>just like eating a creamy and colorful ice cream that
>each time, a nice tasting nuts or fruit ingredients
>to the eating pleasure. Your works made me smile.
> More power to you Sir. Good Luck!
>Yours Truly
>Loreto Caspillan