Master storyteller and recording artist Jim Weiss brings the works of the prolific G. A. Henty to life as he demonstrates how to best utilize the remarkable canon of Henty’s historical classics in teaching history and language arts. Having recorded several of the Henty novels, Jim will share storytelling and critical thinking techniques that parents can immediately employ in making the Henty books a beloved family experience. In addition to Henty, Jim will reference several other authors and historical/literary pieces.
Jim Weiss has been a storyteller for over 30 years and is the recipient of 100+ national awards. Jim’s company, Greathall Productions, is now over 24 years old. Greathall Productions has thus far produced 46+ storytelling recordings with enticing titles from classical literature and history: GA Henty titles; unabridged readings including Howard Pyle’s Men of Iron; Story of the World, and more. Jim travels extensively internationally and throughout the US presenting at homeschool conferences, schools, stores, libraries, community events, and national organizations.
Jim says, “The storytelling recordings work precisely because we value the original sources and have tried to convey our love of the stories to a new generation of listeners and readers. Storytelling today rejuvenates one of the first and most personal forms of entertainment. Telling stories is pure joy.” Jim was born, raised and educated in Highland Park, Illinois and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He resides in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, Randy; they have one recently married daughter.