am 15 years old and live in New jersey. I absolutely adored your tape
Watermelon when i was little. I mean very little, as in 4 to 5. I even
remembered that the title of your tape was watermelon when my mom did
not. I never owned your cassette though, i only rented it about 20 times
from the library. Recently i found myself singing the song "Ma, Ma will
you buy me a banana..." i think that thats how it goes. It was such a
silly song and i loved it so much that nearly a decade later i just started
randomly singing it. And i remember the song "If you plant a watermelon
up above my grave..." and then you made a funny slurp noise. I think about
how the soap slid out of his hands sometimes when i use bar soap in the
shower. The story about the girl and the cockel shell and how she got
lost in a castle and fought a dragon, that always scared me. Whenever
i go to the beach and play by the waves i think of how you said "Can't
catch me can't catch me, ooo you got me." i dont know how i remember this
i swear i havent heard that tape since i was 4 or 5. That tape was so
wonderful and magical in my childhood. i am buying a copy of the watermelon
cd. I am just jumping inside in anticipation of hearing those silly tunes
and i know that i will listen to it as i fall asleep as it did when i
was so little. You have no idea how greatful i am of you for making that
tape and making my little 4 year old brain so much happier and smarter!
"Lehrman's easy manner has the kind of cheer and
mischief to make audiences feel things come alive as she spins and sings
and wraps them up in her tales... Her voice has the lift and spice that
always suggest surprise. "
"Her ability to change characters, combined with smooth
pantomime, give remarkable depth to the detailed
and delightful stories she weaves."
"Betty Lehrman recently showed an audience of more than
200 teachers and school children at the National Library's auditorium
that storytelling can be compelling and entertaining for young and old
audiences alike.... An enthralling, powerful voice."
"She has brought smiles to scores of children at schools
and libraries, but Lehrman is as effective spinning her yarns for all
tells her stories with infectious joy."
"The series of short stories and songs you told and sang
for the first, second and third graders were perfectly charming. You captured
their imaginations and kept them thoroughly engaged....The fourth and
fifth grade students seemed to be spellbound [during "The Blue
Shawl."] Your 70-minute telling of the story was flawless and beautifully
acted. The guitar and mandolin accompaniment by Larry Unger was a beautiful
and atmospheric addition. The whole program was truly remarkable."
"The day was a huge success! Ms. Lehrman... transported
us back to the time when Laura Ingalls Wilder herself might have been
one of the guest authors we had invited... you could have heard a pin
drop when "Laura" described the day the grasshoppers came. Ms.
Lehrman would receive our highest recommendation to any other school or
group interested in having her visit."
"Our students were enthralled."
"The students really enjoyed it and when I came
back to the classroom, there were "Little House" books on many
"People here in Chiang Mai are still talking about the
wonderful performance you gave at our library.... You were a hit in Thailand."
"Betty Lehrman recently told the stories of Laura Ingalls
Wilder at our library. Her performance was outstanding. The audience was
spellbound as she shared some of her discoveries about Wilder's life...the
real magic began when Ms. Lehrman actually became Laura Ingalls Wilder
in front of our eyes. For those who had read and loved the books, it was
as if an old friend had entered the room. And those who had not yet connected
with them were eager to begin reading."
"I want to thank you for the
wonderful Laura Ingalls Wilder impersonation. It was amazing to see the
two groups silent and enthralled for 45 minutes as you told your tales...
The tales were so real, it seemed we could hear the girls screaming about
leeches and hear the grasshoppers munching. I would be happy to recommend
your program to anyone who asks."
"Wonderful! Your work with
parents, teachers, and even pre-schoolers - I just love everything you
do! We want you back every year."
"Stories are at the center of Jewish life. As we
listen, we learn how to live and what values and traditions to cherish...
in short, what it means to be a Jew. The newest B'nai B'rith Women's national
program celebrates the storytelling revival, featuring a dazzling anthology
of Jewish folk tales, Talmudic tales and tales from eastern Europe, recorded
by four of the most gifted storytellers in the United States: Penninah
Schram, Syd Lieberman, Roslyn Bresnick-Perry and Betty Lehrman."
"I loved the role you played! Before you came I
didn't really like the Little House on the Prairie books but once you
told me more about Laura I really wanted to read them. Right now I'm reading
one of her books. Thank you very very much for coming. I learned so much!"
"I liked the stories. Next time
I want to wear the dress."
the way you made your voice change and used your face. I want to be a
writer and a storyteller when I grow up."
"Hey, Storyteller! Will you come
back next week and tell us more?"
"Thanks so much - your program was
wonderful. We hope to have you back soon."
"Thank you for two wonderful days of stories
and two very enjoyable afternoons for children and adults. Your talent
is quite apparent and your joy of interaction with people is contagious."