Project Description

Wild West Saddle Up N Read

A Wild Reading Adventure!

CowboyStevePack your bags, saddle up and get ready for an amazing adventure you’ll never forget.  Come ride with Cowboy Steve and his friends as they take your students on a new reading and tumbleweed adventure.  During the program students will discover a passport to reading, visiting places like China, Egypt, Italy, India and even the wild west of Dodge City, Kansas.  Like all of his programs, this show includes costuming, puppets, magic, music, audience participation and a strong message about using library resources!

This time, Cowboy Steve and the students at your school will discover some of the secrets to a great story.  In particular, they may learn about descriptive language, character development, plot twists and other writing tools. 

To help students understand the elements of a good story, we will be looking at lots of books including award winners, books that have been made into movies, classic children’s books and folk tales from across this great land of ours. Filled with book talks, storytelling, and a neat moral at the end of the show, this program drives home the importance of reading good writing.

“Steve Somers is a professional.  His programs are educational and entertaining.  He can handle any crowd and all ages.  His programs are fresh and imaginative, never a repetition of others.  He keeps audiences involved from start to finish! Our very favorite performer of all!”
Cindy Henderson, Ahoskie Public Library - Ahoskie, NC
“Steve Somers is an extremely qualified entertainer who knows how to get across important messages to children in ways they enjoy and remember. His extensive background in education makes him an ideal performer for school programs, and I highly recommend him.”
Samuel Patrick Smith, Editor, The Funny Paper (magazine)- Tavares, FL
“Steve provides a quality, SOL linked program that stresses the importance of books and reading. Steve is an incredible magician! The students and the teachers were amazed. I have never had everyone thank me for booking a program as they did with this one. Everyone asked when he was coming back!”
Julie Tanner, Stump Elementary, Stuarts Draft, VA

Throughout the 45-50 minute presentation Steve uses the “Storie-O-meter 5000” to find books and stories that set the stage for learning and fun.  Special guest, Petie, the Opossum (a puppet) interrupts the show while engaging students with concepts like:  omnivore, marsupial,  nocturnal and much more.  Kazzam, an East Indian Spitting Viper Cobra (not really) makes a surprise appearance while helping one unsuspecting audience member perform an amazing trick.

Based on the strategic learning objectives for reading and writing, students will discover the power of a great story, and the intrigue and culture of far away places. In particular, the students will interact with Steve and be challenged to:

  • Value the similarities and differences in various cultures
  • Recognize cultural expression through storytelling
  • Integrate reading and writing skills with daily life
  • Use their imagination as a tool of adventure
  • Read for fun and enjoyment
  • Create their own amazing stories

Incorporates Great Books

The Saddle Up ‘N’ Read show includes a fascinating collection of stories from all around the world.  Tales of brave heroes and heroines are retold alongside magical stories of talking animals and enchanted lands.  The show describes elements of great stories including both fiction and non-fiction examples!

In the News

Often local newspapers report about Amazing Teacher events.  Check out this recent article from the Camp LeJeune Globe.  Steve was honored with another opportunity to share his magic with the military families.  Page 1 and Page 2 – June 27, 2013. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

The Blue Bandanna

Watch and listen to The Blue Bandanna, an original melodrama from the Old West.  Mean villain, Bad Bart, steals a necklace from the beautiful Gracie Pearl.  He ties her to the railroad tracks and disappears.  But wait, could it be?  Yes . . .it is none other than Texas Ranger:  Justin Tyme.  Will he save the day?

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Elementary School Testimonials!

Are you still wondering if you should schedule an Amazing Teacher program? Here are some additional clues to the quality programs we offer . . .but don’t just take our word for it . . .look what educators are saying about our shows!