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Learn It Town Students Tell Tall Tales in the Library

Students tell Tall Tales in the Library
Students tell Tall Tales in the Library

Learn It Town Students from Thailand, South Korea, United States, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia enjoy American Tall Tales. Today they learned about Bigfoot Wallace, Davy Crockett, Casey Jones, Johnny Appleseed and John Henry. — with Andreas Franz, Roseofsharon Overland, Lowri Mills, Tina Toshi, Maha Ashland and Emerald.

A tall tale is a story about a person who is larger than life — or bigger than someone could really be in real life. These stories involve a lot of exaggeration or hyperbole. This makes a tall tale very funny.

Each student read their tale to the group. Some shared songs to go along with the tale.

Live with Emerald

Live with Emerald
Live with Emerald

Today the students did several talk shows.  This is where one student interviewed two students. The students being interviewed could make up a character or be themselves. In this interview, Emerald (Saudi Arabia) was interviewing Tina Toshi (Netherlands) as herself and Leslie (Slovakia) as an Oompa Loompa from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory.  Emerald had questions given to her by the teacher, but she also added her own. She seemed to be a natural host of a television program.

Tina Toshi is a builder of clothing for avatars. She is a retired Wedding Dress maker. Her clothing designs are wonderful. She said she was inspired by Laura Jeffcoat (CEO Learn It Town) and Coco Chanel.

Leslie as the Oompa Loompa had the audience laughing with his true and shocking performance as the Oompa Loompa. He stated that Willy Wonka kidnapped him and his family when he was a small child. That forced them into slavery to make chocolate. He also said that the only children he had seen in his life, where the 5 children who came to visit the chocolate factory years back. He hopes for freedom from slavery and to develop his own brand of chocolate.

Mardi Gras Meal – Chicken-Andouille Gumbo

chicken-gumbo-lA symbol of Creole cooking, gumbo is a staple in homes and restaurants across Louisiana. Andouille sausage and filé powder make this recipe a classic and, as in any good gumbo, a deep, rich roux thickens the stew.


1 1/2 gallons water
1 (4-pound) chicken, cut up
5 bay leaves
5 parsley sprigs
3 whole garlic cloves
1 pound andouille or smoked sausage, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 large celery rib, chopped
3 tablespoons minced garlic
4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon filé powder
Hot cooked rice


Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a large stockpot; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove chicken, reserving broth. Skin, bone, and coarsely chop chicken; set aside. Pour broth through a wire-mesh strainer into a large bowl, discarding solids. Measure 1 gallon broth, and return to stockpot. Add sausage and next 5 ingredients; simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour.

Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat; gradually whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until flour is a dark caramel color (about 20 minutes). Stir into sausage mixture, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 1 hour. Stir in chicken, salt, and red and black pepper; simmer, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes. Skim off fat.

Stir in green onions and parsley; simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in filé powder. Serve over hot cooked rice with hot sauce, if desired.

from Southern Living

English Class with Nova Kenyon

English Class with Nova Kenyon
English Class with Nova Kenyon

English Class with Nova Kenyon in Learn It Town  — with Toma Spot, Rinat Gilyazetdinov, Nova Kenyon and Tina Toshi.  Photos by Leslie Laci Coy (Slovakia)