Percibald Garcia isn’t an actor or voiceover artist. He’s not a teacher or childcare worker. But since May, the 27-year-old architect has been a popular storyteller among some kids in quarantine.
During the pandemic, weeks of confinement—no friends, no group activities—have been dull and dreary, especially for children.
“Almost nobody was looking after the way that kids were experiencing this lockdown,” Garcia says.
For months now, Garcia has taken his “wandering microphone” into the green spaces between buildings in an enormous Mexico City apartment complex. There he broadcasts stories while children listen.
During His time on Earth, Jesus told stories. He often spoke in parables because He knows that stories can reveal truth, overcome barriers, gather people together—and even change them.
Garcia reads stories like El Tlacuache Lunatico (The Crazy Opossum) by David Martín del Campo. He often plays songs by Mexican children’s composer Francisco Gabilondo Soler. Children pop up at the windows of the multistory buildings for the show. A few venture out with parents to sit on the grass or a bench.
“The public plaza has been extremely important in Mexico since the time of our ancestors,” Garcia notes. “It is where people meet, talk, where the life of a neighborhood develops.” The pandemic hit this aspect of life hard, because people have been encouraged not to go out or gather. He calls his reading project “De la Casa a la Plaza” (“From the house to the plaza”).
Garcia believes his readings help to reclaim those shared spaces—and stem the movement to a digital world. “In the last three months, everything has gone online—work, contacts, shopping,” he says. “This is an act of resistance in the face of this ferocious digitalization.”
Rogelio Morales listens from his grandmother’s window. Since March, the nine-year-old has spent much of his time playing video games. “The only thing I go out for is to walk my dog,” he says. “It’s a little boring.”
But of the storytelling, Rogelio says, “It’s nice. We can relax a little.”
Luna Gonzalez came outside with her mother. They listened to Garcia from a safe distance, both wearing face masks. “I imagine what the animals are like,” says Luna. “I get bored at home.”
Rogelio’s grandmother, Maria Elena Sevilla, also sits at the window. “It is not just children he is entertaining,” she says. “It is people of my age too.”
These days, most of his neighbors have cellphones, tablets, or computers. But Garcia wants them to hear the human voice—and thrill in the world of shared tales.
This is Mylee
@Bella hey we commented to you on levis wearing well XD I thought y'all left LOL.
I haven't been on there for a while either.
Oh, I went back and noticed that I left a comment on the Levi's article four days ago :).
Wow, has no one commented
Wow, has no one commented once today?
Or, maybe I'm just in a different time zone than the majority of people on here....
What is everyone's favorite Narnia book? (I assume most everyone has read them)
Tough, but if I had to pick one it is probably the Silver Chair. I absolutely adore Puddleglum!
What’s your favorite Narnia?
@ Hannah W
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Last Battle without a doubt. My second favorite would be The Horse and His Boy.
I think my favorite is The
I think my favorite is The Horse and His Boy.
But seriously, all of the are SO good!
My favourite is the Horse and His Boy! :)
I haven't read Narnia xDD (
I haven't read Narnia xDD ( and never will) (no offence) but I hear a lot of people think its good. :)
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i havent read that many narnias. Only a few . My sisters loove narnia. My favorite part is how the stories are annalogies with the bible.
I love The Voyage of the Dawn Treader because it has Eustace and I love him :).
@Amelia, Puddleglum is hilarious!! He reminds me of myself. I feel like there wasn't as much action in the Silver Chair, the what did happen was pretty obvious. (The whole plot with the cannibals.)
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was a good one too.
Why do you have to ask such a HARD question!?!?!?!? I really like all the Narnia books, but ranking at the top are maybe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Prince Caspian, and the Silver Chair (which I am reading right now) Yes Puddleglum is so funny! He is so pessimistic, but then he says that he is one of the most lighthearted Marsh-wiggles in Narnia! XD But they are all really good. the Silver Chair is definitely the darkest of them all. The Magician's Nephew and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe are probably the two with the most analogies to the Bible in them.
@NA: I understand why you don't read them. :)
I love the Lion the Witch and
I love the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe! I received a full set of the Narnia books from my great aunt a few years ago that she had when she was my age! One of the books was in the basement though and got ruined by water damage. I felt guilty about that for a while
R.IP The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
The 2nd book (Prince Caspian) is in my room somewhere probably with my other books i'm not sure.
Im just going to order the ones i'm missing off of amazon
they were printed in 1952
they were printed in 1952
Only The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was printed in 1952
For your question last page, my favorite book is probably Pride and Prejudice, I read it for the first time this summer and fell in love with it and I’ve read it again since then. I like all of Jane Austen’s novels and Janette Oke’s books.
Does anyone else read Jane Austen or Janette Oke books?
The Last Battle
The Last Battle was a good one too. (Riley, since you're on the Silver Chair I won't spoil too much :)). But I love the ending!! So perfect.