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Interview with Ashley Evans

Evans, Ashley
Eller, Wendy
Date of Interview: 
relationships with people and places; childhood adventures; stories and storytellers
Ashley Evans talks about her favorite childhood stories and stories she reads to her sisters.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Wendy Eller interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
AE (Ashley Evans): My name is Ashley Evans and I'm 19 years old. I'm from Locust, North Carolina and I've lived there since 1989. And I went to Locust Elementary School and then in high school, I went to West Stanley High School in Oakboro and now I'm at UNC Charlotte and I'm a sophomore. My major is Elementary Education.
WE (Wendy Eller): OK. Um, what stories do you remember reading as a child?
AE: I remember reading fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Hood, and [pause] Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty. I liked to read mysteries once I got into middle school. I liked to read, um, Gertrude Chandler Warner
and the Hardy Boys and that's about it. I just, I don't really remember anything else. I read a lot of different books that I liked to read. In the summertime I read all kinds of books and, um, I would go to the library and just looked at the cover of the book and if it looked like it would be good, then I would read it. WE: OK. What stories were read to you as a child?
AE: Um, my mom would read, um, bedtime stories and sometimes she would read, like they had books that were Bible stories, but it wasn't actually the Bible. It was stories that were broken down for children and she would read us stories like that or the, uh, fairy tales, or the stories that have the moral at the endings of the stories. And, um, she would just tell us stories about her childhood and things that we would ask her questions about.
WE: Well, how about the school? Did your teacher read to you? // ( ) //.
AE: //Our teacher// would read us books about, um, things that would happen to people to try to teach us lessons, and teach us not to do certain things like, um, don't do drugs and we would read a book about somebody who did and people that got in trouble and things like that.
WE: How about your librarian?
AE: Our librarian would have storytellers come and they would read us ghost stories and, um, like folktales and the librarian didn't, I don't really remember her reading stories to us, but she'd have other people come and read. And then when we would go to the library we would read and in our classrooms we would have a certain amount of time set aside everyday that everybody would have to read a book or a magazine or a comic book or something and then after you read so many books, you got a certain amount of points and you would get prizes like free pizza from Pizza Hut, or some kind of trophy at the end of the school year and things like that.
WE: OK. What stories were told in the family?
AE: My grandparents would tell us stories about walking to school in the snow. And my dad would tell us stories about whenever he was little and about his parents and how that they did things back then and my great grandparents would tell us stories about how that they would make their own clothes and they wouldn't be able to go to school as much as we would because they would have to help their family on a farm and things like that.
WE: What stories do you tell yourself?
AE: Um, I tell my little sisters stories when I go home. I have one sister that's seven and one sister that's nine, and whenever they have stories to read for school or they want me to read a book to them, I read a lot of stories to them. Um, they really like that book Where the Wild Things Are and, um, I read books to them a lot. I really like to, um, put myself, whenever I read books I like to think if I were in the story, how it would be because it makes me to understand the story better.
WE: OK. That's it.