Cris Riedel

March 11, 2009

Post #2482 – 20090311

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

This letter is a request for your permission to perform Bear’s Picture this summer. I am a storyteller who has received three grants from the New York State Arts Council Decentalization Program/Genesee Valley Council on the Arts. The grants have funded my creation and performance of programs that coordinate with the reading theme of the summer chosen by Collaborative Summer Library Programs. The Summer 2009 theme is “Get Creative at Your Library!” and my program is called Artsy Tales.

When he was young, my son and I read your marvelous story multitudinous times. The conclusion is one with which I would like to close my program.

The programs attract approximately 300 people during 8 performances. Since this is your authored story, I would perform it faithfully and totally as written.

Thank you very much for your help, and for your wonderful addition to literature both children’s and grown-up (although good lit is good lit, no matter for whom).

Daniel replies:

Yes, taping or otherwise recording your performance of my story, no selling tapes, CDs, or other such recordings of your performance of it, (which would be impossible, because you aren't allowed to make any), no performing the story on radio, television, youtube, shortwave, etc. Credit the title and author, have fun, and thanks for asking.