Bringing the Story Home: The Complete Guide to Storytelling for Parents

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Bring the magic of storytelling into your child's life using the everyday world around you.
Lavishly endowed with over 100 original, hands-on activities for children aged three to ten, this book teaches parents to incorporate storytelling into household activities and to address real-life situations. In addition to folklore from our own and other cultures, it features a rich sampling of tales actually invented by children and their parents—stories that will inspire readers to ...

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Overview

Bring the magic of storytelling into your child's life using the everyday world around you.
Lavishly endowed with over 100 original, hands-on activities for children aged three to ten, this book teaches parents to incorporate storytelling into household activities and to address real-life situations. In addition to folklore from our own and other cultures, it features a rich sampling of tales actually invented by children and their parents—stories that will inspire readers to invent their own. "[I]t's refreshing to see how a parent can kindle a child's imagination through the magic of the oral tradition."—Stage Directions "After reading this unpretentious, delightful romp of a book, no parent will be able to walk into a room and not imagine potential stories in every corner."—Steve Zeitlin, Director, City Lore

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Editorial Reviews

Stage Directions
[I]t's refreshing to see how a parent can kindle a child's imagination through the magic of the oral tradition.
Steve Zeitlin
After reading this unpretentious, delightful romp of a book, no parent will be able to walk into a room and not imagine potential stories in every corner.
Library Journal
The oral tradition is an endangered one. Given the distractions of television, computers, and computer games, children are especially prone to self-containment. Offering over 100 activities, New York City-based storyteller Lipkin teaches parents how to incorporate stories into their three- to ten-year-olds' lives, thereby teaching family history, moral lessons, and a heightened sense of identity and belonging. Each of the eight chapters includes examples of stories and methods parents can use. Lipkin shows how to integrate storytelling into everyday activities, share family history, read a story, and create a story. Readers are also instructed in taking the scare out of ghost stories, retelling Bible stories, and recounting stories about childhood issues (e.g., a new sibling, fear of the dark) and those that reinforce positive behavior. This work's easy-to-do activities will lead parents to find yarns in ordinary events and spur their children's imaginations. Recommended for public libraries.--Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393322606
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Lipkin is a storyteller who has toured nationally and internationally. Her stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Acknowledgments 15
Introduction 17
1. Making a Mountain out of a Molehill: Integrating Storytelling into Everyday Activities 27
Mealtime 29
Household Chores 32
Instead of TV 34
Bedtime 35
Travel 36
More Fun Magic Caps 37
Homework 38
Story: And Sometimes Y 40
Story: The Magic Map 46
2. "When I Was a Kid, I Walked Twelve Miles to School in the Snow": How to Collect and Share Your Family's Folklore 51
The World of Childhood 55
What's in a Name? 60
The Stuff of Our Lives 62
The Healing Place: Hospital Stories 64
Red as a Beet: Embarrassing Stories 65
There's a Fly in Your Soup: Practical Joke Stories 66
Naughty Naughty: Discipline Stories 67
Photographs 68
Family Expressions 70
Family Customs 71
Family Characters 72
Story: Aunt Sally and Uncle Fifth 73
Becoming a Folklorist 77
Adoption 82
Bibliography of Adoption Literature 83
3. Gulps, Guffaws, and Giggles: How to Read Stories to Children 84
Preparing to Read Aloud 86
Making Written Stories Even More Fun 90
Making the Most out of Illustrations 101
Putting It All Together 105
Story: A Boy Named Ray 105
Fairy Tales 107
Story: Cinderelma 112
Story: The Indian Cinderella 119
Bibliography of Favorite Read-Aloud Stories 121
4. Wizards, Lizards, and Blizzards: Creating Imaginary Stories 125
Recognizing Your Hidden Jewels 127
Once upon a Time ... 130
Creating a Story 131
Stories That Soothe 136
Creation Stories 140
How to Prompt a Story 142
Story: A Story for Heather 144
5. Gobble Your Goblins: Taking the Scare out of Ghost Stories 147
How to Have Fun with Scary Stories 151
Spooky Activities without the Fright 152
Creating Friendly Ghost Stories 154
Story: Long, Long Fingers and Ruby, Ruby Lips 157
6. Who Towed Noah's Ark? Bringing Bible Stories to Life 159
Background 162
Selecting Your Story 162
Preparing Your Story 164
Modern Midrash 168
Story: A New Yorker's Guide to Eden 168
Story: The Parable of the Serpent 174
Discovering God 177
Story: Leonardo Lobster 179
7. When Life Makes Us Blue: Stories That Address Childhood Issues 181
Feeling Left Out: The Growing Up of Littleberry Johnson 183
Sibling Rivalry: Dumb Baby! 187
Thumb-sucking: Slurp! Slurp! Slurp! 191
Controlling Your Anger: The Dragon 193
Fear of the Dark: The Boy and the Dark 195
Death of a Loved One: The Cow-tail Switch 198
8. Proud as a Peacock: Stories That Reinforce Positive Behavior 203
Helping One Another: Heaven and Hell 204
Sharing: The Two Friends: A Folktale 205
Trusting Your Own Judgment: A Bedouin Tale 208
Asking for Help: The Mountain and the Cliff 209
Acceptance: The Rooster Who Would Be King 212
Additional Resources 217
Credits 220
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