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Children's LiteratureAnyone who works with children will be amazed at the power of storytelling to move listeners and tellers alike. This book exemplifies that power. Adults can easily get children started with the helpful instructions, narratives, examples, quick exercises or hint boxes, and story bibliographies provided. The bibliographies feature a hefty chunk of folktales—the natural structural beginning point—plus easily told picture books. Family stories are encouraged as well. A supplemental DVD shows winsome real children telling stories in a variety of settings: a third grade workshop, a family storytelling night, and at school. Practicing classroom, ESL, and literacy teachers explain why this skill is so important to children's reading, writing, speaking, and thinking. The authors provide guidelines for set-up, helping children use expression and gestures, and being a supportive coach. Venues for celebrating stories, assessment and self-evaluation tips, and stories to print out and jump-start storytellers are also included. It is a great package for parents, teachers, club leaders, and drama coaches to help children discover and rejoice in their, perhaps newfound, abilities to spin stories in ways that will enchant listeners. Appendices include: suggested anthologies keyed to easy, medium, and hard; storytelling resources, websites, and recordings; references; and an index. 2005, Richard C. Owen, Ages Adult.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.