Drawing Stories From Around The World And A Sampling Of European Handkerchief Stories

Drawing Stories From Around The World And A Sampling Of European Handkerchief Stories

by Anne Pellowski
     
 

Drawing a picture while telling a story is a tradition that can be found in cultures around the world—perhaps dating back to early cave paintings. No one knows when or where this unique form of storytelling originated, but for generations, drawing stories have delighted and informed listeners—and they continue to fascinate audiences today. Renowned

Overview

Drawing a picture while telling a story is a tradition that can be found in cultures around the world—perhaps dating back to early cave paintings. No one knows when or where this unique form of storytelling originated, but for generations, drawing stories have delighted and informed listeners—and they continue to fascinate audiences today. Renowned storyteller Anne Pellowski has traveled the world, collecting drawing stories from such diverse countries as Indonesia, Korea, Romania, Germany, Sweden, and Japan. Here she presents more than 30 ready-to-tell tales, along with step-by-step directions for the ingenious illustrations that accompany them, and tips for engaging your audience in further learning. An added feature is the inclusion of 5 delightful handkerchief (hanky panky) stories, which originated in Europe in the 19th century. A valuable treasury for educators, storytellers, and folklorists.

Drawing a picture while telling a story is a tradition that can be found in cultures around the world—perhaps dating back to early cave paintings. No one knows when and where this unique form of storytelling originated, but for generations, drawing stories have delighted and informed listeners—and they continue to fascinate audiences today. Renowned storyteller Anne Pellowski has traveled the world, collecting drawing stories from such diverse countries as Indonesia, Korea, Romania, Germany, Sweden and Japan. Here she presents more than 30 ready-to-tell tales, along with step-by-step directions for the ingenious illustrations that accompany them, and tips for engaging your audience in further learning. You'll find well-known tales, such as The Black Cat, which was made famous by Lewis Carroll, as well as many drawing stories that have never before appeared in print, including a number of Japanese ekaki-uta and Australian Aboriginal sand stories. An added feature is the inclusion of 5 delightful handkerchief (hanky panky) stories, which originated in Europe in the 19th century. Historical background of the tales, notes on sources, and a bibliography complete the work. Guaranteed to enchant listeners young and old, these simple tales especially appeal to today's visual learners, and can easily be incorporated into curriculum studies and into the storyteller's repertoire. A valuable treasury for educators, storytellers, and folklorists.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The easy-to-follow drawings will enrich the repertoires of many librarians, teachers, and storytellers. The selections from the storyknifing tradition of native peoples of Alaska or the Chinese stories that correspond to the characters of their written language offer a great way to enhance the study of another culture. Pellowski offers suggestions for telling and notes when a version appears in a children's book. Some tales will also be fun for children to learn to draw themselves, especially the ekaki uta chants of Japanese children and those that feature numbers in the drawing. The European handkerchief, or hanky panky, stories are delightful, though they take more practice and dexterity to present. This is a wonderful resource that clearly took many years of research and dedication to create." - School Library Journal

"A great addition to any professional collection just for the multiculturalism alone, this book is a gem because of the bonus handkerchief stories. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

"Although many tales here are intended for children, any audience would be taken with the storyteller who choses to execute a story in this unique way. Those with an interest in folklore will find it equally appealing. It is worth having on the shelf for the opportunities it offers to learn not only about storytelling around the world, but also about a particular untapped history of storytelling." - VOYA

VOYA
Drawing Stories takes a worldwide perspective of a tradition for storytellers dating back to the cave painters to detail and explain the world. Pellowski collects more than thirty of these "drawing stories," and with the text on one side of the book and the directions for drawing the stories as they unfold on the other side, she shows readers how to be storytellers who use drawings to enhance the telling. Some of these stories are appearing for the first time in print, including Japanese ekaki-uta and Aboriginal sand stories. Others are familiar tales such as Lewis Carroll's The Black Cat. Also included are examples of handkerchief stories, a genre new to this reviewer. Rather than drawing a story as it is told, these require the storyteller to fold a handkerchief in a certain way, that in the end, provides a visual of the tale, an art form that is not only clever but historically interesting as well. Although many tales here are intended for children, any audience would be taken with the storyteller who chooses to execute a story in this unique way. Those with an interest in folklore will find it appealing. It is worth having on the shelf for the opportunities it offers to learn not only about storytelling around the world, but also about a particular, untapped history of storytelling. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Libraries Unlimited, 259p.; Index. Illus. Biblio. Source Notes., $28 pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Elaine J. O'Quinn
School Library Journal
A collection of stories from every continent. A few tales will be familiar, such as "The Black Cat," but many are published here for the first time. Pellowski notes when there are different versions of stories, describing what she has changed, adapted, or included. Additionally, she tries to convey the original feel of the language, such as making a pun in English when it parallels that in another language. The easy-to-follow drawings will enrich the repertoires of many librarians, teachers, and storytellers. The selections from the storyknifing tradition of native peoples of Alaska or the Chinese stories that correspond to the characters of their written language offer a great way to enhance the study of another culture. Pellowski offers suggestions for telling and notes when a version appears in a children's book. Some tales will also be fun for children to learn to draw themselves, especially the ekaki uta chants of Japanese children and those that feature numbers in the drawing. The European handkerchief, or "hanky panky," stories are delightful, though they take more practice and dexterity to present. This is a wonderful resource that clearly took many years of research and dedication to create.-Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591582229
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/30/2005
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,169,709
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Anne Pellowski a former librarian from New York Public Library, and a renowned storyteller and author, has published such titles as The Story Vine, World of Children's Stories, Family Storytelling Handbook, and others. She performs and conducts storytelling workshops around the world. Drawing stories are among those most requested by librarians and teachers. She received the 2005 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award—Lifetime Achievement Award.

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