Five-Minute Tales: More Stories to Read and Tell When Time Is Short

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As a companion to her award-winning story collection Three Minute Tales, Margaret Read MacDonald has compiled another delightful collection of entertaining stories from around the world to read or tell on any occasion.

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As a companion to her award-winning story collection Three Minute Tales, Margaret Read MacDonald has compiled another delightful collection of entertaining stories from around the world to read or tell on any occasion.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Anthologist MacDonald is responding to a need expressed by storytellers and teachers for some very short tales to stretch a story hour and some flexible ones that can be told in one-minute or made to last longer (so-called "Tiny Tales"). For the wriggly youngest listeners, she includes participation tales, some of which are new variants of familiar stories like "In a Dark, Dark House." Others—five-minute types—include animal tales, origin tales, riddles, spooky stories, and tales of trickery. "Lessons to Be Learned" are especially intriguing, coming to us from world sites like Russia, Ukraine, India ("The Queen and the Peasant Wife"), Egypt ("The Household Snake"), and China ("The Papercut Woman"). "Tales of Trickery" will appeal to listeners' sense of mischief as a gypsy tricks the violin-playing devil in "Fiddler's Gold" and Br'er Rabbit outwits gullible Br'er Fox in "That's the Way the World Goes." MacDonald, a storyteller as well as an anthologist, has traveled extensively and collected many of the tales herself. Those readers who are interested in the history of folktales and their many variants will be fascinated by MacDonald's notes on each tale and a list of four folk-literature indexes, which teachers or students can use to locate comparable subject matter and motifs in tales from around the world. A particular strength of this collection is its variety of sources for the stories, especially lesser-known ones from Southeast Asia. There's even one—"Toothache!"—from ancient Sumeria. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal

Quick tales in storytellersa' pockets are like money in the bank. They fill in when programs are delayed, and when class periods are cut short or interrupted so that lengthier stories are no longer suitable. These events occur so often that most seasoned tellers always have a Plan B in their preparations. This collection fits the bill with participation, animal, origin, riddle, romance, strange, trickster, and moral tales from around the world and for all ages. MacDonald provides sources and variations as the stories have traveled throughout different lands and cultures. She uses her own experiences to provide hints for telling to audiences of different ages. Her practical guidance enables newer as well as veteran tellers to proceed confidently with these engaging stories. A useful addition for reading or telling at schools, libraries, community centers, religious schools, and at home.-Judy Sokoll, Florida Storytelling Association, Naples

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874837810
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/25/2007
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.15 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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