Holiday Stories All Year Round: Audience Participation Stories and More

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Share stories about popular holidays, from New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and President's Day, to Indian Heritage Month, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with stories from some of our most renowned and beloved storytellers—Laura Simms, Diane Wolkstein, Ruth Stotter, Joseph Bruchac, Margaret Read MacDonald, and many others. These stories, presented chronologically according to the holidays, come with instructions for how to get your audience involved, plus reading connections, activity ideas and holiday ...

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Overview

Share stories about popular holidays, from New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and President's Day, to Indian Heritage Month, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with stories from some of our most renowned and beloved storytellers—Laura Simms, Diane Wolkstein, Ruth Stotter, Joseph Bruchac, Margaret Read MacDonald, and many others. These stories, presented chronologically according to the holidays, come with instructions for how to get your audience involved, plus reading connections, activity ideas and holiday background information. This collection will help educators, librarians, and storytellers create holiday-based story programs from January to December; and it is a wonderful resource for enhancing learning units, filling in empty moments, and loosening up an audience. Most of all, it gives you some great ways to share important times together.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The 30 stories contained in this volume include contributions from such luminaries as Diane Wolkstein, Peninnah Schram, Laura Simms, and Joseph Bruchac, as well as others who have devoted their lives to bringing story to others through the powerful medium of oral narration. The selections themselves cover a broad range of holidays, including those that might be expected–New Year's Day, the Fourth of July, etc.–as well as lesser-known celebrations, such as the Thai New Year. Ways for the audience to participate in the tellings are included with each tale, with uneven success. A stirring refrain or even a brief brainstorming session may indeed provide the kind of 'mutual ownership' Miller describes in her introduction, but random questions interjected into a story often serve only to interrupt the narrative flow or break a mood that otherwise might have been created. There are a great many selections about peace, a good thing in and of itself, but most of them are so message driven that they don't always stand as stories. There is useful background information at the end of each tale, but suggestions for Internet sites rely heavily on Wikipedia. Activities suggested are unexceptional, often relying on mundane cut and paste. Still, storytellers in need of material specifically related to holidays should find sufficient fodder here to warrant purchase."

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School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586753
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,375,504
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

January

Horace the Horrible Arlean Hale Lambert Lambert, Arlean Hale 3

A Different Kind of New Year's Celebration - Hogmanay Norma McKissick Livo Livo, Norma McKissick 9

The Caterpillar's Blues Linda Goss Goss, Linda Gretchen Shannon Shannon, Gretchen 17

February

The Great Groundhog-Day Get Together Larry Johnson Johnson, Larry Elaine Wynne Wynne, Elaine 31

Oni Wa Soto Cathy Spagnoli Spagnoli, Cathy 35

White Wave Diane Wolkstein Wolkstein, Diane 41

The Little Loyalist Teresa Miller Miller, Teresa 47

March

Saint Patrick and the Musical Leprechaun Gail N. Herman Herman, Gail N. 61

April

The Legend of Songkran, the Thai New Year Margaret Read MacDonald MacDonald, Margaret Read Supaporn Vathanaprida Vathanaprida, Supaporn 71

A Blessing in Disguise Peninnah Schram Schram, Peninnah 77

The Earth Dreamers Regina Ress Ress, Regina 85

Why the Evergreens Keep Their Leaves in the Winter Ruth Stotter Stotter, Ruth 93

May

The Garden Rainbow Linda Marchisio Marchisio, Linda 101

Kelly's Memorial Day Parade V. J. Richey Richey, V. J. 107

The Buddha's Birthday in Thailand Wajuppa Tossa Tossa, Wajuppa 117

June

The Freedom Flag Gay Merrill Gross Gross, Gay Merrill 127

July

Fourth of July Holiday Andrea Bielecki Bielecki, Andrea Teresa Miller Miller, Teresa 135

September

Charity Cathy Spagnoli Spagnoli, Cathy 145

El Grito de Dolores (Cry of the City of Dolores) Norma E. Cantu Cantu, Norma E. 149

The Constitution Jive Linda Marchisio Marchisio, Linda 155

The Boy Who Called the King a Fool Ruthilde Kronberg Kronberg, Ruthilde 163

October

The Magic Paint Box Gerald Fierst Fierst, Gerald 171

The Halloween Pumpkin Stephanie Mita Mita, Stephanie175

November

Gluskonba and the Maple Trees Joseph Bruchac Bruchac, Joseph 187

Eleven Bells Larry Johnson Johnson, Larry 195

Rabbit, Bobcat, and the Wild Turkeys Fran Stallings Stallings, Fran Teresa Miller Miller, Teresa 199

Reisele's Hanukkah Dream Ruthilde Kronberg Kronberg, Ruthilde 205

December

Silent Night, 1914 or "The Peace Message for Christmas" Charles David Kleymeyer Kleymeyer, Charles David 215

How the Squirrel Got Its Stripes Laura Simms Simms, Laura 223

Feasts-a-Plenty Kathy Culmer Culmer, Kathy 227

Partial Glossary 235

Bibliography of Holiday Books 237

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