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How and Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell
     

How and Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell

by Martha Hamilton
 

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Did you ever look carefully at a spider's web? If their purpose is simply to catch flies, why do spiders weave such beautiful, intricate webs? Did you ever wonder what causes thunder? Why is the sea salty? How did tigers get their stripes? In this collection of delightful tales from around the world and through the ages, each story explains why an animal, plant, or

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Did you ever look carefully at a spider's web? If their purpose is simply to catch flies, why do spiders weave such beautiful, intricate webs? Did you ever wonder what causes thunder? Why is the sea salty? How did tigers get their stripes? In this collection of delightful tales from around the world and through the ages, each story explains why an animal, plant, or natural object looks or acts the way it does. Following each story are tips for telling—especially written for children, but suitable for any age—that include suggestions for timing, intonation, gestures, and body language. There are also short modern, scientific explanations for each story subject and a map showing in what area of the world each story originated. Designed for use in primary and middle grades, this book is perfect for children to read on their own as well as those who want to learn to tell stories. It's also a wonderful resource for adults who tell stories to children, and for teachers to use in conjunction with science, language arts, or social studies curricula.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Did you ever wonder why dogs chase cats or why hens scratch in the dirt? Have you wondered why spiders like dark corners? You'll find some very imaginative answers in this collection of twenty-five tales. With their vast experience in both performance and workshops, the "Beauty and the Beast Storytellers" really know how to present their subject matter. They begin with a map of the world that places each story in its country of origin. The one to two-page stories have been simplified for children (or any beginning storyteller) to successfully master. The story notes provide background in the form of scientific or cultural information. Story sources and tips on learning and telling a story, as well as specific tips for telling each tale are also included. And if you have a wonderful original pourqoui tale, the authors would like you to share it with them, either by e-mail or regular mail (addresses included).
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-In this collection of oral tales, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss direct several young people in the presentation of stories from their book, How & Why Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell (August House, 1999). The 18 imaginative stories include a short musical introduction, and address such questions as "How Tigers Got Their Stripes" and "Why Babies Say `Goo.' " Amusingly clever, these multicultural tales offer simple explanations for nature's phenomena. The recording makes an excellent companion to the book, which includes not only the stories themselves, but storytelling techniques, scientific explanations behind the cultural folk tales, and a world map of where each story originated. This title will provide a solid addition to any audio collection, but will be particularly useful to children and adults interested in developing storytelling skills, as well as a complement to social studies and language arts curricula. Librarians will also find this recording useful as a programming resource.-Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874835618
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
World Storytelling Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,317,992
Product dimensions:
7.13(w) x 10.11(h) x 0.24(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss Bio: Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are a husband-and-wife writing and storytelling team known as "Beauty and the Beast Storytellers." They have traveled the world sharing their passion for the oral tradition and the art of telling great stories. They have co-authored thirteen books and two audio recordings with August House. A number of their books have won numerous awards including Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (awarded by Bank Street College of Education), Parents' Choice, National Parenting Publications Awards, and Storytelling World. Mitch and Martha's story collections include world tales that they tell in a conversational manner so that children can easily comprehend and then share the stories by telling them to other students. Parents and teachers can find a wealth of information on how to get children excited about reading, telling world tales, and making up their own stories at Mitch and Martha's website.

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