Noodlehead Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell

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Call it what you will nincompoop, knucklehead, ninnyhammer, numskull, noodlehead stories of the fool have been around as long as people have been telling stories. Everyone has had a noodlehead day, a day when the brain takes a leave of absence and nothing but noodles seems to fill in the head space above the sinuses.

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Overview

Call it what you will nincompoop, knucklehead, ninnyhammer, numskull, noodlehead stories of the fool have been around as long as people have been telling stories. Everyone has had a noodlehead day, a day when the brain takes a leave of absence and nothing but noodles seems to fill in the head space above the sinuses.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
From farflung places around the world comes a collection of 23 stories about people who don't always think about what they are doing. The authors thoughtfully avoid words like "stupid" or "dumb" when describing main characters, letting us laugh withrather than atthe silliness. The stories are designed to be easy to remember and easy for kids to retell. For eXample, one noodlehead farm boy begs his mother to let him sell butter in town. Mistaking a rock for a potential purchaser, he slathers the butter on top of its surface. When the rock refuses to pay, he kicks it over. In a hole underneath, the boy finds a pot of gold. He brings it home to his mother, and they live in comfort for the rest of their lives. "Tips for telling" follow each tale and offer kids hints about body language, intonation, and other storytelling tricks. A source list at the end of the book traces the history of each type of story. 2000, August House, $21.95 and $12.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Julie Steinberg <%ISBN%> 0874835844
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-Some of the stories included here are well known, such as "The Wise Fools of Gotham" (England) and "Seven Foolish Fishermen" (France), while others, like "When Giuf Guarded the Goldsmith's Door" (Italy), will probably be new to most youngsters. In the introduction, the authors explain the popularity of noodlehead tales around the world, and the fact that the same story is often found in more than one tradition. Tellers are also warned to be careful about using derogatory terms such as "dumb" or "stupid" to describe the fool, numbskull, or knucklehead. The selections are very short (none are more than two pages long, some are less than one), which makes them easy for the youngest, most inexperienced storytellers to perform. The fact that they are funny is a bonus: most kids love reading, telling, and listening to amusing stories. A short note about the tale as well as tips for telling it follow each piece. The authors also include ideas on how to choose a story and learn it, along with some basic guidelines for presenting it. There are also ideas for follow-up activities and source notes. Humorous black-and-white sketches appear throughout. A good storytelling tool for children.-Marlyn K. Roberts, Torrance Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Noodlehead Stories gathers world tales kids can read and tell in a collection which focuses on characters who play the fool. Chapters tell of all types of knuckleheads and provide storytelling tips which can supplement a read-aloud experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874835854
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 6 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.11 (w) x 10.09 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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