Noodlehead Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell

Noodlehead Stories: World Tales Kids Can Read and Tell

by Martha Hamilton, Mitch Weiss, Ariane Elsammak

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This collection of humorous folktales from around the world share one common feature: the character of a fool.


This collection of humorous folktales from around the world share one common feature: the character of a fool.

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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.
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.
Anchorage School District Book Review - Rense L.
Great fun to tie to research, different cultures; geography, silly stories.

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August House Publishers, Inc.
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7.11(w) x 10.09(h) x 0.23(d)
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Martha Hamilton and 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 prestigious awards including the Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (awarded by Bank Street College of Education), Parents' Choice Award, National Parenting Publications Awards, and Storytelling World Award. 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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