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Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book

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Pete Seeger brings more than fifty years of performing folksongs to the art of storytelling in this unique collection of tales, ideas, and music. He and Paul Jacobs have put together fresh versions of familiar tales; stories based on songs, family histories, and America's past; as well as entirely new tales created just for this book. Each section describes the origins of the stories and there are suggestions for retelling and personalizing the tales to turn them into family favorites for bedtime or family time. ...

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Overview

Pete Seeger brings more than fifty years of performing folksongs to the art of storytelling in this unique collection of tales, ideas, and music. He and Paul Jacobs have put together fresh versions of familiar tales; stories based on songs, family histories, and America's past; as well as entirely new tales created just for this book. Each section describes the origins of the stories and there are suggestions for retelling and personalizing the tales to turn them into family favorites for bedtime or family time. And in keeping with the theme that a story never really ends-in fact gets better and better each time it is told-the book concludes with some beginnings, story openers to get you going on the path to creating your own storytelling tradition. Pete Seeger, a Grammy Award winner as well as the recipient of the N.E.A. National Medal of Arts and Kennedy Center Honors, has spent sixty years singing in peace rallies and civil rights marches, at schools and camps, and for unions. His internationally recognized songs include, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Turn, Turn, Turn." He lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife of over fifty years, Toshi Seeger.

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For half a century now, Grammy Award-winning Pete Seeger has been hammering out freedom and folksongs all over this land. In this festive book, story-weaver Seeger shares his favorite original stories and instructs us how to gather our own. Seeger's tales range from sequences from the lives of Rosa parks and George Washington to a riveting reprise of Jonah and the Whale. Generations of fun.
From The Critics
Wonderful fun for everyone.
New York Times Book Review
Wonderful fun for everyone.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Claiming that America is becoming "a nation of spectators" blind to their own folklore, Seeger presents this earnest collection to catalyze our collective imagination and resuscitate the country's oral tradition. The 80-year-old singer/songwriter/activist smartly anticipates that his audience (modern, pressed-for-time parents) will be daunted, so he offers helpful, if commonsensical, advice: start with something familiar (folktales, the Bible, Shakespeare), do not worry about structure or length and be spontaneous. "What's important is to create an atmosphere of sharing," he rightly observes in the introduction. "Kids are more interested in you than the plot." With the help of freelance writer and poet DuBois Jacobs, Seeger recounts more than 25 of his favorite tales in their entirety--some from American history ("The Emancipation Proclamation"), others from late-19th- and early-20th-century rounds and lullabies ("Dick Whittington and His Cat"), as well as selections from Seeger's and his father's oeuvres ("The Intelligent Lightbulbs"). All of them resonate with the balladeer's worldly voice and, of course, have a moral--usually about the power of music or the importance of hard work--that children will be able to grasp and apply to real life. In the case of stories based on traditional songs (e.g., "Sam, the Whaler" goes along with the 19th-century whaling song, "The Hudson Whalers"), Seeger has also reproduced a few bars of music. A nice touch is chapter six, the closing section, which consists solely of story beginnings that Seeger urges readers to build on. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
School Library Journal
Seeger's musical concerts may be better known than his storytelling, but, in truth, his musical lyrics tell stories: of family, of history, of injustice, of social movements, and/or are just plain fun. Librarians, parents, grandparents, and school and Sunday-school teachers will find encouragement here to try their wings and allow their creative imaginations to develop into shaping songs and stories. Seeger often infuses his original stories and retellings of known tales with messages for making the world a better place. He likes to stretch many of his stories toward the outlandish or illogical, yet they hold the central core of truth and get the point across. Margaret Read MacDonald's The Storyteller's Start-Up Book (August House, 1993) is a more serious, straightforward, and indispensable guide for beginning tellers. The book gives a jump start to the imagination and makes a nice addition to the collection.-Judy Sokoll, Florida Storytelling Association, Naples Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
American folksinger Seeger culls from his half century of performing around the world to present a medley of tales, ideas, and music. He also includes suggestions for personalizing the tales and insight into the process of storytelling to encourage readers to begin their own storytelling tradition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780151003709
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/7/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Seeger, a Grammy Award winner as well as the recipient of the N.E.A. National Medal of Arts and Kennedy Center Honors, has performed all over the world for audiences of all ages. His internationally recognized songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "If I Had a Hammer," and "Turn, Turn, Turn." He lives in Beacon, New York, with his wife of over fifty years, Toshi Seeger.

Paul DuBois Jacobs is a freelance writer and poet. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was the recipient of the Henry Hoyns Graduate Creative Writing Fellowship. Paul's grandfather co-wrote a number of songs with Pete Seeger which led Paul to collaborate with Pete on Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The Trailer and the Flood 15
The Foolish Frog 23
Yop Up Peas 34
Pink Pills for Pale People 42
The Magic Comb 49
The Little Train 55
The Oatmeal Pot 62
Noah and the Ark 75
Jonah and the Whale 81
Foolish Hans 89
Stone Soup 97
The Boy Who Drew Cats 103
The Two Frogs 110
Sam the Whaler 119
The Falls! The Falls! 130
Dick Whittington and His Cat 137
Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase 146
Abiyoyo 153
Abiyoyo Returns 160
King of America? 175
The Emancipation Proclamation 181
The Preacher's False Tooth 185
Takashi Ohta Crosses the Ocean 189
Some American Struggles 195
The Down Rent Wars 195
The Coal Creek Rebellion 198
Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. 200
The Little Baseball Man 211
The Intelligent Lightbulbs 214
The Deaf Musicians 222
The Magic Thinner 226
Head of Cabbage 239
Goldilocks 247
The Spot Bug 250
The Magic Mower 252
David and Goliath 254
Sky-high Scrambled Eggs 257
The Maple Tree 259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2000

    Back to Basics for Parents

    Finally a book that helps parents get back to basics. Pete Seeger's Storytelling Book reminds us of the unique gift we can give to our children by telling them stories in our own voice. This book gives you actual stories, ideas and inspiration to create your own tales. Can you think of a better way to spend your time then sitting on a rocking chair with a child making up a story together? This book is a must have for all parents, grandparents and anyone who has a special child in their life.

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