Storyteller's Start-Up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing and Using Folktales Including Twelve Tellable Tales

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For those who want to begin storytelling but don't know where to start, The Storyteller's Start-Up Book offers everything one could ask for. Margaret Read MacDonald, a folklorist and children's librarian who is also a touring storyteller, offers basic start-up information on finding stories, looking at them critically, starting a story bank, networking with other storytellers, and creating a storytelling event.

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Overview

For those who want to begin storytelling but don't know where to start, The Storyteller's Start-Up Book offers everything one could ask for. Margaret Read MacDonald, a folklorist and children's librarian who is also a touring storyteller, offers basic start-up information on finding stories, looking at them critically, starting a story bank, networking with other storytellers, and creating a storytelling event.

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Following her fine collection, Peace Tales (Shoe String, 1992), MacDonald here distills her extensive storytelling experience into 16 very brief, schematically organized chapters. Her advice covers the practical ground, from selection, learning (in one hour!), performance, and setting to classroom applications. Her philosophy of telling is simple: ``Do it!'' A confidence-building coach, MacDonald conveys the value of storytelling in an infectious manner. A dozen texts of proven success follow, with performance tips and source notes. Equally valuable are the selected and annotated bibliographies appended to every chapter. This straightforward volume would be a handy reference even for veterans. Few readers will be able to encounter MacDonald's encouraging advocacy without feeling an urge to find a story and audience of their own.-- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle
Denise Perry Donavin
MacDonald, a well-known children's librarian, storyteller, and collector of folktales, offers a practicum for the novice. Tips on technique are augmented by advice on integrating stories into all kinds of classwork, from language arts to mathematics. A sample whole language web is supplied. MacDonald ends her lessons with a dozen popular tales and tips for telling them (some suggestions on pronunciations would have been helpful here). A few (too few) select stories on tape are cited in one of the many, extensive bibliographies that close each chapter. The many fine print resources are helpful, but so would have been more leads to experts on tape or video.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874833041
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 998,037
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Highly recomended

    Margaret Read MacDoald ios one of my favorite storytellers. This book gives you a lot of basic information.

    Her method of teaching is very intuitive. Very entertaining.

    It is great for anyone, espeially those just starting out in storytelling.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

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    Margaret Reed MacDonald is a Gem

    I just scanned this book so far, but it looks very much like it's going to be exactly what I need. I took a workshop with Ms. MacDonald and it was inspiring. The notes from the workshop were wonderful and from the looks of the book it will be just as fabulous. Definitely recommend working with Ms. MacDonald and reading anything she writes, whenever you can.

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