Storyteller's Start-Up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing and Using Folktales Including Twelve Tellable Talesby Margaret Read MacDonald, Liz Parkhurst
Pub. Date: 02/28/2006
Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
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. In chapters on learning and performing folktales, MacDonald offers the reader suggestions for finding his or her own performance style. Most importantly, MacDonald presents twelve fool-proof tales that will work for the first-time storyteller. Arranged in ethnopoetic style to relay a sense of rhythm, the stories encourage audience participation and feature enough repetition to make them easy to remember. These multicultural tales selected from the folklore of Angola, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Siberia, Wales, and Zaire will delight any audience. Includes excellent bibliographies to help the new teller continue to explore the world of storytelling.
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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.
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.