Tell Me a Story: Sharing Stories to Enrich Your Child's World

Overview


Family storytelling offers many of the same advantages as book reading - and some new ones - for children's language and emotional development, coping skills, and sense of belonging.
Tell Me a Story: Sharing Stories to Enrich Your Child's World shows parents how telling and sharing stories about family experiences can help children grow into healthy, happy adolescents and adults. Dr. Elaine Reese outlines the techniques that work best with children of all ages, from toddlers ...
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Overview


Family storytelling offers many of the same advantages as book reading - and some new ones - for children's language and emotional development, coping skills, and sense of belonging.
Tell Me a Story: Sharing Stories to Enrich Your Child's World shows parents how telling and sharing stories about family experiences can help children grow into healthy, happy adolescents and adults. Dr. Elaine Reese outlines the techniques that work best with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, including children with learning delays and difficult temperaments. She also tackles challenging issues such as whether children profit at all from the stories that they experience through TV, movies, and video games; how storytelling differs from daughters to sons; and the best ways to continue to share family stories with children after a separation or divorce. Finally, Reese shares tips specially designed for storytelling with grandchildren, demonstrating how parents can and should continue to nurture family storytelling long after their children are grown, and especially once their children become parents themselves. Providing guidance on a positive, portable, and free way to enrich children's development, Tell Me a Story deserves a place in every parent's library.
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"Parents who desire to strengthen their child's development will appreciate Reese's insights into storytelling for all ages and stages and his hands-on tips for incorporating oral and written storytelling in the home." --Library Journal

"This highly engaging book focuses on what parents can do to help their children share and tell family stories. Reese brings together solid empirical evidence, shared parental wisdom, and personal experience. Parents of children from 2 to 12 to 20 will find much in this book to help them weave family stories that will cross generations." -- Robyn Fivush, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology, Emory University

"Storytellers are made, not born. Reese draws on extensive research to inform parents about how they can improve their children's ability to narrate. The implications of being a good narrator include literacy achievement, enhanced closeness to family and friends, and effective public performance. This excellent, accessible book is for any parent who wants to get closer to their child." -- Allyssa McCabe, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell

"Elaine Reese artfully weaves together solid scientific research and sage advice as she draws on compelling profiles of three children from preschool into adolescence. While this is written for parents, it will also appeal to instructors of courses on child development and programs preparing teachers." -- David K. Dickinson, EdD, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

"In this fascinating book, Elaine Reese has captured much of the magic that parents and young children experience when sharing a story." -- Judy S. DeLoache, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

"Written for an audience of parents, this book does a wonderful job of illustrating in rich dialogue the way that parents are the first and most important literacy teachers. Replete with practical, research-based strategies for engaging children -- toddlers through adolescents -- this book should be required reading for anyone whose goal is to enrich children's lives. The book is written in a reader-friendly narrative style with research references in endnotes." -- M.B. Hopkins, Nazareth College of Rochester

"The focus is on the "give and take" style of storytelling, that is, in an interactive or shared-opportunity manner. Of particular interest to Reese is the family story presented in an often conversational format with an informal shape. These have, she believes, far-reaching consequences for children's language, emotional development, and adolescent well-being. Her book is organized by age range, beginning with ages 1-3 and concluding with ages 12-18. Each chapter ends with tips for sharing stories (what to do, how, and why it helps). Also included is a "development snapshot" of each age group. Though of interest to academics (but mercifully without much academic jargon), the book's principal audience will be parents, who will find the content practical and accessible. And who can argue with Reese's conclusion, 'Stories sustain us, they teach us, they protect us, and they join us to others'?"
-- Michael Cart, Booklist

Library Journal
According to Reese's (psychology, Univ. of Otago, New Zealand) research, storytelling enriches children's language and coping skills, emotional development, self-concept, and sense of belonging. The author offers growing evidence that oral storytelling may be just as valuable as reading books aloud in aiding children's development, citing works focused on the power of reading in a child's early development such as Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook and Read Me a Story by Alison Davies. Other resources on storytelling mentioned by the author include Anne Pellowski's Storytelling Handbook and Ruth Sawyer's The Way of the Storyteller. Reese explains that children with ADHD, difficult temperaments, or language delays especially benefit from oral and written storytelling and here he includes specific development-based strategies both for sharing stories and for encouraging students to write and perform their own narratives. Tips are included for storytelling from the toddler to teenage years, although the text makes clear that there are more extensive studies on storytelling in the younger years. VERDICT Parents who desire to strengthen their child's development will appreciate Reese's insights into storytelling for all ages and stages and his hands-on tips for incorporating oral and written storytelling in the home.—Julia M. Reffner, Fairport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199772650
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/24/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 949,818
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Reese is Professor of Psychology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. She received her PhD from Emory University and has researched and taught child development in the US and New Zealand for over 20 years. Elaine has 16 years of family storytelling experience with her two children.

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Table of Contents

1. What is Story Sharing?
2. Sharing Stories with Your Toddler: Ages 1 - 3
3. Sharing Stories with Your Preschooler: Ages 3 - 5
4. Sharing Stories with Your School-Aged Child: Ages 5 - 8
5. Sharing Stories with Your Preteen: Ages 8 - 12
6. Sharing Stories with Your Adolescent: Ages 12 - 18
7. All Kinds of Children, All Kinds of Families
8. Practical Tips for Sharing Lasting Stories
9. The End of the Stories?

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