The Parent's Guide to Storytelling: How to Make up New Stories and Retell Old Favorites


Children of all ages love hearing stories. Many parents, though, freeze when their children ask them to tell a story rather than read one, or panic when they begin to lose their attention mid-story.

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Children of all ages love hearing stories. Many parents, though, freeze when their children ask them to tell a story rather than read one, or panic when they begin to lose their attention mid-story.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Margaret Read MacDonald is a storyteller's storyteller. She starts out by saying we don't really need any instruction at all, because what parent doesn't already tell stories dozens of times a day? Then she proceeds to inform, enlighten and instruct us on not just the why of storytelling, but the how, when and where as well. From fingerplay to endless tales, from scary stories to family folklore to spontaneously created stories, MacDonald encourages her adult readers to develop their own skills and to involve their young listeners actively in this most ancient of recreational pastimes. She relates storytelling to life, which is, of course, exactly as it should be. She provides additional books and resources in a book that deserves to be well-thumbed.
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The art of storytelling is an essential, invaluable skill for any parent or grandparent wanting to entertain a child. With Margaret MacDonald's The Parent's Guide To Storytelling: How To Make Up New Stories And Retell Old Favorites, now any parent or grandparent can learn how to spellbind eager youngsters with stories and tales that will pass along family traditions, values, histories, as well as nurturing familial bonds and affectionate intimacies. The Parent's Guide To Storytelling offers a wealth of tips and techniques suitable for use with children of all ages in the telling of favorite nursery narratives, fingerplay stories, bedtime yarns, folktales, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874836196
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 8.39 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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