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Three-Minute Tales

Three-Minute Tales

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by Margaret Read MacDonald, Margaret MacDonald

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This global collection of 80 very short tales from Europe, Asia, the Americas and even a story from Africa include chants, scary ghost stories, humorous stories and more.


This global collection of 80 very short tales from Europe, Asia, the Americas and even a story from Africa include chants, scary ghost stories, humorous stories and more.

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Publishers Weekly
Margaret Read MacDonald gathers riddles, scary stories, folk songs and more in Three Minute Tales: Stories from Around the World to Tell or Read When Time Is Short. A tale from China, "A Lover of Dragons," features a man who professes affection for the creatures (until he meets one) and the Mexican-American story "The Bilingual Cat" stars a feline that catches his dinner by picking up a second language ("Bow wow!"). (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Ranging in length from ten seconds to two and a half minutes, this collection of over 75 stories, songs and finger plays is categorized in 12 chapters. Each chapter has an introduction and each tale has notes with explanations, additional facts and bibliographical references. Chapter titles include: Tales to Tell on a Walk, Tales to Tell in a Museum, Participation Tales, Riddle Tales, Humorous Tales, Scary Tales, and Stories to Think About. The book includes suggestions about where and how to use the stories, tips for beginning storytellers, and a bibliography. The stories come from all over the world and could be used as fillers for any public speaking occasion. They are good for holding audience attention, adding interest to cultural and religious themes, conferences and in services, supplementing lessons for children or just as a fun break from routine tasks. Many can be sung or used as audience participation exercises. The teller is encouraged to use imagination and creativity in adapting the stories to specific situations and audiences. If this is a resource you need you will want to check out numerous similar collections by the same publisher. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, August House, 160p. bibliog., Ages 12 to adult.
—Ann Hart
School Library Journal
MacDonald has compiled more than 70 short, easy-to-learn tales that are ideal for beginning a program or filling in short lags that may occur during a performance. Some selections take as little as 30 seconds to tell. They come mainly from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and are subdivided by the occasions for which they are best suited: tales to tell on a walk, scary tales, humorous tales, tales for the very young, participatory tales. A few are even provided in fingerplay form. A useful addition to professional and parenting collections.-Marlyn K. Beebe, City of Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A veteran tale-spinner offers about 80 retold traditional tales, with an occasional original slipped in, designed to fill the bill when times or attention spans are short. As in most of her umpteen other themed collections, MacDonald draws from a world-spanning array of cultures, Aesop to contemporary camp lore, recasts each selection with frequent line breaks to indicate pauses, and closes with very careful notes on sources, tale types, and variants. Here, she even indicates telling times, though rightly cautioning readers and tellers to take them with a grain of salt. Arranged in digestible sections-"Riddle Tales," "Tales to Tell on a Museum Tour," "Very Tiny Tales! Under 30 Seconds!"-this gathering of easy-to-learn stories supplies full measures of chuckles and grins, tears, chills, wisdom, and entertainment. (bibliography, suggestions for beginning storytellers) (Folktales. 7-10, adult)

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August House Publishers, Inc.
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12 - 18 Years

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Three-Minute Tales 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BOYSCOUTUT More than 1 year ago
I love the way that she writes. Her stories are easy to understand and use. I highly recommend this book, particulary for beginning storytellers.