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Storytelling can be easy, fun, and above all doable, especially with the simple, easy-to-follow directions given by these two master storytellers. This book provides everything you need to become a master storyteller yourself. Simple examples and summary directions for exercises and games reinforce and demonstrate key concepts. Step-by-step plans help you choose a story, and learn it in preparation for presentation to an audience. Audience management, practice activities, and the authors' motivation exercises are offered as are techniques to guide you through any of the possible major telling problems. Storytelling extras (props to puppets including costumes) and lists of grade-appropriate, time- and teller-tested stories are provided.
This basic guide by experienced storytellers provides all that is needed to encourage any novice storyteller to take the plunge. Lists of never-fail stories and simple techniques for managing an audience go a long way to dissolve the angst. Practice activities and motivation exercises as well as tips for overcoming the major problems and catastrophes that might be encountered pave the way for a smooth first storytelling experience.
About the Author
Kendall Haven is a nationally recognized master storyteller and the author of numerous books, including Marvels of Math, Write Right!, and Close Encounters with Deadly Dangers. A former research scientist, he is based in Fulton, Calif.
MaryGay Ducey, a public librarian and professional storyteller, is past-chair of the National Storytelling Association's Board of Directors. She has been featured at every major storytelling festival in the United States and conducts one- and two-day courses on storytelling.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Storytelling
Chapter 2: Storytime for Babies
Chapter 3: Toddler Storytime
Chapter 4: Preschool and Family Storytime
Chapter 5: Music, Songs, and Fingerplays
Chapter 6: Bilingual Storytime
Chapter 7: Crafts at Preschool Storytime
Chapter 8: Storytelling, Puppets, and Props
Chapter 9: Special Issues at Storytime
Chapter 10: Using Volunteers at Storytime
Appendix: Themed Preschool Storytime Outlines
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very simple, easy-to-use guide for beginning storytellers. The chapters are concise, easy to read, and provide useful information, not only on the dos and don'ts of storytelling but also on how to get started. Also provides some tips about mixing up your storytelling presentations, and the bibliography in the back is top notch. I especially liked the advice regarding practicing and coming up with your storytelling ideas, as well as what to do when you (inevitably) forget something. Highly useful resource for future - and present! - librarians interested in incorporating storytelling into their programs.