"This resource brings together 10 readers theater scripts aimed at stimulating the imagination and literacy learning of middle school boys. The scripts tell stories about mythical and fantastic creatures, tricksters, and monsters from African, American Indian, Arabian, Greek, Indian, Irish, and Scandinavian cultures. They tell stories about Medusa, Vishnu, Siegfried, Gilgamesh, and others. Background information and production notes are given for each." - Reference & Research Book News
"This text is a good fit for professionals looking for scripts appropriate for elementary and middle school youth. The clear instructions make it an acceptable introduction to readers theater, but the unique scripts also offer a solid addition to existing readers theater collections."
"…the fast-paced action, sound effects, and sometimes gruesome subject matter are sure to keep participants motivated. Cooperating teachers and librarians can use these plays to ignite an interest in mythology in their students, while at the same time helping them gain confidence in speaking and fluency while they entertain their fellow students." - Catholic Library World
This text supplies ten scripts focused on myths from around the world. A table of contents provides an overview, and a brief introduction explores using myths with boys before offering a summary of readers theater, including staging instructions. Each script includes an introduction and production notes, which provide a staging diagram, information on number of scripts/readers needed, and a citation on the first page. Dialect choices are occasionally addressed but not consistently, and the non-American characters feel stereotypical in multiple scripts, exhibiting unusual dialogue. Although a well-organized bibliography is included, in-text citations are missing and there is no index. Grainy, clip-art-like illustrations and old-fashioned language make the text feel slightly outdated, but most users will be able to overlook these detractions. This text is a good fit for professionals looking for scripts appropriate for elementary and middle school youth. The clear instructions make it an acceptable introduction to readers theater, but the unique scripts also offer a solid addition to existing readers theater collections. Reviewer: Ellsworth Rockefeller