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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Richard C Owen Pub; 2nd edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572746637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572746633
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Combining enthusiasm and inspiration with practical tips, handouts, and resources, Hamilton and Weiss offer a comprehensive second edition that will be useful to both novice and experienced tellers. Citing studies that confirm the educational value of storytelling, the authors demonstrate how such activities correlate well with state standards that involve language-arts skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Step-by-step instructions on effective story selection, learning, and telling will empower even the most timid teller. In addition, the authors give many suggestions for connecting storytelling with writing and other classroom activities. Children's librarians, library media specialists, and teachers will appreciate the complete bibliographies, listing Picture Books for Telling in Four Categories of Difficulty, and anthologies whose stories are coded for levels of difficulty. Unit plans, strong bibliographies, numerous activity and exercise suggestions, ideas for differentiated instruction, and a detailed resource-rich appendix add to the value of this book. The accompanying high-quality DVD shows children and adults telling stories, gives Web links, and includes 25 stories to download and print. This resource goes a few steps further than Nancy Schimmel's Just Enough to Make a Story (Sisters' Choice, 1992) and Kendall Haven's Super Simple Storytelling (Libraries Unlimited, 2000).–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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"Children Tell Stories is THE book for creating a new generation of storytellers..." -- Esme Raji Codell, Author of the best-selling EDUCATING ESME

"The second edition of this wonderful book includes fresh and newly invigorated hints ...a must-have book." -- Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald, Folklorist and author

"This thoughtful and practical resource, written by committed and compassionate storytellers, should be in every school library in the country." -- Jay O'Callahan, Storyteller, Winter Oympics Bard, and NEA recipient

...an indispensable guide to all aspects of teaching storytelling. An accompanying DVD brings the entire process to life,.. -- ALA Book Links, January 2006

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Yes, I can do it too!
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A bonus with the DVD is the 25 downloadable stories to print and use in the classroom.
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Children Tell Stories is a joy to read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carol Alwood on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Teachers who want to liven up their lessons and make a strong connection with students will be glad they read this beautifully written, inspiring book. It is obvious that the authors have stepped into many classrooms with many different types of people and had success; their expertise on the topic is incredibly rich and there are so many good ideas for teachers of any subject and any grade.

Children Tell Stories is a joy to read. It touches the reader through heart-warming examples and illustrations by children, along with photographs and a DVD that convey the fun that children are having. The book reminds the reader that telling stories is the most basic and human way to communicate any thought in an interesting way. Storytelling is a living, breathing human activity that incorporates the big curriculum musts ... analyzing, studying, reading, communicating, listening, evaluating ... the list goes on, and the authors offer compelling arguments and include a handy chart on how storytelling meets numerous state standards. As a teacher who is staying home with her kids for a few years, I can't wait to get back into the classroom to value storytelling in the way the authors have described.

Even though it seems that the authors have thought of everything, and even include twenty-five tellable stories in printable form on the companion DVD, they still include so many other books, recordings, and Web sites as resources. They seem more concerned with helping teachers than they are with looking as if they know everything about teaching and telling stories (even though they might!). The book left me feeling confident that I can tell stories and teach this invaluable life tool to my students, and that I don't necessarily need the help of a professional.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Aiani on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
As an elementary teacher for almost ten years, I've recognized the importance of telling stories to children and have been telling stories for years. I was missing a piece of the literacy puzzle, the piece in which children tell stories themselves, but I didn't know how to approach it until I stumbled across Mitch and Martha at a storytelling conference and bought their book. It provides a practical, manageable approach to teaching children to tell stories. Our school has a high percentage of ESL students and the lessons and activities in this book are of particular relevance. Perhaps the most important part of the book is the companion DVD. It's truly an inspiring 20 minutes. I've shown it several times around our school and teachers who claimed they have no time for storytelling are now finding time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Wilhelm on January 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
This text is packed with fun, skill-building exercises based on the authors' real experience with thousands of school-aged children. The exceptional resource list is current, meticulous, and descriptive. The DVD is a big bonus-it is, simply, wonderful-and it alone changed the mind of one third-grader about storytelling; at first steadfast in her refusal to tell a story, after watching the DVD she announced, "I think telling and listening to stories is going to be so much fun!" She captured a gift of the DVD--everyone's having a good time telling stories. . . actual students are filmed performing entertaining (not flawless) tellings-and my class came away feeling they really could tell a story, too. Thank-you, Beauty & the Beast!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet Glantz on January 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you teach storytelling, or want to use storytelling in your classroom, you'll want a copy of this book. This revision of Children Tell Stories: A Teaching Guide is a distillation of twenty - five years of experience teaching students to tell stories and the added DVD makes this an invaluable resource. This book arms you with the justification you need for using storytelling as an educational tool in the classroom, and addresses the new State Standards for Education. It gives all the information you need to guide students through the process of learning and telling stories including exciting exercises, activities, and games to keep students interested. Another benefit is the reproducible pages of assessment rubric, sample letters, peer coaching guidelines and much more. It tells you what you need to know to start and run a storytelling club or troupe. It includes ideas on how to include storytelling by you and your students across the curriculum and lesson plans on developing personal and family stories. Appendices contain extensive bibliographies of storytelling resources and stories for telling are categorized by difficulty. The amazing accompanying photos, of Dede Hatch, expressively capture the essence of each activity. The inspirational DVD documents a storytelling unit, demonstrates how to get started, and has twenty-five, easy-to-learn, printable stories. I found the youth storytelling models on this DVD very valuable to use with my storytelling students. It contains a user friendly table of contents and a comprehensive index. This is an excellent resource for a teacher, librarian, storyteller, or anyone working with youth groups at any age. If I had to choose one resource to teach kids to tell, this would be it. Highly Recommended Reviewer: Janet Glantz, is a storyteller, youth storytelling coach, and former Children's Librarian
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