17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2003
Children NEED to hear stories, and not just from books. They especially need their parents to spend time with them, and storytelling is a wonderful way to do this.
This book is full of good information, including some of the history of storytelling. Among others, there is a chapter on learning stories to tell, and another to help with creating your own stories. There is also an �afterward� that addresses storytelling in relation to environmentalism.
Creative Storytelling is a book intended for parents, teachers, day care providers and librarians. It would also be a worthy read for camp counselors. I would recommend it to people in any of these positions.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 1998
As a resource for families, teachers, and librarians, this book is readable and reliable. The stories and suggestions about how to tell stories are especially useful. I have used the book for over 8 years in my work as a storyteller in the classroom.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2009
If you aren't already completely enamored with stories and storytelling, this book will totally ensnare your heart! I am a teacher and bought it for some tips on telling stories and also to give my students ideas on writing them. As if I didn't already love stories enough this book made me want to read every single legend, folktale, and myth in print! I learned a lot about storytelling, writing your own stories and collecting the best stories. It is perfect for anyone that wants to spin a yarn with finesse and please an audience! Storytelling is a dying art and needs to be preserved. This book does it's part in training new storytellers to enter the magic world of storytelling. Highly recommend it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2009
This is absolutely the best book I've found on storytelling for parents. The content makes logical sense, and is more of a "How-to" guide than any other book I've seen on the subject. If you are an aspiring storyteller with a small child (or children), this book will help you tell and/or create stories. Engaging your children in stories is also a great way to avoid the zombie tube.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Storytelling is almost a lost art, but many fond childhood memories involve a captivating story told at bedtime, or around a campfire, or perhaps during a designated storytelling hour. This is a how-to-manual which teaches the basics in a clear concise manner. The book contains well grounded concepts for use in imaginative flights of fancy.
The chapters divide the subject matter into manageable parts so the skill can be easily learned. Chapters include -- Stories and Storytelling, Types of Stories, Finding Stories for Different Listeners, Remembering and Adapting Stories, Creating Your Own Stories, Telling Stories and Beyond Storytelling. Within these chapters is a wealth of detail to assist the adult in entering the world of the child. The author provides the basic storytelling formula and ways to adapt the story to the listener while maintaining the individual style of the teller and incorporating observation, experience and imagination.
To continue the tradition of storytelling seems a sacred trust, something we must not permit to fade away, and this book will enable anyone interested in the pursuit to excel. The book is a gem.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
The book is just what I was looking for. It is a gift for a special someone to whom I used to tell stories to when they were a child. Now that they are adults, hopefully this book will help them in the art of storytelling.
I was a bit frustrated with the seller of this book. The shipping date was not correct. They said it would have taken two week to arrive. That would have been too long to wait so I ordered the book elsewhere. Sure enought, the Amazon order from this seller arrived early. So now I have two books. No problem, returnes are easy.
All in all, Amazon is a wonderful place to shop!