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Dad, Tell Me a Story: How to Revive the Tradition of Storytelling with Your Children Paperback – November 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Nicasio Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981863639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981863634
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,593,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John McCormick is the author of "Dad, Tell Me a Story," How to Revive the Tradition of Storytelling with Your Children (Nicasio Press 2013). The book contains 25 stories he created with his own two sons, and provides guidance to parents on how to create a storytelling tradition in their own families.

John is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post's Parent Section, offering parenting insights and guidance reflecting the joy and wonder of raising kids. He has also served as a guest contributor on such influential parenting blogs as The Parent Network, Man of the House and The Parent du Jour. John is a frequent speaker and storytelling advocate at schools, book clubs, parent associations, fairs, libraries, and summer camps, having made presentations to the National Child Research Center, a prestigious preschool in Washington, D.C., and the Parents League of New York, one of the oldest parent associations in the United States.

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A terrific "how-to" book on bedtime story telling.
Statton H.
This also makes a great gift for a family with children.
Pat
I highly recommend this book and it makes a great gift.
Cindy Lou

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Turnham on December 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a long time parent and grandparent I thought I knew a lot about making up and telling stories to children but the guidance given in this book will help me to take this art to a new level: there are so many ideas of how to make storytelling a much more interesting and interactive and above all fun experience. The book relates how this one dad created stories for, and with, his two young boys and how often he was able to involve them in resolving the problems and challenges presented in the stories which adds immeasurably to the educational value of storytelling. There are so many good ideas that I found myself wishing I could turn back the clock for my now grown children but my grandchildren will benefit!.

A selection of the stories the father and children came up with is presented together with marvelous illustrations of the stories by the author and his children. I read this very readable book from cover to cover. The recommended age range should be increased from 5-11 to include adults of all ages who spend time with children and who can learn so much from this book to hone the craft of storytelling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Statton H. on January 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Finally! A terrific "how-to" book on bedtime story telling.

I struggled with how to come up with bedtime stories for my two girls. Often, I could not think of any good material or a satisfying way to end my story once I began.

"Dad, Tell Me Story" provide you with McCormick's tried and true formula for developing an engaging bedtime story, one which begins with simply asking your child for "the first thing that pops into their head." After you follow some basic steps, you have an outline for a great bedtime story. The author reminds you that not all your stories will be winners, but your child will always appreciate your attempts.

McCormick also fills his book with several of his favorite stories he made up for his two young sons, Will and Connor, both of whom contributed wonderful illustrations to the book. These original stories also make good bedtime reading in case you're just too tired to spin a tale of your own. The author has a website at [...]
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By C. Conant on May 27, 2013
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This was a father's valiant attempt to show how much he and his sons have enjoyed sharing stories. The stories, some based on old folk and fairy tales, however, are clunky, and hopelessly male oriented. The guns, bombs, bad guys and wars mask what are heavy handed morals. The vocabulary is sadly limited, in an age when children now have a shockingly diminished vocabs. I had hoped for the best but felt it was a bust.
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If you buy one children's book this year, this should be it. Our family has been enjoying the storytelling, and we have been inspired to make "made up" stories part of our bedtime routine. Our kids loved that the stories and illustrations were from a "real" family. This also makes a great gift for a family with children.
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By Cindy Lou on January 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
What a great idea and a wonderful way for parents to remain in touch and bond with their children through the fabulous art and tradition of of story telling. The author John McCormick has some great stories ( with life learning lessons in some cases) and advice how to create your own stories. The fact that John's sons - Will and Connor provided the fantastic illustrations for this book is a special added bonus. I highly recommend this book and it makes a great gift. This book is a real treasure for families and will be enjoyed by parents and children alike.
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