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Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling

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ISBN-13: 978-0838911358
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From School Library Journal

Folktales are an integral part of children's literature and are the basis for many classic books librarians use daily in their work. These much loved tales are also the backbone of the art of storytelling. Unlike reading aloud and singing rhymes and finger plays in a storytime, storytelling is a way to engage and captivate your audience on another level. Del Negro leads novice tellers through the nuances of successful storytelling. She discusses how to best select tales that are appropriate for particular age groups, and how to turn simple words on a page into an engaging presentation that will capture your audience's attention and imagination. While storytelling may feel intimidating for many, Del Negro's assurances will impart confidence that those new to this practice may seek. The author provides more than 15 popular folktales that she has adapted and retold. These tales are captioned as Storycoaching and Del Negro does just that; coach readers on how to verbally interpret the tale in a way that they feel comfortable. Each chapter is broken out by age group. Advice is offered in a very practical way on how to approach this group and suggestions are made as to how to grab and hold their interest with pacing, movement and suspense. If you have even a passing interest in the art of storytelling, this guide is not to be missed.—Allison Santos, Princeton Public Library, NJ

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*Starred Review* This excellent resource aims to show that storytelling is still vital in librarianship and throughout the greater community. Author Del Negro brings authority to this volume through her roles as librarian, professor, and professional story­teller. The text provides useful information for novice and seasoned storytellers alike while engaging the reader with its conversational tone. The chapters are broken down by audience age (“Storyplay: Ages 3 to 6”; “Cooperation and Community: Ages 6 to 9”; “Surprise and Laughter: Ages 9 to 12”; and “Intensity and Honor: Ages 12 to 14”) and include information about audience needs and wants, stories, and resource information. Guidance is given for how readers can find their own stories and how to learn them. The breakout feature of this work is the outstanding “Storycoaching” lesson in each chapter. For each age range, Del Negro adapts a classic tale (for example, “Three Billy Goats Gruff” for ages 3–6) and offers direction for storytelling—performance suggestions given after sections of each story allow readers to imagine tone, movement, and connection with their audience—along with cultural and historical background information for the story. The text of four additional age-appropriate tales rounds out each chapter. With Del Negro’s selections and a substantial “References and Resources” section at the end, readers will have stories and collections to consult for years. Highly recommended for anyone involved in storytelling and children’s services. --Blaire Ranucci

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn Editions (December 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838911358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838911358
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary M Smith on March 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
Every now and again, a book is published that is destined to be one of the "go to" sources on a topic. Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytellers by Janice Del Negro is one of those books. While the target audience is librarians and teachers, anyone who tells stories to children of any age will find this a most valuable books on the subject.
Del Negro divides the book by age groups with sections for children 3 to 6, 6 to 9, 9 to 12, and 12 to 14. Each section includes five folktales appropriate for that age group with tips on how to tell one story from each group.
Valuable as the story collection is, Del Negro's introduction and conclusion are both short, to the point, and worth reading again and again. This is one storyteller who really knows, and can tell, her stuff. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Gass on May 3, 2014
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A must read for the genre. Del Negro has a real talent for helping the beginning storyteller. A must for Librarians or teachers.
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Excellent advice for a storyteller, whether the audience is large or small, children or adults, in the library or elsewhere (the author is a children's librarian) with references to other books on storytelling and collections of good stories to tell. I got this originally from the public library, then bought this copy to add to the private library owned by the Sacramento Storytellers' Guild.
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