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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603429883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603429887
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

This collection invites children between the ages of 5 and 12 to create stories about their everyday lives and imaginings. Divided into four sections ("story starters," "story evolution," "story activities," and "story play"), the book provides a variety of projects to make and use. Each one includes a list of materials, clear step-by-step instructions, teaching tips, and other ideas that can be adapted for younger or older children. Bright photographs feature boys and girls engaged in each activity. Story prompts painted on wooden disks and worn as necklaces; a pretend neighborhood created with wood, paper, and craft foam; a story terrarium in a glass jar; and a traveling puppet theater with tongue-depressor puppets are among the projects. A reference desk game provides information, a time-line mural promotes sequencing, and word lists inspire characters and settings. Outside activities encourage children to observe and think like storytellers, and their stories-whether written or told-come together. With binoculars and treasure maps from their adventure kits, they can experience the stories they have created. Back matter includes templates and puppet-theater backdrops. Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections.-Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TNα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

Best Picks winner in Dr. Toy's 2012 Best Children's Products Program

(Cool Mom Picks)

Honors winner in the Book category

(Homeschool.com)

“Parents, teachers, and child-care providers will find plenty of inspiration in these projects, and children will enjoy using them in their creative pursuits.”

(Washington Family Magazine)

“Low on tech, high on terrific”

(Scrapbooking & Beyond)

“Have you ever thought about combining craft projects and story telling?  What an ingenious idea!”

(MassMoms)

“This book is truly a great resource”

(San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review)

“What memories and people – especially families – are all about: stories (both true and imagined), told and retold within groups of people. This is an official rave.”

(NBCLatino.com)

“Each craft project is presented in an easy-to-follow way, with colorful photographs of the adorable and fun-looking projects.”

(The Deseret News)

“Emily K. Neuburger’s guide to inspiring storytelling in children welcomes readers as easily as a mother on a playground. … the book makes storytelling simple … Show Me a Story is a necessary book for parents, educators, and those who might be searching for new ways to spark the creativity of young people.”

(School Library Journal)

“A must-have book for parents and teachers, this amazing book is full of creative ideas to develop a child’s storytelling skills. From story stones to picture tales to story maps, your children’s imagination will blossom as they enjoy the activities listed in this book. Regardless of their reading level, this book is a great tool for developing reading comprehension, sequence, characters, setting, plot, and so much more.”

(Parenting Magazine Group)

“Unique and beautiful … this book can be the beginning of endless hours of creativity for both kids and the grown-ups who spend time with them.” 



“Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections.”



Winner of a 2012 Family Choice Award


More About the Author

Emily Neuburger is an artist, creative writing teacher, and author of the blog, RedBirdCrafts.com. She has been teaching language and expressive arts to children and teens for over a decade. After receiving her Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) from Smith College, Emily happily taught English and writing at two Massachusetts high schools. It was there that she fell in love with teaching creative arts and writing to children. Throughout her teaching career, she's been especially interested in how art informs writing and vice versa, and how both nurture people's capacity to imagine. Emily's curriculum is a balanced blend of skill-based learning, encouragement, and lessons in self-discovery and artistic experimentation.

She is a contributor to Family Fun Magazine and authored their Everyday Fun blog on Parents.com. Many of her projects for children have been published across the web on popular sites such as Poppytalk, Apartment Therapy, Crafty Crow, Makezine/Craftzine, and in both Family Fun and Parenting print magazines. She writes regularly about creative living and unexpected treasures on her blog, RedBirdCrafts.com where she continues to feel thankful each day to be a part of a wondrous community of artists, educators, parents, and friends.

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There are so many nice ideas and the illustrations are great.
Julianne M Newton
While it's aimed for children, the writing prompts and exercises will also work with adults, and can be used as a great problem solving tool or communication tool.
Shala Kerrigan
I highly recommend this book for any home schooler, crafty parent or teacher.
Amy Bowers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on August 30, 2012
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amy Bowers on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Neuberger's book shares 40 ideas, crafts, and games aimed at helping kids invent and play with story telling. Her entire philosophy spoke to my sensibility with her support of open-ended creative play and an emphasis on ample space with simple items to spark imagination.

She offers projects like story disks, dice, grab bags, blocks and stones that get creative juices flowing to start inventing new worlds and adventures.

After a story (or three) is created, she provides projects that let kids "play" with what they wrote. From puppet theaters and stage set pieces to maps and story jars - her ideas are impressive and inspirational. As I read through, I marked many pages of projects I wanted to do with my kids and other home school kids in my circle.

One of the best things about Show Me a Story is the wide age range the activities accommodate. Most of the projects have an appeal from preschoolers to middle schoolers with slight variations and adjustments. I have already marked several writing games to play with the young writers' workshop I host.

I highly recommend this book for any home schooler, crafty parent or teacher. In fact, this would be a fabulous gift for your child's teacher, scout leader or Sunday school teacher.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dana on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
As an early childhood educator and parent, I can't say enough about Emily Neuburger's new book. "Show me a Story" is an excellent resource for anyone who works with young children or is a parent. Her ideas are whimsical, playful and creative. Most importantly, for busy adults, they are also easy to follow and implement. The book itself is a piece of art. My 8 year-old daughter loved leafing through the pages with me and eagerly asked, "can we try that?!" What's more, Emily's ideas are fresh-- I had never heard of a story stone before and if you haven't either, I suggest you buy this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling by Emily K. Neuburger is a guide to creative exercises you can do with a child to make up stories.

Children love to make up stories with their toys, friends and in play. This book helps make a regular and thoughtful pattern of it. While it's meant for adults to do with children, a lot of the activities will work with children of all ages.

The craft projects include cards, decorated rocks to work as figures, small paper puppets and creating small scenes. One of my favorite things in the book is the number of projects that are portable so you can make up stories on long car trips or any place else you might have to sit quietly.

My favorite projects are very interactive, and use storytelling prompts like decorated dice. It turns storytelling into a fun game and conversation starter. Also the part about exploring with a camera and a notebook to collect things to turn into a story is a very good one.

The author also talks about the basic structure of a good story, having a beginning, middle and end, and ways to help develop that part of a story.

They are easy projects, they don't require that you have to be an artist to do them. The author has taught creative writing and used some of these techniques with high school students. While it's aimed for children, the writing prompts and exercises will also work with adults, and can be used as a great problem solving tool or communication tool.

My family has been putting some of these ideas into practice and it is a lot of fun for the whole family. The book is well-written with clear language and ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Towers on September 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
You and your children/students will equally fall in love with this book! I have two daughters, ages 7 and 9, that have already created some of the projects in the book with little help needed from me. The pictures are colorful and captivating, drawing the child in and making her/him truly want to create. My favorite part is that my girls really are able to collect most of the supplies they need, right from our backyard and kitchen recycling bin. All of those stones, sticks, glass jars and old clothing catalogs finally are being put to good use!
One of my girls struggles with creative writing and we have already used some of the art she has made with the book's guidance, as a tool to help her sequence her story, as well as add more description. She is also a tactile learner, so being able to feel, hold, arrange and stare at a representation of the objects she is trying to describe in her writing, has been an enormous help. For the first time, she is actually enjoying writing in her at-home journal! Whether you are a parent, teacher, in-home tutor or anyone working with children, this book will be an invaluable resource to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annabelle on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a former elementary school teacher and now stay at home mom, this book really inspired my creativity. The activities and crafts are versatile, fun and easy to expand on. I love the combination of crafts and storytelling and wish I had a teacher who used these creative story starters when I was a school aged writer. It would be easy to fit the crafts and activities into thematic units in the classroom. Best of all, the activities in this book are appropriate and fun for kids of all ages. Reading this book makes me wish i had a creative writing class to experiment with. In the mean time, I will try some out with my own kids.
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