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Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom (Multimedia DVD included with the book) Paperback – 2005
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"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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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. I believe it will leave others feeling that way too, even if they have thought that telling stories might be a terrifying experience.
The companion DVD speaks volumes about the power of story. It is a documentary that has something for everyone. It can convince teachers, administrators, and parents of the importance of storytelling as an educational tool. It can also be shown to elementary students, middle-schoolers, or even a high school storytelling troupe. Young viewers will see that the students in the film have the same fears they will most likely feel when asked to tell a story in front of a group. But they will also see that because the students in the documentary take the risk and give it a try, they have lots of fun, gain tons of confidence, and are triumphant in the end. The boy who says his biggest fear is that he may "stutter so much that he will faint" later beams as he gets a big laugh from a crowd that includes his classmates and their families. Another boy, who is almost in tears the first time he is about to tell his story, is later shown confidently telling his tale for the same big crowd of listeners at a family storytelling night.
After reading Children Tell Stories I am convinced that storytelling in the classroom is the best way to achieve a multitude of communication and literacy requirements in a real and life changing way. For teachers who apply the ideas in this book, any subject will become more alive and interesting and will stick with students forever. I wish that my history teachers had read this book.