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Crash Course in Storytelling

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ISBN-13: 978-1591583998
ISBN-10: 1591583993
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This is the most user-friendly handbook for librarians who seek the tools, resources, and the confidence to incorporate more storytelling into their programming. The authors offer clear, basic, and tested guidelines that include how to select, learn, and tell a story; tips on voice and body movements; audience participation; and the pros and cons of using puppets and props. Other fine books for beginners are Margaret Read MacDonald's The Storyteller's Start-Up Book (August House, 1993); Norma J. Livo's Storytelling: Process and Practice (Libraries Unlimited, 1986); and Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss's Stories in My Pocket (Fulcrum, 1996). Haven and Ducey excel in giving the hand-holding, step-by-step encouragement needed by new tellers as they make the leap from reading aloud to telling. Strategies for handling "catastrophes" (e.g., forgetting what comes next, or leaving out an important part of the tale) are invaluable for building assurance. Novices will also learn to accept their individual styles, strengths, and comfort levels rather than to compare themselves with professional tellers. The appendixes discuss copyright issues and give definitions of different types of traditional tales. Research data presented here to support the need for more stories in children's education should be shared with library and school administrators. An essential purchase.—Judy Sokoll, Florida Storytelling Association, Naples
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"As would be expected from master tellers like Haven and Ducey this book has lots of good sound advice for beginning tellers. And rather than taking sides on issues, they present both sides of topics such as props or no props…participation or no participation. Their advice on learning, practicing, performing is al well thought out and easy to follow….[T]his book will be very useful to anyone beginning their path to storytelling." - In The Wind

"While there are many books that cover storytelling, ^ICrash Course in Storytelling^R is geared specifically toward busy librarians. It is written and formatted for those who need a quick working plan to begin storytelling. It is well-organized, allowing for quick reference to the details one might need in undertaking the storytelling process….This up-to-date book will be a great help to beginning storytellers in public libraries, school libraries, and other storytelling venues." - Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Written by two master storytellers, this guide for librarians describes a variety of proven techniques that anyone can use to engage young listeners and make stories come alive. Topics include (for example) how to choose a story, what to do when memory fails, and how to encourage audience participation. Copyright issues are addressed in the appendix. The volume concludes with a list of recommended sources for stories." - Reference & Research Book News

"Haven and Ducey are expert storytellers. In this crash course of 136 pages--no long narratives here--they introduce the craft and teach us how to do it better. It is kind of like the For Dummies series with major points and suggestion lists. So, whether you or someone in your school needs to brush up on storytelling skills, here is a short, easy-to-use guide, which can even be used as a text for storytelling classes. Highly recommended for teachers, teacher-librarians, and public librarians." - Teacher Librarian

"This is the most user-friendly handbook for librarians who seek the tools, resources, and the confidence to incorporate more storytelling into their programming. The authors offer clear, basic, and tested guidelines that include how to select, learn, and tell a story; tips on voice and body movements; audience participation; and the pros and cons of using puppets and props….Haven and Ducey excel in giving the hand-holding, step-by-step encouragement needed by new tellers as they make the leap from reading aloud to telling. Strategies for handling catastrophes (e.g., forgetting what comes next, or leaving out an important part of the tale) are invaluable for building assurance. Novices will also learn to accept their individual styles, strengths, and comfort levels rather than to compare themselves with professional tellers….An essential purchase." - School Library Journal

"Authors Kendall Haven and Mary Gray Ducey encourage librarians to stretch their storytelling wings, and their supportive guide offers practical advice on such matters as choosing and presenting stories, using props and costumes, and encouraging audience participation." - American Libraries

"The authors have organized a self-help book for anybody who needs more encouragement in becoming a better storyteller. With each chapter the techniques progress and develop from how storytelling fits in your library to techniques to help in your storytelling. The authors use published studies to show how storytelling is beneficial to children. They cover important techniques for storytelling and provide encouragement for those just starting out. Some important chapters include how to choose a story, learning stories, practicing, and first aid… A must read for all librarians in children services." - Public Libraries
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Product Details

  • Series: Crash Course
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited (November 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591583993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591583998
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very simple, easy-to-use guide for beginning storytellers. The chapters are concise, easy to read, and provide useful information, not only on the dos and don'ts of storytelling but also on how to get started. Also provides some tips about mixing up your storytelling presentations, and the bibliography in the back is top notch. I especially liked the advice regarding practicing and coming up with your storytelling ideas, as well as what to do when you (inevitably) forget something. Highly useful resource for future - and present! - librarians interested in incorporating storytelling into their programs.
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Kendall Haven and MaryGay Ducey have done a bang up job of hitting the high points for busy librarians who are thinking that MAYBE they could tell stories, too. I have worked in libraries, plus do a lot of training of librarians, literacy staff and tutors and teachers in using storytelling. This book is now number one on my list of recommended books. It's a fast read, funny, and very practical. Thanks guys! You brought us a winner.

Patti Christensen, professional storyteller and literacy specialist
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The authors of this book have the habit of telling you there is no right way to do storytelling and then claiming their way is the right way, but over all this book is really a crash course in storytelling and perfect for beginners or those who need a refresher course.
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A very ehlpful resource for my new business after teaching for 22 years and now am do storytelling and reading activitries
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It seems a bit rushed in its formatting. Found a few errors/typos here and there, but overall, it's a helpful resource.
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