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Folktales on Stage: Children's Plays for Readers Theater, with 16 Reader's Theatre Play Scripts from World Folk and Fairy Tales and Legends, Including Asian, African, Middle Eastern, & Native American Paperback – September 1, 2003

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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

 
"Aaron Shepard is a national treasure. He has given thousands of us busy teachers and librarians a gold mine of ready-made plays our students clamor to perform over and over. Aaron's new collection never fails to delight and enthrall. While the experts argue about the 'right' way to teach reading, Aaron is in the middle of the action, inspiring our kids to read aloud with fluency, comprehension, expression, and best of all, joy." -- Judy Freeman, Author, "More Books Kids Will Sit Still For" 
 
"Aaron Shepard has done it! Folktales on Stage is a complete package of easy-to-perform, dynamic reader's theater scripts. Pack your passport and take a trip around the world. You and your actors will have a world of fun." -- Dr. Caroline Feller Bauer, Author, "Presenting Reader's Theater" and "New Handbook for Storytellers" 
 
"What a gift for the classroom teacher! Pure reading pleasure and not a single script that can't be used with small groups or an entire class. Performance reading builds fluency, but Aaron Shepard's gift for storytelling will also build appreciation. This collection will be a rich addition to reading programs in our balanced literacy classrooms." -- Susan Finney, Author, "Independent Reading Activities That Keep Kids Learning While You Teach Small Groups" 
 
"Folktales on Stage brings the joy inherent in folk literature to life. Children will love reading aloud for an audience as they become the witty, foolish, gentle, and often touching characters in these tales." -- Shirlee Sloyer, Author, "From the Page to the Stage: The Educator's Complete Guide to Readers Theatre" 
 
"What a great resource! These easy-to-use scripts are just the thing for the social studies or language arts curriculum. With thorough directions, even those who have never tried reader's theater will find it very easy to move the scripts from book to stage. The author is a skilled advocate of reader's theater and has shared that expertise so that everyone can include this form of dramatic reading in their instructional programs." -- Peggy Sharp, Children's Literature Consultant 
 
"The work of a master of the craft. Based on authentic folktales, and ranging from side-splittingly funny to magical and enchanting, these dramatic pieces will be enjoyed by young readers, and by audiences of all ages." -- Dr. Judy Sierra, Folklorist and Author, "Multicultural Folktales" and "Nursery Tales Around the World" 
 
"The quality of the scripting is flawless and faithfully reflects the level of expertise we have come to expect from Aaron Shepard. Anyone interested in learning how to script for RT would do well to study these scripts with the original source stories in hand." -- R. Demers, Readers Theatre Digest, Winter 2004 
 
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CONTENTS
 
"The Adventures of Mouse Deer" (Indonesia)
"The Calabash Kids" (Tanzania)
"The Hidden One" (Native America)
"The Boy Who Wanted the Willies" (Europe)
"The Princess Mouse" (Finland)
"The Legend of Slappy Hooper" (U.S.)
"The Gifts of Wali Dad" (India, Pakistan)
"The Baker's Dozen" (U.S.)
"Master Maid" (Norway)
"The Magic Brocade" (China)
"Forty Fortunes" (Iran)
"Master Man" (Nigeria)
"Savitri" (India)
"The Enchanted Storks" (Iraq)
"The Crystal Heart" (Vietnam)
"The Sea King's Daughter" (Russia)
 
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FROM THE INTRODUCTION
 
There are many styles of reader's theater. In the most traditional style:
 
-- Readers are arranged in a row or a semicircle, standing up or sitting on high stools. Typically, narrators are placed at one or both ends, and major characters in the center.
 
-- Scripts can be held in hand or set on music stands.
 
-- Readers look straight out toward the audience or at an angle, rather than at each other.
 
-- Characters "exit" by turning their backs to the audience. (Narrators don't normally exit.)
 
-- "Scene changes" -- jumps in time or place -- can be shown by a group "freeze," followed by some kind of collective shift.
 
Chamber Readers, the group with which I trained and performed for five years, employs a style quite different, designed to appeal to young audiences. (For more details, see my book Readers on Stage.)
 
-- Characters portray the action described in the story. Where possible, the portrayal is literal, with characters moving around the stage much as in a play. Where necessary, it's suggestive, as with simple mime devices like walking in place.
 
-- Though narrators look mostly at the audience, characters look mostly at each other.
 
-- Scripts in sturdy binders are held in one hand, leaving the other hand free for acting.
 
-- A set of low stools and perhaps one or more high stools serve as versatile stage scenery or props.
 
-- "Exits" and "scene changes" are handled much as in traditional reader's theater.
 
These scripts should lend themselves to either approach, or to any other you might choose. Feel free to create your own! There are rules in reader's theater, but luckily there is no one to enforce them.
 

From the Inside Flap

 
READER'S THEATER BOOKS BY AARON SHEPARD
 
STORIES ON STAGE: Children's Plays for Reader's Theater, With 15 Scripts From 15 Authors (2nd Edition). Scripts adapted from stories by fifteen different authors, including Louis Sachar, Nancy Farmer, Russell Hoban, Wanda Gag, and Roald Dahl. Coming from such genres as humor, fantasy, and multicultural folktales, stories were selected for their dramatic quality, literary value, and appeal to young people.
 
FOLKTALES ON STAGE: Children's Plays for Reader's Theater, With 16 Scripts From World Folk and Fairy Tales and Legends. Scripts adapted by Aaron from his own folktale retellings. A wide variety of countries and cultures is represented, including Native America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia, and China.
 
READERS ON STAGE: Resources for Reader's Theater, With Tips, Scripts, and Worksheets. Resources for scripting, directing, and teaching reader's theater, primarily with ages 8 and up. Whether you're working with young readers, training teachers, or directing a professional company, you'll want this unique, detailed guide.
 
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 07
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard Publications (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938497200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938497202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compiled and written by author and actor Aaron Shepard, Folktales On Stage: Scripts For Reader's Theater collects theater scripts designed for young readers and adapted from the folktale retellings. Each of Shepard's script is quite brief (only a few pages in length), and intended for aspiring young actors ages 8 to 15 and appropriate for a range of reading levels. All of the scripts comprising Folktales On Stage may be freely copied, shared, and performed for educational and/or non-commercial purposes. A superb resource for schools, libraries, and youth-friendly community theater organizations, Folktales On Stage is a welcome and highly recommended addition to school and community theater collections.
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As a junior high school Theatre teacher, I had been searching for the best folktale scripts to perform for our elementary feeder schools -(schools that send their 6th grade graduating classes to our junior high.) A fellow English teacher recommended Aaron Shepard's book Folktales on Stage which we purchased. My Advanced Theatre class, consisting of 8th and 9th graders, read each folktale aloud in class and thoroughly enjoyed each story. When it came time to select 3 of the 16 folktales to perform for our elementary schools (time constraints), the battle was fast and furious. Every student seemed to be supporting a different folktale (because they were all so good!) It took nearly all class period and 5 or 6 secret votes to narrow the field down to the final 3! We will probably select 3 other folktales from Mr. Shepard's book for next year's performances. Thank you for such good writing!

Jeff Rockoff

Cedarcrest Jr. H.

Spanaway, WA 98387
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Do you want an engaging activity to use with elementary students that fosters reading, performing and listening skills? Aaron Shephard's book is a wonderful resource for K-8 teachers to use in the classroom. This book has a variety of texts adapted for Reader's Theater from all parts of the world. It has been a great addition to our reading lessons!
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The teachers at our elementary who used tales from this book in our puppet show project were all favorably impressed with them. Most of us had never read most of the tales before, which made it exciting. The tales come from around the world, across cultures, which made them extra enriching for our students.

I have given it four stars, rather than five, because some of the pieces are a bit "over-written," with some purple prose and excess length. These concerns might not be concerns in true "readers' theater," but if you want to stage one of them, you'll need to do some revising.
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In North Carolina, we are always looking for resources to help out teachers in the classroom. Folktales on Stage provides teachers with wonderful examples of scripts to help prepare students for the drama selection of our End of Grade Test.
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I love all of Aaron's books. As a future teacher who believes today's students don't know enough of the world's folktales, I know I will be using this book in my future classroom. I especially like the story of "The Sea King's Daughter." It is a wonderful story and Aaron Shepherd has done a wonderful job of adapting it and the other stories in this collection for readers' theater. I can't wait to see what he will do next.
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Perfect book to read with your child, grandchild, any child! First we find the country on a world map and discuss what we know about the region. Then assign several characters to each of us. As we read our parts to each other we try to use different voices for the characters. Kids love it! (And love you too).
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