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The Storyteller's Start-up Book

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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The Storyteller's Start-up Book
Offers tips for beginning storytellers on getting started, collecting stories, networking with other storytellers, and deciding on a performance style

Party Croc!

release date: Feb 01, 2015
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Party Croc!
When you promise Croc a party, you better keep that promise and give him a party! Zuva knows you should never invite a crocodile to town—everyone knows that! But what if the crocodile does you a favor? And what if you promise to return the favor by inviting him to the village party? And what if this croc actually comes knocking on your front door? Because this crocodile is a PARTY CROC! This hilarious retelling of a Shona folktale from Zimbabwe is both a cautionary tale about keeping promises and a raucously fun read-aloud for party animals of any age.

Kindness Tales

release date: Apr 07, 2021
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Kindness Tales
What could be more timely than a book about kindness in today's divided and often hostile world? Kindness Tales is the long-awaited third book in a trilogy that includes Peace Tales and Earth Care from award-winning author and highly-respected folklorist, Margaret Read MacDonald. Margaret has curated a collection of her favorite stories that celebrate the timeless power of kindness to make the world a gentler, safer, and even more loving place. Kindness Tales contains more than forty folktales that illustrate the transformative power of kindness through leading, sharing and caring for one another through simple acts of kindness. These stories share a common theme of using thoughtful and sometimes generous acts of kindness to make the world better. These timeless tales from the world's great oral traditions are a delight to tell, read aloud with a group, or simply enjoy as a quiet reading experience. This book can also be used as a personal touchstone for thinking about and reflecting more deeply on the consequences of quiet acts of kindness. Stories from around the world are supplemented by generous reference notes, source information, and suggestions for further reading on the topic of kindness. These stories also teach the important role that fairness and personal responsibility contribute to our world. Due to Margaret's careful curation, these stories can be shared with groups of all ages. Some of these tales easily engage preschool and primary school-aged children, while other stories are more thought-provoking and more engaging for teenagers and adults. Margaret Read MacDonald is well known for her lively retellings of folktales. Drawing on her extensive background in folklore (Ph.D. Indiana University Folklore Institute) and her many travels throughout the world, MacDonald searches out unusual tales from the world's folk literature and oral traditions. She has a gift for retelling these stories so they appeal to children and adults alike. Margaret is a prolific writer and performer, having published over 55 books.

Three-minute Tales

release date: Jan 01, 2004
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Three-minute Tales
Offers over eighty short stories from around the globe, including Asia, Mexico, and eastern Europe.

Shake-it-up Tales!

release date: Jan 01, 2000
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Shake-it-up Tales!
Collects twenty international tales arranged by storytelling technique, including dramatic play, talk-back tales, and chanting, singing, dancing, and drumming.

Five-Minute Tales

release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Five-Minute Tales
A companion to Three Minute Tales compiles another delightful collection of entertaining stories from around the world to read or tell on any occasion. Simultaneous.

Tom Thumb

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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Tom Thumb
Presents twenty-five variants of the "Tom Thumb" tale from around the world, with notes on each, a unit for classroom study, a bibliography, and suggestions for other related activities.

The Wishing Foxes

release date: Apr 15, 2017
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The Wishing Foxes
In this Appalachian version of "The Kind and the Unkind Girls," two sisters--Bess and Tess--are sent by their mother to draw water from the Well-at-the-End-of-the-World. Along the way they meet a bear, a mountain lion, a wild boar, and three little foxes. When Bess greets them with courtesy and respect, the foxes reward her kindness. Tess, greedy for her own bounty, can't be bothered with manners; she bonks the animals with her bucket, kicks them with her boots, and slings the little foxes to the ground. In the end, both sisters get their just deserts.With a storyteller's cadence, Margaret Read MacDonald captures the tale's mountain rhythms, homespun wisdom, and timeless truth. Kitty Harvill's vibrant illustrations, rendered in watercolor and cut-paper collage, capture the interplay and mountain terrain that has shaped this unique version of a universal tale.

Mabela the Clever

release date: Jan 01, 2001
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Mabela the Clever
Mabela may be the smallest mouse in the village, but her father has taught her to be clever. And this cleverness comes in handy when the cat comes, inviting everyone to join the secret Cat Society. The mice line up, with Mabela at the front and the Cat at the back. They march into the forest, singing the secret Cat song and shouting FO FENG! Only clever Mabela realizes the Cat is up to no good!

Look Back and See

release date: Jan 01, 1991
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Look Back and See
Collection of 20 folktales from around the world with a gentle tone including many that include singing and audience participation.
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