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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

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.

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.

The Round Book

release date: Jan 01, 2006
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The Round Book
Presents a brief history of the round, eighty rounds to sing, and suggestions for round leaders on how to use them.

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.

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.

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!

Bat's Big Game

release date: Mar 01, 2008
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Bat's Big Game
The Animals and Birds are getting ready for the big game. Bat wants to WIN. The Animals look strong and fast, so Bat picks that side. But when the Animals fall behind, Bat switches to the Bird team—doesn't a bat have wings? Maybe the Birds will win!

Little Rooster's Diamond Button

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release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Little Rooster's Diamond Button
Little Rooster is happy to find a diamond button—it's a perfect present for his mistress. Then along comes the King, who snatches the button for his treasure chamber! And when Little Rooster demands the button back, the King is so furious he has Little Rooster thrown into a well. One thing the King doesn't know: Little Rooster has a magic stomach. Water? Fire? Bees? No problem!

Celebrate the World

release date: Jan 01, 1994
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Celebrate the World
A collection of folktales for use in programs celebrating holidays around the world offers tales from China, Japan, the Middle East, West Africa, the United States, and other areas
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