Best Selling Paperback Books by Margaret Read MacDonald

Margaret Read MacDonald is the author of Tom Thumb (1993), Peace Tales (2005), Five-Minute Tales (2007), The Storyteller's Start-up Book (1993) and other 31 books.

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Tom Thumb

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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.

Peace Tales

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Peace Tales
Maybe it's the king who spills honey, and then says it is not his problem until it causes a war. Or maybe it's some sandpipers and whales who get into a foolish fight that almost destroys their homes. Perhaps it's the man who thinks that a gun makes him strong, or the monkeys who follow their leader into water that's too deep.

Five-Minute Tales

release date: Jan 01, 2007
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.

The Storyteller's Start-up Book

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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

Three-minute Tales

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

Kindness Tales

release date: Apr 07, 2021
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.

Shake-it-up Tales!

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

Bat's Big Game

release date: Mar 01, 2008
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!

Ghost Stories from the Pacific Northwest

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Ghost Stories from the Pacific Northwest
Tales of ghosts inhabiting the Pacific Northwest include stories of haunted houses, departed loved ones, and disturbed Native American burial sites

Conejito

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Conejito
In this folktale from Panama, a little rabbit and his Tia Monica outwit a fox, a tiger, and a lion, all of whom want to eat him for lunch.

The Parent's Guide to Storytelling

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Parent's Guide to Storytelling
Provides advice on storytelling techniques including when to raise and lower the voice and when to refrain from reading and encourage audience participation, including dozens of stories that are easy to read aloud.

Ten Traditional Tellers

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Ten Traditional Tellers
Examining storytelling through the distinct voices of ten traditional tellers, this text offers a look at their lives and art as they discuss their reasons for telling, their uses of the stories, and the influence of their cultural heritage.

Party Croc!

release date: Feb 01, 2015
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.

Tuck-me-in Tales

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Tuck-me-in Tales
Provides young readers with five different stories from diverse cultures--Japan, South America, the British Isles, Liberia, and Siberia--enhanced by detailed watercolor paintings, including "Chin Chin Kobokama" and "Kanji-Jo, the Nestlings."

Scipio Storytelling

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Scipio Storytelling
This book discusses the art of storytelling in a small community of Southern Indiana. Based on audio-taped participant observation in the rural community of Scipio, Indiana, the author presents an analysis of storytelling performances during social events of family and friends. MacDonald discusses performative aspects such as the techniques of the storyteller and stresses the role of the audience during the story event. She also examines several genres of Scipio story, such as fish stories, old codger stories, and practical joking tales. The repertoire and style of one of the community's master storytellers is analyzed along with the attributes of a master storyteller and the passing on of the storyteller's role. Scipio Storytelling concludes with a note on the future of this storytelling style in this particular community.

The Skit Book

release date: Jan 01, 2006
The Skit Book
Presents a variety of short skits written by children that do not require much preparation or props.

Twenty Tellable Tales

release date: Jan 01, 1986
Twenty Tellable Tales
Presents a collection of folktales for adults to tell elementary-age children, with special techniques for encouraging audience participation

Tough Tug

release date: Mar 01, 2018
Tough Tug
Tough Tug, a new boat, is excited to show the others what he can do, but on his first tow job to Alaska, he learns an important lesson.

Pickin' Peas

release date: Sep 16, 2014
Pickin' Peas
Because a pesky rabbit picks peas from her garden, a little girl catches it and puts it in a box, but that doesn't solve the problem.

The Storyteller's Sourcebook

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Storyteller's Sourcebook
The first edition provides descriptions of folktales and references to more than 700 published sources of folktales. The new edition covers folktales from 1983-1999. Both editions include thorough indexing by subject, motif, title, ethnic group and country of origin and a comprehensive bibliography.

Look Back and See

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

Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!

release date: Dec 04, 2012
Tunjur! Tunjur! Tunjur!
A childless woman's prayers are answered by the arrival of a talking pot, but the new mother knows that Little Pot must learn right from wrong just like any child.

The Round Book

release date: Jan 01, 1999
The Round Book
Includes a brief history of the round, eighty rounds to sing, and suggestions for round leaders on how to use them.

Booksharing

release date: Jan 01, 1991
Booksharing
Suggests programs for preschoolers featuring books about science, the seasons, holidays, the imagination, travel, art, and music.

Bookplay

release date: Jan 01, 1995
Bookplay
Presents thematically arranged programs featuring songs, books, poems, activities, films, art projects, and craft ideas

A Hen, a Chick and a String Guitar

release date: Jan 01, 2005

The Farmyard Jamboree

release date: Jan 01, 2012
The Farmyard Jamboree
A cumulative tale from Chile that begins with a hen and ends with sixteen different animals and a guitar.

Celebrate the World

release date: Jan 01, 1994
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

Tales from the Arabian Peninsula

release date: Nov 13, 2015
Tales from the Arabian Peninsula
This unique and diverse selection of traditional folktales from the countries of the Arabian peninsula appeals to a broad audience, ranging from storytellers and educators to folklorists and scholars.

The Old Woman who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle

release date: Dec 01, 2005
The Old Woman who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle
In this British variant of a traditional tale, an ungrateful woman who complains constantly about her house is granted increasingly grandiose wishes by a fairy.

Surf War!

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Surf War!
In a timely yet timeless nature tale from Micronesia, a bragging contest between Whale and Sandpiper turns into a battle over the beach and sea, until both realize that the beach and the sea, as well as sea creatures and shorebirds, are interdependent.

The Folklore of World Holidays

release date: Jan 01, 1992
The Folklore of World Holidays
The stories of some 340 holidays from over 150 countries are told, wherever possible, in quotations from books, journals, biographies, and other firsthand accounts by people who actually celebrate the holidays in their own homes. Additional information is furnished by folklorists and anthropologists. Especially strong is the treatment of non-European countries, scantily represented heretofore in the reference literature. Arrangement is according to the Gregorian Calendar, January 1 to December 31 (the introduction explains the origins and organization of this and other calendrical systems). A single index combines ethnic, subject, and geographic entries. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Teaching with Story

Teaching with Story
This invaluable resource includes everything teachers or librarians need to know for using storytelling in a classroom. It covers a range of topics including recommendations for using storytelling to enliven curriculum, ways to develop literacy and language skills, techniques for learning to tell stories, tips for teaching creativity, and ways to build community with other cultures. It even includes ready to tell tales for the classroom and correlates learning activities to the Common Core Standards.

The Wishing Foxes

release date: Apr 15, 2017
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.

Leave, Bees!

Leave, Bees!
A Thai tale. During a fire, some bees fly into the elephants' noses and direct the elephants to safety. The beeds decide not to leave, however, and as the elephants try to blow the bees out, their noses grow longer and longer. That's why elephants have
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