Best Selling Books by Margaret Read Macdonald

Margaret Read Macdonald is the author of The Storyteller's Start-up Book (1993), Tom Thumb (1993), Five-Minute Tales (2007), Mabela the Clever (2001) and other 67 books.

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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

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.

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.

Mabela the Clever

release date: Jan 01, 2001
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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

Peace Tales

release date: Jan 01, 2006
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.

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.

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.

Pickin' Peas

release date: Dec 13, 2017
Pickin' Peas
Read Along or Enhanced eBook: A clever, singing rabbit eats his way through the pea patch until Little Girl snatches him up and he is soon singing a new tune as he plans his escape. With a nod to Brer Rabbit, Pickin Peas is adapted from two folktales collected in Alabama and Virginia. The lively storytelling voice of award-winning author Margaret Read MacDonald, combined with Pat Cummings'' bright, bold contemporary illustrations, makes this timeless battle-of-wits an instant classic.

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.

How Many Donkeys?

release date: Sep 01, 2009
How Many Donkeys?
Jouha is loading his donkeys with dates to sell at the market. How many donkeys are there? His son helps him count ten, but once the journey starts, things change. First there are ten donkeys, then there are nine! When Jouha stops to count again, the lost donkey is back. What''s going on? Silly Jouha doesn''t get it, but by the end of the story, wise readers will be counting correctly−and in Arabic!

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.

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."

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.

Go to Sleep, Gecko! A Balinese Folktale

release date: Dec 13, 2017
Go to Sleep, Gecko! A Balinese Folktale
Read Along or Enhanced eBook: Gecko may be small, but he has a giant-sized problem. Every night he is awakened by the fireflies outside his window. And when Gecko doesn''t get his rest, he gets a little grumpy. So he goes to Elephant, the head of the village, to complain. His request that the fireflies stop working at night sets off a comical chain of problems for everyone in the village and complicates everyone’s life. Through this cumulative tale from the Balinese tradition, Gecko learns that his well-being depends on that of the entire village and he finally goes to sleep, a little wiser.

When the Lights Go Out

release date: Sep 01, 1988

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 Farmyard Jamboree

release date: Jan 01, 2005
The Farmyard Jamboree
A cumulative tale from Chile that begins with a hen and ends with sixteen different animals and a guitar.

The Girl Who Wore Too Much

release date: Dec 13, 2017
The Girl Who Wore Too Much
Read Along or Enhanced eBook: In this timeless tale from Thailand, A girl cannot decide which of her many silken dresses and lavish jewels to wear to the dance, so she wears them all. Her foolish decision, teaches her a valuable lesson.

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

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

The Round Book

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

Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale

release date: Dec 13, 2017
Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale
Read Along or Enhanced eBook: Have you ever heard the saying, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach”? Well, Cat''s stomach is bigger than a lot of things. He is always hungry, and living with culinary-inclined Mouse, who makes thirty-five pies in one day, just makes it worse. Fat Cat swallows everything in sight, including the washlady and her washtub, a troop of soldiers and their swords, even a king and his elephant! But when Cat swallows Mouse and her sewing basket, that''s the last straw. Tiny Mouse cuts to the heart of the situation, taking an upside-down world and turning it right-side-up again. Greedy Cat learns his lesson and turns “fat” into “fancy,” “fabulous,” and “fantastic.” Margaret Read MacDonald''s infectious energy combines with Julie Paschkis''s folk-inspired gouache paintings to create a new retelling of a favorite comic cumulative tale.

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.

The Storyteller's Sourcebook

The Storyteller's Sourcebook
The Storyteller''s Sourcebook is the first reference tool to bring together from children''s collections variants of each folktale, and to supply descriptions of them. It is specifically designed for quick and easy access by the teacher or librarian who wants to locate (1) tales about a given subject, (2) the location of a specific tale title in collections, (3) tales from an ethnic or geographical area, (4) variants of a specific tale. - p. ix.

The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog: A Folktale from Great Britain

release date: Dec 13, 2017
The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog: A Folktale from Great Britain
Read Along or Enhanced eBook: When a rich man is rescued from thieves by a smelly, slobbery dog, the man offers the dog any treasure is his house as a reward. The treasure that the dog chooses is the rich man’s daughter. With great sadness, the daughter honors her father’s promise and goes to live with the dog. Over time, a friendship grows between the girl and the dog, but she still misses her father. In this tale from Great Britain, award winning author, Margaret Read MacDonald puts a new spin on the classic story, “Beauty and the Beast”, reminding us all that appearances can be deceiving and that compassion can be powerful.

Pachamama Tales: Folklore from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay

release date: Jul 31, 2014
Pachamama Tales: Folklore from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay
A bilingual collection of enchanting folk tales from the peoples of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, and Paraguay, accompanied by historical and geographical background as well as color photographs. • Provides ready-to-tell stories from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay that both entertain and promote multicultural awareness • An ideal resource for storytellers, folklorists, parents, librarians, Spanish instructors, and other educators who conduct storytime programs • Includes color inserts that help bring the rich folklore and culture of these South American nations to life • Stories are presented in both English and Spanish

Conejito: A Folktale from Panama

release date: Dec 13, 2017
Conejito: A Folktale from Panama
Read Along or Enhanced eBook: In this action packed folktale from Panama, a clever little rabbit and his Tía Mónica find ways to outwit a fox, a tiger, and a lion, all of whom want to eat him for lunch.

Bye Bye Big!

release date: Nov 01, 2017
Bye Bye Big!
n eye-popping circle story teaches sequencing and size relationships.There was a big big frog!And a little little mosquito ...So begins a buoyant visual tale in which one animal after another is bested by a larger one¿until the smallest of all proves that strength comes in many forms. Inspired by a dynamic cast of characters featuring mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects, kids will chant along with the refrain and delight in the circle of life.MacDonald and Fierst capture the spirited rhythms of playground boasts in infectiously simple text. Kitty Harvill¿s bold, primary acrylic and cut-paper illustrations reflect the dynamics of the story chain with humor and a surprise ending.

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.
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