The Storyteller's Start-up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing, and Using Folktales Including Twelve Tellable Tales

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august house, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 215 pages
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For those who want to begin storytelling but don't know where to start, The Storyteller's Start-Up Book offers everything one could ask for. Margaret Read MacDonald, a folklorist and children's librarian who is also a touring storyteller, offers basic start-up information on finding stories, looking at them critically, starting a "story bank," networking with other storytellers, and creating a storytelling event. In chapters on learning and performing folktales, MacDonald offers the reader suggestions for finding his or her own performance style. Most importantly, MacDonald presents twelve fool-proof tales that will work for the first-time storyteller. Arranged in ethnopoetic style to relay a sense of rhythm, the stories encourage audience participation and feature enough repetition to make them easy to remember. These multicultural tales selected from the folklore of Angola, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Siberia, Wales, and Zaire will delight any audience. Includes excellent bibliographies to help the new teller continue to explore the world of storytelling.

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User Review  - Debra_Armbruster - LibraryThing

A good guide for beginning storytelling. MacDonald writes clearly and from a very solid foundation. She incorporates well-known tropes and international tales, and her positive message, that anyone can develop into a great storyteller, comes through. Read full review

The storyteller's start-up book: finding, learning, performing, and using folktales including twelve tellable tales

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Following her fine collection, Peace Tales (Shoe String, 1992), MacDonald here distills her extensive storytelling experience into 16 very brief, schematically organized chapters. Her advice covers ... Read full review


An Invitation to Storytell
Performing the Story
Playing with Story
Teaching Others to Tell
Looking at Stories Critically
Accepting the Role of Storyteller
Belonging to the Story
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About the author (1993)

Margaret Read MacDonald is a children s librarian turned storyteller who travels the world sharing tales. Her many picture book retellings include "The Boy from the Dragon Palace", "Little Rooster s Diamond Button", and "Mabela the Clever". When not traveling, she lives near Seattle, Washington.

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