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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Margaret Read MacDonald Bio: Margaret Read MacDonald is a professional storyteller, award winning author and highly respected consultant who travels the world telling stories and conducting workshops for educators. Her most popular workshop "Playing with Stories" has been offered in over 70 countries. She has been invited to storytelling and literary festivals in Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand and Singapore. In addition, Dr. MacDonald teaches storytelling to classroom teachers for the Lesley University Creative Education through the Arts program. For years, she also taught storytelling as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Washington Information School. Dr. MacDonald is the author of over 60 books on folklore and storytelling topics, including many award winning folktale picture books. She has been telling stories since 1964 in her work as a children's librarian, and she holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University along with an M.Ed.EC. (Educational Communications Masters) from the University of Hawaii and a Master's of Library Science (MLS) from the University of Washington. She is well known for her ability to create texts that delight the ear and are easy for teachers to share. Teaching with Story contains 20 of these useful stories that can be used by teachers with their students.

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