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Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom,
Second Edition

by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss

2005 pb  288 pages
Item #545  
ISBN 1-57274-663-7 


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The revised edition of this award- winning guidebook on storytelling in the classroom includes over 80% new material. The authors provide compelling rationales for the value of storytelling, links to state literacy learning standards, detailed storytelling unit tips, easy ideas for storytelling celebrations, uses for storytelling throughout the curriculum, and carefully selected and extensive bibliographies. Considered the classic in the field, Children Tell Stories is useful to both experienced and novice teachers and storytellers who work with students from preschool through college.

The authors have retold four folk tales for the Books for Young Learners collection that are suitable for classroom telling and reading: Two Fables of Aesop, How Fox Became Red, Tricky Rabbit, and Why Animals Never Got Fire. Call or visit our website for information.                           More Details

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                                Why Children Should Be Given
                                the Opportunity to Tell Stories 

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"Hamilton and Weiss have thoroughly revised and updated their award winning Children Tell Stories in a new edition that is an indispensable guide to all aspects of teaching storytelling. An accompanying DVD brings the entire process to life, following the progress of third graders as they learn stories, cope with their fears, and master their tellings for presentation at a family event. Interviews with children, teachers, and families provide a broad context for the storytelling process."

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Beauty & the Beast Storytellers

Author Bios:

Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, who live in Ithaca, New York have been performing together professionally as Beauty & the Beast Storytellers at schools, libraries, coffeehouses, museums, festivals, and conferences throughout the United States and Canada since 1980. They leave it to their audiences to decide which one is the Beauty and which the Beast.

Martha, formerly a reference librarian at Cornell university, began telling stories as a hobby after she mistakenly walked into a storytelling workshop while attending a library conference.  She was eventually introduced to Mitch by a friend who told her, “Mitch may not know it, but he’s a storyteller."  Mitch had majored in government as a student at Cornell, a field which some have jokingly commented seems "perfect for a storyteller.”  At the time he was one of the owners/workers at the cooperatively run Moosewood Restaurant, an Ithaca landmark because of its best-selling vegetarian cookbook.


Martha and Mitch have also written
four of our Books for Young Learners


Two Fables of Aesop, Why Animals Never Got Fire,  How Fox Became Red,  Tricky Rabbit

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