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Shake-it-up tales! : stories to sing, dance, drum, and act out
MacDonald, Margaret Read, 1940-
Publication Information:
Little Rock, Ark. : August House, [2000]

Physical Description:
174 pages : illustrations, music ; 26 cm
General Note:
"With help from Jen and Nat Whitman, Wajuppa Tossa, and the Mahasarakham Storytellers."

Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Central Library LB1042 .M228 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
Marilla Free Library LB1042 .M228 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Frank E. Merriweather Library LB1042 .M228 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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As any good storyteller knows, audience participation often makes the difference between a so-so story and a terrific tale. Here, veteran performer Margaret Read MacDonald shares her experience in this collection of multicultural stories that involve plenty of audience involvement. You'll find riddle stories, improvisational stories, singing tales, tandem tales, and much more.

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School Library Journal Review

An essential tool for librarians looking for participation tales from different cultures. Each of the 20 stories is easy to learn and MacDonald provides wonderful ideas on how to inspire elementary-aged children to join in and become part of the storytelling tradition. Tips for the telling (including props in some cases) and a short history of the folktale follow each selection. The entries are divided into three basic categories: "Chanting, Singing, Dancing, Drumming"; "Talk-Back Tales," subdivided into "Stories with Improv Slots" and "Riddle Stories"; and "Dramatic Play," including "Actors-from-the-Audience," "Tandem Telling," "Story Theatre," and "Act-It-Out-Tales." Each section includes an annotated list of additional selections from which to choose. One downside is that there is no index, but the table of contents is detailed enough that those searching for tales should have no trouble locating them. Overall, a great resource.-Jennifer M. Parker, Tufts Library, Weymouth, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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