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More ready-to-tell tales from around the world
Holt, D. (David)
Publication Information:
Little Rock, Ark. : August House Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
256 pages ; 23 cm
A multicultural collection of traditional tales contributed by experienced storytellers, with tips for telling the stories.
Reading Level:
930 Lexile.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PZ8.1 .M796 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PZ8.1 .M796 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.1 .M796 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Work Room
PZ8.1 .M796 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.1 .M796 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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When David Holt and Bill Mooney collaborated on their original Ready-to-Tell Tales, they knew they had a tiger by the tail a how-to book for all those who have watched a master storyteller and wondered, How do they do that? School Library Journal recognized it as an extraordinary deserves a place on the shelf beside other storytelling classics. It was highly recommended by Booklist and won a truckload of awards and citations.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This follow up to the editors' Ready-to-Tell Tales: Sure-Fire Stories from America's Favorite Storytellers (1994) is another fine anthology of stories introduced by some of the country's most accomplished storytellers. The first volume included only a few stories from other countries, but this title's focus is on the international, with tales originating from nearly every continent. As the introduction promises, these are short, gripping stories that "kick-in fast" and are "guaranteed to work." Grouped according to type (comedy, trickster, tall) and theme (family and community, codes of conduct, etc.), the selections include a photo of and suggestions from the storytellers. Indexes of tales by cultural source and recommended audience conclude this excellent resource for both school and public library collections. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-As in Ready-to-Tell Tales (August House, 1994), Holt and Mooney have solicited favorite selections from their fellow professional storytellers, including Margaret Read MacDonald, Len Cabral, and Jon Spelman. According to the introduction, each one of these 45 pieces has been "honed by countless tellings" and is sure to grab listeners right from the start. The editors urge readers to acknowledge the contributors of the tales they choose to tell and to develop their own style when performing them. The storyteller introduces each offering with notes about its history and provenance, any adaptations that may have been made to it, and the particular audience that will enjoy it. A profile of the contributor, a black-and-white photo, and performance tips accompany each selection. Folktales, tall tales, original tales, and tales adapted from literary sources are all included. Indexes provide access by country of origin and by age level. This book will be of most use to adults and older kids who tell stories, but may also interest those who just enjoy reading a good yarn.-Sally Bates Goodroe, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.