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Multicultural folktales : readers theatre for elementary students
Barchers, Suzanne I.
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Englewood, Colo. : Teacher Ideas Press, 2000.
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xxi, 188 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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GR43.C4 B39 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
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Introduce your students to other countries and cultures through the traditional folk and fairy tales in these engaging readers theatre scripts. Representing more than 30 countries and regions, the 40 reproducible scripts are accompanied by presentation suggestions and recommendations for props and delivery. Each has been assessed for readability using the Flesch-Kincaid Readability Scale and is grouped for grades one through five. Valuable as supplements to multicultural units, these scripts actively involve students in the subject, and they promote oral reading and presentation skills.

Author Notes

Suzanne I. Barchers , EdD, is the author of two college textbooks, over 20 readers theatre and teacher resource books, and more than 100 educational books for children. She is past president of the Association of Educational Publishers and serves on the PBS Kids Next Generation Advisory Board. Barchers has served as a public school teacher, affiliate faculty for the University of Colorado-Denver, acquisitions editor for Teacher Ideas Press, editor and chief of Leapfrog, and managing editor at Weekly Reader . Barchers writes and consults from her home.

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Booklist Review

Drawing on fairy tales and folktales from around the world, Barchers provides 40 reproducible scripts, with hands-on advice on how to get kids reading and performing the stories. The scripts are arranged by reading level from grades one through five, but they can also be used by country, culture, and theme (princess tales, giant tales, animal tales, etc.). The range is wide: "Baba Yaga," from Russia; "The Legend of the Feathered Serpent," from Mexico; "The Peach Boy," from Japan; "Spider Flies to the Feast," from Liberia; and many more. With each script, Barchers gives the country of origin, a brief summary of the plot, and a list of characters, as well as suggestions for presentation, delivery, simple props and costuming. Her informal introduction makes a strong case for getting students to read rather than memorize presentations. Even with middle-graders, these scripts can be used as models to create readers' theater across the curriculum. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

A collection of 40 folktales, both familiar and unusual, designed to bring a variety of countries and cultures to life. The one-to-eight page reproducible scripts are easy to use and written in clear, if sometimes bland, prose. Each selection includes a plot summary plus suggestions for presentation, delivery, and props. Although primarily from European traditions, the tales are also culled from Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, and the U.S., and range from humorous to thought-provoking. While grouped for grades one through five, they can be easily adapted. This is a fun and creative way to share these stories and to improve oral reading and active listening skills as well.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Chapter 1 First-Grade Reading Levelp. 1
The Farmer and the Animals (Finland)p. 3
Gawain and the Green Knight (England)p. 6
It Could Always Be Worse (Yiddish)p. 9
Molly Whuppie (Scotland)p. 12
The Peach Boy (Japan)p. 16
Chapter 2 Second-Grade Reading Levelp. 21
Baba Yaga (Russia)p. 23
The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse, and the Bum-Clock (Ireland)p. 28
The Giant in the Garden (Scotland)p. 34
Gifts of Love (Korea)p. 38
Los Tres Ratoncitos: A Chiste (Southwestern United States)p. 41
The Magic Table (Germany)p. 44
Sally Ann Thunder and Davey Crockett (United States)p. 48
The Shepherd and the Troll (Iceland)p. 52
Spider Flies to the Feast (Liberia)p. 56
Chapter 3 Third-Grade Reading Levelp. 63
The Clever Daughter (Italy)p. 65
Dick Whittington and His Cat (England)p. 69
Finding the Foolish (Scotland)p. 74
The Master-Maid (Norway)p. 78
The Tree That Bled Fish (Micronesia)p. 87
Water, Water Will Be Mine (Kenya)p. 91
The White-Haired Old Woman (United States, Native American)p. 98
Why Ants Carry Burdens (Africa/Hausa)p. 100
Chapter 4 Fourth-Grade Reading Levelp. 105
Arion and His Harp (Greece)p. 107
Catherine and Her Destiny (Italy, Sicily)p. 110
How Fisher Went to the Skyland (Great Lakes Region/Anishinabe)p. 115
Polly Ann and John Henry (United States)p. 119
Princess Sivatra (India)p. 124
The Three Wishes (Hungary)p. 128
To the Sun, Moon, and Wind (Spain)p. 131
The Young Chief Who Played the Flute (New Zealand)p. 135
Chapter 5 Fifth-Grade Reading Levelp. 139
The Doomed Prince (Egypt)p. 141
Fortunee (France)p. 145
The Forty Thieves (Arabia)p. 150
Grateful Hans (Germany)p. 155
The Learned Servant Girl (China)p. 160
Legend of the Feathered Serpent (Mexico)p. 163
The Magic Fan (India)p. 167
Princess Maya (India)p. 172
The Seven Pairs of Slippers (Portugal)p. 176
The Snow Queen (Denmark)p. 181