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Noodlehead stories : world tales kids can read & tell
Hamilton, Martha.
Publication Information:
Little Rock, AR : August House, 2000.
Physical Description:
95 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
A collection of folktales from around the world, all featuring the character of the fool, with tips for telling the stories aloud, related activities, and source notes.
Boy who sold the butter (Denmark) -- Dead or alive? (Uruguay) -- Wise fools of Gotham (England) -- Farmer who was easily fooled (Lebanon) -- Juan Bobo and the pot that would not walk (Puerto Rico) -- Scissors (Norway) -- What a bargain! (Arabia) -- Whose horse is whose? (United States) -- Donkey egg (Algeria) -- Such a silly, senseless servant (China) -- No doubt about it (Iran) -- When Giufa guarded the goldsmith's door (Italy) -- Men with mixed-up feet (Russia) -- Next time I'll know what to do (England) -- Hunter of Java (Indonesia/Java) -- Seven foolish fishermen (France) -- King brought down by one blow (Philippines) -- Clever Elsie (Germany) -- Man who didn't know what Minu meant (Ghana) -- Fool's feather pillow (Ireland) -- Ninny who didn't know himself (Moldova) -- Mayor's golden shoes (Poland [Jewish]) -- I'd laugh, too, if I weren't dead (Iceland).
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 3.0 89842.

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Central Library PZ8.1 .N74 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Clarence Library PZ8.1 .N74 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Collins Library PZ8.1 .N74 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library PZ8.1 .N74 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library PZ8.1 .N74 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Frank E. Merriweather Library PZ8.1 .N74 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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World tales kids can read and tell.Call it what you will: stories of the fool have been around as long as people have been telling stories. Everyone has a noodlehead day, when the brain takes a leave of absence. As the stories in this collection show, knuckleheads come in all forms and shapes. These stories bring to mind the wise words of the French humorist Francois Rebelais: "If you wish to avoid seeing a fool, you must first break your mirror."Following each story are tips for telling--especially written for children, but suitable for any age--that include suggestions for timing, intonation, gestures, and body language. There is also a map showing in what area of the world each story originated. Designed for use in primary and middle grades, this book is perfect for children to read on their own as well as those who want to learn to tell stories.It's also a wonderful resource for adults who tell stories to children, and for teachers to use in conjunction with language arts or social studies curricula. These foolish tales are hilarious and relatable. Furthermore, this collection teaches readers the importance of caring, citizenship and fairness.

Author Notes

Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss Bio: Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are a husband-and-wife writing and storytelling team known as "Beauty and the Beast Storytellers." They have traveled the world sharing their passion for the oral tradition and the art of telling great stories. They have co-authored thirteen books and two audio recordings with August House. A number of their books have won prestigious awards including the Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (awarded by Bank Street College of Education), Parents' Choice Award, National Parenting Publications Awards, and Storytelling World Award. Mitch and Martha's story collections include world tales that they tell in a conversational manner so that children can easily comprehend and then share the stories by telling them to other students. Parents and teachers can find a wealth of information on how to get children excited about reading, telling world tales, and making up their own stories at Mitch and Martha's website

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Admitting that they are well qualified to be presenting a gallery of numbskulls, Hamilton and Weiss, professional storytellers collectively known as "Beauty and the Beast," offer 23 tales from nearly as many countries that take readers to Gotham and Chelm and introduce Juan Bobo, Giufa, and a bevy of unnamed ninnyhammers (mostly male for, as they point out, few tales of this kind feature girls or women). Budding tellers will find these short, simplified versions easy to learn and to perform, particularly because each is followed by practical tips for effective delivery. A section of general storytelling advice caps the lot, and for veteran raconteurs or folklorists, notes on tale types and variants are appended. Some of these episodes will be familiar from similar versions in picture books or Alvin Schwartz's easy-reader collections, but this makes a popular bridge between those and M.A. Jagendorf's classic Noodlehead Stories from around the World (1957) and the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Illustrations not seen. --John Peters

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up-Some of the stories included here are well known, such as "The Wise Fools of Gotham" (England) and "Seven Foolish Fishermen" (France), while others, like "When GiufÂ… Guarded the Goldsmith's Door" (Italy), will probably be new to most youngsters. In the introduction, the authors explain the popularity of noodlehead tales around the world, and the fact that the same story is often found in more than one tradition. Tellers are also warned to be careful about using derogatory terms such as "dumb" or "stupid" to describe the fool, numbskull, or knucklehead. The selections are very short (none are more than two pages long, some are less than one), which makes them easy for the youngest, most inexperienced storytellers to perform. The fact that they are funny is a bonus: most kids love reading, telling, and listening to amusing stories. A short note about the tale as well as tips for telling it follow each piece. The authors also include ideas on how to choose a story and learn it, along with some basic guidelines for presenting it. There are also ideas for follow-up activities and source notes. Humorous black-and-white sketches appear throughout. A good storytelling tool for children.-Marlyn K. Roberts, Torrance Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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