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Storycraft : 50 theme-based programs combining storytelling, activities and crafts for children in grades 1-3
Simpson, Martha Seif, 1954-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 2001.
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x, 283 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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LB1042 .S56 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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While storytelling is a great favorite of preschoolers, many elementary age children are more drawn to crafts and other activities. StoryCraft is an award-winning library program that combines storytelling with crafts in an exciting and engaging activity for children in first through third grades. Each one-hour program includes storytelling, a craft, movement, activities, music, and discussion. This collection of StoryCraft programs presents 50 fun and educational theme-based sessions. Each includes suggestions for promotion, music, crafts, activities, and stories. The sessions also include bibliographies to help direct young readers toward additional reading, as well as diagrams, detailed instructions, and supply lists for the crafts. The themes range from a Jungle Safari to Math Mayhem to a Western Roundup, all encouraging children to enjoy reading in a variety of ways. Each session has plenty of suggestions, so that the program can be customized. Helpful Hints for implementing the program can help any librarian, volunteer, or parent turn a ho-hum storytime into a dazzling StoryCraft time.

Author Notes

Martha Seif Simpson is head of children's services at Stratford Library Association in Stratford, Connecticut. Lynne Perrigo is a children's librarian in Westport, Connecticut. She is also a storyteller and white-face clown.

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School Library Journal Review

A collection of popular, child-tested programs. Themes include dragons, cowboys and cowgirls, kites, and magic, and are arranged alphabetically by title of program not content ("What's Cooking?" is last rather than under "food"). Each unit includes suggestions for a bulletin board, background music, an opener, stories, a group-participation activity, a craft, and numerous titles to booktalk. Step-by-step instructions for presenting the programs are offered, from promotion to cleanup, as well as "Helpful Hints." Craft instructions are divided into two parts-preparations to be done ahead of time and what the children do during the program. The authors warn that these programs are labor intensive and suggest two librarians in addition to utilizing volunteers. However, many ideas could be simplified, though the authors do not provide suggestions for doing so. A must for public librarians looking for programs to keep kids coming to the library after they've graduated from storytime.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Helpful Hintsp. 5
Balloons and Bubbles (Balloons and Bubbles)p. 9
Beat It! (Drums)p. 13
Best Buddies (Friendship)p. 16
The Big Meow (Wildcats)p. 20
Blast Off! (Outer Space)p. 26
Bon Voyage! (Travel)p. 31
Bookworms (Books and Libraries)p. 35
Celebrate Families (Family)p. 40
Choo Choo Boogie (Railroads and Trains)p. 46
Circus Time (Circus)p. 52
Creepy Crawlies (Bugs, Worms, and Slimy Critters)p. 59
Day by Day (Calendars)p. 62
Delightful Dragons (Dragons)p. 67
Dynamic Dinosaurs (Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures)p. 74
Fantastic Creatures (Unicorns and Other Fantasy Beasts)p. 80
Fowl Play (Turkeys, Geese, Chickens, and Ducks)p. 88
Fractured Fairy Tales (Fairy Tales Revisited)p. 94
Gardens Grow (Gardens and Gardening)p. 104
Go Team! (Sports)p. 109
Gulp! (People, Animals, and Things Eating Stuff They Shouldn't)p. 112
Harvest Fair (Fairs)p. 119
Hats Off to You! (Hats, Caps, and Crowns)p. 125
Here Comes a Wedding (Weddings)p. 130
Hidden Treasure (Treasure)p. 134
Hocus Pocus (Magic Tricks)p. 138
How's the Weather? (Weather)p. 142
Jungle Safari (Rain Forests)p. 147
Let's Dance! (Dance)p. 152
Let's Fly a Kite! (Kites)p. 157
Make a Wish (Wishes)p. 161
Mardi Gras (New Orleans Style)p. 165
Math Mayhem (Fun with Numbers)p. 169
Monster Mania (Monsters)p. 172
Native American Legends (Native American Folklore)p. 180
Naughty but Nice (Naughty Children)p. 186
Open Sesame! (Doors and Windows)p. 192
Rock On (Rocks and Stones)p. 197
Royal Rumpus (Queens, Kings, Princes, Princesses)p. 200
Sailing, Sailing (Boats and Life at Sea)p. 205
Shadows Know (Shadows and Silhouettes)p. 211
Shoe Be Do (Footwear)p. 216
Something Fishy (Sea Creatures)p. 220
Strike Up the Band! (Musical Instruments)p. 224
Stuff and Nonsense (Silly Stories and Poems)p. 228
Tiny Folk (Little People)p. 235
Toyland (Toys and Puppets)p. 238
Wacky Inventors (Inventions and Inventing)p. 241
Walking Tall (Giants)p. 246
Western Roundup (Cowboys and Cowgirls)p. 251
What's Cooking? (Food Fun)p. 256
Appendix I Recipesp. 259
Appendix II Resourcesp. 261
Indexp. 263