"I can't imagine a more helpful book for the beginning or the seasoned storyteller." - Roberta Simpson Brown
Anyone who has watched a master storyteller mesmerize an audience without benefit of set, props, or musical score, has wondered: “How do they do that?” This book gives the answers.
The trick, this anthology tells us, is in the material. And the 40 contributors should know. They are some of America's most popular storytellers, each of them sharing a story guaranteed to work in front of the most demanding audience.
And that's not all. In addition to a delightful story, each teller has included tips for unlocking the story and telling it in performance.
This multicultural collection includes stories from Africa, India, ancient Greece, Egypt, Japan, the British Isles, Mexico, Thailand, as well as African-American, Cajun, Appalachian, Jewish, and Native American oral traditions.
Includes the story "La Muerta," by Doug Lipman, mentioned in the article, New Tales From Old.
A pleased reader wrote of success based on this book:
Just wanted to give you some
feedback about the Godmother Death
story in the book.
Anyway, I told the tale to a
collected group of 5th graders at
a local elementary school. They
were in the throes of a Mexican
Culture studies program, done by the
teachers guide outline and dry as
sawdust. The story, no thanks to
me but on its own merits, had them
slack-jawed and wide-eyed from the
start of paragraph two to the end.
Better, the teacher told me
she threw the program guide into the
circular file, and both classes
did a nosedive into Mejicano culture
for the next three weeks.
Me, I'm just grinning like a
barracuda over the feedback and
that the young people greet me in
the halls of the school with an "Hola, Senior Diaz."
Bravo and kudos to you.
Good Fortune. Ming
School Library Journal wrote: "This is an extraordinary collection... This volume is highly recommended for public, school, and professional collections; it deserves a place on the shelf beside other storytelling classics."