Once Upon A Time . . .

These words are heard quite often in the Children’s Dept, however, they were heard even more this past Sunday when The Art of Storytelling for Educators had their monthly gathering.  Stories with “stuff” were told by several folks and many of those stories came from the following books:

IMG_2237The Family Storytelling Handbook has examples of stories you would tell with a handkerchief, a piece of paper–either folding, cutting or tearing, nesting dolls, quilt pieces or even your hands!  She also has chapters on why to tell stories (my favorite–IT’S FUN!), when to tell them, what kinds of stories there are to tell and how to tell them.


The Story Vine has a great subtitle–a source book of unusual and easy-to-tell stories from around the world-whew!  Included are string stories, in fact, two versions of Cat’s Cradle (and I thought this was only a game!), drawing stories, stories with dolls or figurines, finger-play stories and stories that use musical instruments.

Anne Pellowski has collected the stories and written the information in both of these sources.  They contain excellent illustrations, directions for telling the stories and bibliographies for even more sources.

Here is the end result to one of the stories:


I’ll give you a hint–it’s in one of the books just mentioned!

About Kathy

Senior Librarian, Children's Dept, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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