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Shake-It-Up Tales!

Shake-It-Up Tales!

Stories to Sing, Dance, Drum, and Act Out

Author: Margaret Read MacDonald

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As any good storyteller knows, audience participation often makes the difference between a so-so story and a terrific tale. Here, veteran performer Margaret Read MacDonald shares her experience in this collection of multicultural stories that involve plenty of audience involvement. You'll find riddle stories, improvisational stories, singing tales, tandem tales, and much more. The stories in Shake-It-Up Tales! are all easy to learn and easy to tell, and MacDonald prefaces each one with different suggestions for involving the audience, from implementing a simple refrain to casting listeners in the lead roles. Additionally, she provides an extensive list of resources and guides for each element of audience participation (or story play, as she calls it) introduced. An invaluable resource for anyone telling stories to children-parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians.

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"An essential tool for librarians looking for participation tales from different cultures. Each of the 20 stories is easy to learn and MacDonald provides wonderful ideas on how to inspire elementary-aged children to join in and become part of the storytelling tradition. Tips for the telling (including props in some cases) and a short history of the folktale follow each selection. The entries are divided into three basic categories: "Chanting, Singing, Dancing, Drumming"; "Talk-Back Tales," subdivided into "Stories with Improv Slots" and "Riddle Stories"; and "Dramatic Play," including "Actors-from-the-Audience," "Tandem Telling," "Story Theatre," and "Act-It-Out-Tales." Each section includes an annotated list of additional selections from which to choose. One downside is that there is no index, but the table of contents is detailed enough that those searching for tales should have no trouble locating them. Overall, a great resource." - Jennifer Parker ,School Library Journal
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