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Using Wordless Picture Books

One of the ways I have encouraged students to tell stories is by telling what action they see in a wordless picture book. Many students have trouble creating a story from their imaginations due to being shy or having a limited vocabulary. 

Using Literary Tales

I enjoy telling many literary tales. One of my favorites is Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies by Harriet Peck Taylor.   It’s a delightful tale of how butterflies trick the trickster coyote. The story fits nicely as a nature tale, porquois tale explaining why butterflies don’t fly straight, and as a trickster tale. 

The Wisdom of Aesop. Part 2

Aesop’s Fables are quick and easy to tell. The problem is they are oftentimes too short. With experimentation, it is not difficult to combine tales with similar morals or characters to create a series or a longer tale.

The Wisdom of Aesop, Part 1

When searching for a short and sweet story with a simple lesson, consider an Aesop’s Fable. I find that when retold, they can be adapted for many age groups.

The Serpent Slayer

When I first began telling stories, I did not keep a bibliography of my work. It did not seem important at the time. I was telling up to three times a week at Storyteller Café, Mesa, Arizona, needing up to 18 stories a week. Learning stories quickly and creating concerts were my goals. 

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