Monday, November 25, 2013

Slow and Steady: Stor e Telling January February 2011

Tortoise and Hare
from Children's Illustrations, 1880
I have penned the Stor E Telling column since January of 2002 and the articles from 2002-2006 are the publications page of my website found here . I will be adding the columns from 2007 to 2012 to that page as well. However, I am in the process of checking what link URL's have changed or are now defunct. It is a time consuming process so I am taking the “slow and steady” approach via Aesop and will post the individual columns on my blog for now.

I will not be adding current columns until the following year, so if you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the National Storytelling Network.

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This issue focuses on storytelling and music, a wonderful combination. I offer you some sites to help you hit all the right notes!

American Ballads and Songs – This book will be helpful to tellers and ballad singers. This book, published in 1922, is available as a free download
o   English and Scottish Ballads in America
o   Other Imported Ballads and Songs
o   Native Ballads and Songs
o   Ballads of: Criminals and Outlaws
o   Western Ballads and Songs
o   Miscellaneous Ballads and Songs
o   Dialogue, Nursery and Game Songs

Contemplations from the Marianis TrenchHundreds of ballads and folk songs from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America. Also lyrics, background information and midi files so you can revel in the music while you surf.

Songs for Teaching - A great site to find songs for your stories that tie into curriculum guidelines. There are Teacher Tips, Lesson Plans and Guidelines for using music in the classroom including songs about everyday life, diversity and family. This is the place to be to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart! – As always, Jackie Baldwin has just what we need. Here is the link to the Books, Music and Stories page on her site; a triple treat!

Texas State Library and Archives Commission - Traditional songs, rhymes, fingerplays and games in Spanish and English.

Tell Me A Story – From the King County Library System, librarians share their songs and fingerplays, some are accompanied by video.

January 5, 2011 is National Bird Day. I offer some stories and information to help your imagination’s soar!

Birds As Symbol: A Flight Through Folktale and Poetry – Interesting paper focusing on how “birds are used symbolically to represent spirits or souls in folklore of various countries.”

Bird Stories from Around the World - Fourteen tales I have collected through the years.

The Chinese New Year begins on February 3 and 2011 is The Year of the Rabbit; some tales to add to your repertoire.

A Rabbit Story – Tibet

Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby - USA

The Dance for Water or Rabbit’s Triumph – South Africa

The Foolish Lion and the Clever Rabbit

Rabbit and Fox– Native American

The Rabbit and the Coyote - Mayan

Rabbit Shots the Sun – Native American

The Rabbit Throws Out His Sandal - Mayan
The Smiling Rabbit - Mexico – Two previous posts on my blog about the Chinese NewYear in 2008 and 2009. While the stories are not about rabbit you will find information about the celebration that may be useful.

Many of us will be “wearing the green” soon in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day so here’s a head start on finding some of the fairy folk!

Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, 1892.

The Fireside Stories of Ireland by Patrick Kennedy, 1870.

Folk-Lore and Legends: Legends, Myths and Fairy Tales by Cathryn Wallace, 1910.

And if you missed any of the previous “Slow and Steady…” blog posts here are the links to the series so far.




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