Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ringing in the New Year: Stor e Telling: January, February, March 2013

Last year I undertook the project of placing all of my 2007-2012 Stor e Telling columns from Storytelling Magazine on my blog. Now that 2014 is here I will begin to share all of the columns from 2013.
I will not be adding current columns until the following year, so if you want immediate access to the newest websites, please consider becoming a member of the 
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Below you will find the sites I offered for the January February March 2013 issue.
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Ring in the New Year with story and song! - From Armenia to Wales, songs, traditions and recipes associated with the New Year.

New Year Traditions Around the World - Why is a baby the symbol of the New Year? Find out and make an easy connection to Greek Myths for your students.  

Winter is upon us in the United States; I bring you some tales of ice and snow.

Davy Crockett and the Frozen Dawn - USA

The Ice King and His Wonderful Grandchild - Dutch

The Little Daughter of the Snow - Russia 

The Long Winter - Canada

Princess Miranda and Prince Hero - Poland

The Snow, the Crow and the Blood - Ireland

The Snow Maiden - Russia

The Snow Tomb - Japan 

Snow Woman - Japan - Jackie Baldwin shares books, resources and stories on winter and the winter solstice.

The Twelve Months – Russia

Snow - We are told no two snowflakes are alike. See how different these remarkable gifts of nature truly are. This site is a wonderful addition to any math or science program.

Stories from India, Italy and France will have you speaking the language of love just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Classic Love Stories - Summaries of some of classics such as Pyramus and Thisbe. 

Italian FolktalesTwenty-one folktales.

Old French Fairy Tales Five timeless fairy tales magnificently illustrated by Virginia Frances Sterrett, c. 1920.

True LoveBare Bones for Storytellers - Jackie Baldwin has delivered a bouquet of stories just in time for Valentine’s Day. – A number of links I have collected to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day every year.

2013 is the Year of the Snake and the Chinese New Year falls on February 10. Below are some folktales to add to the celebration.

The Girl and the Snake – Sweden

The King of the Snakes and Other Folk-lore Stories from Uganda

Rabbit Plays Tug-O-War – Native American 

The Snake and the Pauper – Haiti

The Snake with the Big Feet – Native American

The Snakes Bride – Bhutan

The White Man and the Snake – South Africa

Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together - Africa

Why Mongoose Kills Snakes - Africa

Lions, Dragons, and Nian: Animals of the Chinese New Year - Wonderfully inclusive lesson plan on the Chinese Spring Festival and eastern and western dragons associated with the Chinese New Year.

February 26 is Tell a Fairy Tale Day, which is perfect for storytellers! Here is a blog post I wrote in 2011 with a fairly inclusive number of public domain fairy tale books.

Wisdom, Wit and Wonder

And to add to the fun, a book from 1910.

Fairy Tale Plays and How to Act Them - While some of the language is antiquated it can be easily updated. The book also offers suggestions on costumes, props and scenery. – My Stor e Telling columns from 2007 -2012 with synopses. Just point, click, surf!

Karen Chace 2014 ©
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