Friday, August 1, 2014

Following the Breadcrumbs IX: Stor e Telling September October 2003

Hansel and Gretel
Frank  Adams, 1928
I am traveling back in time and updating all of my Stor e Telling columns for Storytelling Magazine since 2002 I have checked all of the links, updated those that have new URL's and deleted others that have found their way to the Internet graveyard. Through the summer and beyond I will continue to update the columns and post them on my blog until all of the breadcrumbs lead to the end of 2006. At the end of the blog you will find links to the columns from 2007 – 2013.

I continue to write for Storytelling Magazine but will not be adding current columns until the following year. If you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the National Storytelling Network.

Please feel free to comment on the blog and let me know if you find this useful. 

Absolutely Whootie: Stories to Grow By
Multicultural folktales searchable by continent and country; free writing assignments and play scripts as well. It also offers stories categorized by themes to foster positive behavior and reinforcement. You’ll be wise as an owl in no time at all.

Legends of Guam
Nineteen legends from this beautiful island; their main page also offers insight into this ancient culture. On one page I found this proverb from the Chamorra people, "I erensia, lina'la', espiritu-ta," which means "Our heritage gives life to our spirit.” A storyteller could have written those words.

National Council of Teachers of English
The NCTE’s position statement on the value of storytelling in the classroom.

Academic Benchmarks
Choose the state and all of the standards are there to tie your work with the state curriculum, Common Core and lesson plans. You may also ask to be notified by email when your state changes its standards.

Stories Go All Around
This Canadian site uses the art of storytelling to remind children and adults the importance of their own stories. It offers a collection of stories, information on integrating storytelling into the curriculum, and choosing, learning and telling stories. * This rich link is no longer active but I was able to find it via the Wayback Machine.  The pdf files still work so you may easily access the information.

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
A page turner for those interested in writing and illustrating children's literature; they have also compiled a forty-seven page reference of books  whose themes "stress tolerance, peace, unity, conflict resolution…” That alone is worth a visit! * This rich link is no longer active but I was able to find it via the Wayback Machine.  The pdf files still work so you may easily access the information. 

While this United Kingdom site is geared towards singers, the information is pertinent to other performers as well. Learn how to take care of one of your greatest assets, your voice.

Western Yugur Folktales
Animals, ogres and magic, oh my! Here you will find a treasure trove of folktales at your fingertips.


If you missed any previous Stor e Telling posts the links are below:


January February 2002 - Folktales, myths, legends and pourquoi stories from around the world and a few other sites to whet your appetite.

May June 2002 - American Life Histories from the WPA Project, Mayan and Philippine folktale's, public domain tales dating back to the 1880's, seasonal stories of forests, frogs, moons and maidens, solar folklore and more.

July August 2002 - Trickster tales, Kenyan folktales, flower fables and participation stories to put some fun in your summer storytelling. 

September October 2002 – Included is a guide to collecting family folklore, folktales from Britain, Russia, Kashmir, fables from the Panchatantra, Jataka stories, and Native American legends ready to be explored.

November December 2002 - Resources for Jack Tales, puppets, ghost stories, educational resources and activities, Australian storytelling, traditions and folklore from the Orkney Islands. For extra fun the Book Hive link will lead you to stories by the amazing Jackie Torrence and other well-known tellers. Next stop, 2003!

January February - Folktales from Africa and Norway, Borneo myths and legends, ghost stories, storytelling games and resources, and a wee bit more.

March April - Grant resources, improvisational games to add to your storytelling residency, Native American Trickster Tales, information to keep your voice in tip top telling shape and more.

May June - The theme for the Storytelling Magazine issue was Grant Resources and all the links have been checked. I hope you will find something to help you discover that pot of gold!

July August - Some delightful sites to whet your storytelling appetite. You will find Andrew Lang's colored fairy tales books and more of his works, stories from the Arabian Nights, Hodja tales and more stories about trees than you could ever hope to climb! I hope you find something useful for your work.

Below are the previous blog posts offering additional columns from 2007-2013.

Stor e Telling Columns 2007-2012
All 31 blog posts, along with a brief synopsis for each one, in an easy to access post at the link below. 

Stor e Telling Columns 2013
From 1001 Night to 2001 Story Resources – This link will lead to you one blog post with all of my columns from 2013.

Karen Chace 2014 ©
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