Monday, January 2, 2017

Stor e Telling: January February March 2016: Humor

The Golden Goose
Leslie Brooke, 1905
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”  - Mark Twain

The New Year is here and it is time to begin sharing my Storytelling Magazine columns from 2016. The magazine is a membership benefit of the National Storytelling Network. If you are interested in getting fabulous articles from world-renowned storytellers and educators, along with my most recent column, join us at  I will not be sharing any 2017 publications until 2018 rolls around.

Since the theme for this issue is humor I rounded up some noodleheads and simpletons to add to the fun!


The Book of Noodles: Stories of Simpletons; or, Fools and Their Follies by W.A. Clouston, 1888.  A wide variety of noodlehead stories are found within; tales from Greece, Turkey, China, Japan, Kashmir…enough tales to keep you laughing and scratching your head for days!

Capturing the Moon - Poland

Fool of the King - Africa

The Golden Goose - Germany

Jack Tales and Folklore - United States 
Sixteen stories of our favorite fool, Jack.

Kookaburras Laughter - Australia

Candlemas is February 2; I offer you some bright tales to light the way.

The Bearded Fool - India

The Candles of Life - Czechoslovakia

Christmas Eve Light - Europe

The Flame of a Candle - Turkey

Gaffer Death – Germany

The Hand of Glory - England

The Red Candles and the Mermaid - Japan

The Rose Tree – England

The Three Princes and the Maiden - Portugal

The Twist Mouth Family - United States

March 1 is National Pig Day, below are some tales to celebrate these clever, intelligent animals.

The Dog and the Pig - India

The Pig That Went to Church - United States

The Old Woman and Her Pig - England

The Three Green Men of Glen Nevis - Scotland

A few Irish tales to celebrate St. Patricks Day.

Irish Myths and Legends - Stories from the Ulster and Fennian Cycle, The Tuatha Dé Danaan, and later traditions. My thanks to Simon Brooks for passing this site along.

Something Extra

Read Write Think - Fractured fairy tales; classroom resources and more. “Whether it's The Princess and the Rutabaga or Big Blue Riding Hood, invite your students to turn familiar fairy tales upside down and inside out—and to have fun.”

Writing Noodlehead StoriesA Unit for Second Through Sixth Grade 
From the amazing storytelling team of Hamilton and Weiss, a guide to help your students understand and craft their own Noodlehead tales.

Verve - While this is foremost an ecommerce business, scroll down for a list of 27 royalty free stock images for commercial use.

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Karen Chace 2017 ©
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