Tuesday, August 2, 2011

'Out of the Storyteller's Hat'. Stories for 3 - 7yr olds by Montgomery Kelly

OUT OF THE STORYTELLERS HAT by Montgomery Kelly (illustrated by Siovan Kelly) is a new book of stories to tell to 3-7 year olds.

A wonderful new resource created by one who has been telling stories for over 30 years to children in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Monty has poured his knowledge and experience into this practical book which serves both the inexperienced and experienced storyteller.

Inside the pages you will find:

• 18 new easy-to-learn multicultural stories modelled on successful traditional
folktale patterns, 4 are new Australian stories.
• 18 new songs and poems with different ways of presenting them to children
• 29 age-appropriate follow-on activities.
• Ties into Book Week theme of One World Many Stories.
• Stories suited to the attention span of young children and take 5-7 minutes to tell. When used with one of the songs/poems and activities make an ideal mat session.
• Includes a DVD of Monty telling 7 stories - the easiest way to learn a story is to watch someone else telling it.
• A section on how to get started & succeed, with valuable tips from Monty’s 30 years storytelling experience.
• Character templates provided with alternative materials suggested to suit every budget.
• All stories use visual and sound anchors, devices that keep children’s attention anchored to the story.
• Indexes for story themes and character patterns.

This book has been well conceived. Spiral bound, it's designed to sit flat for tracing and photocopying.

At last those of us working in the early childhood zone have a practical Australian book, full to bursting with ideas to enrich our practice.

$49.95 plus postage.

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