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Storyteller's Start-Up Book

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
For those who want to begin storytelling but don't know where to start, The Storyteller's Start-Up Book offers everything one could ask for. Margaret Read MacDonald, a folklorist and children's librarian who is also a touring storyteller, offers basic start-up information on finding stories, looking at them critically, starting a "story bank," networking with other storyte ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 3rd 2006 by August House Publishers (first published September 25th 1993)
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Feb 16, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great intro book to storytelling and how to pick the stories you want to read. Didn't really like the twelve tellable tales in the back, except for "Yonjwa Seeks a Bride," as it involved wrestling for your bride and the imagery was amusing. It will definitely be a good addition to my professional collection.
Apr 07, 2012 Marti rated it really liked it
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This is a more informal storyteller's informational book.

Chapter 1: Your Place in Tradition. This chapter talks about different types of storytellers, esp. in different cultures. There is mention of ancient stories and how they've survived and evolved.

Chapter 2: Learning the Story in One Hour. There are different tips for learning stories in this chapter.

Chapter 3: Performing the Story. There are tips to use during the performance, including questions to ask yourself to help evaluate how you'
Nov 13, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it
This is a great introductory book on storytelling for a couple reasons. To start, it's accessible. Secondly, while it doesn't go into much depth, it ends most chapters with a bibliography, often annotated. While someone could quickly outgrow the text, the bibliographies would remain a useful resource.
Debbie Armbruster
Nov 04, 2014 Debbie Armbruster rated it liked it
A good guide for beginning storytelling. MacDonald writes clearly and from a very solid foundation. She incorporates well-known tropes and international tales, and her positive message, that anyone can develop into a great storyteller, comes through.
Apr 12, 2015 mg rated it it was amazing
Older, but timeless for storytellers! Great suggestions as well as fabulous tales to start with in the back.
Jul 06, 2015 Lexi marked it as to-buy-or-borrow
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Reading a couple of excerpts from this book for a class whetted my appetite to read the whole thing.
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