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The Way of the Storyteller

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As interest in the art of storytelling continues to grow, many books have appeared on the subject but none have matched the scope and charm of The Way of the Storyteller. First published in 1942, this classic work is unique in its blend of literary history, criticism, analysis, personal anecdote, and how-to instructions. Sawyer examines storytelling as a folk art and a still-living art, tracing its evolution from the earliest narrative impulses that developed as stories were written down. With simple suggestions, she instructs the reader in the art of storytelling and freeing the creative imagination by disciplining the mind. Sawyer's guide also includes an engaging selection of international stories sure to enchant both children and adults. The Way of the Storyteller also is an invaluable resource with a comprehensive reading and story list.

Synopsis:

First published in 1942, this classic work is unique in its blend of literary history, criticism, analysis, personal anecdote, and how-to instructions. International story collector Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970) traces the art of storytelling from its earliest narrative impulses and offers simple instructions in this most ancient art. Includes a selection of stories from around the world and a comprehensive reading and story list.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 334-348) and index.

About the Author

Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970) traveled through America, Ireland, and Spain collecting tales. Her retellings were authentic, backed by scholarly research. A frequent and much admired speaker in the United States, Sawyer collaborated on the Caldecott Honor book, Journey Cake, Ho! with her son-in-law, and noted children's book author, Robert McCloskey.

Table of Contents

Chapters

An Introduction

Storytelling—A Folk-Art

The Antiquity of It

Pattern for the Past

Experience

The Building of Background

The Power of Creative Imagination

A Technique to Abolish Technique

The Art of Selection

Storytelling as an Approach to Children's Books and Reading

Shall We Have Poetry in the Story Hour?

A Postscript to the Revised Edition

Stories

Wee Meg Barnileg and the Fairies

The Magic Box

Señora, Will You Snip? Señora, Will You Sew?

The Peddler of Ballaghadereen

Where One Is Fed a Hundred Can Dine

A Matter of Brogues

The Juggler of Notre Dame

The Deserted Mine

The Bird Who Spoke Three Times

The Legend of Saint Elizabeth

The Princess and the Vagabone

A Reading List

A Story List

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140044362
Author:
Sawyer, Ruth
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Elementary
Subject:
Activity programs in education
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Storytelling
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
19770131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.76x5.18x.81 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , First published in 1942, this classic work is unique in its blend of literary history, criticism, analysis, personal anecdote, and how-to instructions. International story collector Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970) traces the art of storytelling from its earliest narrative impulses and offers simple instructions in this most ancient art. Includes a selection of stories from around the world and a comprehensive reading and story list.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 334-348) and index.
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