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Storytelling Series

147 Traditional Stories

for Primary School Children to Retell

July 2014
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    28th July 2014
  • ISBN 9781907359392
  • Language English
  • Pages 400 pp.
  • Size 9.25" x 11.5"

Here is the perfect collection for any teacher who needs a sourcebook of great traditional stories for children aged 5 to 11 to work from. This book is a handy one-stop shop of 147 stories to retell, with an index linking all the stories to topics, values, plot types, genre, age group and country of origin. The stories come with extensive sources and alternate print and web versions for teachers to use when working with the stories. All are written in the storyteller’s voice, for easy retelling by teachers and students. Stories come with tips for telling and may be photocopied within the school.

Over ten years of working with schools, Chris Smith developed the “Storytelling School” learning model, through which “children learn to be storytellers.” He chose this collection in response to teachers’ requests for appropriate stories, so they could teach children to retell stories as a powerful way of learning. 

This collection is the first companion to The Storytelling School: Handbook for Teachers.

“I thoroughly recommend this book. Chris is a master storyteller and each story is a gem. Children become so deeply involved in the language of stories that they can’t wait to write their own!” —Dee Bleach, Headteacher of Mayflower Primary School London E14

“...choose from this collection of 147 stories to inject a little mystery, heart, excitement, awe and wonder back into your classroom.” —Martine Horvath, Early Years Educator, vol. 16

“I love this book! I have a copy at my desk, one by my bed and another in my work bag.” —Adam Guillain, Facts and Fiction

Chris Smith

Chris Smith, PhD, is an Oxford-based storyteller, musician, teacher, and founding director of Storytelling Schools, the fruit of ten years’ research and development experience. He has a passion for Arab folktales, myths, and legends, developed while living in Palestine. He takes storytelling into a variety of institutions including schools, universities, museums and prisons, working with adults and children alike.