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Storytelling Series

Fairytales, Families & Forests

Storytelling with Young Children

April 2023
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  • Publisher
    Hawthorn Press
  • Published
    18th April 2023
  • ISBN 9781912480388
  • Language English
  • Pages 264 pp.
  • Size 7.3" x 9"

Fairytales, Families & Forests is a sequel to Georgiana Keable’s award-winning Natural Storyteller: Wildlife Tales for Telling. In it we discover that we are all storytellers. Telling a fairytale, children will open their eyes wide and stare at us in wonder, but they will look through us and into a world of magic and mountains that connect them with nature.

This book is packed with stunning stories, singing games and rhymes of nature for ages 0–7 years. It is a perfect resource for parents of young children, preschools, nurseries, special needs, forest schools, and kindergartens. It builds confidence for storytelling and helps us create our own stories or find stories that help with problems.

Fairytales, Families & Forests is brimming with ideas for various celebrations and seasonal festivals and shows us how we can use storytelling to explore language development and comprehension. With stories of our connections with various animals and natural phenomena, children will join us to reclaim our forests and nurture our nature.

“This superb resource and inspiration will empower parents, teachers and storytellers.” 
—Renata Allen, The Story Museum, Oxford

“. . . opens the gates of wonder in ways that everyone can understand and share across the generations.”
Donald Smith, Director, Scottish International Storytelling Festival

“What a magical and enriching book, filled with wisdom, knowledge, and love.”
Danyah Miller, storyteller

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Dr. Sebastian Suggate
The Authors

Storytelling and language development
The Oral tradition
Storytelling with your growing child
Stories of Outside, Stories for Inside
Festival Story Year
Building creativity and confidence
Storytelling with groups
Starting a family storytelling circle
Research on Stories and Education

Index of Stories
References and resources

Georgiana Keable

Georgiana Keable has been pioneer for the renaissance of storytelling in England and Norway. She has taught storytelling at Oslo University since 1997 and launched the Norwegian storytelling festival. In 2002, she started The Storytelling House with participants from three continents. Georgiana tells stories reflecting our relation with nature—often outside, walking, while sensing the forest, the weather, and the sea. She also travels and collects stories about the connections between people and nature. In 2015, Georgiana received the Oslo prize for Outstanding Contribution to Art in Oslo.

Dawne McFarlane

Dawne McFarlane was given the gift of storytelling by her grandfather. She lives in Canada (or Turtle Island) and is a mother, performing artist, Waldorf teacher, and mentor. Dawne is engaged with global storytelling communities and deeply committed to honoring bearers of tradition.