Sunday, March 20, 2022

~ MMGM SHOW ME A STORY LITERACY FEATURE ~

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY LITERACY FEATURE ~
--  'Show Me a Story: 
40 Craft Projects and Activities 
to Spark Children's Storytelling'  --
AUTHOR EMILY K. NEUBERGER
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight,
Links to Activities Courtesy of the
Publisher, Author Bio & My Review~

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ABOUT THE BOOK {from the publisher's website}:  

Encouraging children to let their imagination run wild, Emily K. Neuburger offers 40 inventive projects and activities that will inspire kids ages 5 to 12 to express themselves through storytelling. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, while older kids will open up and thrive as they embark on guided story walks and inspiring journaling exercises. Sparking creativity while developing a child’s love of language, Show Me a Story will kindle a lifelong passion for both writing and telling original stories. 

LINK TO ACTIVITIES FROM OTHER STOREY PUBLISHING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN:

https://www.storey.com/article/fun-things-for-kids-to-do-at-home/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from Amazon.com}:

Emily Neuburger is an artist, writer, and teacher with a particular interest in imperfection and artistic experimentation. She is the author of the award winning book Show Me a Story (Storey 2012) and Journal Sparks (Storey 2017). Emily has been teaching for over eighteen years. After receiving her M.A.T. from Smith College, she taught at two Massachusetts high schools. It was there that she found her passion for encouraging people to get pumped about creativity. Throughout her career, she's been especially interested in how art intersects with stories, and how both nurture people's capacity to imagine. She has contributed to FamilyFun Magazine and authored their Everyday Fun blog on Parents.com and teaches workshops nationwide at museums, schools, and libraries. She lives in beautiful Western Massachusetts with her husband and three children. Find her at emilyneuburger.com and on Instagram: @emilyneuburger.

MY REVIEW:

Oh, how I wish this book had been published when I was a literacy mentor and classroom educator for primary grades!

This book is an excellent resource for classroom teachers, reading specialists, parents, and anyone else who works with children in a formal or informal setting.

The book is divided into chapters entitled:

--  Preface

--  Introduction

--  Story Starters

--  Story Evolution

--  Story Activities

--  Story Play

From page 1 of the book the knowledgeable author gives the reader logical explanations and concise instructions for the how and the why for each of her ideas and projects.

The author believes that children should tell more stories because 'they're good for you'. (page 12)  The rest of the book is designed to get children actively engaged in storytelling using a plethora of handmade items which are reusable and which are made using as many recycled materials as possible.

The publisher has generously provided access to a PDF file of several of the activities from the book which you can download at the link shown below:

LINK TO ACTIVITIES FROM THE BOOK COURTESY OF THE PUBLISHER:

https://www.storey.com/files/download/showmeastory-activities.pdf

The majority of the materials in the book can be made by children with or without assistance from a teen or an adult. I liked the simple, consistent format for each project's instructions:  Time to make, Ages to make, Ages to use, Players, Materials, How to Make, How to Use, Other Neat Ideas.

The photography throughout the book includes children making and using the various materials. The models in the photos represent a diverse population of children in various ages.

The photography is colorful and appealing. The stepped-out instructions and diagrams are user-friendly and helpful. Back Matter includes templates, color puppets for children to cut out and use, and some puppet theater backgrounds which can be removed from the book to be used by the children.

Highly-recommended! I borrowed this book from the non-fiction shelves in the children's section of the local public library.

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 Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog. 

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3 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fun book for kids who like to write.

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  2. Sounds like it's full of great ideas for younger kids! Thanks for sharing

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  3. This sounds great. I would think teachers would eat this one up. Thanks for the review.

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