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How Many Donkeys?: An Arabic Counting Tale

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Jouha is loading his donkeys with dates to sell at the market. How many donkeys are there? His son helps him count ten, but once the journey starts, things change. First there are ten donkeys, then there are nine! When Jouha stops to count again, the lost donkey…
Mabela The Clever
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|January 1, 2001

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Mabela may be the smallest mouse in the village, but her father has taught her to be clever. And this cleverness comes in handy when the cat comes, inviting everyone to join the secret Cat Society.
Conejito: A Folktale From Panama

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Conejito might be small, but he definitely has the courage to outwit his bullies. When Conejito begins his school holiday, he goes to visit his Tía Mónica-or is it the cakes and cookies he knows she will feed him when he arrives? But Conejito runs into a few…
Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale
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|December 19, 2005

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Parent's Choice Recommended Award Winner Have you ever heard the saying, "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach"? Well, Cat's stomach is bigger than a lot of things. He is always hungry, and living with culinary-inclined Mouse, who makes thirty-five pies in…
Teaching With Story: Classroom Connections To Storytelling
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|October 7, 2013

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Anne Izard Award and Storytelling World Award winner This invaluable resource book includes everything teachers and librarians need to know for using storytelling in their classrooms. It covers a range of topics known as the 7Cs including recommendations for…
Peace Tales: World Folktales To Talk About
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|January 10, 2006

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Discussion-provoking stories for conflict resolution. Maybe it's the king who spills honey, and then says it is not his problem - until it causes a war. Or maybe it's some sandpipers and whales who get into a foolish fight that almost destroys their homes.…
Pickin' Peas
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|September 16, 2014

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Tennessee Volunteer State Award A clever, singing rabbit eats his way through the pea patch until Little Girl snatches him up, and he is soon singing a new tune as he plans his escape. With a nod to Brer Rabbit, Pickin Peas is adapted from two folktales collected…
Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Folktales For The Beginning Storyteller

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A master of communicating in the story format, MacDonald engages readers just as she does her young audience members in story circles worldwide. She shares a gold mine of practical advice so that both veteran and inexperienced storytellers can: - Find your unique…
Give Up, Gecko!
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|January 29, 2013

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“Elephant! Elephant! Heavy! Heavy! Heavy! Elephant! Elephant! STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!” Elephant was shouting and stomping. But could he stomp a hole deep enough to reach water for the thirsty animals? Maybe…maybe not. All the animals tried until…
Earth Care: World Folktales To Talk About

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Highlight the environment with these thought-provoking stories and activities! Our relationship to the planet earth is at the heart of the single largest problem we face today. We have a choice: hurt mother earth and we hurt ourselves; care for the earth and we…
Three-minute Tales
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|December 15, 2005

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Recognized as Notable book for Global Society Anyone who teaches, lead, or speaks in public has had the experience of needing to fill short amounts of time in order to hold the audience's attention. The challenge is familiar to Margaret Read MacDonald, who for…
Too Many Fairies: A Celtic Tale
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|March 1, 2010

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There was once an old woman who hated chores. "Work! Work! Work! How I hate it! Hate it! Hate it!" One day some fairies show up. They . . . clankety clankety-clankety —clean all the dishes. Swishety-swishety-swishety —sweep the house.…