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The Art of the Story-Teller   By: (1854-1935)

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The Art of the Story-Teller by Marie L. Shedlock is a comprehensive and engaging guide for anyone interested in the art of storytelling. Shedlock, a renowned storyteller herself, brings her passion and expertise to this book, providing readers with valuable insights and practical advice.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its organization. Shedlock takes readers through various aspects of storytelling, starting from the basics such as choosing a story and understanding its structure, to more advanced techniques like characterization and utilizing props. Each chapter is well-structured, with clear explanations and examples that make the concepts easily understandable.

The book also explores the different types of stories that can be told, from traditional folk tales to personal stories. Shedlock emphasizes the importance of knowing one's audience and tailoring the story accordingly. She offers tips on adapting stories to various age groups and cultural contexts, ensuring that the narratives resonate with the listeners.

What sets this book apart is the inclusion of numerous anecdotes and personal experiences from the author's own storytelling career. Shedlock shares her successes and challenges, providing valuable insights into the craft and enhancing the reader's understanding of the storyteller's role. This personal touch makes the book more relatable and inspiring.

Moreover, Shedlock's passion for storytelling is contagious. Through her writing, she manages to instill a sense of wonder and excitement about the art form. She reminds readers of the power of storytelling to captivate, educate, and entertain, encouraging them to explore their own storytelling potential.

On the technical side, the book is well-edited and free of errors. The language is accessible and easy to follow, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced storytellers. Additionally, the book includes helpful resources, such as a recommended reading list and references to further storytelling organizations and resources.

If there is one aspect that could have been further developed, it would be the section on using technology in storytelling. The book briefly touches on the topic, mentioning the potential benefits and drawbacks, but does not delve deep into specific techniques or tools. Expanding on this aspect could have been an added bonus, considering the prominence of technology in today's storytelling landscape.

In conclusion, The Art of the Story-Teller is a must-read for anyone interested in the age-old tradition of storytelling. Marie L. Shedlock's wealth of knowledge, passion, and practical advice make this book an invaluable resource. From beginners looking to get started to experienced storytellers seeking to refine their skills, this book offers something for everyone. Whether for personal enrichment or professional development, aspiring storytellers will find themselves inspired by the art and craft of storytelling as presented in this remarkable book.

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This etext was created by Doug Levy, literra scripta manet .



Some day we shall have a science of education comparable to the science of medicine; but even when that day arrives the art of education will still remain the inspiration and the guide of all wise teachers. The laws that regulate our physical and mental development will be reduced to order; but the impulses which lead each new generation to play its way into possession of all that is best in life will still have to be interpreted for us by the artists who, with the wisdom of years, have not lost the direct vision of children.

Some years ago I heard Miss Shedlock tell stories in England. Her fine sense of literary and dramatic values, her power in sympathetic interpretation, always restrained within the limits of the art she was using, and her understanding of educational values, based on a wide experience of teaching, all marked her as an artist in story telling. She was equally at home in interpreting the subtle blending of wit and wisdom in Daudet, the folk lore philosophy of Grimm, or the deeper world philosophy and poignant human appeal of Hans Christian Andersen.

Then she came to America and for two or three years she taught us the difference between the nightingale that sings in the tree tops and the artificial bird that goes with a spring... Continue reading book >>

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