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Margaret Read MacDonald Bio: Margaret Read MacDonald is a professional storyteller, award winning author and highly respected consultant who travels the world telling stories and conducting workshops for educators. Her most popular workshop Playing with Stories" has been offered in over 70 countries. She has been invited to storytelling and literary festivals in Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand and Singapore. In addition, Dr. MacDonald teaches storytelling to classroom teachers for the Lesley University Creative Education through the Arts program. For years, she also taught storytelling as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Washington Information School. Dr. MacDonald is the author of over 60 books on folklore and storytelling topics, including many award winning folktale picture books. She has been telling stories since 1964 in her work as a children's librarian, and she holds a Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University along with an M.Ed.EC. (Educational Communications Masters) from the University of Hawaii and a Master's of Library Science (MLS) from the University of Washington. She is well known for her ability to create texts that delight the ear and are easy for teachers to share. Teaching with Story contains 20 of these useful stories that can be used by teachers with their students.


PreS-Gr 3‘A kind fairy tries to improve the lot of an unhappy old woman living in a vinegar bottle, but her efforts are met with complaints and ingratitude. The fed-up fairy finally sends the woman back to her vinegar bottle. MacDonald has a gift for making stories easy to tell without sacrificing quality, and the crisp, repetitive text is as much fun for the storyteller as it is for young listeners. Children will enjoy whining along with the old woman (``Oh what a pity. What a pity pity pity'') or chiming in with the fairy (``If that's what she wants...that's what she'll get!''). The source note is impeccable and includes suggestions for telling. Fowlkes's bold, exuberant watercolor and ink paintings are clear enough for group read-alouds, yet are packed with enticing details for independent readers or one-on-one listeners. The simple lines keep the illustrations from becoming too busy, and the fairy with her spiky red hair and purple tutu is especially appealing.‘Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA

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