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This collection invites children between the ages of 5 and 12 to create stories about their everyday lives and imaginings. Divided into four sections ("story starters," "story evolution," "story activities," and "story play"), the book provides a variety of projects to make and use. Each one includes a list of materials, clear step-by-step instructions, teaching tips, and other ideas that can be adapted for younger or older children. Bright photographs feature boys and girls engaged in each activity. Story prompts painted on wooden disks and worn as necklaces; a pretend neighborhood created with wood, paper, and craft foam; a story terrarium in a glass jar; and a traveling puppet theater with tongue-depressor puppets are among the projects. A reference desk game provides information, a time-line mural promotes sequencing, and word lists inspire characters and settings. Outside activities encourage children to observe and think like storytellers, and their stories-whether written or told-come together. With binoculars and treasure maps from their adventure kits, they can experience the stories they have created. Back matter includes templates and puppet-theater backdrops. Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections.-Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Winner of a 2012 Family Choice Award "Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections." "Unique and beautiful ... this book can be the beginning of endless hours of creativity for both kids and the grown-ups who spend time with them." Winner of a2012 Family Choice Award " Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections. " Unique and beautiful this book can be the beginning of endless hours of creativity for both kids and the grown-ups who spend time with them. " Winner of a2012 Family Choice Award" Public and school libraries will want this rich, innovative craft book in their collections. " Unique and beautiful this book can be the beginning of endless hours of creativity for both kids and the grown-ups who spend time with them. "

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