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 2‘Margaret Read McDonald very expressively reads the stories from two of her books, Tuck Me in Tales (August House LittleFolk, 1996) and The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle (August House LittleFolk, 1995). Her pace is fairly slow and very dramatic, coordinated with prominent dulcimer and autoharp accompaniment throughout. The collection begins with the British tale, "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle," and is followed by the Siberian folktale "Snow Bunting's Lullaby," in which a father bird develops a successful lullaby for his children only to have it stolen by a nasty raven. In "Chin Chin Kabokama," a young girl hides used toothpicks under her sleeping mat until little Samurai warriors appear each night and use them as swords, terrifying the messy girl. In the charming folktale from Liberia, "Kanji-jo, the Nestlings," a mother bird is separated from five hatchlings. Having never seen their mother, the baby birds find other birds willing to take care of them, but the babies seek the bird who can sing the lullaby they remember. McDonald's singing voice is pleasant enough though not extraordinary. "The Playground of the Sun and the Moon," an Araucanian tale from Chile and Argentina, depicts the sun's pursuit of the moon, explaining why the sun is not in the sky at night. The instrumental lullaby "Grand Is the Evening Sea" concludes side one and side two closes with an endless British tale, "Counting Sheep." Overall audio quality is good. Libraries with active storytelling collections will appreciate McDonald's latest work.‘Fritz Mitnick, Shaler North Hills Library, Glenshaw, PA