Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props That Bring Stories to Life

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props That Bring Stories to Life

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By Kimberly K. Faurot. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003. 321p. $38 (ISBN 0-8389-0852-7). www.ala.org.

This story-time resource demonstrates visual storytelling techniques, both common and uncommon. Many other resources cover the use of flannel boards and puppets as props, but this book has unique coverage of other topics, including the use of three-dimensional objects and overhead projectors to tell stories. New and experienced public and school librarians can use the general information and specific examples of picture books and poems.

Chapters begin with selecting and carefully matching a story and its illustrations, with the most appropriate storytelling method: "Just consider whether the material accurately reflects the spirit of the story you are telling." (76). For instance, the author matches Leo Lionni's book Fish Is Fish (Pantheon, 1970) with a flannel technique because "Lionni's scenes are soft and muted, adapting readily to an interpretation in soft, fuzzy felt" (78).

After matching a story to a technique, the author gives necessary details for creation and presentation. Each story example is complete with copyright permission granted; a sample script; supply lists; and tips for setup, presentation, and storage for long-term use. An overhead projector and colored transparencies are a clever way to illustrate Leo Lionni's A Color of His Own (Pantheon, 1975). …

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