Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Stories on the Move: Integrating Literature and Movement with Children, from Infants to Age 14

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Stories on the Move: Integrating Literature and Movement with Children, from Infants to Age 14

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Stories on the Move: Integrating Literature and Movement with Children, from Infants to Age 14. Arlene Cohen. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. 226 p. $32 (ISBN 978-1-59158-418-6).

Stories on the Move provides descriptions of programs that include elements for creative expression such as movement and vocalization. Program outlines are grouped together by chapter based on their target audiences, who range in age from infants to early teens. The author notes practical considerations like space, materials, and equipment needs, and offers book and music resource lists along with complete program content--from introductions, the ordering of parts and their lengths, craft templates, worksheets, and handouts for participants. Unfortunately, there are aggravating redundancies throughout the book, and some instruction sets could be simplified and more concise.

Cohen's goal is to "enable you and the children you work and play with to creatively express and interpret imagery through the medium of movement" (xvii). The focus is on storytelling, or performing stories, as another tool for developing literacy, beyond the more traditional library techniques of sharing books and promoting collections. Some may find that these examples relegate print media to the background; of course, programs can be modified to fit library requirements and programmer's individual style. …

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