StoryCraft is an award-winning library program that combines
storytelling with crafts in an exciting and engaging activity for
children in first through third grades. This book presents complete
instructions for presenting 50 fun-filled sessions.
School Library Journal (09/01/2001):
A collection of popular, child-tested programs. Themes include dragons,
cowboys and cowgirls, kites, and magic, and are arranged alphabetically
by title of program not content ("What's Cooking?" is last rather than
under "food"). Each unit includes suggestions for a bulletin board,
background music, an opener, stories, a group-participation activity, a
craft, and numerous titles to booktalk. Step-by-step instructions for
presenting the programs are offered, from promotion to cleanup, as well
as "Helpful Hints." Craft instructions are divided into two
parts-preparations to be done ahead of time and what the children do
during the program. The authors warn that these programs are labor
intensive and suggest two librarians in addition to utilizing
volunteers. However, many ideas could be simplified, though the authors
do not provide suggestions for doing so. A must for public librarians
looking for programs to keep kids coming to the library after they've
graduated from storytime.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System,
Bellevue, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"an award-winning idea...helpful"--Public Library Quarterly; "nicely done...clear directions for projects...an especially useful guide"--Public Libraries; "a must"--School Library Journal; "provides...a storytime-type program for...beginning readers...interactive and entertaining"--The Shy Librarian.