Thursday, October 4, 2012

Show Me a Story Book Review and Giveaway

 When little E was a baby, I met a very talented crafter at a local fair.  Emily and I quickly became friends, and she was a source of crafty inspiration for me. 
Five years later, Emily has combined her creativity, teaching background, ability to inspire and personal love of story to create Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling.

It is filled with ideas for parents, teachers, caregivers and anybody who loves children and stories.  Emily offers engaging crafts and activities for all ages to nurture children's storytelling.
 The girls and I were fortunate to join Emily at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to make a project from her book.  We made Memory Cards.  Little E's first card was of a horse, a story long-forgotten in my mind.  It was enlightening to see her artistic rendition and hear her story of what must have been an important event for her. 

Here is our collection of memory cards when we were finished.  Can you guess which one the three year old did?  I think her story will be about creating the card, and I know Emily will be thrilled that the project inspired a story for little A.

The same joy and love of stories Emily exhibits in person is what makes her book so unique and a must-have!  (This is Emily looking at little E's horse memory card.)

Another wonderful thing about Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling is that Emily suggests ages for each project and activity.  Little A and I enjoyed collecting rocks one morning on our daily walk.

When we got home, she LOVED painting them and creating the Magic Pebbles from Emily's book.  For A, I think the magic and stories come from having a special project she could do herself.  Still, I can imagine her hiding these around the yard and pretending to be a fairy.

As the resident 5 1/2 year old, little E creates detailed works of art, and is starting to tell stories to accompany them.  After perusing Emily's book, she wanted to create the Traveling Puppet Theater. 

Like the other projects, there is as much story in the creation as there is in the final product.  Little E created her idea of Rapunzel (and was clear that the only puppets she wanted to make were Rapunzel and her mother - should I be flattered or worried?) and loves the power she has to tell and create the story to fit her ideas, loves and fears.

I love that Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling has projects and activities the girls and I can enjoy now, and so many more we can look forward to in the years to come.

I can't wait to hear what stories A and E come up with next!
Now that you've seen what a lovely book this is, would you like a chance to win a copy?

Leave a comment telling what kinds of stories you prefer hearing or telling.  Is it mystery? fairy tale? fable?  Be sure to include your email!

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will run through Friday October 12th at 12 p.m. EST

You can also visit the Storey Publishing blog for a list of book reviewers (and a few more chances to enter and win!).

And, because I know your children will want to get their storytelling craft on after seeing this book, I am giving away this handsewn oilcloth smock to one other lucky winner! 


Good luck!



Lise said...

I would love a chance to win this book and the lovely smock for my daughter. Thanks so much for the chance! Her favorite stories are always "tell me a story about when you were a little girl."

M. Bloom said...

I like hearing stories which are true-to-life personal tales and adventures.

Thank you for the opportunity to have a chance at winning a copy of this book!


K Howard said...

Me and my boys would love this book and my niece would love the smock! The boys love it when I make up a story that features them as the leading characters. Along the way, I start asking them what happens next and before I know it they take over telling the story!

Kelly said...

I love telling adventure stories where incredibly improbable things happen, my kids are the characters, and they usually learn some sort of lesson. This looks like an awesome book!

cm2spinali said...

My children enjoy hearing (and I enjoy telling) stories made up of the activities of their day. It's somehow fun for them to hear about the mundane events of their lives as if they were adventures happening to other characters!

That said, I would love a copy of this book to help spur some other creative forms of storytelling in the house!

Sara said...

I read most anything, but when telling stories to my kids, I usually go for adventures.

Colleen said...

This book looks terrific. I have ordered a copy for my classroom were we do writer's workshop each day. I would love this for at home for my daughter. Fables and folk tales are my favorite. A bit of imagination with a moral to think on. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

Kim Hatch said...

The book looks great! My eldest loves to hear and tell stories about the adventures of his favorite stuffed animal- polar! My youngest just loves to hear us talk.
Love the blog!

Montessori Bee said...

I would love to win this inspiring book. My favorite stories to tell are animal stories. So fun to create funny little personalities.
My boys do also love to hear " a funny story from your childhood, mama"
Thanks for the chance to win!

dora said...

Me and Ema tell each other all sort of stories. She is just 2 and I'm 43 but, in fact, she knows stories that i have never heard ( or seen, or felt ) before.
She likes me to show and read ( so that demands ) books. Eric Carle's are her favorites. I like to listen to her endless variations of each one of them. Now we are keen on the one of the bear and the bees, a reedition of an older pop-up of him.
I like to tell her stories with touching and rhyming. Old nursery playing games.
She likes do end all word the sounds, and feeling so grown up in doing so ...

I'm sure she will love this book'ideas. I will love this book' ideas. Now in the many years coming.

So glad you've shown it to us.

MLM said...

Love the book and the smock! I used to love stories about little kids and their pets and all the adventures they'd go on together. Those are the stories I tell my own boys, too.

hannah's mom said...

this book looks like so much fun! our daughters love to listen to made up adventure tales, starring them, and they love to read just about anything :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm dying to get my hands on this book! The stories I make up for my girls usually end up being fairy tales... but I'd like to broaden my repertoire! The smock is darling, too!

Cindy said...

Right now my 3 year old just loves to go on "fun adventures' with his dad. So we love telling stories of his real 'adventures.' We also love telling stories of fictional adventures that we know he would love to go on some day. It's fun to include elements of fantasy in some of our made up adventures too. It's exciting too see where his (and our) imagination will take us.
What a wonderful book that Emily has created. I am going to suggest our local library and my school library buy a copy.

Jen said...

Hi Roselee! I tried to post from my mobile a while ago, , but I'm not sure if it worked! Max loves hearing "Bee Stories," stories about his lovie, Bee the Bear, and what mischief Bee gets into while Max is at school :-) Sometimes I have to think pretty hard to come up with new ones... Bee has had a lot of adventures! This book sounds great, thanks for posting about it.


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