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Book of the Month - Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling, and Activities for Peace, Justice and the Environment

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This months featured book is actually an awesome resource for any Earth Scout leader or family. Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope is actually two books in one. There are many tales included and also there are quite a number of teaching projects or activities that relate to all areas of the curriculum. So any storyteller would want to own it and any teacher as well. Cartoons, television, and comic books for children are all more focused on violence than in the past. New Society Publishers offers this collection of stories that teach problem-solving, cooperation, and creative thinking about social issues such as tolerance, understanding other ethnic groups, and how to handle controversy diplomatically. The authors' introduction explains th difference that stories can make, as well as how to use storytelling as a model for patterning positive behavior. Combined with each story are creative activities, cooperative games, and related reading lists.

Because this book has multiple areas of focus - Peace, Justice, and the Environment - you may find creative inspiration for your Earth Scout to earn some badges through some of the activities. ?

This book is a rare out of print but you can get it on Amazon link in sidebar or you can read it online for free on Google Books - link also in sidebar.

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Comment by Lynn O'Brien on November 23, 2010 at 9:34pm
Ooooohhh, thank you for posting about this! I am going to see if I can find it in our library now.
Comment by Network Admin on November 23, 2010 at 6:47pm
Story telling is a lost art in many ways and I think it is interesting that the Waldorf education really emphasizes oral story telling in the early grades and does not push the three 'R's' because according to Rudolf Steiner a child's attention, memory, and imagination (AMI) is thwarted by such early reading habits whereas oral story telling provide the perfect nursery for the development of AMI.
Comment by Gabriele on November 23, 2010 at 4:03pm
Awesome! I just added it to my request list at the library! There is only ONE copy in the entire system :( I will have to check out the Google version as well, but I like having a hard copy in hand as well ;) Thanks!!
Comment by Nichole on November 21, 2010 at 6:06am
We have this book! Storytelling has fallen by the wayside and is such an important art form. Were it not for storytelling, none of the great stories, myths and legends of all time would have made it to our ears. Try something different when telling a story, like using a drum. Beat gently on it when you are telling the soft, gentle parts of the story, and harder or faster when anticipation builds. I do have a question though. What age do you think is appropriate for telling stories from this book?? Any insight??

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