Friday, August 21, 2009

Stuff and Notes

Best-Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival, the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling. I'm not sure how well they are meeting their goal: a good number of these stories were from the tellers' childhoods, not folk tales that need to be kept alive. There were some good folk tales in here; I especially liked the Wish-Ring story. It reminded me of the wishing pine tree story that Becca told in our story telling class, which I've decided to steal. The Irish Cinderlad, by Shiley Climo; illustrated by Loretta Krupinski. I think I'll choose this story to learn for next week. I'm not entirely sure what I like about it so much: it doesn't have any repeating phrases or interesting wording that makes it fun to listen to. I think I like that it has so many themes common to folktales, but is entirely new to me. I think kids will like it, too: it's full of adventure, and they will recognize that it is both common and uncommon. Alas, no one commented, so Luv Ya Bunches will have to wait to find a home. Maybe no one wants it as everyone already has a copy? I'll comfort myself by assuming it's not because I didn't have any readers this week. :`( The book shelves at home were getting out of control, so I organized them. I'm a little High Fidelity with my books-- they are currently organized by height, with some color groupings thrown in. The point of looking at and touching each book I own was to pull out all the ARCs I've acquired and forgotten about. They now live on the floor (3 knee-high stacks of them... *shudder*). I also have a small stack of "Where'd this come from?" "It isn't mine." "Well, I didn't buy this." that I am wading through. It'll be awesome.

1 comment:

Ms. Yingling said...

Yeah, summer is bad, but I'm back to reading blogs and am even following yours now. I have a lot of catching up to do!