Princesses Dragons and Helicopter Stories


Innovative method of Storytelling and Story Acting

  • Shortlisted for UKLA academic book of the year 2016
  • Suitable for Early Years and Key Stage 1
  • Inspired by Vivian Gussin Paley




Based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley, this book outlines the Helicopter Stories approach to teaching and learning for Early Years and Key Stage 1. It provides a clear step-by-step guide for educators looking to implement this innovative method of storytelling.

Full of anecdotes and practical examples from a wide range of settings, Trisha Lee’s book includes:

  • Clear guidelines and rules for scribing children’s stories, creating a stage and acting out stories
  • How to deal with taboos and sensitive issues in children’s stories
  • How to involve children who are unwilling to speak or act
  • Supporting children with English as an Additional Language
  • Links to show how the approach supports children’s holistic development

Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories was shortlisted for the UKLA Academic Book of the Year award 2016

“Trisha Lee offers a step-by-step guide to scribing the stories of very young children and then enabling them to act out with the help of their peers. She provides a thoughtful and moving commentary on the significance of the process for the children and their teachers, and reinforces the importance of listening to the voice of young children. This is an essential text for every early years practitioner.”

– UKLA Book Award Panel


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