The Growth of a Storyteller

£15.30

This sequel to the bestselling Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories reveals the positive impact the storytelling and story acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley has on young children’s literacy, communication and confidence.

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This sequel to the bestselling Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories reveals the positive impact the storytelling and story acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley has on young children’s literacy, communication and confidence. Telling the story of three years of classroom based research with children aged two to seven, it shows the Helicopter Stories approach in action, capturing the children’s development as storytellers and their delight at having their stories listened to, scribed and acted out.

In each chapter Trisha Lee’s passion for children’s unique voices shines through as she shares and reflects on the children’s stories, paying each of them the same respect as would normally be bestowed on adult writers.

This book:

  • Examines the cognitive and developmental impact of implementing a Helicopter Stories approach over an extended time period
  • Analyses the stories told by children using the story structure of the Hero’s Journey and the seven basic plot types
  • Explores how and why stories connect with us including children’s innate ability to empathise with the hero from a very young age
  • Includes rich case studies of children at different ages and developmental stages

This magical book is your map to the stories of childhood and a timely reminder to dream harder, bigger and brighter. Your children need you to read this book. – Gregg Bottrill – author of Can I Go and Play Now

A must read for anyone who works with young children. – Ruth Swale – School Improvement Advisor, Curriculum Developer and Nursery World Trainer of the Year 2021

This beautiful book is utterly captivating. I guarantee you will find yourself listening to children in a different way after reading this. – Kym Scott, Early Years Consultant, founder of A Place to Learn

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