Dr Hilary Minns, University of Warwick
This is the book we've been waiting for! Everyone who believes that stories lie at the heart of young children's learning now has this splendid resource to draw upon. The author distills a lifetime of sharing stories into nine practical chapters. Which story? Read or told? Learnt from memory? All this and much more, recounted with energy, enthusiasm and love.
Michael Wilson, Professor of Drama, Loughborough University
A love of stories is one of the most important gifts we can give to our children and story-literacy is one of the most important and urgently needed tools for facing a world that is uncertain and ever-changing. Mary Medlicott is a powerful and passionate advocate for both storytelling and young children and this book, part manual and part manifesto, draws upon many years of experience as a storyteller, writer and educator. It will command an important presence on the bookshelf of anyone who has ever sat down with a child and uttered the words, "Once upon a time...".
Mary Hawes, The Church of England, Child in the Midst
This readable, practical book not only provides tools for getting the best out of storytelling and reading sessions, but encourages parents to tell the stories of their family to their children. There's even tools to help you deal with the horror of forgetting the story you're telling! Well worth having on your bookshelf (but don't leave it there - read and reread it!).