I have been patiently waiting for Show Me A Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling to appear in my mail box. The idea of a craft book dedicated to children’s storytelling sounded like a great concept and right up our alley.
This book does not disappoint! It is filled with great ideas and beautiful photographs. My very favorite thing about Show Me a Story, is that many of the projects shown in the book have actually been made by kids – very refreshing in a children’s craft book!
The first project that my girls wanted to try was the Traveling Puppets. Nola made cloud puppets that she could move in the sky as if the wind was blowing them along. Kira made a flower puppet that could grow and a second puppet of a mouse eating cheese. The idea of cutting slits in the picture so puppets could move was so appealing to the girls.
Almost immediately, Nola and Kira began to think of how to include their characters in a story, what sets they would need to make, and the plot. Such a simple craft sparked so many creations!
Author, Emily Neuburger, is a teacher, mother, and crafter – and it is obvious from Show Me a Story that she wears all of these hats well. The book has substance and encourages children to create with their hands and their minds.
The book is well-written, uses everyday materials found around the house, and the crafts are good for young kids all the way up to adolescents. With projects ranging from story dice and memory cards to soundtracks and maps, we will be referring to this book for a long time.
The girls and I often tell each other stories - Show Me a Story is the perfect accompaniment to our antics. And if you’re new to storytelling – Emily will expertly guide you along.
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*Please note - while I was not compensated for this review, Storey Publishing did provide me with a free review copy of the book.